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Old 09-13-2016, 02:11 PM   #1
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How to prepare 5th wheel for winter

Hi folks! We'll soon be home and will put our 5th wheel in storage. Besides the obvious things like winterizing the unit, what things do you remove from your units during the winter in cold climates? We live in Indiana and we're wondering about things like TV's, small appliances, electronics, ceramic heater, etc. And what about the batteries? We don't have a built-in generator. We've tried hard to equip our RV with duplicates of things we have at home so we don't need to stock our RV each time we leave on a trip. We'd like to leave as much as possible in the RV during the winter. Please give us your thoughts on this.
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All of those items will be fine. Consider getting a battery maintainer to keep the batteries charged. They will freeze and break if they go completely dead.


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Old 09-13-2016, 04:33 PM   #3
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No need to remove electronics or appliances. We remove anything liquid that can freeze (such as cleaners, shampoos, etc.). We also remove batteries and place in garage so we can keep an eye on the and charge them monthly on either trickle charge or similar. We also take out remote control & smoke detector batteries to avoid any chance of corrosion. Most everything else can stay while in storage. Finally we take out over the counter medicines (such as aspirins) so they don't expire.
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Very simple...come to south Texas and you don't have to worry about it!
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Good idea! Thanks!
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Gigattime......some good ideas there.....thanks!
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Batten54.....Actually, for the first time ever we're thinking of going south for a month or two this winter. But we'll have the RV in storage at least part of the winter. Have fun in Texas!
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We prepare our 5th wheel for winter by moving it to Arizona and living in it. No more cold, wet winters for us!
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We prepare our 5th wheel for winter by moving it to Arizona and living in it. No more cold, wet winters for us!
Now you all are just bragging...those of us still working and living in the north will be thinking of you snowbirds while removing the snow from our walkways and driveways this winter. :0)
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We live in Santa Fe, NM at 7,000 ft. and it does get reasonably cold around here. Not like up north, but we see 10 - 20 F many winter nights and it freezes from late October to mid May. Our lowest lows may hit -20 or so. Since the DW still works, I try to avoid that any more, we can't can't just pick up and go a little farther south. But, we do still use the rig in the winter months and I wind up putting the rig in and out of winterization multiple times a year. In Jan & Feb I'll pull liquid soaps and the like out, but other wise everything stays put. The rig is parked at home with 30 Amp power and I have a good charger on it that maintains the batteries in the cold months. No problems. I spend maybe 30 minutes to winterize or de-winterize for these cold season trips. In the spring I give the rig a full maintenance schedule.
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