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Old 10-01-2009, 11:52 PM   #1
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Just got our AS, a 65' Overlander. Given that we tend to not see sub-freezing temps and that we will likely use the AS through the winter, what should we be concerned about regarding storage for a few weeks at a time in exterior storage. Are there tips for storage after a trip i.e. draining the waste, freshwater, etc. I don't believe that mine has a greywater, only black tank. Is it possible for the freshwater tank to create algae like what would happen in a pool or standing water?

Total newbie questions but just need to start with the basics, give me some time, I'll get it!
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:25 AM   #2
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Hey Niche... congrats on your overlander. We have a vintage unit as well and love it! I would suggest a covered storage spot if you can find one. We keep ours in covered storage with power so that we may plug in and keep the battery charged. We do drain the Black tank prior to storing, but we keep about 5 gallons of water in it with new chemicals to ensure the seals dont dry out and it keeps the tank deodorized. We do drain our water tank and we have not had any mold issues or algae. We do add a cap full of chlorine bleach to the water tank once in a while. You should not have to worry about any winterizing here in the valley. Unless your 65 had a grey tank installed aftermarket, it did not come from the factory with one and you do not have to worry about that.

Keep the questions coming....that is the purpose of these forums. On a side note I see you are signed up for the Quarzite rally.... very cool... looking forward to meeting you!
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:41 AM   #3
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Just got our AS, a 65' Overlander. Given that we tend to not see sub-freezing temps and that we will likely use the AS through the winter, what should we be concerned about regarding storage for a few weeks at a time in exterior storage. Are there tips for storage after a trip i.e. draining the waste, freshwater, etc. I don't believe that mine has a greywater, only black tank. Is it possible for the freshwater tank to create algae like what would happen in a pool or standing water?

Total newbie questions but just need to start with the basics, give me some time, I'll get it!
If your going to store the trailer for extended periods of time, it's wise to remove most of the weight from the axles, to protect the longevity of the rubber rods. That can be done with "jack stands."

Leaving a vent cover, slightly open, will help keeping the inside heat from getting to high.

Covering the tires will help too.

Lhall gave you other things to do as well.

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Old 10-02-2009, 08:49 AM   #4
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Wow, one of the best times for camping and your storing it?
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