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Old 03-05-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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Summerizing mh in Alabama.

We have a fleetwood storm 28f. We are going to leave it in AL for about six months. We are storing it outside. What I think I know: drain black water tank, refill it with fresh water and a bit of bleach, park the tires on wood to prevent moisture absorption, disconnect batteries, empty fresh water tank, waxing the exterior, topping off fuel tank and adding additive to prevent condensation, prop fridge and freezer doors open, put all bedding in sealed tubs, clean the interior, keep all drapes and blinds closed to prevent sunlight damage, change insurance to storage mode. What have I missed and are there things I should do differently? Any help is appreciated.
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Pull the batteries, mouse traps, spray vinyl graphics with 303 protectant, cover the tires.
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I would never put bleach in black holding tank. Filling with fresh water, yes. I would put in some Dawn dishwashing detergent also. I would also use vent covers on roof so you can keep vents open for air circulation. Happy trails.

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Install wasp protection wire mesh screen at all vents; fridge, water heater and any other places they can gain access to build nests. Also be aware they may have built nests anywhere under the chassis, so bring a can or two of wasp spray when you return. Wasp can stay active until late Oct.

I would do as already suggested to put out some mouse traps. Also tear lid off 2-3 moth ball boxes and sit inside to deter mice and snakes. Moth balls will produce a strong smell when you return but open windows and smell will be gone within the hour.

Spray the chassis with a commercial strength spider and ant poison.

I suggest that you try to find indoor storage and MH will be just as clean upon return as you left it. The added costs IMHO is worth it.
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I would never put bleach in black holding tank. Filling with fresh water, yes. I would put in some Dawn dishwashing detergent also. I would also use vent covers on roof so you can keep vents open for air circulation. Happy trails. ronspradley
I am curious, what would be the problem with the bleach? Thanks for the info.
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I am curious, what would be the problem with the bleach? Thanks for the info.
First I ever heard don't put bleach in black tank. I do not know why you think you need to add it either. I always store mine with just empty black tank and never have any odors. As for putting Dawn or other dish washing in black tank, that is what you do to clean the tank while driving to help clean sensors.
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First I ever heard don't put bleach in black tank. I do not know why you think you need to add it either. I always store mine with just empty black tank and never have any odors. As for putting Dawn or other dish washing in black tank, that is what you do to clean the tank while driving to help clean sensors.
My thought with the bleach was to kill any odor causing bacteria that may have been left behind after emptying the tank. And I figured leaving liquid with bleach in the tank (full) would prevent mold etc from growing.
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I would never put bleach in black holding tank. Filling with fresh water, yes. I would put in some Dawn dishwashing detergent also. I would also use vent covers on roof so you can keep vents open for air circulation. Happy trails.

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Partially agree. Bleach while using them is a NO for me. After dumping the tank is a YES for me.
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No bleach in black tank

I do not put bleach in black tank because my tanks are emptied into septic tanks. I do not want to kill the bacteria in these septic tanks with the bleach. I use Happy Camper (others use Rid-X) to promote bacteria. I use this between trips also, to keep the bacteria happy. I do not use any holding tank deodorants. And like OP, keep black tank near full of water between trips. Would never store with black or grey tank empty. Don't want any solids to harden inside tanks.

This is my opinion, not preaching here. YMMV.

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I don't know much about it, but bacteria is what you want in a septic tank since it's not an enclosed system. Helps break up the sludge and then drain into the field.

IMO, our tanks are sealed off and bacteria is not needed. What's needed is lost of liquids so that when you go empty the tank everything goes down the tube.
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If you can find it and afford it, covered storage would be best.
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