Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-21-2017, 03:03 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 13
Storing our Wildcat for 8 months

We're leaving our 2008 Wildcat 32QBS at a caravan park here in N.Z. for 8 months while we return to the U.S. We don't expect it to freeze, but would like any guidance as to what we should do to store it. It will likely not be moved during that time, but it might if they need to mow grass underneath it.
__________________

Benlevi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 10:00 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
SeaDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Idaho
Posts: 7,221
Empty all tanks completely, blow out the water lines just like you were winterizing, disconnect the batteries or put a solar charger on them, air the tires to max cold setting, place pads under each of the tires to isolate them from from the ground, cover all the openings like water heater vent, furnace vents, kitchen hood with something to keep bugs out, turn propane off thats about all i can think of
__________________

__________________
Retired Navy
Jake my sidekick (yellow Lab) 10/04 - 05/20
2017 RAM 2500 CC 4X4 Cummins Diesel
2016 Flagstaff 26 FKWS
AF&AM & El Korah Shrine of Idaho
SeaDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 04:02 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 13
Thanks SeaDog, all good advice. What kind of 'pads' do you recommend under the tires? I have a bunch of 2"x6" boards; would those do? Do you worry about theft, e.g. putting 13kg gas bottles (currently in unlockable exterior cabinets) and generator (currently in exterior lockable storage) inside? It'll be stored in a caravan park... but I do wonder about how easy it is to break in... Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Benlevi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 04:16 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: New Lenox, Ill. (Home of Proud Americans)
Posts: 292
I installed a propane tank lock on my dual tanks. Bought it on Amazon. It covers the nut for the hold down rod. Boards under the tires are good as long as they are wider than the tires. Don't want the tires hanging over the edges of the boards.
__________________
2015 GMC Denali 3500 4X4 Duramax
2015 Cedar Creek 36CKTS (flooded 2-20-18)
2019 Cedar Creek 36CK2 (picked up 5-1-18)
grumpyoldman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 05:06 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
SeaDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Idaho
Posts: 7,221
Quote:
Originally Posted by Benlevi View Post
Thanks SeaDog, all good advice. What kind of 'pads' do you recommend under the tires? I have a bunch of 2"x6" boards; would those do? Do you worry about theft, e.g. putting 13kg gas bottles (currently in unlockable exterior cabinets) and generator (currently in exterior lockable storage) inside? It'll be stored in a caravan park... but I do wonder about how easy it is to break in... Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Like was said something that will ensure the tire doesn't hang over. I use 2x8 or 3/4 plywood cut 10" wide. the lock on the propane tanks sounds good however out of sight out of mind is also good planning.
__________________
Retired Navy
Jake my sidekick (yellow Lab) 10/04 - 05/20
2017 RAM 2500 CC 4X4 Cummins Diesel
2016 Flagstaff 26 FKWS
AF&AM & El Korah Shrine of Idaho
SeaDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2017, 09:33 AM   #6
Member
 
downtime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Saint Paris,Ohio
Posts: 50
We put dryer sheets as well as oil of peppermint on cotton ball in compartments and around inside as it seems to keep critters out. Also spray ant killer around tires and any jacks as it helps keep them out as well.
__________________
Life is short and none of us are all that Tall !
downtime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2017, 02:04 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 55
It wouldn't hurt to put in a couple dri-z-air kits. Changes in temperature can create excess moisture that the kits will take care of.
Larry Cole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2017, 02:31 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
oldsmasma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 656
Eight months is what we call winter here in Northern Ontario lol. We do most of the above mentioned. I also remove all towels, toilet paper, napkins etc because mice here have been known to shred things to make nests. I also stand the mattress and dinette cushions on end for the same reason. Be sure to leave the fridge/freezer doors open. Have a great trip.
__________________

Phil, Heather & Olaf the Boxer
Ontario Canada
Lexington 283GTS
oldsmasma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2017, 03:50 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Boots49's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Posts: 268
Send a message via Skype™ to Boots49
The only thing that was not mentioned was the compartment locks. I hope you changed the ones that came with your RV, because they are standard locks with the same key that everyone has. You can have your cylinders re set by a lock smith or buy new locks from Amazon. Hope they were changed.
__________________

