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Old 03-18-2013, 09:41 AM   #1
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Storing Motorhome in the Pacific Northwest

After searching for a couple of months we have hopefully found a used coach we really like and if it passes inspection may purchase. I am beginning to think my original plan was ill thought out. We live in Alaska. I had planned to store the unit on the Olympic Penninsula April through October and use it November throughMarch. It would be stored at an rv storage facility. It would be covered, but not enclosed and heated. Last night I remembered how damp it is in the PAC NW and am now concerned about mold and mildew. Did a little search last night and read where mice can be another problem. There wouldn't be anyone that could periodically air it out, deal with mice and run the generator etc. Am I looking for trouble with this plan? Any recommendations from those of you in the PAC NW?
BTW, the reason I want to store it on the Olympic Penninsula is that my mother lives near by and we would be able to visit her one more time than usual each year. Thanks
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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The Olympic Peninsula is a varied climate where both the wettest city (Forks) and the driest (Sequim) are located. The months that you are looking at storing end in the dry season ( July -Sept). With the MH under cover that would prevent damage from leaking. I would not worry too much about the humidity levels. If you are worried, maybe leave a few dry-eaze containers in it. As for as mice, that will be an issue wherever you store it. First make it as uninviting as possible by sealing any place they might enter, removing food products, etc. Lastly place some traps and poison under cabinets, bed, couch, etc.

I live on the peninsula and keep my MH uncovered, the roof vents opened (have the max air covers) and unheated during the winter. I have not had an issue with mold or mildew inside. I also have not had mice issues but do put out glue traps that I check occasionally.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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Thanks Mike. If we go through with this, the coach would be stored in Sequim. I see all of the moss on the roofs there and it gives me concern. I guess the only other concern would be not being able to crank over the generator or the engine. Maybe I'm overly cautious, but I worry about flat spotting the crank bearings if they're not turned over periodically.
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