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Old 09-15-2005, 03:14 PM   #1
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Short Term Storage

What would you recommend when storing a motorhome for a few weeks:

1. Plugged in ? (I have a Progressive Dynamics converter with charge wizard)

2. Levelers deployed or not?

3. Do tires need pads under them - if so what material?

4. Ventilation - vents open or closed? Windows open or closed?

5. Awnings deployed or not?

I wouldn't expect to get much rain during this time period but it could go into the high 90's and at 2500 feet the sun is intense.
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Old 09-15-2005, 03:37 PM   #2
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Can we be a little more specific about what is a few weeks? Lots of difference in interpretations and advice.

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Old 09-15-2005, 04:02 PM   #3
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I was initially thinking of 4 - 6 weeks. But I try to drive it every week or two if possible.
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need more info

What type of parking spot do you have? Is it level? What type of surface will you be parked on? Is it protected from wind? Is it private enough to leave windows open? We need more info.
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It is parked outside my garage which is located on six fenced arces. The surface is very rocky soil, nearly level. I could also park it on my driveway which is roadbase i.e. gravel.

I'm not worried about security. Wind can be a problem but since we live on the property, I can take in the awnings when needed.
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I would leave your vehicle closed up. Since I'm a trailer person I'm not into all the facits of the motor home but if the unit has a master disconnect switch I would turn it off if you don't want to keep the unit connected to 110. I would only keep the unit plugged into 110 if I knew converter was working properly and could go into the maintenance or trickle charge mode and not overcharge the battery. In the case of the tires I'd cover them to protect from UV, and might consider some fuel stabilizer to keep the gas good.

Leave the awnings up, tire pads would be nice if you are sitting on concrete but again I don't consider 4 to 6 weeks long term. Ventilation would be nice if you can close things up in case of rain.

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I agree with Jack. Leave the awnings rolled up. If you're going to be using the fridge for extra storage (we do occasionally in the summer) leave it plugged in. If not, throw the main battery switch, and disconnect the engine battery. I used to use sun shades in the windshield and front side windows, and I pull my day/night shades down to day (white) just to keep the sun from beating in. I have weather guards over my vents, so I leave them open. Honestly, folks stay in campgrounds longer than six weeks sometimes without moving. I wouldn't get too concerned about it at all.

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Two- four weeks or so is not problem, especially if as stated the main battery disconnect is used. I usually keep the vents a bit open to allow some air circulation, I leave my fridge and under sink cabinet and bathroom closet doors open, and I will put a box of baking soda in there to help combat odors.
I also habe all my windows shaded, including the door window, and I put a sun reflector in the front windows and windshield.
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Alan,
How do you have your windows shaded?
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