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Old 03-17-2024, 04:16 PM   #1
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Hello,

We purchased our 2023 Thor Challenger 36FA last year and found a very nice seasonal site we will be using from April to October (and winter storage at the same place) here in Ohio. We made some trips last year and put some miles on the rig.

What are the recommendations for running the engine/generator and any other helpful things (tires/etc.) I will need to keep in mind and do?

When I get close to retirement and working remotely we will travel around (and spend winters down south) but for the next 1-3 years we will be more than likely using a seasonal site.

Thanks in advance!

Randy.

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Old 03-17-2024, 04:38 PM   #2
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Well seasonal storage and use is about like winter storage. Exercise the generator and chassis engine every few months. I assume you have power at the site, otherwise you need a way to keep the batteries charged- solar?

I would also move the rig a few times each season to keep the tires from getting flattened. Once around the campground should do it. If you are in strong sun most of the time, put tire covers on.

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Old 03-17-2024, 04:56 PM   #3
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Well seasonal storage and use is about like winter storage. Exercise the generator and chassis engine every few months. I assume you have power at the site, otherwise you need a way to keep the batteries charged- solar?

I would also move the rig a few times each season to keep the tires from getting flattened. Once around the campground should do it. If you are in strong sun most of the time, put tire covers on.

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Thanks! Yes, we will have it plugged in all season (I have a Power Watch Dog and plan on installing RV Whisper to keep an eye on things).
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Old 03-17-2024, 04:57 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard by the way.
So basically, the MH will be sitting and not driven much for the next few years?
IMO one key issue is going to be keeping fresh fuel in your tank, so you can run the engine on regular basis to keep the engine & transmission lubricated & the genny exercised.
Other issues that need to be considered: Flat spotting the tires is a real concern if the coach sits for extended periods. If tires are left uncovered UV can cause problems. Rust can build up on brake rotors or worse in the brake caliper pistons.
The MH is vehicle and all vehicles are designed to be driven. If it were mine and I had decided on a seasonal site, I would be taking the unit out for an extended drive at least once every few months.
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Old 03-17-2024, 05:38 PM   #5
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Welcome aboard by the way.
So basically, the MH will be sitting and not driven much for the next few years?
IMO one key issue is going to be keeping fresh fuel in your tank, so you can run the engine on regular basis to keep the engine & transmission lubricated & the genny exercised.
Other issues that need to be considered: Flat spotting the tires is a real concern if the coach sits for extended periods. If tires are left uncovered UV can cause problems. Rust can build up on brake rotors or worse in the brake caliper pistons.
The MH is vehicle and all vehicles are designed to be driven. If it were mine and I had decided on a seasonal site, I would be taking the unit out for an extended drive at least once every few months.
Thanks! Will definitely take it for a drive every couple of months. Also, will be purchasing tire covers to keep them protected.
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Old 03-30-2024, 07:10 PM   #6
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Thanks! Will definitely take it for a drive every couple of months. Also, will be purchasing tire covers to keep them protected.
Remember that your tires are aging even though there arenít many miles being on them. Replace the tires according to e age of the tire, not the mileage.
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Old 03-30-2024, 07:55 PM   #7
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Remember that your tires are aging even though there arenít many miles being on them. Replace the tires according to e age of the tire, not the mileage.
Or better yet: the condition of the tires.
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Last summer I worked in Yellowstone National Park living in my Axis 24.2. Sure it was cool to live and work in such a beautiful place but it was also cool to occasionally load up the motorhome on days off and head out to other interesting places in the area.
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