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Old 01-27-2016, 07:41 AM   #1
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To start and run DP in winter or not

Should I start my DP in the winter and run it or should I leave it tucked away until spring when I can get it out for a drive I have it plugged into 120 so the batteries are remaining charged Thank You
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:45 AM   #2
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I would not start it unless you are going to take it out and get it up to normal operating temperature.
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Mines in Storage for 3 months, never start it, But before I fire it I disconnect the Fuel Shut Off Solenoid and Spin the engine over for three 15 sec burst to lube up the system, re-connect the Solenoid and Fire it off. Let it idle for 15 min then Go. That's Just Me !
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Don't start unless you can take it out for a drive. Just starting and letting it idle for a while actually does more harm than good.

Depending on what battery charger you have, check the batteries periodically as some tend to overcharge over time.

Mine sometimes will sit for a couple of months without cranking and never a problem
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I agree, don't start it. You will only introduce some moisture into the crankcase. My Vette sits for six months every year without a start.
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:31 AM   #6
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Thanks guys it won't be started
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Before going fulltime, I was too excited about camping and RVing to let the MH sit still. Once a month, I took it out for a long drive and also excercised the gennie.
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Been fulltiming almost 4 years. Early on met another fulltimer towing a big fiver with a MDT, and he had spent his whole career in trucking. I asked his advice re medium-long term parking. He told me it's an important two step process: 1) when you arrive, shut off the engine. 2) just before you leave, start the engine. That's it, he said-- with reasonable care these things are virtually bulletproof. I've followed his advice and had nary a problem with my Cat starting.


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