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Old 02-08-2017, 08:25 AM   #533
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Your Tradewind looks great. I was curious if your flooring is holding up. I still have two places that won't lock. I love your interior setup.
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Old 02-10-2017, 05:45 PM   #534
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Thanks all! Floor is doing well, I think I have one area that unlocked that I need to address, but since the floor is light and the interlock tabs are gray it isn't easy to see
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:07 PM   #535
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Your trailer is incredible. I don't know how you are going to leave it for a year or so.

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Old 02-21-2017, 09:12 PM   #536
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Millertime's rear bathroom rot '76 Tradewind thread

Al and missy, thanks so much! I am already starting to get a little bummed knowing she will sit out in the desert for 2 years. I have started thinking about how to best prepare it for storage.... looking for input from anyone and everyone.

1). Fully winterize (blowout plus antifreeze)

2) reflectix in windows

3) disconnect batteries and hookup small 5-10 W solar tender.

4). Still not sure what to do about the tires, I read to put something under them (wood) so they aren't touching the ground. I thought about jacking up the trailer on stands but I worry about a big windstorm upsetting the stands or something. I will be eyes off for the whole time.

4). Also concerned about vermin, thought about those self sealing mousetraps, throwing in a fogger before I leave.... thoughts?


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Had the same guy who made my metal wheel wells knock up a new fridge chimney using the cracked old one as a template. This one is much wider since my new fridge is quite a bit bigger. One day I will polish it (lol I say that phrase a lot)

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Old 02-24-2017, 09:21 AM   #537
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Hi millertime: Your long term storage plan looks sound. Keeping critters out is helped by plugging any 3/8 diameter holes there might be in the trailer. I had mice enter from the rear bumper storage, propane line penetrations in the belly, gaps in the wheel wells, A frame square ends at the tongue jack, folding step slide "slots" in the step box, and I still get a mouse in there now and then.

I might submit if the trailer is subject to very high straight winds enough to blow it off jack stands, it would blow it over if it were on the tires. I place the jack stands just aft of the rear axle on the axle mounting plate. There is a whole lot of trailer weight on a very small piece of metal making the loads high. It seems very stable to me. And it is a good theft deterrent. Just a thought.

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Old 03-01-2017, 09:20 AM   #538
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I agree David, most likely will put it up on stands and cover the tires to prevent UV damage.

The trailer still needs some sealing work just for water around the rear lights, etc and I too no doubt have some penetrations to fill in with foam.

I have been thinking about how to connect the solar charger while ensuring weather integrity. My best solution so far is to run the cable through the vent for the stove, which would leave a small gap which rain or critters may enter. The only way to avoid having some entryway open is to install a set of leads that come out the bottom of the trailer which means drilling through the floor and bellypan, installing grommets, etc. How would you do it? I did run solar wiring from near the fridge vent to the battery, could clip the solar tender to that, but it would be a decently long run and I am unsure of the voltage drop losses. Also would have to unscrew the fridge chimney I just installed to access the wires lol, figures.
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:19 AM   #539
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Have you thought about removing the batteries entirely for a storage period that long? By the time you get back, they may be at or near the end of their useful life anyway
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:34 AM   #540
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Perhaps, but given my situation that I will be unable to store them elsewhere and they are brand-new after the storage period They will only be three years old. You are correct though that it might just less hassle to remove them and purchase new batteries on the way to pick up the trailer upon our return.

The other option is to just disconnect them, ensure the fluid levels are full, and let them sit for two years. They will undoubtably be fully discharged but perhaps they will still perform well after recharging.
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:23 AM   #541
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My airstream had an antenna of some sort added to the roof with the cable through a 1/4" hole drilled through the skins and in to a cabinet.
I pulled it out and added a small grommet. I ran my solar wire through the hole and sealed it with OSI Quad. You can't see it from the ground and it hasn't leaked in 3 years, but it is part of my annual inspection.

Prior to mounting the panel on the roof I would put it on the propane tanks and run the wires in the space around the battery door.
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:38 AM   #542
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Oh yeah there is a healthy gap in that door for venting and also a great call to mount on the tongue vice roof!
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Old 03-01-2017, 05:57 PM   #543
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You could back feed thru the umbilical cord if you get a kit that has the solar control in the panel.
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It's likely they'll sulfate

[QUOTE=millertimeUS;1917924]
The other option is to just disconnect them, ensure the fluid levels are full, and let them sit for two years. They will undoubtably be fully discharged but perhaps they will still perform well after recharging.[/QUOTE

I would not recommend that option. Batteries that sit around in a discharged condition form sulfates on the plates and are never any good once that happens.
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Old 04-30-2017, 04:55 PM   #545
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Looking forward to what comes next for you. Your tenacity is inspirational.
Also, thank you for your service. I'll actually be on Oahu in a couple week so for work, Mostly north shore.

Thank you for taking the time to document your journey.

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