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Old 11-17-2015, 12:23 PM   #1
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First time for storage

About to store our recent purchase and have a couple of newbie questions. We'll have it winterized and covered, but are there fuel additives for a diesel engine that I should add before winter? And do you pull the chassis and coach batteries, or is there something more convenient when you don't have access to electricity for a trickle charger? Will running the engine and generator periodically keep enough charge on the batteries?

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Old 11-17-2015, 12:48 PM   #2
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This subject has been bounced around before and there are numerous opinions, here is mine,

You could add an Algaecide additive to the fuel if you wish, but I never bothered. I just made sure the fuel and propane tanks were full prior to storage to prevent condensation. Never had a problem.

Batteries, if you don't have access to a 15-20 Amp service, I suggest you remove the Negative Cable from each battery bank. House & Chassis.
By removing the negative cable you will completely isolate the the batteries so there is no parasitic draw to run them down. Check the water levels in each cell before you disconnect and top off as required. If you do add water, you must run the engine or generator for at least 3-4 hours to fully charge the batteries. Fully charged batteries will not freeze.

Then, I would go out every 6-8 weeks, hook up the cables and run the generator for a couple hours to fully charge the batteries and excersize the generator. Plug in a couple of 1500 Watt heaters while running the generator to provide some load and heat while you crack a beer or glass of wine and play a game of crib.
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