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Old 08-26-2020, 02:29 AM   #161
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Old 08-26-2020, 12:50 PM   #162
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Hi where do we order covers for these?

Thanks Scubawise in montana ��

Just google "RV covers". You will be amazed at how many there are. One that has wind relief vents and plenty of under the RV hold down straps is a good feature. Its also nice to have one that allows you to zip off a panel at your door so you dont have to remove the cover to get inside. If you have the extra dollars getting a steel carport is a great solution.
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Old 09-26-2020, 01:42 PM   #163
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Just read all the posts and Edís book. First time winterizing our new, used Vegas 24.1. Just got a cover and bought antifreeze. Will do procedure this or next week. My question is on starting the rig and generator. My plan was to fill up the gas tank, Put in some Seafoam and run it through the engine and generator. Would that be enough to leave it for the winter. I saw that Jamie did start the engine and generator once a month in the winter. I have lithium coach batteries and Battleborn said I should disconnect and/ or bring them in for the winter. Does the generator run off the chassis battery to start? If not, it might be a pain to set up to run during the winter. Also do you put on a trickle charger on the chassis battery to keep it up?
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Old 09-26-2020, 01:58 PM   #164
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Just read all the posts and Edís book. First time winterizing our new, used Vegas 24.1. Just got a cover and bought antifreeze. Will do procedure this or next week. My question is on starting the rig and generator. My plan was to fill up the gas tank, Put in some Seafoam and run it through the engine and generator. Would that be enough to leave it for the winter. I saw that Jamie did start the engine and generator once a month in the winter. I have lithium coach batteries and Battleborn said I should disconnect and/ or bring them in for the winter. Does the generator run off the chassis battery to start? If not, it might be a pain to set up to run during the winter. Also do you put on a trickle charger on the chassis battery to keep it up?


One (of several) of the reasons I donít use a cover is that I use a small solar panel to keep both coach and chassis batteries charged in the winter. Saves quite a few headaches with respect to storage and batteries. The reason they recommend running the generator for an hour or more per month is to keep the generator part of the unit free of rust. I.e. itís not an engine issue itís a generator issue. Also you need to keep the generator under load while doing the exercise. I usually run one or two space heaters (if itís winter) for load and just sit in the coach and read or watch a movie. Or if its a nice day I like to go for a 20 or 30 mile ride because I believe itís good for a vehicleís ďsystemsĒ (engine, transmission, axle, brakes etc.) to be used regularly. This too is hard to do if you have a cover.
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Old 09-26-2020, 04:20 PM   #165
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The coach battery starts the generator.

When I run it it sits: I walk around and make sure the exhaust pipes are sticking out from the cover and start both. After the V-10 comes up to operating temp I run it at about 1500 RPM for a bit to make sure the batteries are charged up.

To exercise the genny I simply set the convection oven to preheat to 350 or so. That puts enough draw on it (12+ amps). (Especially when its 0F out since it has a long way to go to get to 350! LOL) In fact that is the most use the convection oven gets! (Sometime's I'll use a hairdryer instead.)
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Old 09-26-2020, 04:46 PM   #166
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Just read all the posts and Edís book. First time winterizing our new, used Vegas 24.1. Just got a cover and bought antifreeze. Will do procedure this or next week. My question is on starting the rig and generator. My plan was to fill up the gas tank, Put in some Seafoam and run it through the engine and generator. Would that be enough to leave it for the winter. I saw that Jamie did start the engine and generator once a month in the winter. I have lithium coach batteries and Battleborn said I should disconnect and/ or bring them in for the winter. Does the generator run off the chassis battery to start? If not, it might be a pain to set up to run during the winter. Also do you put on a trickle charger on the chassis battery to keep it up?

First if you read your Ford manual it suggests not using any engine additives, but I am sure to get lot of flack on that statement. Short engine runs are not good for any engine. As others will suggest drive your coach if possible otherwise Change your engine oil if its close to requiring it, add a fuel stabilizer (or use a name brand gas that includes it) then fill up the tank and let it sit for the winter. Again on the generator it needs to be run under load for 30 minutes and again change its oil if it needs it.


