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 9/23/2004 8:35 AM
 
I'm a new RV owner ( 2004 Bounder) This will be the first year to winterize it. Some say take batteries out others say leave in and check periodically. I have a solar panel on top which trickle charges batteries. What else has to be done? Smile, JB

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 9/23/2004 12:24 PM
 
JB, I assume you're referring to "just" the battery winter storage and not the whole motorhome? Before we retired and went fulltime, I used to put "float chargers" on both sets of batteries, the chassis and the house batteries. These can be purchased thru Harbor Freight or some distributor like them. These little "chargers" only provide a trickle and won't over charge batteries. This is the exact thing these float chargers were designed for. I still use one on my pickup when we head south for the winter. Neil

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 9/24/2004 7:57 AM
 
Neil, Thanks for the info. Do the batteries have to be taken out for the floaters to work? Also besides the batteries what else should be done to winterize it. You can read and read about this but everyone is different. I would like someone with experience to give me some clues. Smile, JB

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 9/25/2004 2:40 PM
 
Hi again JB, The batteries can be left in the coach when you connect these float chargers. Since you're not familiar with winterizing, I would recommend you take your rig to the nearest RV shop and ask them to winterize it for you. Watch them then next winter you can do it yourself. Most winterizing involves blowing out the water supply system, some people like myself just for good measure, add RV anti-freeze (Pink or Red) not automotive anti-freeze. Be sure and pour some anti-freeze in the "P" traps in ALL the drains including the toilet stool. This RV anti-freeze can be bought at most Walmarts, some automotive parts houses carry it too. I prefer pumping the anti-freeze completely through the entire water system. Being sure to turn the hot water heater by-pass valve on thus eliminating having to buy an additonal 6 to 10 gallons of anti-freeze depending on which size water heater your coach has. Some people don't like to do this because although it's non-toxic it does leave a lingering taste next spring when you flush the anti-freeze out and run fresh water through it. I carry bottled drinking water and just use the RV's water system for bathing and such until I can no longer smell or taste the after effects of the winter anti-freeze. BTW it makes some nasty coffee for a while if you try to use the coach water system for coffee. another thing I overlooked is being sure to drain your hot water heater completely. You may possibly have to replace the sacrificial annode that is usually attached to the hot water tank plug. If it's completely desolved there will be quite a lot of calcium deposits in the bottom of the hot water tank. The clue when the annode is no longer working it the rottne egg smell that permiates your entire water system. This is a real pain to try and purge out, the best thing is to keep the sacrificial annode cleaned and working properly, replace it if necessary. Neil

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