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Old 08-07-2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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Visit to my motorhome

This weekend I'll be paying a visit to the MH, who is incarcerated in her usual outdoor pen. We get to drive it at anywhere from 2 - 8 week intervals.

My routine so far has been:
1. Give it a general visual inspection
2. Get the generator on and run the air conditioner, check the battery voltages
3. Open the basement hatches to look for leaks and critters
4. Start the engine and let it run a few minutes (not really sure why I bother to do that, maybe just for the reassurance that it starts).
5. Check the battery water levels

Any comments on other items to check or things to do (just talking about between-trip visits here)?
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:37 PM   #2
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I would add a short drive to exercise the axles, bearings, transmission, and brakes.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:02 PM   #3
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move it ...

I suggest you move the coach every couple of months ... the sidewalls of your tires need to be flexed ...
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:39 PM   #4
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Don't you want to give it a little hug?
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If you start the engine you should let it get up to normal temperature before shutting it down - at least that is what I have read in my Winnie manual.

I agree about flexing the tires.
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Better to leave the engine be unless you actually drive the rig -- that is what I did when storing our coach. Starting and running the engine just a few minutes adds moisture and uses more battery power than you replace, making it less likely it will start next time!!! Once every four to five weeks I would go and take her on a "love ride" for 30-45 minutes while running the genny. That warms the engine up enough to burn off condensation/moisture, recharges the batteries, and exercises the tires and bearings.
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Don't you want to give it a little hug?
I also give mine a gentle pat as I lock the door...you may also want to keep a box of Kleenex by the door so you can wipe away the single tear that will be rolling down your cheek as you leave the coach each time...
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More damage is done by letting it set and run than just leaving it alone. To get the engine to proper operating temperature, you need to drive it for a minimum of 30 minutes. This gets everything up to temperature and drives the moisture from the oil and exhaust system.

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Sounds like a half-hour ride with the generator and AC running is the way to go.
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We take our motorhome out of storage monthly for a 100 mile round trip. Use it as an excuse to get a good hamburger at a place down the road. Usually run the gen one way.

In flying, the describe this kind of trip as a "$100.00 hamburger". Expensive burger, but great for the mechanicals on the motorhome, boat, airplane.
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We try to plan a half or full day trip to the beach or the park at least once a month to exercise things and make sure everything is ready on the quick. If that is not possible we take the rig for groceries and use the refridgerator for the perishables. If I am going to take it out for a spin I may as well have some fun or get something accomplished. Have not found a good drive through for that burger run yet.
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We try to plan a half or full day trip to the beach or the park at least once a month to exercise things and make sure everything is ready on the quick. If that is not possible we take the rig for groceries and use the refridgerator for the perishables. If I am going to take it out for a spin I may as well have some fun or get something accomplished. Have not found a good drive through for that burger run yet.

Do they make drive thrus that tall Neil?

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Rich,
Just before you get there stop by your favorite fast food place and pick up lunch so that you can picnic in your MH while you run all the mechanicals. You get to talk to your DW and think about the places you've been and the places you will go. I do that every other week. I also take a nap in the bed because it is more comfortable than the one in the Brick and Mortar home. Just an idea.

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Don't just check the battery water level. Check the Specific Gravity in each cell. At 50% each cell should show 1.190 and at 100% each cell should be 1.265.

Refer to Battery Tutorial | BatteryStuff.com
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