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Old 11-06-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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Storing RV Indoors for Winter - Should I leave vents or windows open?

We are storing our 26RLS TT in our insulated shop for the winter. The unit is winterized and indoors. The shop is heated when someone is in it but not all the time and the temp may go below 0.

Should I leave windows and roof vents open to allow air circulation or closed?


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Old 11-06-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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I keep our roof vent cracked open all year. Mine stays in a barn but it is not heated. My biggest issue with being a semi heated shop would be condensation. The issue I would see is the TT will be cold all the time, even with the windows and vents open, and when the shop gets warm the moisture in the shop will want to condensate in the TT.

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Old 11-07-2013, 05:14 AM   #3
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Do your tools and equipment have moisture all over them until the shop is warmed thoroughly? I bet they do and the camper will too. You may want to open the camper door when you heat the shop so it equalizes temperatures. Is there a possibility to keep the shop at say 40 or 45 degrees all winter? Some experimentation is in order.

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Old 11-07-2013, 07:08 AM   #4
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For many years, I stored my TT in a limestone mine for the winter where the temperature was 54F year 'round. Due to the mine's high humidity, they recommended closing all vents, windows and the refrigerator/freezer doors. At the mine's office, you could buy (optionally or bring your own) a "two-pack" of Humi-Dri buckets. I would put one bucket in my kitchen sink and the other in my bathtub. Before storing, I had to remove the propane tanks (which I did before leaving for the mine) and battery (the last item you removed before exiting the mine as there is only limited lighting underground, plus the fact that you need the battery to power your trailer brakes should it breakaway from your tow vehicle).

Although you're not storing your RV under the exact same circumstances, at least some, if not all, of the steps described above may apply to your situation.

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Old 11-07-2013, 06:58 PM   #5
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I store mine closed all winter long.
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