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Old 06-14-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Storage of Motorhome

I store my Bounder 35E Class A motorhome under a carport with sides on the carport that come half way down. I live near Dallas, TX so we get some pretty hot conditions. Now that it is in storage across from my house on a gravel pad and under the carport, I leave one AC unit on and set the thermostat at 90 degrees. I have all the shades down over the windows and windshield. Is this a good idea or not? Seems to keep it cooler than 90 degrees and the AC runs allot. Of course, my electricity bill goes up! Is that not a good idea to have that AC running like that in storage? Also, would it be better to just put a box fan with a thermostat inside and open two of the Fantastic fan vents? Or, do we just leave it closed up and do nothing for ventilation? Should we do the same thing in the winter when it's stored with the heater set up? We haven't been able to travel for about a month and don't plan on leaving until August, so it sits there awhile. Thanks for your help, Bob

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Welcome. I am just south of you in Waco. My 2008 Bounder 35E sits on a concrete pad in my back yard shaded by a pecan tree and a persimmon tree. I run 2 of the fanstastic fans and crack the passenger window an inch. I keep all shades down. A friend of mine keeps his Southwind in a barn/workshop and runs 1 of his ACs set to 85.

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I would think that leaving the roof vents open to let heat out should be sufficent. Perhaps adding Maxx Air vent covers would be a good idea. Winter time is a different matter. Winterize and leave it be. Dalls as I recall doen't get that cold normally in the winter but if you see a really hard freeze coming you might want to add some heat.
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We keep our MH in an enclosed garage plugged in to 15 amp and run nothing to keep it cool. And it was 100 today. I tried keeping the fantastic vents open with a window cracked but it just promoted an accumulation of dust on everything. The drought down here is terrible and one byproduct is dirty dust on everything without any rain to put it on the ground.

It actually is tolerable in the MH and I have not noticed any ill effects with no cooling.

In the winter when it gets to 25 or below I will run the hydronic furnace overnight set on about 50.

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I'd get some tire covers.
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We also have an RV port. Our Bounder can sit a month or more between trips, & over winter/early spring (Nov-May here) it sits the whole time. In summer, I just leave the roof vents cracked open (we have MaxxAir covers) to help exhaust any hot air build up near the ceiling & for winter it's buttoned up tight. I don't see any sense running up an electric bill when it's not occupied. It's a small space, it doesn't take much time at all to either cool or heat it once your in it ready to head somewhere. JMO.

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for many years we stored our rv out side in the Texas heat and sun with no cover. it is rough on them. We now have a carport and keeps the sun off except for the front corner in the morning. Being in Houston, we keep the Rv closed up and a dehumidifier running all year.

If we lived in a drier ares, I's open the roof vents and a couple of windows.


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