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Old 06-22-2010, 11:58 AM   #15
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I see nothing wrong with your procedures ...it probably is actually better for the equipment to be run than to sit unused for long periods of time. I would be likely to leave the refrigerator on too!! As a fulltimer, my ac/heat pump runs nearly every day year round.

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Old 06-22-2010, 02:28 PM   #16
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I live in a suburb of FtWorth not near the coast with no humidity problem. I'd like a cover but my HOA Architectural Board requires more than I'm willing to pay; e.g. 8/12 roof pitch and brick exterior. Thanks to all of you, you've made me more comfortable running the AC/furnace to protect the interior. Happy travels.

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Old 06-22-2010, 02:35 PM   #17
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I keep mine on mostly due to Florida's humidity, set the AC at 87'. That's low enough to keep the inside fine. I also have a residential (compressor) refrigerator that I run 24/7. The electric cost is not great and my batteries do fine. The only downside I see is potential lightning surge damage even with surge protection.
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:56 PM   #18
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Hi Flyfish,

We used to live in the Dallas area before becoming full timers. We parked the motor home in our drive with no cover. In the winter, we used cube heaters to maintain something above freezing when necessary (only a few days a year). For heat mitigation, go to Lowe's and find that bubble aluminum insulation stuff. We cut pieces to fit each window and kept it in there while it was parked. It would cut the inside temps 20 degrees. You could then run the AC if you decided you needed it, but we rarely did as the inside temps were tolerable. It does obviously keep it much darker inside, but less fading and the heat/AC requirements are greatly reduced.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:03 PM   #19
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thats why ours is under cover
i need to add some fans outside to move the stale air.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:11 PM   #20
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Is something really going to be damaged with inside temps above 100 for several months?
It's pretty much like parking the RV in an oven - hard on plastics, vinyl and glues used to hold LOTS of stuff together in typical RV - not to mention drying wood and the shrinkage and warpage...
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For heat mitigation, go to Lowe's and find that bubble aluminum insulation stuff. We cut pieces to fit each window and kept it in there while it was parked. It would cut the inside temps 20 degrees.
If I were going to store mine outside I'd do the same thing. UV is also a killer as it will fade the carpet, wood and cause the plastics to become brittle and degrade adhesives as mentioned before. In addition, keeping it below 100 deg F is also important as high temperatures will also degrade electonics over long term.

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