Originally Posted by Tigerfan1
Put a vapor barrier (plywood or thick plastic ) between your tires and the gravel. Moisture will build up inside so if you have vent covers crack your roof vents to allow some air movement or use a moisture absorbing product inside. If you have critter problems make sure to block as many exterior openings as possible. Mouse traps baited with peanut butter in the basement in the event some get in. Some people use dryer sheets in drawers or other areas. Fresh Cab is another scented product that many use. Exercise the generator once a month with a 50% load on it. Donít start your engine unless you can drive it to operating temperature.
Are you able to plug it in to keep the house and chassis batteries charged? If not you can plan on running the gen for two hours every two weeks to keep the batteries reasonably charged. I have found the house batteries can go three weeks if every thing is off but I have fairly new Lifeline AGMs for the house. With the original batteries you can only go two weeks. Especially as the winter progresses as you cannot top the batteries off with only a two hour run. If they do go dead they can freeze and split the cases and cause a real mess...
When you park it turn all the breakers off to minimize parasitic losses. I also turn the inverters off. Turn off the chassis battery breaker in the right ear panel. This does not completely disconnect them but it does minimize parasitic loss.
you might want to put a battery charger on the chassis batteries with an extension cord so you can charge them while you run the gen. The house batteries will not come up enough with a two hour run every two weeks to get enough charge to the chassis batteries thru the BIRD. You can power the battery charger off the receptacle in the engine compartment. Be sure you turn on the main and inverter breakers when you run the gen.
Remember to turn the 12 house switch when the gen runs.
Obviously turn breakers and 12v switch off after charging.
I put mouse traps in the engine compartment and in each of the basement storage areas. Put mouse traps every where inside the coach... I have found the mice in our storage lot can lick the peanut butter off he trap trip lever without it trapping them. I also put glue traps strategically through the whole coach as they are pretty fail proof from my experience. They will smell the peanut butter so the downside to traps is attracting them unwittingly hence the glue traps for the clever ones who can lick the trip lever clean of peanut butter without getting caught.
I buy several boxes of moth balls and throw them on the ground under the coach to establish a bit of a perimeter. I hate the way they smell so I don't recommend putting them inside the coach just rip open the bags they come in and scatter them under the coach. Reapply each time you run the gen to charge.
Make sure you have antifreeze in the windshield wiper bottle and run the wipers and pump the fresh fluid thru the windshield washer lines. If you have put water in the washer bottle.
I do put two bags of moth balls in the engine compartment as hat area is isolated enough from the coach so the smell doesn't filter into the coach.
Forget the dryer sheets or the Irish spring soap old wive's tales. I had mice in the engine compartment making a nest out of dryer sheets and they gnaw on the irish spring soap bars.
If you park it the entire winter when spring comes watch the awning and slide topper covers for bird nests. The winged friends get a start in the spring pretty early sometimes (before you realize it) and they love the owning and topper covers at the end where there is a gap to start nest building.
I hate constantly having to visit the coach in the winter but unless you can plug in it is a necessity.