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Old 08-21-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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Long . . . long term storage problems

We have a friend who had a very serious operation 9 months ago and is facing another 12 months of recovery. They haven't driven their RV since 2 months before the operation and won't drive it again for at least another year. It's winterized and in storage. What type of problems, other than battery charge, are they facing when they want to put it on the road again. She doesn't drive. Our RV Club will be offering them assistance when they are ready to resume Rving. Thanks.

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Old 08-21-2010, 09:09 AM   #2
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When stabilizing fuel, the stabilizer has a useful life span. I seem to remember that 2 years is the most you can expect it to do it's thing. Having the tires off the ground and out of direct sunlight may be another item as rubber does deteriorate. Finding a way to keep the varmites out may be needed as well. Some suggestions are dryer sheets or mothballs. Of course store bought poisons could be usefull as well. Inside storage or a cover is something I always do.

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The batteries would be better off if you could charge them fully, then disconnect the negative cable to remove all loads. About every four months or so charge them again. The will not freeze if charged and disconnected.
Most RV batteries live a long and useful life, some are murdered.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:50 PM   #4
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Block it up to get all the tires off the ground, the suspension & tires will quit suffering..

And while it's off the ground, start the thing once a month, or even every 2 months is okay, put it in gear for a bit-- this keeps ALL the drive train seals from hardening up and leaking.

If you can do that, you can store the thing for 50 years and not worry about drive train issues...
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