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Old 01-12-2022, 06:14 PM   #1
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Back surgery recovery & RV maintenance

Well, I'm 12 days since an L3-L4 lumbar (spinal) fusion and moving fairly well, praise Jesus! Just the same, I will be in PT for 6 months while bone growth happens. No bending lifting or twisting. Thus no RV'ing until Fall or after, sigh.

The beast is winterized, and powered (for low heating and house battery maintenance), and the engine batteries are on a maintainer.

My question is this: If I can recruit a friend to drive the beast and run the generator once a month for 30-45 mins, what else might I need to do? I can ride along to be watchful for any issues that might arise. It does occur to me that I probably need to top the fuel up from 90 to 100 gallons, and maybe add Diesel Kleen? And check all the fluids... what else?

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Old 01-12-2022, 06:40 PM   #2
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Hi Steve,
I hope you're feeling much better after your surgery. I had L1-L2 fused last year (2021) and it was almost instant relief from the excruciating pain I had before the surgery. I found my recovery to be pretty quick, but still have some back issues and I sometimes forget my limitations. Take it easy and if you can find someone to help you with the MH, by all means do it.
Wishing you all the best in your recovery.
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Old 01-12-2022, 07:20 PM   #3
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Different trains of thought on this but my recommendation would be to fill the tank and use additives (Biobor, Startron, and Diesel Kleen) and take it for a drive.

Then just park it with it plugged in and heated if it gets cold.

Unless you take it out for a real run you are probably doing more harm then good if you take it for a short run.

When I was building our house I left the rig parked for 4-6 months at a time but when I drove it I went for a good run. At one point I was living it but it didn't get moved.
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:27 PM   #4
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Thanks gents for the help and encouragement!

Anyone else have any recommendations?
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Get better soon Steve.
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Old 01-17-2022, 09:21 PM   #6
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Hey there! 10 disc-ectomies, three lumbar fusions, 6 knee surgeries, 1 knee replacement here! I think you’ll find you’ll heal pretty quickly and maybe even do things too soon…. Having help to maintain things and pacing yourself is a very good thing!
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