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Old 12-03-2015, 10:13 PM   #1
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Winterizing Question from a new full-timer

Hello Everyone,
We are on week 5 of our simpler life. Put in 10000 km's already and absolutely loving it.
So, once we get back to Ontario just before Christmas I am planning on putting the AS into storage for 3-4 months before we take it out to Alberta.
The question I have is that the AS is our only home now. We are kinda full-timing it. 6-7 months in Alberta, 5-6 months in India. So, I am wondering about winterizing. I plan on having the typical stuff done, relumbing, but what about the cloths, bedding, books...etc....
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:16 AM   #2
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I wonder about the same thing

The foam has to endure extreme temperatures, hot and cold. It will turn to powder after many years. I wonder if that is why
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:30 AM   #3
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We empty our Airstream, so I'm speaking from boating experience here...

If you are storing all of your belongings, your biggest issue will be mold and mildew. The temperature swings and snowmelt in the spring can cause your humidity to raise and lower, potentially causing condensation. If there is anything dirty or edible to mold -- like paper -- condensation can allow mold to grow surprisingly quickly.

Dehumidification and ventilation are key. It doesn't take much to keep the moisture away. I used to use a 100 watt light bulb in our boat, running 24/7. It was just enough to keep it a little warmer than ambient -- and seemed to dry it out.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:50 AM   #4
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We store our AS outside in Western PA and leave it there until we leave in January for FL. When in this early winter storage everything comes out except non eatable things such as coffee maker, silverware etc. All cloths, bedding and every item of food, even in cans comes out. We just don't want to tempt the fur critters wondering around - ie Mice and Rats.

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Old 12-04-2015, 07:32 AM   #5
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My experience is also boating where I left most things aboard 12 months. Echo that mold and mildew are your enemies. From my experience, ventilation is not enough. Once I found a small ozone generator, I never had another problem. They do require 12 vdc or 120 vac so that may not be an option for you.

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Our AS's have always, (since 1988), stayed loaded with everything
non-perishable, 24/7/365. No moldy stuff and all fabric & foam still intact.
Stays on the pad & is checked regularly throughout the year.

I guess thats rong, but it's worked for us with no dire consequences.

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It was just enough to keep it a little warmer than ambient -- and seemed to dry it out.
Here on the Gulf Coast where humidity is endemic year-round, the rule-of-thumb guideline for controlling condensation in engineering applications is to keep the air temperature at least 5°F above the dew point.

Dehumidifying the air also helps, of course, because that lowers the dew point without raising the temperature. You can either use an absorbent material like Damp-Rid tubs, or an electric dehumidifier. Problem with electric ones is that you have to empty them every so often, so if you're not going to be there, you're stuck with the absorbent material.

I have heard that a low-cost alternative to Damp-Rid is clean kitty litter, at least the clumping kind. But I haven't tried it for months-long storage, because I've never had my Airstream stored for more than three weeks.
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No one mentioned actually winterizing the plumbing! All tanks need to be drained out completely - then about 1 cup anti-freeze poured down each drain (sinks, shower). Of course all this needs to be rinsed thoroughly before using the unit again. Storing the rig to keep rodents out and winterizing are 2 different things. Those of us who live in an area where it freezes have to be very careful.
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I plan on having the typical stuff done, re: plumbing, but what about the cloths, bedding, books...etc....
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No one mentioned actually winterizing the plumbing!
That's why. The OP already planned on having the typical stuff done, so we all assumed he knew what was typical and so we concentrated on the non-typical things.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it…
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I don't know what your winter humidity is like in Ontario. If it will stay well below freezing, then humidity usually isn't a problem; your AS is a giant freezer. Certainly if you were storing it over winter in Alberta the humidity in winter would be very low, as it is in Eastern Montana where I used to live. Problems can come in spring when things melt and for awhile humidity can rise during the day, then condense on the inside of the AS at night when it drops in temperature.
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Thank you everyone for your help.
Yes, I will be having the AS winterized before heading back north in a couple of weeks.
That said...does anyone have a RV service centre that they would recommend in around Padre Island or St.Joseph Peninsula parks? We are still not 100% on whrere we will be ending the travels before heading home.
Thanks again.
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You take your AS to India ? I want to know more !
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:52 PM   #13
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Oh how I wish we could bring her to India with us....no...she will be in storage for the winter...
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:32 PM   #14
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I leave my Airstream indoors over Minnesota winters. I have heavy duty plastic stacking storage lockers that I put all the towels and bed linens inside along with any paper goods, books, etc. I use a mattress protector and the only fabric in the trailer is the couch and curtains. Remove all soaps, cleaners, toiletries of course - and take out all food items including canned - and double check! Another poster's comments about a giant freezer should be heeded and can save a few headaches! Think exploded Forgotten cans. I use the storage lockers in the TV come Spring. I think what's worked best is a 110% cleaning before it goes to storage. Mold and humidity have not been a problem not have uninvited guests. Hope that trend continues!
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