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Old 07-26-2015, 10:49 AM   #11
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Thanks! Being new to this camping trailer stuff. All the help we are getting from the RV community (you all) has made it a pretty cool experience even though we haven't had any time to really enjoy the camping part yet. (Yes, the 2 nights in a local state park with full hook ups was nice even though it is only 30 minutes away. Sort of like setting up a tent in the back yard when I was a kid.)

OK, off to the storage lot to take care of these items.
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:04 PM   #12
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I always drain the fresh water tank. Also put some Dawn dish detergent in the black tank, works good. I use the tank treatment when we next go camping. Sounds like no issues when you store for a short time. Good thing to do is check the fluid levels in the batteries. In hot weather they do go through some fluid in the cells especially in hot weather and they are just sitting..
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:16 PM   #13
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Thanks, All. We went to the storage lot this morning and moved a few gallons from the fresh water tank into the black water tank with a bit of dish detergent. The we used the low point plug to empty the fresh water tank. I didn't mess with the water heater tank yet as I didn't have the correct socket to remove the anode/cap. If we don't travel for a few weeks I'll make a visit or two to ensure everything is still good.

My next chore is to get the Hensley hitch on it. That bugger is heavy!
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:52 PM   #14
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My wife found that if you close the fridge all the way mold developed. She only closes the fridge & freezer partially for short term storage and we don't have any problems.
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My wife found that if you close the fridge all the way mold developed. She only closes the fridge & freezer partially for short term storage and we don't have any problems.

There are flip latches on the main door latch to hold the doors open a little bit.


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Old 07-28-2015, 10:44 PM   #16
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When we store the camper for more than a week, we wipe the fridge dry, and then loosely crumple a few sheets of newspaper and place on the shelves. Newspaper absorbs moisture, keeping it off the sides and racks. As long as we stick to this process, we've had no mold.
Always drain the fresh tanks. Stale water is an invitation to algae growth. Just be sure to replace the plug (or close the valve) on the drains. Mud daubers love those little holes.
Make sure propane tank valves are closed.
I had not heard of squirting dawn into the black tank. Will that not interfere with the enzymes? Interesting idea though...
Do NOT pull the pin on the emergency cable at the hitch. As someone said, it will drain the battery in no time, and won't help the brakes either.

Keep asking those questions....that's how we all learn from each other.

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Davidg, Google the GEO method.
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When we store the camper for more than a week, we wipe the fridge dry, and then loosely crumple a few sheets of newspaper and place on the shelves. Newspaper absorbs moisture, keeping it off the sides and racks. As long as we stick to this process, we've had no mold.
Always drain the fresh tanks. Stale water is an invitation to algae growth. Just be sure to replace the plug (or close the valve) on the drains. Mud daubers love those little holes.
Make sure propane tank valves are closed.
I had not heard of squirting dawn into the black tank. Will that not interfere with the enzymes? Interesting idea though...
Do NOT pull the pin on the emergency cable at the hitch. As someone said, it will drain the battery in no time, and won't help the brakes either.

Keep asking those questions....that's how we all learn from each other.

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Good idea on the newspaper. We did empty the fresh water tank. Gas is off. I didn't pull the emergency brake cable but I did remove the battery disconnect key so that there is no draw on the battery by the carbon monoxide system (which is a very low draw but over an extended period ... this was explained to us at the walk through during purchase.)
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