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Old 05-09-2020, 09:48 AM   #1
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Quarantine Storage Questions

My DW and I are Covid-19 high risk x4, so we're probably going to keep our 5er in the driveway until the infection rates drop a lot or a good vaccine is available. The last time we moved our rig was late February when it was in the shop for annual maintenance.

So, the questions: 1) Is it safe to leave last year's fresh water antifreeze in the system until next camping season if it comes to that, or should I flush it and re-winterize this year? 2) I've ordered tire covers which I've never used previously because the trailer is usually on the road a lot. Are there any other tire issues I should consider since its possible it will be a year between trips? 3) are there any other issues to be aware of for long-term storage?

Please keep your suggestions to trailer-related topics. I am aware some may think I'm being over cautious, and you are certainly entitled to your opinions. I love being on the road and I get a knot in my stomach every time I glance at my parked trailer. But the level of risk one is willing to take is a matter of personal choice, and I'd appreciate it of responders respect our decision.
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:58 AM   #2
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DrLewie covering the tires is a good idea but the tires can still get dry rot and look in good shape. Tires need to be driven on to keep them alive and well. A technical thing you can read up on if you wish. So hook up that trailer and go for a drive and come home. PIA maybe but good for the tires.
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Old 05-09-2020, 10:01 AM   #3
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I believe the antifreeze should be fine,As for the tires,covering them can't hurt to keep the sun from beating on them .
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Old 05-12-2020, 08:20 AM   #4
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Quarantine Storage Questions

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I think your water system should be fine with the RV antifreeze while in storage. The factory sends them to the dealers that way and they sit on dealers lots for months if not longer. I also subscribe to the use of tire covers too. If your fiver actually sits in your driveway I would definitely keep it plugged in to maintain your battery(s) or remove them and bring them home to trickle charge if the fiver is off site.

Iím sorry that you are both at risk as we are. Thank you for protecting me and others. We will all get through this just not soon enough. Stay home, be kind and stay safe.
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Old 05-12-2020, 06:31 PM   #5
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Take it out for a ride per Dennis878 for a good 30 minutes of driving All that motion will help the tanks and the tires
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:04 PM   #6
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Having endured several loooooooong Canadian winters being parked for inhumane periods of time......

Covered tires for up to 6 months have presented no severe issues so far.

What is important is what the tires are parked on.
Grass, mud, dirt......all bad.
Asphalt.....Iíve read as being bad, because of oils and such leaching into the rubber of your tires.
Hardwood 2x12Ē boards is good.....tires completely ON the board.
Concrete Iíve read is good.....no leaching.
Good sized gravel is best because it allows good air circulation and drainage.

RV antifreeze life expectancy.......not sure on that one.
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:23 PM   #7
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Antifreeze last for many years. Follow the road advise of those above.
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