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Old 11-20-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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Questions about wintering our bus!

Hello! Now that we have had 12+ inches of snow here in West Michigan, I think it's pretty safe to say our bus won't be moving for a few months. It may be a little late now to ask... but are there any winter preparations we should make?

We just got it spray foamed and will be doing the interior work throughout the winter (with our propane heater on ).

I'm just curious about any sort of winterizing that may need to be done to different systems on the bus, such as air brakes, fuel system, etc.

Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:21 PM   #2
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Re: Questions about wintering our bus!

Something to stop the wind from passing under it...hay bales, siding etc,.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:26 PM   #3
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Re: Questions about wintering our bus!

Starting it every couple of weeks sure wouldn't hurt things.
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:46 PM   #4
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Re: Questions about wintering our bus!

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Starting it every couple of weeks sure wouldn't hurt things.
I'll throw a disagreement out for that one. After getting all the winter fluids mixed in, don't start it unless you plan on driving it and warming up the whole drivetrain.

Completely filling the tank with winter diesel (which is certainly out at the northern pumps now) would be a good idea to keep tank condensation low.. You could throw some diesel conditioner in the tank as well, but I've left diesel sitting over the winter without it "going bad".
Trickle charge the batteries, or bring them into the house.
Make sure your coolant is mixed properly for sub-zero temperatures. If you have to add more coolant concentrate then you'll have to do something to get it all mixed in. Driving around for 20 minutes would do the job. At this temperature, idling will take a long time to mix it properly.

Links related to the topic:
http://rv-dreams.activeboard.com/t22...g-and-cold-20/
http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/ind...?topic=24555.0
http://www.idlefreebc.ca/2006Present...dlingmyths.pdf

Those are mostly about idling and some winterizing tips.
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:36 AM   #5
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Re: Questions about wintering our bus!

Thanks for the tips everyone!!!
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