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Old 11-22-2011, 06:48 PM   #15
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Yes, Airstreams are nice quality units, but the OP just had a few battery storage questions.
Captain, to keep it simple:
1) I would disconnect the coach house battery ground while the RV is in storage (you can leave the disconnect switch on). This will prevent battery drain and should be OK for a month at a time. I use a stainless steel wing nut on the battery ground to make it easy to disconnect - no tools needed. Tractor Supply has them.
2) Then on your visit to the storage site, re-connect the ground to the batteries and plug in the coach and the onboard system should charge it.
3) When charging the house batteries, use a voltmeter to check the chassis/engine battery. If it is 13V or more it is charging. If it is 12V or so, it is not. If not and about 12V, carefully jumper the + Chassis to the + House batteries and they will all charge together. You want to be safe here because any + to any ground will ruin your day.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:05 PM   #16
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And finally...I now honestly believe that the single biggest mistake I ever made with my coach was to put it in a custom built, climate controlled building that I built when I bought it. The lack of humidity and natural elements has caused me real problems with rusted wiring connectors and interior problems. Had I simply left it outside or at the most put under an rv enclosure I would be far better off today. The damages I have had to deal with have nothing to do with the real world. The drying out of wooden components, rusting of electrical fittings and the rotting of tires and window and roof seals is all of a result of 'over-protection.' Give it natural air and Red Max it when you need to. No more. No less. My truck driving callers on the radio show have never stored a unit in their lives and they're clocking 500,000 a miles and more. Give it room. Cut it deep. Let it breathe.
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