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Old 02-10-2018, 08:27 PM   #1
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Florida sun

We will be leaving our rig in a southwest Florida campground, permanently. There will be periods of time, when we will not be there. Any suggestions as to what we should do, to keep it in good condition. Both inside and out. It will be on a sight with full hook-up.

Thanks, PatandJohn
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:13 PM   #2
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Florida summers are tough. In our 12th snowbird season in the same Florida park (leave in April). Folks who do leave their rigs experience exterior oxidation ( unless full body paint/clear coat) despite faithful waxing, Caulk dries out much faster and leaks are always a worry. Primary concern is the roof which gets baked. Many use covers. Interior concern is mold and mildue from humidity. Many set their thermostats at 80 and run their ACs continuously throughout the storage timeline. Others install interior reflective covers for all windows, and run fans combined with venting. I bet you will get responses recommending everything from charcoal to dryer sheets to other mold control products available on the market. Expect mice and other visitors if you leave any foodstuffs in the unit. For the most part, folks come back to our park after six months and find their rigs in good shape, but the exteriors in particular take a beating.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:27 AM   #3
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It is brutal. Most here at our park who leave their RV's here all years have them under a RV Garage. Mildew is still a issue. There are people at most parks that will look after your lot during the summer for a fee.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:24 PM   #4
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stock the frig. leave the key under the mat we will take care of every thing !

P.S. we full time in Florida our Montana is parked under a pole barn, the sun will be ruff out in the open your inside temps. closed up will run 120 140 deg.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:44 AM   #5
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We live here full time and the sun is brutal but the moisture is worst. My suggestion is don't leave it here. but if you are, you need to keep the air on at 85 with a dehumidifier in the shower or kitchen sink. Use 303 protectant, wax and service the roof before you leave use silver bubble wrap in the windows and blow out the lines that helps with mildew in the plumbing. Fill the black tank half full and use deodorizer unless the dehumidifier is on that tank. Remove the sewer flex pipe and put a short garden hose on the drain for the dehumidifier leave that to drain on the ground as sewer back up is not unheard of and you don't want to be hooked up. A cover helps but it MUST be a white tyvek type as the others do not hold up and you have to cut a hole for the air conditioner. really there is only so much you can do and hope you have trees or you can store it indoors and find a good property watch service. Oh forgot you need to tie the unit down so the storms do not roll it over remember. You are responsible for damage your unit causes to others, believe me we were here for Erma and let your insurance know you left it here.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:07 AM   #6
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The park we are in this year I discovered that there are a few fiver owners who now store their rigs. Most have covered/powered storage but there are a couple that just leave it on site.

Most parks will probably require you to anchor it down or make arrangements to have something set up for removal if a hurricane is forecasted. I know from owning a home down here that anything plastic, pvc, or rubber ages about 10 times faster than up north.
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