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Old 11-28-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
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Cool Cover for RV?

Do I need to cover [ southeast ky.] also do I need to leave leveling jacks up or down ,and last do you leave pluged in during winter months. Fisrt TT 199 sport 2010 .
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:09 AM   #2
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1-I have never covered an RV in 40 years. There are pros and cons, mostly cons like the wind blowing the cover causing wear on the RV finish.
2-I leave my jacks up but I don't think it matters.
3-It is best to store the battery out of freezing weather. The single stage converter/charger that comes in some RV's will not fully charge the battery and will overcharge the battery if left plugged in continuously. Check the electrolyte level in the battery at regular intervals if you do leave it plugged in continuously
"The life of your batteries will be longer and happier if you charge them correctly. The best chargers on the market are 3-stage chargers. Use of a good quality 3 stage charger will significantly improve your battery's performance and lifespan. These chargers can be purchased separately or are included as part of many of the better quality inverters. When using a 3 stage charger, battery charging takes place in 3 basic stages: Bulk, Absorption, and Float.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:29 AM   #3
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Do I need to cover [ southeast ky.] also do I need to leave leveling jacks up or down ,and last do you leave pluged in during winter months. Fisrt TT 199 sport 2010 .
hey neighbor
i never have covered mine either but i do think it would be better to protect it from the elements all winter
jacks up or down shouldnt matter and i think removing the battery like suggested is a good idea
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:17 PM   #4
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Dont cover... the RV was built to be outside... the covers are sold to the "nervous Nellie's" who have more money than they know what to do with...

Do cover the tires to prevent weather checking...

I put my tires on wood blocks to keep them off the ground..

I put my jacks down but dont really need to...

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Battery charged and stored on a wood block in the basement unless you have a solar system..

All tanks empty and water lines blown out... dont forget to drain the water heater..

All that being said I now have a much easier way to winterize...

"Park it under a Palm Tree".. That is what I have been doing for 3 years now...
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:28 AM   #5
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hey neighbor
i never have covered mine either but i do think it would be better to protect it from the elements all winter
jacks up or down shouldnt matter and i think removing the battery like suggested is a good idea
Robert
I agree. One thing I would highly recommend is checking your roof seams for cracks. If you find cracks in the caulk, use the same product the factory uses. It is called Alpha Self Leveling Caulk. You DO NOT want to leave seams open over the winter and water is your worst enemy.
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:26 PM   #6
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My book says do NOT store with jacks down. Like Seann45 said do park on wood. Tires will rot WWWWAAAAAYY before tread is gone if you don't! As far as cover......Store it in a covered storage unit!
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:13 AM   #7
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Very Important Part of Winterizing

Reading all the great suggestions on Winterizing has inspired me to publish the importance of Seam Checks as part of your procedure. Please come look at a couple of pics I published this morning and I think it will help you understand the importance:

http://parts.cunninghamcampers.com/?p=4695
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Reading all the great suggestions on Winterizing has inspired me to publish the importance of Seam Checks as part of your procedure. Please come look at a couple of pics I published this morning and I think it will help you understand the importance:

http://parts.cunninghamcampers.com/?p=4695
It is great to have a certified tech on here, a very valuable resource for forums such as this one. After seeing your sealing tips, I have to wonder about the windows. I have read on this and another forum several times that Jayco uses a dry fit gasket on their windows that must be replaced after 2 to 3 years. This of course would require pulling the windows and resealing, not something everyone expects to have to to this soon. Any thoughts on this?
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Crabman,

We haven't experienced any seal issues on the windows. Keeping a small bead of OSI Quad around them will help ease your mind.

I'm the certified parts & warranty guy and Larry Cunningham is the Master Tech. He keeps me straight with the answers. We are here to help as much as we can. We bring 37 years of experience with the Jayco product to the table.

Our company is a Jayco Gold Circle Dealer and our Service, Parts & Customer Satisfaction Statistics are the highest in our Region. Being Gold Circle is one of the highest honors as a Jayco Dealer. Our owner, Mr. Evan Cunningham, was personal friends with Lloyd Bontrager, the founder of Jayco. We have an extensive history.
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Thanks for the info. Good to know you and Larry have many years of experience to draw from. I see you mention OSI Quad sealant. I have used Proflex on my previous trailer for around the windows, clearance lights, storage doors etc. Are the two products similar? I agree that you have to be proactive with maintenance on a trailer to avoid leaks and the resulting damage.
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