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Old 04-16-2014, 04:33 PM   #1
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A couple of newbie questions

I am leaving Michigan tomorrow for warmer weather and since I am new to this MH not sure of a couple of things.

1. It is supposed to get down to 30 degrees tonight. Should I wait until tomorrow morning to put water put water in the storage tank? I don't believe it will freeze and I don't plan to run any water to the toilet or sinks.

2. When towing my car should the overdrive be off. It seems to pull fine when going down the road, overdrive kicks in when climbing hills.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 04-16-2014, 04:45 PM   #2
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I do not have a motor home but these questions should be the same for towing a 5th wheel trailer.
1) I put water in the tank the night before but if it is going to go below freezing, I plug in the 5er (so the battery will not run down) and turn on the heat to 40. In my case the coach heater will heat the fresh water tank.
2) When towing I will put it into tow/haul which locks out the overdrive. I have towed with the overdrive on but it is not ideal.

Hope this helps.

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Old 04-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #3
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1). I would wait till tomorrow morning just to ensure no problem.

3). Not sure what MH you have , but just leave it in drive and let the transmission decide what is best.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:19 PM   #4
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Overdrive will work the same as "economy mode" on diesels. Your tranny will know when to downshift. As for the water, this cold snap wont last past Thur. and you will be far enough south so put water in but leave the syetem un charged. ( do not turn on the pump) until you need it
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:34 PM   #5
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I have decided to put water in the MH before I leave in the morning so that should be good.

Thanks all for the help, this is a great forum you guys are always helpful.

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Old 04-17-2014, 07:46 AM   #6
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Overdrive: leave it on when traveling. Trans will downshift up hills. HOWEVER, on downhill, take it OUT of O/D, let the engine help with braking.
Water: If you do not plan on using water, why carry 8 lbs/gallon ??? Take some bottled water for drinking/coffee, use rest area bathrooms, and when you get to Southern Illinois, then you can take on water and not be afraid to use it.

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