Al & Susanne
Aka: Puss 'n Boots
Wildcat 31 TS - Silverado 2500 DuraMax Diesel
Tip of the Day: Stay safe, have fun and never leave the cat out in the rain!
Boots49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2017, 05:48 AM   #10
D W
Senior Member
 
D W's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: ALASKA (World's Biggest Campground)
Posts: 2,163
Quote:
Originally Posted by Benlevi View Post
We're leaving our 2008 Wildcat 32QBS at a caravan park here in N.Z. for 8 months while we return to the U.S. We don't expect it to freeze, but would like any guidance as to what we should do to store it. It will likely not be moved during that time, but it might if they need to mow grass underneath it.
X2 what everyone else has posted. 8 months is a long time to keep an RV buttoned-up. The fact that your rig is a 2008 model (not new), adds to the problem. Do you have anyone that will periodically open the rig and allow transfer of atmosphere? Lack of air circulation can be detrimental to your interior. After a while it will become a confined space. No different than a house that has been vacated and sits for months without any attention. The atmosphere can be your friend or your worst enemy. Even in the off season I make it a point to "open it up" at least once a month to allow fresh air in, and to check things out. More often than not "things" have tendency to go bad when they just sit. Just sayin'.
__________________
'04 K3500 Silverado LS with LS3 Connect & Cruise- with Intimidator SSI PKG- Reprogrammed 4L80E
2016 Salem 27RKSS
1984 CHEV SCOTTSDALE K20 2GCGK24J0E1XXXXXX (Chevrolet Legends-Class of 2019)
"...exhaust fluid? We don't need no stinkin' exhaust fluid"
D W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2017, 07:20 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
muddyrode's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: SE Iowa
Posts: 608
stock unit full of food and then send me an airline ticket i will gladly watch it for you
__________________
2016 SANDPIPER 35ROK
2013 Silverado Duramax 3500HD DRW LB

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey
muddyrode is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2017, 09:14 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Wolverine 1945's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: SouthWest Michigan
Posts: 5,918
Quote:
Originally Posted by Benlevi View Post
We're leaving our 2008 Wildcat 32QBS at a caravan park here in N.Z. for 8 months while we return to the U.S. We don't expect it to freeze, but would like any guidance as to what we should do to store it. It will likely not be moved during that time, but it might if they need to mow grass underneath it.
Do you have someone that could fire up the Generator every 2 or 3 months ???
Wolverine 1945 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2017, 05:21 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale Ma
Posts: 4,824
Mine sits in the woods in the Berkshires for 8 months under a blanket of snow.
cavie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2017, 11:01 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 1,502
You'll be ok, don't worry about it. My biggest concern with long term storage is mouse intrusion/infestation. Please take precautions against mice!

If you can store it plugged in then consider a dehumidfier
Skyliner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2017, 09:31 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Wolverine 1945's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: SouthWest Michigan
Posts: 5,918
Quote:
Originally Posted by cavie View Post
Mine sits in the woods in the Berkshires for 8 months under a blanket of snow.
We used to have an old TT that sat in the Forest up North,,, 12 months a year,,, it got so bad we turned it into a storage building !!!
Wolverine 1945 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2017, 09:44 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 604
We puta good doze of cayenne pepper on and around the tires
colourful64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2017, 09:45 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 604
Here in Canada 8 months is long at all ..we have to do it every year
colourful64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2017, 04:56 PM   #18
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 13
Great advice everyone. It was mentioned to "cover all the openings like water heater vent, furnace vents, kitchen hood with something to keep bugs out". What do you recommend to do that? I'll also get some things to take moisture out of the air (here in NZ they don't have availability like in the US), and will get someone here to open the camper up periodically. I have solar panels and batteries, and wonder if there's some low-power thing that will help keep things fresh that I can run off of batteries (or inverter... I have a 1kW pure sine wave inverter I could leave on as well, if it didn't run the batteries down too much).
Benlevi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2017, 05:54 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale Ma
Posts: 4,824
Cover Heater and Refrigerator and Water Heater vents with tinfoil on the inside of the vent. If you have electricity to run trickle charger fine. If not pull the batteries and take them home. I just leave my one battery in the trailer with no charger and hook up charger when I get there.
__________________

cavie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cat, wildcat

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:21 PM.


×