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Old 11-19-2020, 06:37 PM   #1
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Diesel Pusher storage logistics

So We just finished our first season, 14,000 miles in our all-electric Dutchstar3736, and we are having the rig fully serviced at LazyDays before placing it in storage for the winter. I have arranged a closed storage unit in Prescott AZ where it sometimes gets below freezing. Because we don't know when we will be bringing it out of storage, I am electing to not winterize the coach. Instead, I will have a heater so that the space does not drop below 40 degrees.
My question is how do I best set it up for storage? I can plug it in to 110V 20 A service. Do I disconnect the chassis batteries? Leave the refer closed with power or open with everything off? Cabinets open or closed? etc. Any suggestions are appreciated!
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Just leave it connected to a 120 outlet and check the battery water every 60 days or so if you have wet cells. AGM's no problem as they don't need checking. If the fridge is empty, just leave the doors open to eliminate odors. No need to run a empty fridge. Cabinets won't matter open or closed if you keep the storage at 40 degrees.
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I agree with the previous poster. What I do is put a dozen or so cheap Walmart drop lights (with old style 60w bulbs that get hot) throughout the MH, anywhere water might freeze....pump, toilets, Aqua Hot, refer, etc. I put two bulbs in each place, in case one burns out. Also, if really cold, I check on it every day or so.
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Just leave it connected to a 120 outlet and check the battery water every 60 days or so if you have wet cells. AGM's no problem as they don't need checking. If the fridge is empty, just leave the doors open to eliminate odors. No need to run a empty fridge. Cabinets won't matter open or closed if you keep the storage at 40 degrees.

I agree.

14,000 miles...wow, where all did you go?
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And, think about keeping varmints out. I use dryer sheets, pine scented garbage bags, and an ultrasonic mouse repeller. However, people in your storage area probably have the best ideas for your storage situation.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:41 AM   #6
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Years ago we put on 12k on a trip from NJ to Alaska and back. The miles pile up when you’re having fun!

I would follow the suggestions above. If you can’t visit to check your batteries you might just plug into a timer for 4 hours a day just to maintain them.
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For the few minutes it would take, I'd blow out all the water lines just incase you get a bad storm, freezing temps and a power outage .
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I would drain the water lines and empty the water tank. If it freezes and the power goes out, this may be a problem. If the lines are empty and the taps left open there will be room for expansion.
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