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anon125

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Posted: 05/15/22 01:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

with covid we have been nowhere for 2 years.
the MH is in a shed so it is dry.
batteries are connected to a ctek charger and are not connected to the MH.
will the engine etc be okay?
we put in the drying pots over the rainy winter,
when we do take it out, is there anything prudent to do first?
on vancouver island BC
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Batteries may not be good.

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Check all over, including underneath, to look for rodent damage. They have a nasty habit of eating electrical wires. Check for an exhaust problems with critters that may have taken up residence in the exhaust system. Add as much fresh fuel as you can before trying to start the engine and then go for it. The engine will either run or not. Naturally you want to check the tires for air pressure and rot. Hope for the best and if everything is OK, enjoy your next trip.

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Examine the tires carefully including manufacture dates. Inflate to recommended pressure.


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If you put fuel stabilizer in it the fuel should be OK. If not take it and go fill it up. Check it over real good for rodent damage first.


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2 year old gas, if mine I,d get it out of the system. from the tank to the carb. I work on at least 10 gen sets a year full of garbage fuel .sure you could chance it if wrong your repair bill will be in the thousands.and tire rot, tires start rotting the day there made.

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Some years ago I parked in a campground (2014) with the aid of a tow truck Blown engine. took me 3 years or so before I towed it out and dropped..(well lifted) a new 8.1 into it (The old engine did not die it was murdered.. Long story insurance paid).

Across from me was another motor home. also an 8.1L Vortec that had been sitting there for years before I blew my ending. The owner was in hospice and not long for this world and his family finally authorized moving it to storage.. The batteries.. Toast.

The park owner got me a new engine battery and I put it in for him (He's not good at that kind of thing. I'm an old farm boy and you learn basics early on a farm) and with the help of his crew and shore power we got the slides pulled in (Two of us helped push) and jacks up (Had to assist one of 'em) and finally turned the key.. now this thing had very old gas. at least 5 years.. Fired up like it was brand new on the showroom floor.. Drove fine. I put it in the storage area and a few weeks later the family came and drove it away ha ha to wherever it went (i did not know)

I do believe this is not typical

I got enough generator time while there (In part thanks to a nearby himicane, er Hurricane Matthew) to keep my fuel fresh plus I SeaFoamed it.

Oh yes and then we had the Bang NO POWER night (The Bang was a car that went straight down the road... unfortunately the road did not go straight so it went THROUGH the power pole) (No serious injury save to some electroncs)

And a few other failures. Including two that took out half the park.. My half.. of course.


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Drive moderately and use up the gas on the way to the destination. No issues.

Checking the tires and other equipment should be the routine for every trip.


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because of the help from this forum we put stablizer in the tank before we parked it. drained the genny carb.
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Check oil, check coolant level, check tranny level. If you put fuel stablizer in, it could be okay..

Since it's a 2006, it'll have fuel injection, so a bunch of electronics linked with that, but as long as the engine batteries are strong and it's not been infested with rodents in the engine compartment, it should fire up.

If you have 75 gallons of 2 year old gas, just go out and see how it's running and if bad, try to get thru 1/4 tank and put some fresh gas in, drive it some more, etc.. If it's driving okay off the bat, take the tank down as far as you dare and fill up with fresh stuff..

What the rest of the rig is like, is just gonna be what it is.. Check the water system by just pressuring up the system and checking for leaks. I like doing this with the water pump only and then letting it pressure up and then wait and see if the pump cycles on/off. If it does that, start looking for leaks. It could be the pump itself too, but main thing is to check for leaks.

Check the propane. Open the valve and check for leaks initially, then start firing up the stove, heater, water heater, fridge.

Pretty much what I do every Spring on my TT.. I don't have the engine to deal with, but that's just like any other truck vehicle out there and I've worked on old stuff and the like that has sat before, and as long as you can turn a wrench and know the basics of an internal combustion engine, it should all be a DIY job.

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Good luck! Mitch
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