Laying up MH for a long time .

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  1. Cobweb

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    Due to extended sailing plans we may have to lay up our MH for possibly as long as a year. We considered selling but it had taken a lot of planning and research to find the one we have which has the layout we want as well as everything else so we decided to keep it . The MH is stored in a barn out of the elements but totally unheated . Can anyone point out
    any problems likely to occur after such a long storage and what to do to avoid any problems . Some friends store their MH is the same place and can look in from time to time and run the motor etc .
     
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    The list is endless, but if you haven't got hook up, remove both batteries, drain down the coolant and add a three-quarter to quarter mixture of anti-freeze. If you CAN safely get all four wheels/tyres off the ground, do so. A year is a long time for your tyres to be in one position.
     
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    Sorry, can't help........... but where are you sailing? We spent 3 years full-time on our yacht (sold now:()
     
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    Mice! Especially in a nice dry barn in the winter.
     
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    In a barn for a year , Mice , Rats , mould you name it and you will have it , best bet would be to sell it and when you come back buy a similar model .
     
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    Get a dehumidifier in there to dry it out for a few days prior to storage, and if possible have it run again in the spring. Leave any locker doors, drawers, cupboard doors, fridge door, washroom door open or ajar to let air circulate.

    Get all the water out of everything, especially the pump. Insulate the pump. Get the batteries on trickle charge somewhere otherwise they'll expire. This will make the occasional running of the engine a bit of a task if they need re-fitting but it won't start if the battery's flat anyway. Remember that even if an EHU is available it may not charge the engine battery.

    Having had a brass gas pressure gauge split in extreme cold I'd be tempted to leave the gas bottle(s) disconnected from the supply piping.

    Lay mouse bait boxes in the engine bay and put bait trays in the living quarters just in case they get inside. Don't leave any soft-packaged food in there, anywhere. Get any potential nesting materials like rugs, tea towels etc well out of the way.
     
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    remove al traces of food Frome it disinfect all food cupboard's with something like a pine disinfectant to mask any food traces

    • ensure coolant is at full strength as toothless advice

    • do not apply hand brake as it wont release after lay up

    • have it run up and if possible taken for a drive even just one or two mills a month will do

    • corks under window wiper arms to keep window wiper rubbers off of wind screen

    • full drain down of water system just go that bit further and blow the pipe work dry or if you have a wet and dry vacuumed suck them dry levee all taps open including Gray water tap good strong solution of toilet chemical in cartridge or levee slid open and don't bother with chemical just levee dry with open slid

    • leave all cupboards open including fridge

    • just full winter shut down
     
  8. Cobweb

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    Hi

    The boat is laid up in Florida and we have been cruising the Bahamas for many winters but now have decided to do the Great Loop after our winter Bahama cruise . The great Loop takes you from Miami to as far as New York using the intracoastal waterway and then canals and lakes through Canada and back to US via the great lakes and down the Mississippi to Florida . That is the plan for now .Where did you cruise when living on board ? We have been messing around in boats for over 30 years taking in the Med the Caribbean and now Florida and the Bahamas .
     
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    That sounds like my dream cruise.. sadly only a dream..

    are you needing a skivvy, deckhand, handyman, .. i can also cook :D
     
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    Fantastic! I'm quite jealous, enjoy:D
     
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    Thanks everyone .

    Some of the stuff we have done already but there are a few things we have not so many thanks for info . We have laid the MH in the barn for 5 months before with no problems . It is not a working farm anymore so have not had any problem with mice in the past. As for selling the van we did think about it and got a low quote from Browhills £27000 ....a new Rapido 997 or similar would cost up to £70000 new .Ours is a 2006 model . We decided to take our chances and keep the MH and fix what may need fixing after the long lay up .
     
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    Oh, sorry forgot to answer the 2nd question.......

    We cruised from the Hebrides to Gibralta and most places in-between ................ stopped just before we were about to cross the Atlantic :(
     
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    We had a RV in America for three and half years and used to park it up for months on end between trips. As long as your sensible no reason not too a year isn't that long.
    Buy some small aluminium baking trays fill some with cat litter. Place all around the van even in empty cupboards and the fridge these will soak up moisture and reduce mould. Put some vermin poison in others and spread around the floor. Then get some fabric conditioner sheets and place in all the cupboards and drawers this keeps small vermin out apparently can't stand the smell. When you return toss the lot in a black bag job done.
    Drain down tanks boiler and pipes and make sure you have a good antifreeze mix in the engine. We always ran a diluted chlorine mix through the pipes as well then just flushed out before use.
    We did this and never had any problems.
    Good luck (y)
    Forgot leave all cupboard doors and drawers slightly open for circulation and the fridge.
     
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    For the mechanicals, do a full service and engine oil change where it will be stored.
    After the oil change, disconnect the start circuit electrics and crank the engine for about 30 seconds but DO NOT LET IT START.
    Then, do not touch or start the engine again until you return.
    This is to ensure minimum acids in the engine oil which if left are bad for bearings etc.

    I would not bother to jack the wheels off the ground. They quickly go round again after driving.
     
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    Set Traps, but not scatter pack rodent poisoned bait as that will attract them there, they will munch away for quite a while till the poison works, munch other things too in the meantime. (y)
     
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    Hi

    I can only assume that rodents are not a problem since there are another 10 motorhomes as well as caravans stored in the barn and we have never had a problem . I think that the owner of the barn must do some pest control since the barn is always very clean and tidy .
     
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    To anyone feeling envious all I can say is that it is not always perfect . There are days and weeks spent listening to weather forecasts before any major crossing and even then you can get it wrong ending up facing some nasty mountainous seas and thunderstorms which seem to be a Florida speciality . Motorhoming is very simple by comparison since apart from breaking down you can always go wherever you want to when you want .
     
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    Bought a motorhome once that had been left with the handbrake on, yes you've guessed it... the drums had turned oval... Dooh!!
     
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