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Old 10-12-2016, 12:22 PM   #1
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Considering Outside Winter Storage

Has anyone stored their Georgetown outside for the winter months? If so, how did your Coach hold up. We live in SW Pa. Snow, ice & cold.

I will put a fitted cover her, pull the batteries, some charcoal & moth balls in it along with some sta-bil in the tank. I'll also run antifreeze through the system and "Hope" I do the residential fridge correctly.

In the past we had indoor storage but we want to leave her out. Hope to take a trip after the holidays.

We've stored our TT outside years ago with no worries.

Interested in hearing your experiences.

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My neighbor stored his diesel pusher outside with a cover for 10 or 11 years. The day he sold it, it looked like the day he brought it home. Located in NW Ohio. I don't believe it ever saw a salty road.
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My neighbor stored his diesel pusher outside with a cover for 10 or 11 years. The day he sold it, it looked like the day he brought it home. Located in NW Ohio. I don't believe it ever saw a salty road.


Thanks FrankG.

We've stored her indoors (Heated). Very expensive. Our plans are to retire in 6 plus years and some traveling. I'm quite particular about taking care of everything we own. So I want to make sure I do it right.


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John,

I store ours outside put a fitted cover over it, blow all the lines out with air, put anti- freeze in make sure have a full tank off gas. leave fridg doors open, leave battery's in and plug into 110v, also put charcoal and dryer sheets thru out. Every month run engine and run gen. Have done this with every motorhome we had. Had no problems come spring plus I can tinker outside in the MH in the winter months just hook a spacer heater in there. Hope that helps john.
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We stored our coach outside in Kansas. No major problems. Checked it once a week and ran the generator for 1 hours every 30 days. Dewinterized it and checked tires, fluids and hit the road.
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John,

I store ours outside put a fitted cover over it, blow all the lines out with air, put anti- freeze in make sure have a full tank off gas. leave fridg doors open, leave battery's in and plug into 110v, also put charcoal and dryer sheets thru out. Every month run engine and run gen. Have done this with every motorhome we had. Had no problems come spring plus I can tinker outside in the MH in the winter months just hook a spacer heater in there. Hope that helps john.

Unfortunately we'll have to keep it in a storage lot as we have no place to keep her at home. For that reason I'll need to pull all the batteries and bring them home.

How do you winterize your ice maker?

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Old 10-13-2016, 02:34 PM   #7
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When we had our first trailer (campers before that) we stored it outside because that was all we could do. After a couple of years, some of the plastic fittings on the roof cracked and we didn't see them until too late (UV damage) because they were under the snow. The snow melted and ran down the refrigerator air vent and onto the floor and when we went camping in the spring (after a few more spring rains, etc.) I stepped on the "right spot" on the floor and went through. Relative to the cost of the trailer, the repairs were pretty extensive since the water had gotten not only on the floor, but, also into the walls and much of the front of the trailer had to be rebuilt. So, we we decided to store it inside (unheated) in a barn we built specifically for the trailer and tow vehicle. It was a pole barn and had a cement floor and electricity (30 amp TT hookup) since it was on our property. Now, 30 years and 3 trailers later, that barn is still functioning beautifully and our trailers have all stayed like brand new. Also, it lets me work on it (even though the slideouts are in) during the fall and spring months and not worry about the snow and rain. Things like checking tires, batteries, brakes, bearings, etc. aren't a problem. You still have to winterize, but, I wouldn't be without indoor storage. The last TT (before the new one) lasted 23 seasons and looked like new when we traded it in (wanted more space). Inside is the way to go if you can do it, but, if you want things to last for the long haul, indoor storage is a great way to go, especially if you can keep it at your house. One thing I would do if doing it over is to put in a 14 ft. clearance in the barn. Our first trailer (the one that the floor dissolved) was only 8 ft. tall so we put in a 12 ft. clearance which prevents us from putting in a 5th wheel. Not a too bad thing since we like the TT better for our use, but, it could be a problem if the unit is over about 11-1/2 feet tall. By the way the building is 30x40, so our 35 ft Windjammer just fits.
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Old 10-13-2016, 04:05 PM   #8
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Considering Outside Winter Storage

We are facing the same thing ourselves, winterizing outside. We had a fifth wheel we stored out one winter without good results. The snow load broke the ac covers in, had to replace the covers in the spring. Hence I'm building a box to go over the ac's.

You asked about the ice maker, now that's it's own story. I blow out the air lines on the rig and while doing that you turn on the refrigerator to cycle the ice maker and blow water out of that line, then blow out the water dispenser tank and valve. Then what I do is disconnect the water feed line to the water tank from the water control valve and drain the tank from outside. Be careful of the heat pad around the water valve, and yes it's messy. The other way I did it (not recommended) is I pulled the tank out of the refer. Two screws hold it to the wall of the refer, then a water in and out line. Not bad getting the screws out and the water lines off BUT the second you pull the in water line you will have water everywhere. Home that helps.

We normally travel south every winter this will be our first start over in the cold in 8 years, ugh.

Good luck.


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Ps, just remembered, we did try using RV antifreeze pumped through the water lines to winterizing the refer, don't do it! It took weeks to get the smell of antifreeze out of the ice and dispenser water. Also the refer reeked of antifreeze smell for a couple of months. Now we strictly do a blow down, no water no freeze. DO use antifreeze in all the p traps, toilet and some extra in the tanks just to be safe .

Pps, travel trailer and 5th wheel winterizing is somewhat different than motorhome, having had all they really don't relate well.
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Old 10-13-2016, 05:02 PM   #9
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Yes, TT's are much easier to winterize. I also like the idea that I don't have to take my "home" in for an oil change. I would imagine the maintenance is much more expensive on the larger motor homes as well, but, the space is nice especially if you are full timing it or are out for long periods. The longest we have lived in our TT is 6 months, but, we did have full hookups the whole time - and it was a lot easier to "pack" for our vacation because we were living in our vacation home! I'm winterizing as I write this.
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Old 10-13-2016, 05:39 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the great advise. We've had TT for years on a seasonal site always winterized it. We have since traded it in on a Park Model.

Now as far as our Coach the winterizing is similar to a TT with exception of the residential fridge.

I plan on using a custom cover which will prevent the UV from damaging the plastic vents with no worries of leaks.

Oil Changes and basic maintenance I do myself. Very easy.

Again thanks so much and keep the suggestions coming.


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