RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-26-2012, 07:35 AM   #1
JC2
Senior Member
 
JC2's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Mo/Texas
Posts: 3,368
Winterizing Question

This will be our first time winterizing our DSDP since we purchased it it March/2012. It seems everything can be done in the same manner,(blowing out the lines and putting in the pink stuff) as we did with our previous MH which was gas.
1. I will shut off the lp detector switch and house battery bank which i believe should pretty much kill the majority of parasitic draws.
2. Should I or would there be any problem in also shutting off the switch on the Inverter itself which is located in the rear outside passenger compartment?
3. Would it also be advisable to unhook all negative cables on the (4) house batteries.

We don't have access to ac power where it's parked and will usually drive it every 4-5 weeks during winter storage for about 1 hr along with running the gennie.
__________________

__________________
2010 Newmar Dutch Aire DP 4304-Cummins ISL 425hp-Spartan MM Chassis-2013 Chev Equinox AWD-Ready Brute Elite Towing System-FMCA 402879-SKP 120487
JC2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-26-2012, 07:49 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
vraines's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 702
I think I would disconnect the batteries. That would eliminate any drains for sure. It goes without saying that you should make sure that the battery tops should be clean. Don't forget the LP tank.
__________________

__________________
2007 Dutch Star 4320
2010 Mazda Miata 6 speed
Roadmaster tow
vraines is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
radams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 398
Recommend that you top off the battery fluids and make sure they are fully charged before shutting down. Turn off the inverter (including charger function) and then the house and chassis battery switches. Some people do disconnect the negative cables, where they have no access to electrical supply for Battery Tenders, chargers, etc., but not the cables between the battery's themselves.

Lastly, when I put the girl in storage for the winter I don't start the engine or generator until I take it out of storage for the summer. That can be 5-6 months later. I know there are different opinions on this but I've never had a problem.

BTW another neat trick I've seen and now use is to zip tie a baggie over the end of the exhaust pipe. JIC some critter is looking for a home.

Happy trails!
__________________
Bob Adams
2013 Winnebago Aspect 27K
E450, V10, CRV, Blue Ox
radams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 11:27 AM   #4
JC2
Senior Member
 
JC2's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Mo/Texas
Posts: 3,368
Quote:
Originally Posted by radams View Post
Recommend that you top off the battery fluids and make sure they are fully charged before shutting down. Turn off the inverter (including charger function) and then the house and chassis battery switches. Some people do disconnect the negative cables, where they have no access to electrical supply for Battery Tenders, chargers, etc., but not the cables between the battery's themselves.

Lastly, when I put the girl in storage for the winter I don't start the engine or generator until I take it out of storage for the summer. That can be 5-6 months later. I know there are different opinions on this but I've never had a problem.

BTW another neat trick I've seen and now use is to zip tie a baggie over the end of the exhaust pipe. JIC some critter is looking for a home.

Happy trails!
In the 5-6 months that your unit is in storage, do you ever reconnect it and maybe go for a hour or so drive? We try to take ours out about every 4-6 weeks for a drive and run the gennie.
__________________
2010 Newmar Dutch Aire DP 4304-Cummins ISL 425hp-Spartan MM Chassis-2013 Chev Equinox AWD-Ready Brute Elite Towing System-FMCA 402879-SKP 120487
JC2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 11:54 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
radams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 398
Quote:
Originally Posted by JC2 View Post
In the 5-6 months that your unit is in storage, do you ever reconnect it and maybe go for a hour or so drive? We try to take ours out about every 4-6 weeks for a drive and run the gennie.
No, I don't although I have seen the discussions and the rationale for doing so. In my case my coach is in enclosed, though not heated, storage and the coldest it ever gets inside is about freezing. The humidity is very low here in the winter, in fact we have to run humidifiers at home. I run Battery Tenders on all house and chassis batteries, dump the air, fill the fuel tank, add biocide, and pink it. The only thing I check on during the winter is the mouse traps.

I may have unique conditions or maybe just lucky but this has worked fine for me. As always, YMMV!
__________________
Bob Adams
2013 Winnebago Aspect 27K
E450, V10, CRV, Blue Ox
radams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
JC2
Senior Member
 
JC2's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Mo/Texas
Posts: 3,368
Quote:
Originally Posted by radams View Post
No, I don't although I have seen the discussions and the rationale for doing so. In my case my coach is in enclosed, though not heated, storage and the coldest it ever gets inside is about freezing. The humidity is very low here in the winter, in fact we have to run humidifiers at home. I run Battery Tenders on all house and chassis batteries, dump the air, fill the fuel tank, add biocide, and pink it. The only thing I check on during the winter is the mouse traps.

I may have unique conditions or maybe just lucky but this has worked fine for me. As always, YMMV!
Unfortunately, ours is stored outside with others under a building that is open sided and does not have ac available for plugging in. We are just north of KC,Mo and it can get nippy. Under the circumstances, I have always been hesitant about leaving it sit that long without an ac plugin, thus the driving every 4-6 wks to charge the batteries.
__________________
2010 Newmar Dutch Aire DP 4304-Cummins ISL 425hp-Spartan MM Chassis-2013 Chev Equinox AWD-Ready Brute Elite Towing System-FMCA 402879-SKP 120487
JC2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 12:51 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
radams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 398
Quote:
Originally Posted by JC2 View Post
Unfortunately, ours is stored outside with others under a building that is open sided and does not have ac available for plugging in. We are just north of KC,Mo and it can get nippy. Under the circumstances, I have always been hesitant about leaving it sit that long without an ac plugin, thus the driving every 4-6 wks to charge the batteries.
If I had those conditions I would do the same as you. Sounds like you are getting the engine and transmission temps up to operating range and assuming you've got a load on the gennie while you're running. Back to your original question I would shut off the inverter/charger first and then the house and chassis batteries. Shouldn't be any need to disconnect any cables under your scenario. Good luck!
__________________
Bob Adams
2013 Winnebago Aspect 27K
E450, V10, CRV, Blue Ox
radams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 05:21 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Davidej M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: B.C. Canada
Posts: 121
We are lucky. We park the unit beside the house, leave it pluged in, heated and antifreeze in the water system. We start the unit every month, activate the stablizers and bring the systems up to operating temperature. We have no cover on the unit and so far so good.
__________________

Davidej M is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×