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Old 07-23-2015, 06:05 AM   #1
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About a month ago my wife and I bought our first camper, a jay flight 17c. My family has had campers in the past and I thought I knew what to look for but I guess I was out of practice because shortly after we got it home I started noticing things that after I researched were indications of water leaks (ceiling sagging, wavy fiberglass panels, etc). We have a house that requires a lot of TLC and did not want more headaches so two weeks ago we traded it in on a 2015 coachman Catalina 273bh. We love the Catalina but encountered the first obstacle shortly after getting home and that was that the 10'7" camper did not fit in my 10' barn door. I did not want the sun to chip away at my new investment so I took the redneck way out and used a backhoe to cut down in front of and under the door to make it fit. This made me feel much better with it inside but I am wondering if there is anything else I should be doing during storage? There is no climate control in the barn. I have a good dehumidifier and in sw Indiana it is very hot and humid! Should I put the dehumidifier in during storage? Crack some windows? Put a fan inside? Any input is greatly appreciated!
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It sounds like you have a dirt floor, so get the tires on a hard surface. If there are windows, shield the trailer from sunlight.
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A good dehumidifier wouldn't hurt, but more important would be mouse control. Those pesky varmints probably like your RV more than you do!
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Thank you both! I hadn't even considered the mice! Yes it is a dirt floor, what do you suggest for the hard surface? Would my camco leveling blocks suffice? All other tips are welcome!
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What about winterizing? I know it is early but I always blow out the water lines when we return just in case my memory challenged brain forgets to do that when the first freeze hits.

Just noticed you are in SW Indiana. We are currently the Hoosier National Forest Tipsaw Lake Campground on the last day of a 3 month, 7,500 mile trip around this beautiful country of ours. Great trip and thanks for letting us spend the last day in your state.
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As long as the entire surface of the tire is supported by the Camco pad it would work. You can use rubber mats, plywood, plastic cutting boards, most anything the supports the tire surface and gets it up off of the soil. If you put gravel on the floor of the shed that would do it also.
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