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Old 11-25-2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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I'm active duty and found out yesterday that we will be moving within the next six months. It looks like to Hawaii for three years. I'll be able to store the RV at my Dad's secured lot while gone. It will be winterized and the battery removed. I'll cover the tires too.

Should I raise the RV with the big foot jacks to bring the tires off of the ground? Anything else needed? Will I return to a new trailer with issues?

My Dad has had 5RV's before so he will look after it. This assignment was totally unexpected.

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I've left the trailer set on its own suspension but the tires were on a piece of plywood, not on the ground.

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The think I would worry about is leaks. It would be best to store the 5er under cover. At the minimum I would want a Shed cover to get as much weather as possible off the RV.

I would mot worry much about the tires since they are at least 2 years old now and will be 5 years old when you get home...so you should be looking fro new tires at that point.

Remove the batteries and use a trickle or float charger to keep them topped up. If they last until you get back, you may get another year or two out of them.

I would prefer to get some of the weight off the suspension if at all possible.

Flush the tanks and water heater and let them set with them empty. I would blow all of the water lines clear and close up the system. Seal the water heater, refrigerator and furnace vents.

That is the way I would do it.
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Does the service treat Hawaii as a "over-seas" tour? My brother-n-law being stationed in Alaska (Ft. Wainwright) was able to stay there for a few tours. There were many service people with RV's up there. I remember Hawaii was always one of their choices, but they always stayed in AK. What will you do with your new Ram? Will they ship that....(one vehicle)
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They will ship one vehicle and around 14k of household goods. We will bring my wife's Corolla and leave the Ram wih my Dad. Parking is difficult over there at times and I don't have a need for a 1 ton diesel there. I will also bring my Harley.
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