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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-05-2020, 18:39 Thread Starter
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What is everyone doing ?

In this enforced shutdown of using our MH, the vehicles are just standing there, unused and unusable at present without incurring the potential wrath of others in the area......

So, MH are standing idle, what are YOU doing to help keep your pride and joy in the best condition possible for the next time after the crisis has been relegated to a bl**dy nuisance.....

I am aware that starting the engine and allowing it to run for perhaps 15 minutes will help keep all the surfaces coated with a protective oil layer, but I am also aware from experience that leaving the handbrake on can lead to the discs seizing to the plates requiring a very unpleasant amount of power to be applied to break the corrosion.

I am keeping a check on the batteries - fortunately the solar panels are doing a good job there coupled with the BatteryMaster, but the spiders are having a field day inside believing that they have been given carte blanche to throw threads wherever they wish (typically found by my wife have an "Arachnoleptic " fit as she discovers them. 🤣🤣🤣 ).

What else is being done by others ? Take it for a short drive every few weeks ? Spend the time polishing it to within 2.54cm of it's life ?

I am curious to hear other's views as to what YOU are doing.......

Thinking of ALL the front line staff working to try to help others;Doctors, nurses, paramedics, cleaners, NA's, catering staff, support services and all others. Their work is appreciated more than you can ever realise-keep strong and safe.

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Keeping lead acid batteries fully charged extends their life Dave. Now we don't have the van I do put the 'second' car on a fit and forget charger to keep it's battery topped up. I haven't used it in 6 weeks now but I personally don't believe in short runs now and again. A good run of 20 to 30 kms would be better.

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The general consensus is NOT to start the engine and let it idle...


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Thank you for those hints and links, some really god points there that I ought to have considered, but hadn't.

I feel a list coming on to remind me what to do....
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Thinking of ALL the front line staff working to try to help others;Doctors, nurses, paramedics, cleaners, NA's, catering staff, support services and all others. Their work is appreciated more than you can ever realise-keep strong and safe.

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Yes there was a long thread on the Wildies I think the other day and running the engine was a big no no Dave. I just whip the battery lead off on mine and isolate the solar and leisure battery and thats it. I often leave it for months on end like that. I had it serviced and MOT'd just before the lock down though as I heard leaving it with old oil in is not a good idea and it was well over due despite the limited miles its done last couple of years.

I might give it a run out at some point of this carries on for much longer. Our nearest supermarket is 7-8 miles away, 10 if I take the proper roads so that would be a good excuse. Might put the tables and chairs out in Morrisons car park just to see how much "tutting" it attracts.
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I don´t have to worry about that because I can still take trips in the MH. at least every 2 weeks I take it on a 50 km trip.
I just hope nothing mechanical goes wrong again, but this time I will have a full ADAC back up.

We realised, when it was too late, in October Heike could have used the ADAC, they were not to know which one of us was driving it at the time.
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I don´t want to rub it in, but I think I must be in one of the safest and less restricted places in Europe.
Down at the river this morning were 6 tents with fishermen, split up in 3 parties of 2 and a Motorhome.

The ZOLL (customs) police went past and took no notice, they just slowed up because of Motley because he looks so sweet sitting and waiting for them to pass.
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Treated the rust on the slam panel, painted it with bumper spray and then with matt black. Looks a lot better.
Cleaned the entire front with G3 and intended to polish it, but then it rained gently for about ten days.
You have just reminded me it's unfinished business.
Repaired a tiny crack in the front bumper. I am annoyed that these motorhomes don't have a rubber strip and wraparound to soak up the occasional tiny bump.
Refitted the bike carrier 'cos Dorli has bought a larger bike and we must check whether it will fit nicely, or whether I will need a bigger hammer.
Must smarten up the wing mirror supports, and do something about those scratches on the skylight perspex.
Have replaced one of the sliding window catches. Have another one to do when I can find the right size.
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I can only say what I do with mine.

Once a month I used to run several cables some 150 metres or so to charge up the batteries on mine in a barn in my field. Fed up with that and just as lockdown started I bought a "proper" heavy duty cable and dug it in across my lawn, down a hedge, across the field.... - a miracle to behold. The end result is that I don't have to worry about the batteries. I've pumped the tyres up way beyond what they need to be and that's it. The fuel tank was already full - which is recommended so as to avoid corrosion so I should be good to go! Famous last words!
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Pity about that Peter as I have been trying to sell 160m of .6 armoured cable for €100 for about two years. It went this jan basically for scrap money.

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