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Old 04-29-2015, 12:35 AM   #1
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Long term travel preparations

We are getting ready for our big summer trip. We will be on the road for three months. My question is: do I nned to do something with the toilets, dishwasher, refrigerator while we're gone?
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Yep, turn off the water! You could empty the refer and turn it off, leave the door slightly ajar or put crumpled up newspaper or charcoal briquets in it to absorb the moisture. Use plain briquets only.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:38 AM   #3
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Turn off water AND water heater so that it will not "boil dry". We leave 2 frig's and freezer on - With no doors being constantly opened/closed, cost will be very little. A/C is on (@80) for humidity purposes or heater for freeze purposes (@45)
Our biggest problem is what to do with the 100 or so hummingbirds that eat us out of house & home..
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Turn off water AND water heater so that it will not "boil dry". We leave 2 frig's and freezer on - With no doors being constantly opened/closed, cost will be very little. A/C is on (@80) for humidity purposes or heater for freeze purposes (@45)
Our biggest problem is what to do with the 100 or so hummingbirds that eat us out of house & home..
That's what we do too....minus the hummingbirds.
I've heard that it is good to put plastic wrap in the toilets ... when we have come back, most of the water is evaporated... I'll try it this summer and see what happens.
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We just make sure:

1. The toilets are all flushed, and the lids are down to retard evaporation
2. Turn the water to the house off
3. Leave the refrigerator on
4. Set the central air conditioner for 78 degrees to keep indoor humidity levels down
5. Turn off water heater
6. Leave some lights on timers,
7. Notify the sheriff that we will be gone and who is authorized to be on the property
8. Stop mail, and trash pickup
9. Arrange to someone to water indoor plants or install automatic watering system
10. Take the last of the trash to a dumpster
11. Do the laundry and make sure the hamper is empty
12. Vacuum the carpets and install a new vacuum cleaner bag
13. Get someone to keep the grass cut
14. Run the garbage disposer to clear any last minute food
15. Do not post on Facebook that you are going to be away for a long time!
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I live out in the sticks; This is our checklist for both winter or summer.

ROAD TRIP PREPARATION

  • Remove / disconnect batteries in vehicles, prop hoods open a little
  • Unplug electric garage door openers
  • Turn off electric to well water pump
  • Turn off electric to barn
  • Turn off gas at meter (SUMMER ONLY)
  • Turn off gas to water heater, stove, dryer
  • Turn off gas to barn and garage - shutoff valve in house.
  • Unplug everything, computers, appliances, TVs, unused lights
  • Verify power to sump pump, furnace, security system.
  • Turn furnace to lowest setting, 40 degrees (turn off for summer)
  • flush toilets and drain tanks, antifreeze in toilet and tank
  • cup of RV antifreeze in all drains, put a teaspoon of vegetable oil in all drains. (reduce evaporation of P trap to reduce odor in house)
  • Stop / forward all mail, newspapers, flyers, etc
  • Get trusted person to drive by and walk through once a week or 10 days. (Provide walk through checklist)
  • Notify Sheriff Department that lights will cycle automatically and building is empty. Provide name, car, license number, phone number of local contact person who will be watching house.
  • Notify trusted neighbors of same.
  • Notify bill people - Make arrangements for remote, pre or late payments,
  • FINAL WALK THROUGH
  • Verify gas and electric off
  • Verify furnace OFF / set to 40
  • Verify sump pump operation
  • Verify windows / doors closed and locked
  • HAVE A NICE TRIP
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I like the idea of the vegetable oil in all drain and toilet bowl Waiter21.

But I never turn off the electric to the barn. I have all of my equipment on battery tenders to keep the batteries charged so my son in law can get the tractor out and cut the fields.

I forgot to list the security system. I'll add it to my list.

I need to add this to my list also.
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Notify bill people - Make arrangements for remote, pre or late payments
Great additions to my own list. Thanks!
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I don't expect the house to freeze, but I plan on it anyway, just in case we lose power for a week.

Don't forget the toilet tank.

Does anyone else have anything?

I added empty trash and do laundry to my list
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I live out in the sticks; This is our checklist for both winter or summer.

ROAD TRIP PREPARATION

  • Remove / disconnect batteries in vehicles, prop hoods open a little
  • Unplug electric garage door openers
  • Turn off electric to well water pump
  • Turn off electric to barn
  • Turn off gas at meter (SUMMER ONLY)
  • Turn off gas to water heater, stove, dryer
  • Turn off gas to barn and garage - shutoff valve in house.
  • Unplug everything, computers, appliances, TVs, unused lights
  • Verify power to sump pump, furnace, security system.
  • Turn furnace to lowest setting, 40 degrees (turn off for summer)
  • flush toilets and drain tanks, antifreeze in toilet and tank
  • cup of RV antifreeze in all drains, put a teaspoon of vegetable oil in all drains. (reduce evaporation of P trap to reduce odor in house)
  • Stop / forward all mail, newspapers, flyers, etc
  • Get trusted person to drive by and walk through once a week or 10 days. (Provide walk through checklist)
  • Notify Sheriff Department that lights will cycle automatically and building is empty. Provide name, car, license number, phone number of local contact person who will be watching house.
  • Notify trusted neighbors of same.
  • Notify bill people - Make arrangements for remote, pre or late payments,
  • FINAL WALK THROUGH
  • Verify gas and electric off
  • Verify furnace OFF / set to 40
  • Verify sump pump operation
  • Verify windows / doors closed and locked
  • HAVE A NICE TRIP

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