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Old 10-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Winterizing Preparations

I have a 2002 Monaco Windsor (Cummins ISC) which I am preparing to put into covered storage for the winter. Unfortunately, my choice method of winterizing - i.e October to April in Arizona - is not an option due to DW's health condition. So the option is to hibernate through the next few months where temperatures get as low as -40 'C. I live in Northern B.C. Canada.

I have had the MH winterized at my local RV dealer - water lines; washer; etc. I am testing the engine coolant today to identify its status. I have filled both the diesel fuel tank and the propane tank.

As I park it in the covered storage - an unused horse riding arena - what other steps should I take? I am particularly concerned with any electrical issues.

Any thoughts you can provide will be greatly appreciated - especially from those who deal with similar climate issues.

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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As long as engine antifreeze is good, shut down, switch off your main electrical switches at the battery, and don't worry. It was down to minus 37 when we left for Texas from Alberta last year. Took until Montana to warm up the coach with furnace and dash heat. Take care and relax. Diesel engine just sit for months, no sweat.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:27 PM   #3
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Looks like you should be good for the winter. I might suggest that you check your batteries about once a month. I usually put my charger on them about once a month at the 2 amp rate just to make sure they are fully charged. My charger "tells me" when they are fully charged. They will not freeze if charged properly.
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The last time we stored our motorhome in a barn mice got in and ate through everything. They left piles everywhere, dirt and chewed through the cushions and peed everywhere. We had years of awful smells and couldn't mask any how we did it...not good. Good luck....prepare for critters
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The last time we stored our motorhome in a barn mice got in and ate through everything. They left piles everywhere, dirt and chewed through the cushions and peed everywhere. We had years of awful smells and couldn't mask any how we did it...not good. Good luck....prepare for critters
Get some moth balls and place them around your tires and jack stands. No mouse will go anywhere near your unit all winter.
Inside use cedar blocks to detract rodents. Mice hate the smell of cedar.
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Was told by an exterminator to remove ALL food and even vacuum crumbs in the cupboards.

Mice will gain access in the tiniest of openings. Close any vents or hatches securely. Any gaps should be stuffed with steel wool - apparently they hate the feel of it on their teeth and will not chew through.

Remember to close the fresh air vents with the heater controls too.

You might consider a couple of good old fashioned baited spring traps along the inside perimeter should any of your "visitors" defeat the first line of defence.

Hate them meeses to pieces.
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