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Old 07-29-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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Storing my RV

My wife and I are about to take delivery of a used Class A (our first RV). We have a storage parking spot for it but I am wondering how I leave it. Do I use the leveling system or just leave it parked on its tires?

This is the first of, I imagine, a long line of dumb newbie questions. This seems like a forum with some great members that appear helpful.

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Old 07-29-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
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If you have air leveling and plan to leave it unplugged from an electrical source the batteries will be a question. The air compressor or the leveling system runs automatically. If you have auto generator start you could have it start at low voltage to keep the batteries up. If you have solar panels thy may take care of the battery drain. If you have hydraulic jacks put them down and turn the auto level system off. We stored a Diplomat in dry storage for a year but used it often so batteries were not a problem . Auto gen start if you don't have AC will keep the batteries up.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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My wife and I are about to take delivery of a used Class A (our first RV). We have a storage parking spot for it but I am wondering how I leave it. Do I use the leveling system or just leave it parked on its tires?

This is the first of, I imagine, a long line of dumb newbie questions. This seems like a forum with some great members that appear helpful.

Thanks
Do your tires a favor and park them ON something, rubber-plastic-or wood, to help prevent damage from ground/concrete.
Do your suspension a favor and deploy the jacks to lift at least "some" of the weight of those components. Spraying some silicone lubricant on the exposed rams may help protect them, but the best advice is to lift the jacks and go enjoy the coach. Hopefully you didn't buy it to park it!

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Old 07-29-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I whole heartily agree that it should be out on the roads, but for the next two years, it will be stored more than used. But look out in two years when I retire from the military and my wife and I take it out full time. We have a steep learning curve ahead of us, but we are looking forward to it.
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Thanks for your service!

2 years should give you a lot of time to figure it all out. Sandee and I are on a similar time line towards retirement. We are glad we went the route we did. Yes...starting to already think about upgrading by the time we go FT but the last 3.5 months have been extremely valuable to figure out and look for solutions to a lot of important issues we didn't even know about.

Get it out as much as you can. Nothing makes me more jealous than driving down the interstate looking at other rigs on the move. Know what I mean Vern?
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To add to my comment..... Make sure you leave it full of fuel, helps eliminate condensation. You picked a great coach for the job so you are off to a great start. Happy camping and thanks for your service.
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Along with the excellent advice so far, if you can't plug it in, service & charge up the batteries and disconnect the ground cables. The batteries in an RV have many parasitic loads that draw on the batteries even if the Main & Aux switches are Off. Without a charger they will be drawn down and flat if you don't disconnect them. In my rig that only takes 3 days. If you do have power, many RVs only charge the house batteries so you'd have to check that the chassis battery is charging (or just disconnect the ground cable). But you'd have to check periodically that your water isn't boiling out to quickly.

I'd also park on wood or plastic and drop the jacks a little. Also would spray the jack shafts with lubricant.

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Thanks for your service sir. Seeya on the road. USA retired..
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My wife and I are about to take delivery of a used Class A (our first RV). We have a storage parking spot for it but I am wondering how I leave it. Do I use the leveling system or just leave it parked on its tires?

This is the first of, I imagine, a long line of dumb newbie questions. This seems like a forum with some great members that appear helpful.

Thanks
Is your motorhome gas or diesel? I have gas and I put Stabil in tank if RV is sitting for awhile. You want to also be sure no "critters"(wasps, dirt daubers, etc.) can get into the furnace opening, refrigerator vents, air conditioners, etc. Might put some "sticky pads" in outside compartments and inside RV to catch anything that might get inside. Check and seal up all openings on the outside that you can find where something might enter. Condensation could be a problem (maybe not in Vegas), but you can plan for that. Need to know year and make of your RV so people on this site can give you more specific help.
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