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Old 07-25-2015, 10:52 AM   #1
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Checklist for Short Term Storage Prep (Newbie)

OK. (That's me catching my breath after a whirlwind couple of days!) We purchased a new 23IKSS on Wednesday and immediately pulled it to a state campground and camped there for 2 nights. More on that later. (Enjoyed it and so glad we have full hookups as it was in the mid-90's outside.)

Yesterday dropped it off at its new storage location and tucked it in for the night. Literally just that. Other than having dumped the tanks at the park before leaving and turning everything off I haven't yet done anything with the trailer.

This weekend we want to appropriately prepare it for short term storage (meaning 2-4 weeks before we take it out again.)

Anyone have a checklist?

Also, any good ideas on how to lock it?

I know I need to get tire covers.
I'll also put on wasp guards where I can. I read the thread on wasps - which gave me nightmares last night! (I have a bit of a bee/wasp phobia.)

What do I need to do with the water? Pull the plug and totally empty it? Leave some in a put a deodorizer in the water? Different for each tank?

I did remember to pull the battery disconnector pin. Do you all take that with you or leave it cabled/chained to your rig?

Do I put the stabilizers down while storing? Does it need to be level?

That's all the questions I can think of now which is probably because I don't know what I don't know.

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Old 07-25-2015, 11:20 AM   #2
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Drain the water out (fresh water not waste water). I leave the key for the battery. No need for the jacks to be down. I also chock the wheels. Drain the hot water tank turn the switch off.

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Old 07-25-2015, 11:37 AM   #3
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You do want it fairly level so as not to screw up the refrig. For now would not worry to much on tire covers till you put it up for the year. makes sure the black tank is sanitized. Follow the other recommendations from Hicks43. Later RJD
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:08 PM   #4
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Make sure you left 2-3 gallons of water in the black tank.
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drhroo, what do you mean by you pulled the battery disconnector pin? Do you mean the one attached to the cable by the hitch? If that is the one you pulled your battery will be dead in no time since it is the breakaway switch for the electric brakes. Or do you mean you pushed in the battery disconnect switch inside the camper?
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:43 AM   #6
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If you have a fantastic fan, try leaving the vent open a bit. Keeps the inside temp lower. Also pull the nightshades for the same reasons
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:46 AM   #7
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When I store mine depending on what time of year it is determines what I do if I put it in storage during summer I drain water heater,fresh water and waste water disconnect the battery and put about 5 gallons of water in the black tank. If it's winter I do the same but I drain the water lines
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:28 AM   #8
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When I put a few gallons in the black water tank is it just plain water? Or do I add a deodorizer or something?

So I'm not clear on the hot water heater. This will be for 4-5 weeks (maybe 2-3) between uses. Do I drain it each time like that?

And since I won't be using the frig, how concerned should I be about being level? The storage area isn't bad but I am sure its not perfect.

As for the fan, if I leave it cracked open a bit doesn't that invite wasps to make a nest up there. (My bee-phobia again.)
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:38 AM   #9
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I camp all year long, with 2-3 weeks in between trips. I don't empty the water lines/water heater unless there is potential for freezing. I leave a couple of gallons of water and a sani-packet in the black tank.

Mine is not stored 'exactly level', but close, and I leave the fridge open with one of those damp-rid containers on the kitchen counter.

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Old 07-26-2015, 09:40 AM   #10
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When I leave campground, I put 3 to 5 gals of water in black tank. I usually just empty the rest of the fresh water by holding the foot pedal on the toilet. Then I add a squeeze of Dawn dish soap. Driving home mixes it up and helps keep the tank clean.
Hot water tank I don't drain until winterizing. Opinions may vary on this.
Leveling...close is good
As far as wasps in the fan, it hasnt happened to me.

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