Today, Grandma and I visited our "Cottage on Wheels" in its winter storage, inside a warehouse of a former lumber yard. Due to some health issues now being evaluated, we have decided to forego our previously planned winter trip to Florida. Therefore, the MH will stay in storage until April sometime.
When I parked it, on Nov 16, I used the "battery disconnect" switches, but did not physically disconnect the batteries. I was pleased to find that I had ample battery power today. The engine started right up, as if it had only been shut down for a day. The generator required about 3 tries, but it does that in the warmer weather, as well. I also turned on the propane at the tank, and on the inside switch, bled out the air at the cooktop, and started the furnace.
Several boats had been angle parked along the path between our MH and the door. While they did leave just space enough for me to drive out, I decided against it. I would have had to carefully back in again, threading the needle between all the trailer tongues. I just opened the big doors fully, to provide ventilation while we ran our engine and generator.
Everything looked to be in good shape, with no harm or vandalism during storage even though I had neglected to lock the driver's door.
After running long enough to bring the engine temp gauge halfway up (and dash heat coming), I shut it down again. I ran the generator long enough that the oil filter felt warm, but not hot. I know some folks would say I didn't run either engine long enough to really drive the vapor out of the oil. However, I didn't want to waste too much gas, and didn't want to run it too long inside (even though we were in a large building with a huge door open). I think I ran long enough to gain on the state of charge in the batteries.
I shut off the propane (with the switch and the valve on the tank), used the battery disconnect switches, and locked both doors this time.
I look forward to getting the MH out in the Spring, and installing the neww Bilstein shocks we bought for it.