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Old 11-29-2015, 03:42 PM   #1
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What do you do to prep for winter storage?

My wife and I just put our x17z away for the winter. First TT so we had the dealer winterize it but other than that and pulling the battery, what else do you do to store your TT for the winter?
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:47 PM   #2
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Remove anything eatable and wash every hard surface with ammonia & warm water.
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We remove anything personal that mice like to eat, or make a house out of. Take out any food, and items that freezing will damage, ( in NY State). Make sure all tanks are empty. The dealer may or may not do that, you may want to ask them exactly what they did to your TT when they winterized it. We do the dryer sheets inside. It may or may not deter critters, but it smells nice in the spring. Last is we cover it, and the tires, and pull the battery to store inside.
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Leave the refrigerator cracked open to prevent mildew growth. Wipe the inside down with Clorox water, too.

Remove anything that mice might use to make nests- toilet paper, clothes in accessible locations, etc.

If you're in a humid location, it would be wise to put in some type of dehumidifying device, whether an electric powered unit, or one with the water absorbing crystals. And leave a window and ceiling vent cracked to allow for some airflow.

Keep a box of wine in the cupboard with glasses so when you start missing your TT and go to visit, you have refreshments.
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As above...

...and, make sure the tires are aired up, the slide seals have a fresh application of seal conditioner, anything that can be harmed by freezing is removed -- including bug spray, all batteries from things like the remotes and the smoke detector are removed, and a cover of some sort is placed over the electric tongue jack.
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Old 11-29-2015, 06:19 PM   #6
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If you visit your TT during the cold winter months and if the TT has slides and it has snowed or sleeted, do not open the slide. There is a chance that moisture has could have formed between the rubber gaskets and if you try to open it, the gaskets may be frozen together and rip apart. An expensive repair.

Take a look under the TT and see if there are any gaps where rodents may enter the TT (as small as a 1/2 inch opening). If you find some, use a spray foam to fill in those spots. There is a new spray foam that is said to keep the rodents away... I guess it has a bad taste. See picture below. I got it at Home Depot. Use golves, long sleeves, glasses and a hat. It can get messy.

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After reading your comments there is so much a didn't even think about like removing batteries from the tv/radio remote. Are there any specific things you guys would recommend checking throughout the winter?
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...and WELCOME TO JOF!!! The members here are GREAT!!! There is a lot of GREAT information to be found here. I am sure that you will have information and pictures to share with us... so please do!!

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Leave the refrigerator cracked open to prevent mildew growth. Wipe the inside down with Clorox water, too.

Remove anything that mice might use to make nests- toilet paper, clothes in accessible locations, etc.

If you're in a humid location, it would be wise to put in some type of dehumidifying device, whether an electric powered unit, or one with the water absorbing crystals. And leave a window and ceiling vent cracked to allow for some airflow.

Keep a box of wine in the cupboard with glasses so when you start missing your TT and go to visit, you have refreshments.
Live in Maryland so winters are pretty dry typically. I asked the service dept about cracking the vent (have the airmax covers) and they suggested keeping everything closed...I too thought it would make sense to have some airflow/ventilation. Have any issues when doing this?

Yes, I think a nice bottle of bourbon or whiskey should work perfect. I missed it while it was getting serviced and that was only a few weeks!
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Also, do you guys cover your roof mounted AC units? Have a Dometic 13,500 and not sure where to get a cover for it. Book suggest covering all external outlets such as furnace, exhaust, etc. Any recommendations? I do have mud dauber covers for hot water heater and fridge vents but not atwood hydro flame exhaust.
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