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Old 09-29-2013, 02:10 AM   #1
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I just took possession of my 2014 coachman clipper ultralight TT. I have a few questions. It's going to be stored at a friends house and I won't he around it but maybe every few months or so. I don't expect him to check up on it much.

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1. Does the battery need to be discounted? I won't use it but maybe 3-5 times per year. And maybe will sit unused for a few months at a time.
2. Cover, is it recommended to cover it w a cover or tarp? It's going to sit in SoCal desert. Wheels, tires, paint ok?
3. Anything else I should know?

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Get screens to cover at least the furnace vents.
I would D/C the battery. The converter on it might float the battery, but won't desulfate it and would probably boil the water out eventually.
DEFINITELY cover it. Sun will kill that thing fast.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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I've heard that covering it completely would cause moisture and do more harm. Is that correct? I though about just a blue tarp from tree to shed and over the TT.
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I just took possession of my 2014 coachman clipper ultralight TT. I have a few questions. It's going to be stored at a friends house and I won't he around it but maybe every few months or so. I don't expect him to check up on it much. Questions: 1. Does the battery need to be discounted? I won't use it but maybe 3-5 times per year. And maybe will sit unused for a few months at a time. 2. Cover, is it recommended to cover it w a cover or tarp? It's going to sit in SoCal desert. Wheels, tires, paint ok? 3. Anything else I should know? Thanks all


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There are 2 schools of thought on covering it.
I started covering trailers, it is outside, after one windy winter and the marks the cover left (I get the wind up the valley facing north west) I wax and polish before winter but no cover.
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If you don't cover, you need to wash/wax sides and wash/treat the roof very often to keep it in good shape.
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Ok thanks, I might go w a tarp above head but still wax it up maybe every season. I'll look into products to use, thanks
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The SoCal desert is dry, moisture is not a problem there. I cover mine in the desert as the sun just kills everything. Make sure its on tight so it won't blow off. Cover your tires also as they'll weather check a lot sooner if they are exposed to the sun. Your batteries will self discharge even if disconnected. If not disconnected then you will have phantom loads inside your TT (clocks, smoke detectors, etc) that will run it dry. I remove mine take them home and then charge them every 4 weeks and then just before I put them in my TT for a trip. One of the most common failures is dead batteries from no servicing while in storage.
Read all about how to use your refridge before you go. It will take a full day to cool down and longer if you put room temperature cans, bottles and food in it. The food will spoil before it gets cool if you don't do it right.
Now, go out an enjoy your new toy! You'll love doing it!
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covering trailer

You must use a cover that is made for travel trailers. Such as ADCO. Blue tarps will not breathe and do damage to your trailer. Search the internet for a good buy and also the right material for your climate. This will be some of the best money spent. As mentioned also get tire covers. Covers for trailers are on sale this time of year.
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