One nice thing about changing oil before winter is you are ready to go next spring. However to maintain your warranty Ford says 6 months or 5,000 miles on the V10 but they have increased that interval on the new 2021 V8. So use your own judgement on that. Personally most of us Drive our units very little compared to a car, so at least in my case I have a very happy V10 engine since it gets changed far more often than needed. My Diesel on the other hand is 15K or 12 months!


As for batteries, you dont need a trickle charger. There is one built into your coach. Unless you modified it when the Lithium batteries were added the coach unit charges all batteries coach and engine.


The generator starts off of the coach batteries unless you use the "Emergency engine start switch" which connects the coach and engine batteries together. It works both ways whether you are starting your generator or engine.


A word of caution on covering your coach and starting your engine. Be sure the cover does not cover the exhaust pipe on your generator or your engine. If it does (and if your Vegas is like mine it likely will) Put a warning sign on your engine and generator start switches.


Oh yes when winterizing the system don't forget the sink and shower traps and be sure your holding tanks are empty before you start the process.
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Thanks all for the info. I see a problem here because lithium batteries should not be charged in weather under 32 degrees. If generator runs off the coach batteries, Then I could start it with the batteries because that is OK but then the generator would be charging back the lithiumís which is a no-no. Hmmm.

I do have a deep cell 125 amp AGM that I could substitute and take the lithiumís out. That might solve the issue. Make sense?
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Thanks all for the info. I see a problem here because lithium batteries should not be charged in weather under 32 degrees. If generator runs off the coach batteries, Then I could start it with the batteries because that is OK but then the generator would be charging back the lithiumís which is a no-no. Hmmm.

I do have a deep cell 125 amp AGM that I could substitute and take the lithiumís out. That might solve the issue. Make sense?

Absolutely! However, There are many many variables in Lithium batteries. Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries can not be recharged below 32 degrees F, but other Lithium types can be. If yours is a Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries type take it out or disconnect the positive terminal for the winter. There is really no need to have a battery in your unit for storage. You can start your generator using the battery bypass switch if needed.
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Thanks Joe, they are Battleborn which are LiPh. Previous owner had them installed. Not sure how they linked it together with the inverter/charger and the battery bypass. I will disconnect and try. I know that the Use/Store switch was bypassed.
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Thanks Joe, they are Battleborn which are LiPh. Previous owner had them installed. Not sure how they linked it together with the inverter/charger and the battery bypass. I will disconnect and try. I know that the Use/Store switch was bypassed.

Interesting! You have your work cutout for you. As much as I enjoy our Vegas their complexity is often daunting.



Ah the good old days of of simply pulling a trailer. My first one didn't even have a bathroom, no brakes, no leveler bars. Just dropped it on the ball and drove to the city campground paid my $5 and camped near the bathroom. We thought our 5 gallon Hassock potty was a luxury!
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Old 09-30-2020, 11:46 PM   #171
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I have a Vegas 25.2 with a tankless water heater so I don't have to worry about that. I put 30 psi air into the fresh water inlet and open all faucets, one at a time until only air comes out. I then dump the tanks and put 1/2 gallon of the pink stuff in each tank and a bit in each trap. Drive around the block to slosh it around to make sure the dump valves don't freeze. That's all i do, never had a problem.

So, We have a 2020 27.7 and can't see where we are suppose to put the anti-freeze. So is it the same for ours? We are taking it to Thor in Indiana and they say it needs to be winterized. There are no clear instructions on how to winterize our model.
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So, We have a 2020 27.7 and can't see where we are suppose to put the anti-freeze. So is it the same for ours? We are taking it to Thor in Indiana and they say it needs to be winterized. There are no clear instructions on how to winterize our model.
You would winterize it the same as any coach.

Find your water tank and water pump the "antifreeze injection port" will be very near there (and the valves to make it work).
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