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Old 04-01-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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Question Parking Permanently, Need Help Please!

Hi all.
We have recently decided to park our 31' 1979 Sovereign Land Yacht (center bath) on some out of state family land permanently. We will be doing this in just a couple of weeks and I am pressed on time to be able to gather information and supplies before we go.

We will no longer be using the A/C, or the plumbing and will pretty much just be using it as a fancy tent as there will be no water or power running to it. We do however have a roof top solar panel to keep the battery charged, and the LP to run appliances as needed. That said, we don't have to worry about hooking up to utilities.

Our thought is to pour footers and put it on blocks, as well as use hurricane straps and then build a permanent roof over top.

We have two manuals, they talk about blocking but offer little information on where to place the straps.

I have looked for threads and so far have found little. I will keep looking but I am wondering if anyone who knows these forums well can point me in the right direction, or if anyone has any first hand advice to offer.

Many Thanks in Advance,

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Old 04-01-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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If I was doing without an engineering report, I would just use the brackets at the axles to hold down along with the hitch point, three very strong anchoring points should be enough, to hold the riveted structure down. I have seen where flat sided trailers were blown over while the AS shape didn't. How deep the anchors and size of hardware would be determined by location and how much wind protection is given by surroundings.

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Old 04-01-2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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My 75 Overlander has been parked in one place for nearly 10 years now.
I hook onto it with the tractor a couple of times a year, back it up to mow under it then return it to it's normal spot.
I do have 110V shore power to it so I plug it in when I go up camping.
I do keep the curtains closed tight when I'm not around to keep the UV rays off the inside.
Other than that I haven't done a thing to it in that time.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:38 AM   #4
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Just my two cents here, but if you will have battery power to run the water pump...

Maybe collect rainwater off the awning in a barrel and refill the freshwater tank with buckets or a small pump. Figure out a place to dump gray water, maybe a gravel filled hole some distance downhill and connected to the sewer outlet with a garden hose. Replace the RV toilet with a portapotty, which I assume there is somewhere close to empty that. You could be living pretty comfortably without the AC power.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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Make sure you get it shaded, you know how they heat up. We don't run water through this one, and we use a port a potty for the other thing. - Will you have internet still?
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In addition I'd highly recommend the threads on keeping rodents and insects out of the TT. The longer it sits the more attractive it becomes to pests. And there are practically innumerable places for entry.
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Get brass "steel wool" to plug all entrance openings to slow the entrance of four legged free loaders.
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Get brass "steel wool" to plug all entrance openings to slow the entrance of four legged free loaders.
I use stainless steel pot scrubbers.

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Old 04-05-2013, 09:27 AM   #9
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If you are going to put a roof over the top, pour a concrete pad, cast eye bolts in it at the axle locations, tie it to the axels. Be sure to tie the roof structure down too. My personal feeling is that any blocking should be done between the concrete pad and the frame of the trailer, and all you really need would be blocking front and at the axel locations.

The roof is the most important thing you can add as it will reduce the possible leaks to almost zero and keep the sun, rain and snow off. However, you will need to move your solar panels to the roof of the shed so they get sunshine on them. Or, add new ones to the roof of the shed, they are very inexpensive (relatively) these days.

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