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Old 11-03-2017, 03:03 PM   #1
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Winterizing Coach with Air Bags

Minnesota...2008 Camelot 42PDQ tag axle... I'm winterizing it and have run air then RV antifreeze through water system (including heater coils in Aquahot, fridge ice maker and washer) and the wet bay heater will be on all winter. So that's great for the water system..but what about the air system? Do I let all the air out of the bags and drain the water from the tanks? I would not want ice in the lines or tank. It is going to be plugged in to 50 amp and started every 3 weeks. It should fill with air and then do I dump after that to let the air out again? Each time? I don't mind..just curious. Is there anything else needed to winterize? It will be stored outside with no cover except the tires will be covered.
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In general, I let the air out of the system in my coach. I periodically drain any water from the tanks(never saw any come out). I never start the engine during storage. Why start the engine? I've never seen a creditable evidence saying that does any good at all, and in fact can do damage.
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Assuming a diesel?
Unless you take it for a ride snd get it up to temp best to not even start it.
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Old 11-03-2017, 03:42 PM   #4
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Assuming a diesel?
Unless you take it for a ride snd get it up to temp best to not even start it.
Yep, you beat me to it.
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Old 11-03-2017, 03:45 PM   #5
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I used to let the air our in the Monaco when I owned it as usually the left or right tank would leak out first leaving the coach leaning. On starting the engine I put it away hot and didn't start it till spring. Road construction companies with 100 trucks do not go start them all winter long and you shouldn't either just enjoy the LONG winter and get ready for spring.
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:06 PM   #6
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Hmmm...got done just in time. This is outside right now

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Old 11-03-2017, 04:55 PM   #7
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If you have water in your tanks it means you need to service your air dryer. As you are plugged in it wouldn't hurt to get a dehumidifier to put in the coach. I get a lot water from the dehumidifier and the coach smell a lot better since I put it in. I never start my coach
unless I am going some where or am working on it. I worked construction as a mechanic
for years and we never started equipment unless we needed it an sometimes that is years. Took the batteries out and left them. As your coach is plugged in they should be
looked after from the inverter
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:00 PM   #8
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If itís freezing out wouldnít a dehumidifier freeze up? Typically itís 25 degrees each day for about 4 months.
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So should you dump all your air bags when sitting for the winter?
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I would dump the air and also get a couple HD tarps to park on to help keep the ground moisture from creeps mg up and contributing to corrosion underneath.
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If itís freezing out wouldnít a dehumidifier freeze up? Typically itís 25 degrees each day for about 4 months.
Yep, the dehumidifier stops removing moisture at about freezing temps.

Don't worry about your airbags. Empty, full, doesn't matter! If you haven't had a chance to service your air dryer yet, you should probably drain your air tanks. This wont affect the air in your bags.
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Coach is on asphalt not ground. And new air drier was put in in August
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