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Old 10-05-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Other than Antifreeze What Else Do You Do When You Store Your RV

Curious if anyone takes in their flatscreen, propane tanks or anything else when you store your trailer for the winter? Do you leave anything in your trailer?
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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Re: Other than Antifreeze What Else Do You Do When You Store Your RV

The only thing we remove are the liquids that will freeze, been operating that way for years. The dealers and the factories don' t remove the TV's and they are shipped in unheated trucks.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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I remove the battery and store it in my basement, I will trickle charge it periodically over the winter (check water level too). Other than that, I only clean the unit from top to bottom, ensuring any food items that might encourage any little fury friends from making home.

Usually while cleaning I will inspect and try to fix anything that I find.
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I don't take the flat screens in. From what I understand they are fine in the cold as long as they are warmed up before use. We remove all food or edible products or appliances that might contain food from use such as the toaster. Also anything that would be adversely affected by freezing, like pressurized spray containers or cleaning products. You should pay attention to mosquito repellants, twice I have had the metal spray cans corrode on their own and the contents bled out, regardless of the temperature. Lucky they were in a larger plastic rectangular tray type container. The first time I thought it was just bad luck, the second time I realized it was a reoccurring issue.
Any electronic battery operated devices like remote controls, detectors, radios, walkie talkies are brouhgt in. Clothing is left in the RV. 12v batteries in doors as well.
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In addition to regular maintenance items, here is what we do to winterize the 5th wheel:

At last use I make sure the black and gray tanks are completely empty.

Fresh water system:
•Drain fresh water tank
•Remove inside and outside shower hoses
•Remove water filters
•Blow out all water lines with compressed air (DW works the faucets and low point drains while I'm at the compressor)
•Pump antifreeze to the toilet (the one time I did not do this I had to replace a cracked toilet valve in the spring)
•Pour antifreeze into the p traps

Set the refrigerator and freezer door to remain ajar with a container of baking soda in each

Remove batteries from smoke detector, flashlights, remote controls, etc.

Remove house batteries and put in heated garage with a Battery Minder on them


What else am I missing as the 5W is at the storage lot with my list in it, so this is shooting from the hip!
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #6
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In addition to regular maintenance items, here is what we do to winterize the 5th wheel:

At last use I make sure the black and gray tanks are completely empty.

Fresh water system:
•Drain fresh water tank
•Remove inside and outside shower hoses
•Remove water filters
•Blow out all water lines with compressed air (DW works the faucets and low point drains while I'm at the compressor)
•Pump antifreeze to the toilet (the one time I did not do this I had to replace a cracked toilet valve in the spring)
•Pour antifreeze into the p traps

Set the refrigerator and freezer door to remain ajar with a container of baking soda in each

Remove batteries from smoke detector, flashlights, remote controls, etc.

Remove house batteries and put in heated garage with a Battery Minder on them


What else am I missing as the 5W is at the storage lot with my list in it, so this is shooting from the hip!
I didn't think about the batteries, especially in the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. I was planing on removing the 12v battery and putting it in my garage. I will definately put some baking soda in the fridge and block the doors open. The catch that is supposed to keep the door from closing, seems to not work reliably so I'll put a piece of foam in the door and tape it in place.

Any prefferences on linens and other things like kitchen utensils etc?

BTW, can you pull the trailer with the 12V battery removed and just rely on the 7 pin connector for the brakes, or do you remove the battery after you get to the storage facility?

Thanks
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I didn't think about the batteries, especially in the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. I was planing on removing the 12v battery and putting it in my garage. I will definately put some baking soda in the fridge and block the doors open. The catch that is supposed to keep the door from closing, seems to not work reliably so I'll put a piece of foam in the door and tape it in place.

Any prefferences on linens and other things like kitchen utensils etc?

BTW, can you pull the trailer with the 12V battery removed and just rely on the 7 pin connector for the brakes, or do you remove the battery after you get to the storage facility?

Thanks
On my 29qbh the battery has to be installed or you have no brakes on the trailer. Speaking from experience.
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battery is also required to activate the break-away switch in event of trailer disconnecting from TV on the road. We also remove all cleaning products and use them up in the house over the winter. I take down my smoke detector and put it in the house for the winter as well.
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battery is also required to activate the break-away switch in event of trailer disconnecting from TV on the road. We also remove all cleaning products and use them up in the house over the winter. I take down my smoke detector and put it in the house for the winter as well.
Good point about the break away switch. The reason I asked is I did a "test Tow" before I bought the trailier to see how my TV would handle my 33 foot rig. The trailer didn't have a battery installed at the time and we went about 10 miles on the trip. Some back roads and about 4 miles of interstate. I guess for that short trip the dealer was willing to take the risk, but now that it's mine I don't want to
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We used to put covers over the vents so I could find them in the deep snow. Something that sticks up so you will know where they are if you have to remove snow. This includes the small pipes that extend through the roof.
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