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Old 09-01-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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Winter Storage Questions

Being a newbie I have some questions concerning winter storage. My motorhome will be stored outside at a storage facility. Any personal advice on the following questions is greatly appreciated:

Battery storage - I plan on removing the two deep cycle batteries and charging them over the winter. Is there anything I should be aware of when doing this? I am assuming this is pretty basic but being a newbie what may seem obvious to the seasoned rv'er may not be to me.

Also is there anything done specifically to maintain the generator over the winter?

Concerning RV covers, I plan on covering my tires and I would like to know the pros and cons of covering the whole RV. I have read where some rv'ers do and some do not. Personal opinions would be welcomed.

Finally what methods have you found to be most effective in preventing mice during the winter.

As always thanks in advance for all input.
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Being a newbie I have some questions concerning winter storage. My motorhome will be stored outside at a storage facility. Any personal advice on the following questions is greatly appreciated:
Battery storage - I plan on removing the two deep cycle batteries and charging them over the winter. Is there anything I should be aware of when doing this? I am assuming this is pretty basic but being a newbie what may seem obvious to the seasoned rv'er may not be to me.
Also is there anything done specifically to maintain the generator over the winter?
Concerning RV covers, I plan on covering my tires and I would like to know the pros and cons of covering the whole RV. I have read where some rv'ers do and some do not. Personal opinions would be welcomed.
Finally what methods have you found to be most effective in preventing mice during the winter.
As always thanks in advance for all input.
Frankie Z

Battery storage...be sure you label and make a drawing, (or take a picture of), the wires and cables before you disconnect them, (to use as a guide when reconnecting them).

RV covers....are a PITA to put on and remove, and can damage your RV if not secured properly.

Generators....are supposed to be exersized once a month but I don't know many RVers do that.

Mice...one word... D-CON!

My coach has been stored outside, winterized, uncovered, with the batteries in it, (with 15A shore power to keep the batteries charged), for parts of 14 Wisconsin winters, (where temps often drop to 20 degrees F below 0).

Mel
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with batteries no need to remove them make sure they are fully charged and disconnect post from battery because you might have a small draw of power from where ever which will drain your batteries and they will freeze and crack happened to me our winters are-45 below.
as for mice don't leave any food around and put bounce dryer sheets all over floor ,drawers ,engine compartment and try not to be on grass,also put rat poison inside the unit also in dishes preferably warfin poison very effective,you can never over compensate with mice,my experience the poison was never touched and no mice.
as covering your rv yes it doesn't hurt.mine is a 40 fft went to home depot and got a cheap tarp which I used for2 years,make sure you tie it down really well otherwise it will tear.
last thing put lot's of rv anti freeze in lines,i would advise you to let a dealer do it if youknow how that's fine,this is very critical but quite easy to do

anyways good luck
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