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Posted: 04/30/19 03:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For those that leave their RV on a permanent site through out the summer months in a hot climate
Naturally I shut off everything, flush the black tank and leave chemicals in it,and drain the water from the low water drain points but do you:
1. Disconnect the sewer hose and stow it ?
2. Disconnect the water feed hose and stow it?
3. Disconnect the electric cord and stow it ?

last year I stowed them all, but I am thinking of just stowing the electric cord this year

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Before you leave, get on the roof and put your eyeballs on EVERY square inch. If there is the slightest leak, a hot, wet Florida summer will cause a whole lot of damage. I'd put all the hoses away. No reason to let the sun do it's dirty work on them if they are not being used.

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If it was me, and had electric available I would leave the sewer and electric out.I would buy a 30 pt. dehumidifier and place it is the shower so it can drain. Set it to 55%. Summertime humidity at 90% is not good for your RV. I wish I could leave mine on in MA for 8 months but they turn off the electricity.


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Hi—like Cavie, we run a dehumidifier set at 50 percent and have never had a problem. We put everything away, hose, electric cord, etc. because the summer sun is brutal. We run an extension cord out through the basement to the pedestal to feed the dehumififier. Button everything up tight and put reflectix in all the windows and things should be fine. Good luck!


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If you're leaving it on site, I'd give the guys cutting grass a break. Disconnect and store as much clutter as possible so the weedeaters and lawnmowers don't chew them up. I'm sure they'll appreciate your efforts and you'll avoid problems with your hoses and cords plus they'll last a lot longer for you.


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I would also cover the tires, as well as the other suggestions.

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I would put a splash of RV antifreeze in the drains/toilet. Will keep the seals in good shape (doesn't evaporate as fast as water).

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My in-law’s once left a car in Florida without any prep. They came back next winter to an interior that was black with mold. Trick is to keep a dry environment during the summer. Ask others in the park what they do.

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Ant baits would be a good idea to leave around also.

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I recommend that instead of ant baits, use diatomaceous earth liberally spread thruout. You want to repel/kill, not attract and poison.

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