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Old 04-01-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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Need Storage Advice

I purchased my new Winnebago travel trailer last friday and went directly to the local KOA. Tomorrow, it is going into storage. Metal building with 30 amp plug but no heat/ac/plumbing.

1. Plug it in or disconnect the battery?

2. completely empty the tanks?

All suggestions welcome and appreciated.

Thanks,

Winston & Kit
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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It really depends on how often you use the trailer. I keep mine plugged in and the fridge running. We use it several times a month, so I like it ready to go. You need to know if your power converter has a three stage battery charger before deciding to leave it plugged in. If it does not, then put an outdoor timer in line with your extension cord so that the power only comes on once or twice a week to keep your battery properly charged.

I only dump my tanks when they are pretty much full and have been shaken around a bit. I often dump when I first arive at a campground from a short drive. I do not like leaving it in storage with bone dry tanks..just me. We might go a month with taking short one night trips before I dump. Either way, I leave several gallons of fluid and deodorizer in each tank all the time. so far I have never had any foul odors or problems, with three trailers and one coach. I use the dissolving drop in bags for the black tank along with a drop in bag of laundry detergent to soap things up and break them down. I use a few ounces of pour in gray tank deodorizer in between dumps. I figure the gray tank gets soapy enough from the shower and sinks.

hope this helps,

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Dave. We appreciate your help.


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Old 04-01-2013, 11:53 PM   #4
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I wouldn't leave it plugged in. No electricity, no chance of an electrical fire being started by rodents, lightning strikes, etc.

Disconnect the battery.

I never store with tanks bone dry. I flush mine then add about three gallons of water with a couple cups of cheap liquid laundry soap.
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I leave our DSDP plugged in all the time when "stored". This last year my wife got very sick in late Sept. so we didn't get out at all, like we planned to. Didn't do anything special other than drain the water tank. I do keep heat in the rig and a 100W light bulb in the wet bay. I had emptied the black and grey tanks last time out and didn't do anything else other than put the chemicals in the black tank.
I've done this every year and the batteries lasted just short of 10 years. Leave the refer and bay freezer on too. Extra storage space for when the DW overbuys at Costco!
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Thanks for the replies.

We found a water leak under the sink so back to the dealer for now.

We will try out the storage tips when we get it back.

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I purchased my new Winnebago travel trailer last friday and went directly to the local KOA. Tomorrow, it is going into storage. Metal building with 30 amp plug but no heat/ac/plumbing.

1. Plug it in or disconnect the battery?

2. completely empty the tanks?

All suggestions welcome and appreciated.

Thanks,

Winston & Kit
What model TT did you get?
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Winnebago UltraLite 27RBDS


It is my first rv. The first picture is a stock photo and the second is from our first night camping.
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It looks like the space between the wheels is larger than most I've seen.

Wonder why...perhaps spread the weight out a little bit more?
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From above, I've found the air dryer to be useful in storage (Davis)
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It is my first rv. The first picture is a stock photo and the second is from our first night camping.
Nice TT. Wife and I just purchase a 2013 Winne 32bh TT. Took delivery of it yesterday.
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From above, I've found the air dryer to be useful in storage (Davis)
Thanks for the tip. We have added it to our ever growing shopping list for our trailer. We had planned to pick up some DampRid but this is a better idea.
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Nice TT. Wife and I just purchase a 2013 Winne 32bh TT. Took delivery of it yesterday.
Congrats!!! We hope you and your family have alot of great adventures in it. We have only spent a few nights in ours so far but we love it.

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