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Old 06-21-2018, 04:35 PM   #1
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Black and gray tank during two months of inactivity

We have completed a 31 day trip (our first outing with our first RV) and will not be using the RV for the next two months. We need to work now.

How do I maintain the RV in my driveway for the next couple of months before we get out again?

Should I do anything special with the black (no solid waste - I hope) and gray tanks?

What should I do with the batteries?

Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:55 PM   #2
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Wow 31days. That is good living for sure.

Assumptions;
1) you drained your waste tanks
2) it's not going to freeze before you go out again
3) you removed all of the food and trash from the RV
4) there is a couple inches of water in the toilet bowl to keep the seal moist
5) left bath vent open just a smidge for venting

If it were me, I would just disconnect the battery and close it up.
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:26 PM   #3
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Drain your fresh water tank, trailer low point drains and water heater.
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:42 PM   #4
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By pass the heater and drain via the anode rod or drain plug. Puts junk that is in the tank from getting in your lines. There is some calcium build up in the tank, maybe. Then just open the low point drain and fresh water tank.
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I am curious as to why you would drain fresh water tank and hot water tank if not winterizing. I am thinking there should be enough chlorine to keep the water good for a couple months. Have you guys had issues?

Hoping the OP will tell us about those 31 days...hope it was for fun and not work.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:30 AM   #6
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I am curious as to why you would drain fresh water tank and hot water tank if not winterizing. I am thinking there should be enough chlorine to keep the water good for a couple months. Have you guys had issues?

Hoping the OP will tell us about those 31 days...hope it was for fun and not work.
I'm curious too about draining fresh and hot water tanks.

Also, I posted a post trip summary with pics under another topic. I think it is under "On the road." Maybe that was not the best place to put it but I didn't know where to summarize our trip. Suggestions?
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Old 06-22-2018, 10:00 AM   #7
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I am curious as to why you would drain fresh water tank and hot water tank if not winterizing. I am thinking there should be enough chlorine to keep the water good for a couple months. Have you guys had issues?

Hoping the OP will tell us about those 31 days...hope it was for fun and not work.
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I'm curious too about draining fresh and hot water tanks.

Also, I posted a post trip summary with pics under another topic. I think it is under "On the road." Maybe that was not the best place to put it but I didn't know where to summarize our trip. Suggestions?
Not suggesting full winterization, just some preventative measures to make sure you don't end up with stagnant water. City water will have chlorine, but even that will decay over time. Think of a pool. It gets way more dosage of chlorine than your standard tap water, but if you don't maintain it, after 2 months you're going to get algae growing. Now think of that same water sitting in your tanks, with a much weaker concentration of chlorine.

We will leave water in our HWT all season, but we're out at least every other weekend, so it's always getting fresh turnover. If I was going to let it sit for any longer than the at most 11 days between trips, then I'd be draining it.
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Old 06-22-2018, 10:11 AM   #8
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Remove anything perishable.

Remove anything else you don't want left in the camper.

Rinse and drain your waste tanks.

Turn off refrigerator.

Turn off propane at the tanks.

Leave refrigerator door open.

Give the interior a good cleaning.

Place a large bucket of DampRid inside.

Plug camper in. Make sure your main and your 12V converter breakers are on. Turn the rest off.

Close and lock the door.

If you camper is parked in the sun, I would also consider covering it.
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Another thought. Not all camp grounds are on Municipal water. Many use well water. In that instance or just time between trips, I would also drain the fresh system!
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Another thought. Not all camp grounds are on Municipal water. Many use well water. In that instance or just time between trips, I would also drain the fresh system!
That is good enough reason for me to drain!
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