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Old 07-27-2016, 12:45 PM   #1
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Taking a vacation from the RV...what do you do?

Just wondering how you all prepare your RV when you plan to be away from it for awhile. We will be taking a ferry over to Vancouver Island to stay with friends and will be leaving our fifth wheel on the mainland at an RV park near the ferry terminal. We'll be gone 6 days. What would you do to prepare the RV? We're wondering about the wisdom of leaving the air conditioning running (or Maxx air fans) for such a long period of time. But I'm worried about the food (oils and such) spoiling if we don't at least leave the AC on. Or having the refrigerator work overtime to cool the food (and develop condensation).

Do you let anyone at the RV park know you'll be gone for a period of time?

Anyway, if you could please advise us, we'd be most grateful.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:53 PM   #2
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I would probably;

Leave A/C on and not worry about anything.

I might set up a tablet so I could peek in on the RV and maybe even the internal temp.
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:35 PM   #3
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Put the refrigerator on propane (make sure your tank is filled). Propane will last a long time with just the refrigerator.

If you have vent covers, leaving the vent open is fine. No AC.

Turn the outside water off.

Notify the park manager what you've done to prepare and that you're leaving.

Go and enjoy the 6 days.
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Put the refrigerator on propane (make sure your tank is filled). Propane will last a long time with just the refrigerator.

If you have vent covers, leaving the vent open is fine. No AC.

Turn the outside water off.

Notify the park manager what you've done to prepare and that you're leaving.

Go and enjoy the 6 days.
I would recommend one slight change to what twogypsies said. Will the RV be hooked up to electricity at the Park? If so put your refrigerator on auto if you have that option. That way it will run on electricity, and if for any reason you loose 120 volts, then it will automatically switch to propane.
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We were in Anacortes Mon. It's barely getting into the 80's, low 60's at night in PNW. Very nice indeed.
Water off.
A/C off.
Vents open.
Windows cracked.


Enjoy the ferry!
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You should consider preps against rodents getting in and doing damage.
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You should consider preps against rodents getting in and doing damage.

The probability of them knowing you're gone for six days and doing havoc won't happen.
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We aren't techies and have no idea how to set up a camera.....great idea tho'.....kind of like a baby monitor, I guess. :-)
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We don't have the option of putting our fridge on propane, tho' sometimes I wish we could. Turning the water off, however, is a GREAT idea! Didn't even think of that. And we'll leave the vents open too. Thanks so much!
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Our old travel trailer had the option to switch back and forth from electric to propane. Our new fifth wheel does not. Sometimes it would come in handy to have that feature tho'. Thanks!
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Tho' I know it could happen, we've never had trouble with rodents. At the current time we're at a very clean and well-kept park. Pavement and not a lot of grass or woods. So I think we'll be fine. But I appreciate your suggestion. Thanks!
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We were also in Anacortes on Monday.....staying at the Fidalgo Bay RV resort. Where were you? Yes, it's been lovely here, but it is supposed to get warmer over the next few days. At least it's not like the very hot and humid weather we have back in Indiana! :-)
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I'm surprised if you have a newer 5th wheel that the refrigerator doesn't have an 'auto' setting that switches to propane automatically if the electric goes off.
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We are full timers and recently left our 5th wheel on our property and headed out for 4 nights to pick up a motorcycle trailer (we have a garage and property but no house and only stay a couple times a year to visit family). We left the slides out, rooftop satellite deployed, electric hooked up, a/c on but turned up, but had the water disconnected. We also put locks on our water hydrant and electrical box. Now that we have the motorcycle camper, we will leave the RV the same way for a couple of months while we tour the northeast. We have discussed shutting everything down except electrical and bringing in the slides, but decided to just stay set up.
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