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Old 12-02-2017, 08:03 AM   #1
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Ok so I have winterized the rv. Took the water filter canister off when finished and covered the opening with a bag to keep dirt out. I got red antifreeze out all of the faucets,, showers, and toilet. Parked the rv in my back yard with the tires on some wood blocks. Then I put my big foot levelers down to level the rv. The levelers barely moved the coach since the yard is pretty level. I figure this will take a little weight off the tires. I will cover the tires next.

My question is this advisable to level the coach? It will be like this for about 4 to 5 months. Will it cause any problems with the levelers?

Should I cover the ac/heat pump to protect it from the weather? It snows here maybe 2-3 times in a good year.

I plan to keep it plugged in to 30 amp and check the batteries often. Should I leave it plugged in or just power up once a week for an hour?

I also put stabil in the gas tank and filled it up. Anything else I should do for storage? Thanks for any suggestions. I want to make sure I do this right.
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I don't put leveling system down they will freeze to the ground also I leave the filter canister on without the filter and leave antifreeze in it about 1/2 full

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Old 12-02-2017, 08:32 AM   #3
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Mines not on the ground but hereís some similar things I did.
-Took the water filter out and replaced with a small empty Gatorade bottle for displacement then screwed back on
-filled fuel
-plugged into 30A and told controller it only had 15A.
-leveling...since Iím on a flat concrete surface, I rolled the tires upon cut pieces of horse mats (thick heavy rubber) to get off the concrete. Then under each jack, I placed a cut 6x6 with a couple pieces of cut 2x6 on top of that to get about 3 inches below the jacks. Then, instead of extending them, I just manually dumped the air bags. The coach sat the jacks right down on the wood without extending.
-I also left my big battery switches in the ON position as Tiffin Service said to trickle charge, they should be ON.
-Throw dryer sheets around inside to keep mice out

Keep your plug in cable off the ground if possible. If not, make sure where it enters the coach is plugged good to also keep the critters out.

Thatís all that crosses my mind at the moment.
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:51 PM   #4
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Ok so I have winterized the rv. Took the water filter canister off when finished and covered the opening with a bag to keep dirt out. I got red antifreeze out all of the faucets,, showers, and toilet. Parked the rv in my back yard with the tires on some wood blocks. Then I put my big foot levelers down to level the rv. The levelers barely moved the coach since the yard is pretty level. I figure this will take a little weight off the tires. I will cover the tires next.

My question is this advisable to level the coach? It will be like this for about 4 to 5 months. Will it cause any problems with the levelers?

Should I cover the ac/heat pump to protect it from the weather? It snows here maybe 2-3 times in a good year.

I plan to keep it plugged in to 30 amp and check the batteries often. Should I leave it plugged in or just power up once a week for an hour?

I also put stabil in the gas tank and filled it up. Anything else I should do for storage? Thanks for any suggestions. I want to make sure I do this right.
Make sure you also run your generator so that the STA-BIL in your tank runs through the generator as well.
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Charles, Where are you at? It seems that if you are staying attached to 30 Amps, you may be overdoing (IMHO).
Supplemental heating from 1500 watt heaters powered by your 30 amp may be all you really need unless you want to be able to just ignore yours for the winter.
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Charles, Where are you at? It seems that if you are staying attached to 30 Amps, you may be overdoing (IMHO).
Supplemental heating from 1500 watt heaters powered by your 30 amp may be all you really need unless you want to be able to just ignore yours for the winter.
Chesapeake, Virginia. Do you think I need heaters inside? I was planning to leave it closed up but it does get cold and down to freezing temps over the winter.
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I've read that people who leave their jacks down over the winter have problems with corrosion on the jack shafts. I've never left our RV in storage with the jacks down for that reason.
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I believe HWH says up or down is OK but do recommend exercising them monthly either way.
Being single acting the shaft is not submerged in oil when retracted so periodic spray w WD-40 also a good idea.
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- Cummins typically says the generator should be started once a month. You could do that to run a heater once in a while.
- Without knowing what kind of batteries you have or how smart your converter is, constant charging may not be the best idea for the batteries. I would get a heavy duty timer (so I don't forget) that would turn on once a week.
- Gas tank should be full.
-WD-40 is actually a solvent/cleaner, which is probably the opposite of what you want for the jacks. If you want to be good to the jack legs, some petroleum lubricant would be much better.
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Mine is in a storage area parked on asphalt so after winterizing I visit the RV once a month and run the generator and put a load on by running the heat pump (provided it is over 40 degrees) usually grab lunch on the way, put the jacks down and open the slides spend about an hour or so and then pull the slides in, jacks up and lock her up. There is always something to do when I am there. Then every other month I take it for a ride around the county for about an hour or so putting on 40 or so miles. I usually run the generator while riding around. When I winterize the coach I fill the propane and gas tank. Although where I park my coach there are a few with the jacks down I would not. There is no need to have them down as you don't have slides out or using the propane. On flat grass or dirt I would be more concerned about moisture causing rust from water puddling under the RV. Any surface rust on the jacks could cause problems.
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