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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-11-2016, 09:49 Thread Starter
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What pressure for long storage

I might not be able to use the MH for a while now due to a medical condition.

Should I pump the tyres up to their max of 80psi when its stored to prevent flat-spotting?

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In a word....yes. But do try to give the van a run now and then.

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I would pump them up to max ie 80psi and make sure they are away from sunlight.
Also cover all the interior upholstery to keep sunlight off, especially the tops of settee's where it may be under a window
Make sure all water is drained out, I use a tyre inflator pump to blow air clean thru.
As already said a regular run also helps a lot. If nothing else just to even up the weight on the same spot on the tyres.
Don't leave the handbrake on if you can avoid it. Better to chock the wheels, leave in gear?
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Sorry to hear that news RichardD, I do hope that things improve. Yes to the previous advice.Let us know if there is anything you need help with.


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Sorry to hear about your medical problem and hope it gets sorted soon.

Mike's list above is all good advice.

You also need to consider the vehicle battery. If you have EHU in storage and your charger charges both vehicle and habitation batteries then no problem. If either of those two parameters are missing, then if you have an alarm and radio memory fed by the vehicle battery then over a long period even the milliamps drain could pull the charge down below what is needed to start the engine in cold weather.

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for all your kind words.

MH is on permanent EHU, the wife checks the interior regularly anyway and keeps the blinds closed. The van is predominately in the shade so not a problem with sun directly on the tyres. Always choke wheels with no handbrake.

Draining down has always been a bit flaky. I tend just to drain as much water out as possible, drain the boiler and open the taps. Being down here on the south coast we don't usually get very hard winters.

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I also live (right) on the South coast, HOWEVER if you leave a small amount of water anywhere in the system it is MORE likely to freeze than a large volume (it gives up its heat "energy" much quicker due to having a high surface area to volume ratio) so even a short period of sub zero temperature can freeze it and cause damage.

Small quantities will rest at the lowest points of pipes and/or the base of water pumps etc. (Dont forget the toilet flush tank, if fitted, will have a small pump right at the base that can be very vulnerable to freezing)

I drain the boiler, then open all the taps, once water has stopped running, close all the taps and blow air through each of the taps in turn starting at the furthest from the boiler (usually the shower) its amazing just how much more water is expelled by that means !!!!

I then leave all the taps open.

Dont forget to remove any glass jars/bottles because they break if they freeze!! (Lesson learnt the hard way!)

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Hi Andy,

What do you blow through with? Just your mouth?

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Yes, but you can buy a gizmo to do it for you. I think it's called "Floe" but I am too tight to pay for something I can do myself for free.

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I think I have seen yellow gizmo's that you drive on...a bit like levellers but curved...that are supposed to be good when leaving a MH standing for some time? They fit the shape of the tyre.

Or am I making that bit up?

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