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Old 09-24-2020, 11:55 AM   #1
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Moving the Coach

I am a full time RVer and live in a class A coach but not in a campground and I don't really travel all that much. Hope to travel more next year. I live on my own property but do not have sewer hookups. I have water and electricity. Once a month I go to the local dump station and clean out my holding tanks. I have a french drain for the grey water, so it is OK. It is the black water that gets dumped once a month. QUESTION: Once I put on the "skirts" for winter, moving the coach becomes more difficult. If I just continue to start the engine once a week (my current practice when not traveling) and use a portable grey tank for black water, will that be sufficient for the engine and other coach items?
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:25 PM   #2
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JMHO: And you'll get a lot of opinions on this .

If you're not going to drive the RV until you achieve full operating temp of the engine /trans/exhaust system . Leave it off. Seal the engine intake to keep humidity out of the air filter , and make a note to remove it before you try and start the motor.
Fire up the gen set , for it's monthly exercise and leave the main motor off.
Make sure the chassis batteries are being maintained , by the onboard RV charging system and you're set .
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Maybe make friends with the local portajohn pumper guy.
Some will empty your tanks onsite for a very reasonable cost.
Just don't shake his hand lol.
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Have you considered getting a small septic tank installed? I don't think the cost would be prohibitive. Eddie Elk.
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It's best to not turn on the ignition if you're not going to drive it for 1/2 hr. or so.
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Yup, if you can't drive at highway speed long enough to get the OIL (not just coolant) up to operating temperature, don't start it.

Do keep the fuel tank FULL to minimize condensation.

You don't say if it is gas or diesel, so we can't give advice on additives for storage.
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Have you considered getting a small septic tank installed? I don't think the cost would be prohibitive. Eddie Elk.
Just got a quote of $12.000 for a septic system on my 1 bath house.

Found a offer on Facebook for a small system for $5,800.

That's not inexpensive to me.

If you want to go with a build your own system, a few 55 gallon barrels and 60 feet is leaching pipe will work.
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The short answer is: don't start the engine every week. No reason to do so and more likely to be harmful than good.

Do run the generator, though. Not so much for the motor as far the electrical generation wiring & electronics, which are moisture-sensitive. Run the generator under load once a month until it gets hot enough to dry itself out.
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Thank you for all the responses

Thank you for the various answers.
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