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Old 01-28-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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seasonal site weekly maintenance

Hi Folks
So as I had mentioned in my prior posts, I bought a used 2005 Sunnybrook TT last August. I had ZERO prior trailer ownership experience. After just 1/2 season (aug-oct) I've traded in the Sunnybrook for the new Jayco to be delivered to the site for 2016 season. I want to make sure I do everything right with my new TT.

Herein lies my question:

Last year we would get to the site every weekend. During the week, the trailer would be vacant for the most part. Here's what I would do on Sunday prior to leaving the trailer until next weekend.

1) shut off water heater
2) shut off main water feed
3) retract awning
4) turn off propane tanks
5) dump black tank (it's connected via PVC to septic)
6) stack deck chairs in case of any violent wind during the week
7) make sure ceiling vents were cracked an inch or so to ventilate

That was about it. I left the power connected and on. Leave the slides out.

Is what I've been doing ok for a seasonal weekend user? Should I be doing more/less when I leave for the week?

I'd love to hear what other seasonal weekender folks do at their seasonal site.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:36 PM   #2
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Are your tires covered from the sun and after you dumped the black tank did you take a 5gal. bucket with about 4gal. of water and flush it down as fast as you can.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:59 PM   #3
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Are your tires covered from the sun and after you dumped the black tank did you take a 5gal. bucket with about 4gal. of water and flush it down as fast as you can.
Yes, the tires are covered. I periodically checked the tire pressure this past season and at closing.
After dump, I would fill the bowl 3 to 4 times and flush (with tank agent), but i did not pour a straight 4 gallons down the hole.

I also inspected/cleaned/treated the roof/awning. I also applied some lap sealant on areas that I thought could use it.
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:12 PM   #4
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If you have a lot of food in the refrigerator, I'd be hesitant to shut off the propane. A power failure, or someone accidentally shutting off your power pedestal breaker, could make for a stinky refrigerator.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:18 PM   #5
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Good point and I should have followed that advice last season with my outgoing rig. My new rig has a residential fridge that only runs on 110. Hopefully power loss won't be an issue. It wasn't last season.
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I would not leave my black tank completely empty. I would leave several gallons of fresh water in it after dumping. This keeps everything from drying to the sensors and tank, making the next dump more likely to be complete.
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I might suggest installing vent covers (MaxxAir, Camco, or similar) over the roof vents. That way, you can leave the vents open more than just a crack, to provide better ventilation and less humidity build-up, without having to worry about rain getting in. You might also want to get the insect screens for the refer, WH, and furnace vents - mainly to keep wasps from building nests inside them. Finally, fill in any gaps on the outside of your rig with steel wool or "Great Stuff" to keep out any critters that might want to make themselves at home while you're not.
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It sounds like the same things we do. We have been seasonal,on Cape Cod for three years. We shut off water, shut off water heater, take in the awning. Then outside we cover the cloth patio furniture and lower the canopy. It only takes ten minutes to set up when we arrive. Love Cape Cod!
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