OPERATING IN FREEZING CONDITIONS
If water freezes inside the system, it can damage piping and equipment. Keeping the interior warm will aid in preventing water in the storage tank, pump and piping from freezing. Open inside cabinets and allow warm air to circulate over the water system components. Add non-toxic anti-freeze to the holding tank(s). Refer to the instructions that came with the anti-freeze. Install a winter cover on the air conditioner. Propane for the appliances will work down to 44 degrees below zero (-44°). The sliding windows have weep holes, which drain water from the window tracks. In heavy rain and wind, water could be blown into the camper through these holes. Put a piece of sponge in the track over the hole to prevent this from occurring. See “Ventilation and Moisture Control” section for more information.
The following checklists will help you perform the steps necessary to prepare your camper for storage. Use the checklist that applies to the storage conditions you anticipate. These checklists do not include every detail required, and you may want to expand them to suit your needs.
SHORT-TERM STORAGE (Less than 45 days – Above Freezing)
1. Wash the exterior.
2. Park the camper as level as possible front to rear and side to side.
3. Before disconnecting the battery cables, check the charge in the battery. Recharge as necessary. Clean terminals, top and sides of battery and battery box. Leave the battery disconnected or
switch the battery disconnect switch to the “STORE” position.
4. Drain the holding tanks, toilet, and fresh water tank. Turn off the water pump and water heater.
5. Turn off the propane at tank valve.
6. Turn off the refrigerator, furnace, all range and oven burner valves and pilot.
7. Remove all perishables from refrigerator and galley cabinets. Leave the refrigerator door open to reduce odor buildup. An open box or tray of baking soda in the refrigerator will help absorb odors.
8. Slightly open (1/4″) a roof vent.
9. Close and lock all windows. Be sure the vent fan and range hood fan switches are off.
10. Cap and close the holding tank drain, city water inlet and fresh water fill spout.
11. Turn off all radios, TV’s, interior and exterior lights.
12. Close the mini blinds and day/night shades.
13. Disconnect the 120-volt power cord and store in compartment.
14. If removing the camper from the truck, see procedure and warnings in the “Loading and Unloading Camper” section.
15. Check the camper weekly.
LONG-TERM STORAGE (Above Freezing)
1. Perform all the preceding short-term storage steps.
2. Operate air conditioner periodically to lubricate compressor seals.
3. Remove and place the battery in a cool, dry area. Check the battery charge every 30 days. Recharge as necessary.
4. Check the sealants around all roof seams, body seams and windows. Reseal if necessary. See “Sealant Renewal” section.
5. Prepare the generator (if equipped). See generator Operating Manual included in the Owner’s Information Package.