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Old 02-15-2016, 12:03 PM   #1
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What do you do to bring your Class A out of winter hibernation?

I am just starting to do all the "little things" that need attention after 3 seasons of ownership. Made me wonder am I missing something when I start to awaken our Outlaw 37LS from its winter sleep. We store ours in our "toy house". Typical items that I do every year are as follows:

Oil and filter change
Gen service
Check All fluids/filter
Tire pressure/inspection
Flush/sanitize the water system
Top off house batts ( kept plugged in all year round)
Slide seal lubrication
Check water heater/heater/ac system operation
Check leveling system
Wiper blade replacement
Check propane system
Annual inventory to put everything that has somehow ended up in the house back into the RV.

So, what am I missing?
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Looks good to me .

If you have a standard water heater, remember to close bypass valve and fill tank before using.

Going thru all this myself. Heading South next week .
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:52 PM   #4
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What do you do to bring your Class A out of winter hibernation?

Burner clean the refrigerator, water heater and furnace. New or check anode in water heater. I also flush black tank out to remove any residual anti-freeze and then charge it with a few gallons of water and a quarter cup of Tanktech. I keep a spreadsheet of tasks and update with any new ones each year.
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Head North first or second week of April. lol
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I am just starting to do all the "little things" that need attention after 3 seasons of ownership. Made me wonder am I missing something when I start to awaken our Outlaw 37LS from its winter sleep. We store ours in our "toy house". Typical items that I do every year are as follows:

Oil and filter change
Gen service
Check All fluids/filter
Tire pressure/inspection
Flush/sanitize the water system
Top off house batts ( kept plugged in all year round)
Slide seal lubrication
Check water heater/heater/ac system operation
Check leveling system
Wiper blade replacement
Check propane system
Annual inventory to put everything that has somehow ended up in the house back into the RV.

So, what am I missing?
Most diesel engine manufacturers say to change the oil BEFORE storage. That eliminates the water and acid causing components before they have a chance to sit over the winter.
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Most diesel engine manufacturers say to change the oil BEFORE storage. That eliminates the water and acid causing components before they have a chance to sit over the winter.

My Outlaw is a gas engine.
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Be sure to check all hose clamps, and tighten.
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Most diesel engine manufacturers say to change the oil BEFORE storage. That eliminates the water and acid causing components before they have a chance to sit over the winter.
I do this in my gas engine as well. Then when I do the drive to the storage facility the new oil is well circulated.
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Depending on your chassis, you likely have some grease fittings that should be lubed, especially in the steering linkages. Maybe, if you are hiring out the work of the oil and filter change, you are getting a chassis lube at the same time. However, I would be sure to specify it.
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Most diesel engine manufacturers say to change the oil BEFORE storage. That eliminates the water and acid causing components before they have a chance to sit over the winter.
Add me to this line of thought also, gas or diesel. I usually change the oil and grease ours after returning from out 7-8k Summer trip before going hunting which is only a few hundred miles.

If you are like us, the only thing you're missing is what you forget that was taken into the house, which will require having two of them a short time later. :-))

Good lists. Thanks for posting them.

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My Outlaw is a gas engine.
Gas or Diesel you should change engine and gen oil before storage not after. Combustion causes acid to collect in the oil if left for long periods oil bathes bearings and can cause them to etch as well as other parts.
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I live in Florida. I don't winterize...
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