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Old 06-13-2019, 01:59 PM   #1
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I have a 2018 Tommy Bahama Bambi, that is being stored outside our house in Tucson AZ. We arenít going to be using it for a few months at least and Iím wondering what I should do with the batteries. Just disconnect the negatives? Also how critical is sun protection. It is hot as hell here. Any additional storing tips are appreciated but know that Iím not super electrically savvy.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:36 PM   #2
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Definitely disconnect the batteries as there will be loads in the trailer that will drain and ruin your batteries in short order. Even if the battery disconnect switch is off.

Youíre right that the sun can be murder on the AS. You should cover the tires as UV can deteriorate the tires as well.

If thereís any reasonable way to get it under cover, that would be best. Donít put a tarp over it, as the tarp will rub against the AS finish and scratch it up.

I hope that helps.
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Agreed: if there's any way you can get that trailer stored under a roof instead of out in the blasting Tucson summer sun, it would be very helpful to your Airstream. Enclosed building isn't necessary or even advisable for where you are unless it's also climate controlled (e.g. cooler than ambient), but getting it out of the sun when you're not camping in it would be a huge win.
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Yes, disconnect the negatives. And yes, a cover really helps preserve the coach.

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Rent a secure storage space that's covered. UV rays from the sun will deteriorate all the plastic and rubber parts of your AS, costing you more in the long run than your storage fees.

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Not just UV damage. In extreme cases (e.g. Tucson or Phoenix in summer), the heat from the sun can also cause various glued things to start coming apart. Again, in extreme cases, it's not impossible for laminates to de-laminate as the glue melts in the extreme heat.

Also, just to be clear, whatever cover the Airstream is under while in storage must never come in contact with the trailer's skin. Some RV owners will cover their rig with a tarp, which keeps out the weather. Sadly, that tarp moving against the Airstream's skin would sand it and cause nasty-looking abrasions on the skin. So, the best cover is some kind of roof above your Airstream that ensures your trailer is always in the shade. That shady roof can be solid, canvas, or whatever, as long as it's suspended above your trailer and never comes in contact with it. Since you're in Tucson anyway, it might be fun to stop by the Lazy Day's KOA there. At this campground they have erected a gigantic solar array, and folks camp under it for the shade. Heck, they probably charge extra for the shady spots!

To be perfectly honest, the best protection for your Airstream from Arizona's summer heat is to go camping somewhere cooler. That's what those wheels are for.
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It's rare, but things like hail storms *do* happen. If a big one catches your trailer out in the open ... that's not good. In some areas sand and other blowing debris can be an issue as well.

Re-caulking the roof is not a cheap thing. Since it's a lot of hassle on the roof, most have it done by somebody. Keeping out of the sun (and in some places rain / snow) extends the life of the caulking. Where we live, enclosed storage is $100 a month. That's cheap compared to doing the caulking every two years.

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Hi all,
I have a 2018 Tommy Bahama Bambi, that is being stored outside our house in Tucson AZ. We aren’t going to be using it for a few months at least and I’m wondering what I should do with the batteries. Just disconnect the negatives? Also how critical is sun protection. It is hot as hell here. Any additional storing tips are appreciated but know that I’m not super electrically savvy.
Yes, as others have mentioned, disconnect the batteries. You’ll want to maintain them so they’ll be ready for your next trip.

Pulsetech offers battery chargers/maintainers that also desulfates battery plates extending the life of your batteries.

They just released a solar version too. Primary customers are the military and commercial users.

I have their X2 Dual unit that charges\pulses two batteries independently.
https://www.pulsetech.net/
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You like these X2s over Battery Tender? And why? Gf is telling me BT has better reviews and is cheaper
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You like these X2s over Battery Tender? And why? Gf is telling me BT has better reviews and is cheaper
Bash, I donít have any experience with the Battery Tender so canít compare them. However, I went with the X2 because of the pulse technology which extends the battery life plus it charges both independently.

PulseTech units are used by commercial and military and have great reviews about reviving and extending battery life.
https://www.pulsetech.net/our-techno...echnology.html

Honestly you cannot go wrong with either.
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