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Old 07-09-2014, 07:01 AM   #1
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Remove battery and propane tank for storage lot?

So I have had my tt a little over a month and I love it. I need to put it in a storage lot because I dont have the space at my house. I got a spot at a very nice fenced in lot with cameras etc, in a very nice location. Do I need to worry about my battery, propane tank just sitting out in the open? I think ill get a cable lock for the spare tire. I can pull the battery and tank and just leave them in my garage. What do you guys do? Thanks
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:38 AM   #2
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While I keep mine in the driveway, I did think about storing it before I bought it. What to keep in it during storage was a big reason we "went small" so I could park it in the drive.

I would think the security situation in your area would be a big factor.

Are you storing in a relatively "peace loving" neighborhood or a war zone?

Has there been thefts at the storage yard? (don't ask the owner; ask the police).

Storing the battery with the camper involves battery life risks since you may not be able to connect a 120 VAC "maintainer" to keep it charged. Storage without a disconnect will result in a dead battery in a week to 10 days. Constantly cycling a dead battery will shorted its life drastically.

It is (most likely) unsafe to lock the propane tank to the frame of the camper. If there was a fire in the storage yard, not being able to get the tank off by the owner or a Good Samaritan in a hurry could result in a hazard to firemen responding.

Just throwing ideas at the wall here.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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Yes, you need to be concerned. I keep mine in a fenced and gated lot and I had put locks on the propane tanks and someone tried to get them. I found both doors to where the tanks on the 5er are stored standing wide open. There are some that would just swap out tanks to save on having theirs refilled. The lot where we stored our travel trailer someone took our tire cover off. I found it two rows over on another camper. My wife asked how I knew it was ours. I showed her my name on the inside and that camper wasn't a keystone. We have lost several wheel chocks. Someone also went through one night and pulled out several power cables and cut them for the copper. Last year while we were at a campground someone asked if I would try my keys on their camper as they had somehow locked their keys inside. Our campers were the same make different model. Sure enough I opened their door right up. So beware. Check on your camper often while it is in storage
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:17 AM   #4
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Yes, you need to be concerned. I keep mine in a fenced and gated lot and I had put locks on the propane tanks and someone tried to get them. I found both doors to where the tanks on the 5er are stored standing wide open. There are some that would just swap out tanks to save on having theirs refilled. The lot where we stored our travel trailer someone took our tire cover off. I found it two rows over on another camper. My wife asked how I knew it was ours. I showed her my name on the inside and that camper wasn't a keystone. We have lost several wheel chocks. Someone also went through one night and pulled out several power cables and cut them for the copper. Last year while we were at a campground someone asked if I would try my keys on their camper as they had somehow locked their keys inside. Our campers were the same make different model. Sure enough I opened their door right up. So beware. Check on your camper often while it is in storage
Yes check often.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:54 AM   #5
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that sucks someone broke your door to get in. this lot is in a really nice area, and looks to be one of the nicer lots I have found. But I went ahead and pulled the propane tank and battery. Only took a couple of min and now I dont have to worry about it. Ill put the battery on a trickle charger(it has a shut off when full) so hopefully Ill get good life out of it. thanks for the replies.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:14 AM   #6
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Be sure to leave the battery on while towing to the storage lot. Take it off & bring it home from there. If you take your battery off at home your emergency brake away will not work. (Also its the law).


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Old 07-10-2014, 06:23 AM   #7
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that sucks someone broke your door to get in. this lot is in a really nice area, and looks to be one of the nicer lots I have found. But I went ahead and pulled the propane tank and battery. Only took a couple of min and now I dont have to worry about it. Ill put the battery on a trickle charger(it has a shut off when full) so hopefully Ill get good life out of it. thanks for the replies.
Better Safe than Sorry! While you have your Pro Tank at home,weight it on your B/R scales and Print the # on your tank for future reference on how full your tank is. The Tank has a Stamped # on it,so just do the Math for time to Refill!Youroo!!
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:41 PM   #8
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Good idae for the tank. Actually my brakeaway works when plugged into my truck without the battery. I know this for sure,its a long story from a bad day. Haha.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:50 PM   #9
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Well you really need to keep a eye out no matter where you park.My neighbor lost his brand new battery and both propane tanks off his brand new TT in his front drive.I lost the 50 amp cord off our 5er the same night.Didn't get the propane tanks.We live in a pretty dang decent area too.I now have a new cord and set up my game camera to maybe catch the bastids that try and take them again.
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If your breakaway is activated I don't think your plug into the truck will do you any good, it means your trailer is on its own.
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