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Old 08-12-2015, 09:31 AM   #1
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Good Morning Everyone,

In a couple of months, we will be storing our 2015 Dutch Star until next April. We intend to do the 6000 mile initial service prior to storage. The Coach will be plugged in and it will be inside. It will be stored in the Phoenix area so winterization is not really necessary.
Are there any things that we should pay specific attention to? What concerns, if any, should I have when I come back to it in April.
Thank you very much in advance,

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Hi Jeff426,
Sounds like you have a great setup. Consider the following:
1. If parking on concrete, put plastic strips under the tires. The tires should rest on plastic. These can be purchased on the Internet or thin plastic cutting surfaces one can purchase at Walmart.
2. Inflate the tires to their maximum PSI.
3. Clean the tires and treat them with the tire preservative of your choice.
4. Dump air from the system and let the coach sit on the chassis.
5. Drain the air from the 3 air reservoir tanks.
6. Make sure the coach is as clean as possible inside and out.
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Hey Gary,

Thank you very much for the great suggestions, I can do all of those things easily and will!

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We're also looking for a place in Phoenix to store our Dutchstar 4369
can I ask where you are storing yours.

Thanks

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>> It will be stored in the Phoenix area so winterization is not really necessary.


I'm a long time Phoenix resident. Be aware that nearly every winter will have a 1 week hard freeze with over night temps below freezing. WHen this happens, many plants are killed off.


It is more rare, but we can get a blast of Canadian artic air that can cause temps to remain below freezing for an extended period of time. Last time I remember that happening was Dec 1990...


Cold spell that hit Arizona ready to break - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com




br211 - I have mine stored in Chandler (covered, outside) at RvSuperStorage
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Hi Jeff426,
Sounds like you have a great setup. Consider the following:
1. If parking on concrete, put plastic strips under the tires. The tires should rest on plastic. These can be purchased on the Internet or thin plastic cutting surfaces one can purchase at Walmart.
2. Inflate the tires to their maximum PSI.
3. Clean the tires and treat them with the tire preservative of your choice.
4. Dump air from the system and let the coach sit on the chassis.
5. Drain the air from the 3 air reservoir tanks.
6. Make sure the coach is as clean as possible inside and out.
Tire preservative, not just a wet look coating, use 303.
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Thanks Mr. D, 303 it is! I have used that extensively on our Hypalon Raft, it looks new!

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We're also looking for a place in Phoenix to store our Dutchstar 4369
can I ask where you are storing yours.

Thanks

Bob & Becky
Dear Bob and Becky,

The DS4369 is absolute awesome! Isn't it? So we have not yet committed to a place. We have stored in the Superstorage in Chandler which is very nice but expensive. It is a great facility! We are looking in the Surprise area and have our names on a couple of lists but so far nothing firm yet!

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If you have batteries that take fluid I would make sure they are topped off.
Might unplug some of the direct or dish receivers. My direct receiver comes on when I have an interruption of electric. No need of them getting to hot with it closed in.
Might be sure all places that animals could get in might plug them up with steel wool like water and electric outlets
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If you decide to not winterize, you may still wish to santize the water system. If you routinely use chlorinated city water in the coach system, this may not be necesssary. A little bleach in the gray water tank may help prevent some nasty smells. We put mineral oil in plumbing traps to prevent them from drying out, but not everyone agrees with this. By doing these things, we never have surprise smells upon returning. Consider unplugging all appiances, at least open the breaker. I would certainly use a surge supressor on the incoming electric.
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