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Cardinals

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Posted: 08/10/21 08:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is our first year with a motorhome and I I have a few questions about winter storage.


1. Any recommendations on the fuel level to maintain over the winter months. We are in cold upstate NY.

2. I was told to add an additive. Any recommendations on type? Do you add it once and that is all?

3. I was planning on starting it at least once each month (unit is only 5 minutes from our house), is that satisfactory?

4. Also assume would need to test generator monthly as well.

Thank you in advance, i know about the winterization of the unit itself.

Mike

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You are a little early to think about winterizing.
It's was 92 in Buffalo yesterday!

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Could you please let us know the make and model and whether diesel or gas.


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Add any stabilizer you want and fill the tank. The drive home from the gas station will get the stabilizer into the fuel system.
As for starting it and running it, it normally does more harm than good. Unless you are taking it for a 20 minute drive all you are doing is running the battery down and inducing water/moisture into the exhaust system helping it to rust.
Putting a battery tender on once a month to top off the batteries is not a bad idea.
My opinion. Others will have their own. Good luck.


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Keeping sun and rain off the roof, as much as possible, should be the first priority.

If possible without too much work, a 30-60 minute drive every couple of months would be very good. It takes that long for engine oil to get hot enough to drive out any moisture that may have accumulated.

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Posted: 08/10/21 09:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cardinals wrote:

This is our first year with a motorhome and I I have a few questions about winter storage.


1. Any recommendations on the fuel level to maintain over the winter months. We are in cold upstate NY.

2. I was told to add an additive. Any recommendations on type? Do you add it once and that is all?

3. I was planning on starting it at least once each month (unit is only 5 minutes from our house), is that satisfactory?

4. Also assume would need to test generator monthly as well.

Thank you in advance, i know about the winterization of the unit itself.

Mike


1) Depends on gas vs diesel but condensation in the fuel is mostly myth. If there is water in the fuel, it most likely came with the fuel. Look up the numbers on how much water is in 20gal of air. Even if the air changes over once a day and you squeeze ever last molecule out, there will be just a few drops over the course of the winter.
2) A fuel stabilizer is not a bad idea if it's gas. The ethanol causes gas to have a shelf life and this partially negates that.
3) Unless you put it in gear and get it fully up to temperature, you are doing more harm than good. Assuming you are up north where they use salt on the roads...Better to put her to bed and take the battery home and put it on a battery tender (or charger every month or so).
4) Same treatment for the generator. Unless you run it long enough and under enough load to get it fully up to temperature, more harm than good.


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Tammy and Mike.

Not where I live. The tank needs to be as full as possible.

My choice for storage is seafoam. It works for 12 months. It does NOT work for 18 months.


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pianotuna wrote:

Tammy and Mike.

Not where I live. The tank needs to be as full as possible.

My choice for storage is seafoam. It works for 12 months. It does NOT work for 18 months.


Run the math for us.

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Aren't most upstate New Yorkers in Florida by the time it's necessary to winterize? That solves the problem quickly! [emoticon] C'mon down!!!


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When I use Sta-Bil, I chose the Marine Sta-Bil over the regular (red) Sta-Bil.
It costs a few dollars more but, It's supposed to have more stabilizers and anti-corrosion additives.
It works well for me.

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