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Hi Guys,
Not sure if this is the right area to post my question but here goes.
I live in Hawaii and have a truck and toyhauler in storage in anahiem,Ca. We use our rig about a week or two every three to four months. When in storage we pull pull down all the shades and cover all the tires and such. What are some things that i should be concerned about with the trailer sitting for months at a time? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appriciated. This is our first trailer that we purchased about 8 months ago.

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battery going dead - disconnect at least, drain all the water out of the fresh water tank and water heater. make sure all the food is out to avoid rodent issues. I would also be concerned about keeping some water in the toilet bowl so the seal wont go bad- try RV antifreeze so it wont evaporate.
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or you could install a battery disconnect switch, so you wouldn't have to keep taking the battery out.


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you might just take the battery and the tank off the TT, thus the drugies won't be tempted to steal them. all food and some water and chemicals in the black and gray tanks if you have a television in there take it out too, or you won't have it very long either. One concern is mice. you might want to put some dryer sheets around the TT to keep them out.

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Even nicer if you can find indoor storage. More secure, not exposed to the weather, costs more but may be worthwhile. Look in classifieds for storage. Might find a spot in an unlikely location.

We did. Not in CA but indoor on a farm & only $75 a month truck & trailer . You never know when luck strikes.


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Thanks for your replies, great to get info from more experienced RV'er.

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Disconnect the battery. Drain out all the water. Don't leave any food in it. Leave a vent open to allow some airflow and avoid mildew and mold from starting to build up inside.

Also, instead of just covering the tires, I'd suggest to remove them and allow your TT to rest on some sturdy blocks or jacks. This will relieve the pressure from the tires and allow them to last a bit longer.

I agree with investing in an indoor storage, preferably one that has climate control. Bit expensive, but really worth it.

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Something not mentioned regarding the batteries is if you have access to ac power to use a battery tender or similar charger that will maintain the batteries. Even a disconnected battery will discharge and become damaged if let sit for months at a time.

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Well don't you have a charmed life.... Hawaii and RV every few months... you're making us mainlanders jealous....just kidding.

I've had my wheel chocks stolen so you might look for the tension kind that can be locked in place.

Also the tire covers may blow off in a high wind use a bungee cord to secure them.

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zak21 wrote:

Something not mentioned regarding the batteries is if you have access to ac power to use a battery tender or similar charger that will maintain the batteries. Even a disconnected battery will discharge and become damaged if let sit for months at a time.


Patently not true. Yes batterys discharge while on storage. No, storage of up to 6 months will not destroy batterys unless they were old & not in good condition to begin with.

Since 2006 I have had no choice but to store for periods of up to 6 months, batterys disconnected, no battery tending whatsoever.

Each spring upon reconection there has been plenty of power to operate landing legs & a minimal amount of time on the charger to return to full strength.

All kinds of equipment sits outside for extended storage. Nothing done. No battery chargers. Not even disconnected. Why would RVs in storage be any different?

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