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zooom 12-15-2005 05:29 AM

My 2006 Cambria waits patiently [& winterized]under a blanket of early December snow for the PA winter to move on. I disconnected the chassis battery to eliminate parasitic current losses from the cab forward and shut off the coach battery disconnect switch as well. I plan to [monthly] plug-in the coach to either external AC or the generator, turn on the disconnect switch, and periodically top off/charge the coach batteries. I will leave the chassis battery alone 'till Spring.

Does this procedure sound reasonable? Am I doing something differently than auto/truck/RV dealers do with their "yard" stock over the long winter(s)??

zooom 12-15-2005 05:29 AM

My 2006 Cambria waits patiently [& winterized]under a blanket of early December snow for the PA winter to move on. I disconnected the chassis battery to eliminate parasitic current losses from the cab forward and shut off the coach battery disconnect switch as well. I plan to [monthly] plug-in the coach to either external AC or the generator, turn on the disconnect switch, and periodically top off/charge the coach batteries. I will leave the chassis battery alone 'till Spring.

Does this procedure sound reasonable? Am I doing something differently than auto/truck/RV dealers do with their "yard" stock over the long winter(s)??

HBabson 12-15-2005 05:46 AM

sounds like a plan, think I should look into unplugging th van battery. As we are ging to stay her in MD for the winter.

Gary RVRoamer 12-15-2005 05:49 AM

I'm curious why you think it is OK to leave the chassis battery alone but necessary to charge the coach batteries? The chassis battery needs an occasional charge too - don't neglect it.

Jade 12-15-2005 07:28 AM

I have a solar panel on the roof to maintain my coach battery, however a blanket of snow will cut down on the output as will several very cloudy days. I plug in to shore power and run the engine occasionally.

Fxrscotty 12-15-2005 01:54 PM

I keep mine plugged in 24-7 and run the coach and generator once a month for at least 30 min. Scott.

LakeConroePenny,TX 12-16-2005 05:49 PM

Yes, start up that generator regularly, and let it run for a while. Otherwise it will get lazy and not want to start next Spring ! Carb might gum up, apart from other little things.

Fxrscotty 12-16-2005 06:30 PM

Also add stabil to the gas and run it through the generator will help keep from gumming up.

myway2rv 12-17-2005 04:30 AM

Ours is plugged in 24/7. However, I do the once a month thing with the genny and the motor. In fact, that is on today's agenda. I may even crank-up the heat and watch a ballgame...or take a nap...or both. https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/cute.gif

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C Driver 12-17-2005 06:48 AM

Make sure when you exercise your gen that you put a load on it -- ie. the A/C, Television, water heater (on A/C of course), etc.

RV Wizard 12-21-2005 12:51 AM

I would highly recommend you do NOT try to start up the A/C when the temperature is below 42 degrees outside. The compressors are not designed for use in cold temps (no crankcase heater) and can be damaged by doing so. I would recommend using a small space heater for a load in this case.

WAGM 12-21-2005 03:19 AM

I gonna put my $0.02 in here too, if you have drained the water heater: DO NOT PUT ANY HEAT ON IT OR IT WILL MELT. It feels soooo baaaad to replace any of that high dollar stuff. I don`t think heating the pink stuff would be too good either. Just go camping when you can.

See yall in the funnies, Warren

C Driver 12-21-2005 06:46 AM

Sorry, forget it gets that cold - https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/sign0013.gif

WilleyB 01-15-2006 09:05 AM

Well, being a newbie and with December coming on, I winterized it. The coach batteries are in the basement (stays at 50 deg. down there). I have a charger for deep cycle charging and check the batteries every 2 weeks. As for the MH I start it up every week, and if there is no snow or salted roads I'll take it for a short run tommorow. That's the best I can come up with for the time being. In the meantime I'm modifying it to make things more convenient when we take to the roads in the spring.
Cheers
Willis
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