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Old 02-07-2015, 07:58 AM   #1
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For 5 months this summer I'll be storing my 2015 Attitude toyhauler outside in the Moapa Valley north of Las Vegas where the temperatures will routinely be over 100 degrees.

Are there any "must do's" I should do before departing for cooler climes? I assume I should leave some water in the (cleaned out) black tank and the p-traps; and block as many rodent access points as I can find.

I'm afraid to leave a roof vent open because it might get ripped off in a wind storm. How else to vent the trapped hot air?

Also, I plan to leave my sewing machines in the rig. Will the extreme temperatures affect their oil and make it flow in areas it shouldn't?

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Old 02-07-2015, 12:26 PM   #2
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I would at least cover the top of it with a breathable cover or a compete cover of you can. The heat won't cause a problem with your sewing machine. My wife has a Bernina and no problems with the heat. I'm assuming it will be in a storage case.
Leaving at least one roof vent barely opened would be good along with one crank operated window also barely open, don't need much opening on either at all.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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I would crack all the roof vents, you don't need them up very far to let some of the heat out. If you just barely crack them so at an angle you can see light that would be enough and the wind storms will not rip them off. A cover would be nice, they had some good ones on sale at CW and they were reasonable. Don't leave any food(open or sealed) in it and you shouldn't have a problem with rodents ect.
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Old 02-07-2015, 02:46 PM   #4
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If you put vent covers over your vents, MaxxAir I Original Translucent White Roof Vent Cover - Maxxair 00-933066 - Vents - Camping World then you can leave them open all the time.

If you are plugged in, leave a box fan inside to circulate the air.

If you have anything on the walls held with adhesive like velcro or 3M, you can expect them to slide down or fall from the constant high interior temperatures.

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Old 02-07-2015, 05:37 PM   #5
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I have heard people will leave 5 gallon buckets of water in their trailers here in AZ so it will keep some moisture in the wood. I would not leave any vents open as the wind storms are ridiculous in the desert sometimes - unless as others have said about having good vent covers (maxxair). Is your trailer fiberglass or tin? If possible, find a larger something to park next to so some of the sun is blocked. I have my new trailer facing east - large 5th wheel on one side, large class-A on the other and a large brick wall to the west. Helps some - I don't need wheel covers anymore.
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:27 PM   #6
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Great ideas! I knew I could count on you wonderful people to help me. I just ordered a cover (on sale @CW) and think I will be able to leave the vents open a bit w/o worrying anout them getting ripped off. I'll make tire covers. The 5 gal bucket sounds good too.

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Old 02-07-2015, 10:39 PM   #7
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There might be some covered RV storage out there and would be better than a cover.
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How much water do you leave in your rig, if you do, and how long does it last?
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I don't, I have just read where people are doing that. If I remember, I think they were putting 4 five gallon buckets in and I want to say something in the water. I want to say bleach, but that doesn't sound right. Do some searches. I will see if I can find the posts.

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