Go Back   Thor Forums > Thor Tech Forums > Maintenance and Repair
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-11-2017, 04:44 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Ron1Z's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Windsport 29m
State: Florida
Posts: 246
THOR #8069
Florida storage question

Probably the wrong time to ask this question with all that is going on in Florida, but:
I retire on 02/01/2018 and will be moving to Ocala, Fl in April 2018 I want to store our RV at our new home from Oct to April and have a few questions about winter storage in Florida:
Do I need to winterize like I do up north?
Do I leave leveling jacks up or down?
Do I leave roof vents open or closed?
Do I need tire covers or full cover for RV?
The RV will be in a storage lot for 6 months
__________________

__________________
Ron1Z is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2017, 07:10 PM   #2
gmc
Senior Member
 
gmc's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Hurricane 32A
State: Florida
Posts: 1,519
THOR #2829
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron1Z View Post
Probably the wrong time to ask this question with all that is going on in Florida, but:
I retire on 02/01/2018 and will be moving to Ocala, Fl in April 2018 I want to store our RV at our new home from Oct to April and have a few questions about winter storage in Florida:
Do I need to winterize like I do up north?
Do I leave leveling jacks up or down?
Do I leave roof vents open or closed?
Do I need tire covers or full cover for RV?
The RV will be in a storage lot for 6 months
I'll give you my answers... I expect you will get some different opinions...
I've spent last 3 winter's just south of Ocala... And moved here full time last year. This coming winter will be first time we won't be living in RV all winter, though I expect we will use it.

Haven't seen need to winterize by default... And since it is at home, if I see a need it will take about 10 min to blow out lines...
I leave jacks up unless living in it... Personal choice... I you leave them down, I would wipe down shafts with an appropriate lubricant a few times over winter. (In MI was easy decision to not expose them to salt....)
I leave mine closed... But may depend on vents you have and how much they keep rain out... Parked in partial shade spot this summer with vents closed, the rig only got over 100 degrees a handful of times... And 102 was max (monitored by temp stick)
Tire covers don't hurt... And if going to be parked for months, I probably would.
RV covers is different story... Some like. Some feel they do more damage (scratches going on/off). I don't use one... More from convenience of using rig... If I had to wrestle that cover just to take it out for a weekend, I might use it less.

Hope it helps.
__________________

__________________
Greg
Not yet retired...
Florida (Michigan transplant)
2014 Hurricane 32A
2000 Infinity (previous)
gmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2017, 08:08 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Travelin' Texans's Avatar
 
Brand: Redwood
State: Texas
Posts: 923
THOR #3610
Most likely just drain/blow out the lines, rv cover NO, tire covers YES & parked on wood blocks, vents possibly open if in direct sun & battery still connected so you can close if necessary, if shaded or no batteries close vents.
If you don't plan on using it all winter I'd disconnect the batteries or take to the house to store them.
Also be sure to clean/flush black tank as clear as possible & add some anti freeze or a little water with a cup of cooking oil to black & grey tanks to keep valve seals from drying out.
__________________
Danny & Linda
Travelin' Texans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2017, 01:28 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Mr Sunshine's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2016 Vegas 25.2
State: Florida
Posts: 1,675
THOR #1589
Welcome to Florida and congrats on your retirement!

We live between Ocala and Orlando, and our Vegas is in a storage lot over the winter. Jacks up, vents closed and no tire covers, with some shade from adjacent rigs. I haven't winterized an RV in all the years I've wintered in Florida. It might be necessary if you lived on the northern edge of the state, but I wouldn't if I stored it in Ocala.

Nowhere to plug in a charger, so I start it every couple of weeks and run the engine and the generator for awhile. No problems with the original batteries for first 3 years.

You will get differing opinions, but that's what works for me.

PS. Plan to join your fellow forum members at St John's KOA October 27-29. Details in another thread.
__________________
Lessons are repeated until learned. Fast learners get extra rewards!
Mr Sunshine is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thor Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




All times are GMT. The time now is 07:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2