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Old 09-06-2014, 03:04 PM   #1
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Winter Advice

This will be my first winter storing my diesel pusher (350 Cat). I live in Ottawa. Winter here gets cold in late Dec and goes till late Feb. I will be pulling the MH out of its winter nap at the end of Feb to head off to Florida for a cruise followed by a couple weeks of camping. Timeline to get to FLA without missing the cruise will be tight so hoping to do things right in the fall so everything works in Feb.

I am looking for advice on what to do to ensure no surprises when it's time to go. Should I start it every once in a while, should I pull the batteries and store them. Cold weather starting advice. Etc.

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Old 09-06-2014, 05:46 PM   #2
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I would change the engine oil and all the filters before I put it to sleep. Make sure your diesel has the proper additives for cold weather. I have taken batteries inside out of the cold for warmer storage. If I do a leave a battery in a vehicle in the winter months, I make sure it is fully charged, and use a trickle charger to keep it that way.

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Old 09-06-2014, 07:21 PM   #3
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I would just go to Florida in November. Problem solved.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:27 PM   #4
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Fill the fuel tank, add conditioner....pull the batteries put on trickle charge, or keep rig plugged in.....You are not storing for long, you should have no problem...
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:32 PM   #5
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If your batteries are charged up, just disconnect them for the winter. Unless you can drive the RV long enough to get it up to operating temperature, letting it sit is the better choice. Do make sure the diesel tank is full and treatments to prevent algae growth and gelling gets added. If the engine has a block heater, either have enough extension cord to plug it in the night before you plan to use it. It would be good to exercise the generator once or twice during storage. It should be run for an hour under some load. A couple of space heaters should be enough, plus the converter/charger to top up batteries.

This past winter I left my RV in a storage lot in early Dec. and spent time out of the country. I returned in March and it started right up.

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Old 09-06-2014, 08:09 PM   #6
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It is best not to start the engine unless you have time to drive your MH for 30 minutes or more. If the oil is does not reach normal operating temperature, it cannot vaporize any condensation/moisture in the crankcase. Moisture in the crankcase causes an acidic condition that is destructive to an engine internally.
If you leave your MH plugged in, the battery charger should keep all the batteries fully charged, and thus in no risk of freezing or cold weather damage. OTOH, if you cannot keep a maintenance charge into the batteries, it would be prudent to remove the battery cables to prevent discharging while in storage. A charged battery will not be damaged by freezing temperatures.
Everything I've said, and so very much more may be gleaned from reading a number of these articles: Winterizing an RV

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