Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-08-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
Winnebago Watcher
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 3
Running chassis engine

I purchased a 31ft. Winnebago Sightseer in late summer. I live in Wisconsin where it gets cold in the winter. I have an open ended shed where I plan on storing it during the winter months. I would like to run the generator and start the engine to charge up the batteries and make sure that everything is ok. I did go onto another site and read a thread where a person advised that running the engine (chassis) without moving the RV would cause great harm to the engine. I do not understand why this would be. Does anyone have a logical answer as to why this would harm the engine? Also, how often should I do this, and is there anything else I should be doing to preserve the RV during the winter months, other than talking my wife into loading it up and heading for southern Texas. As you can see, I am new to the RV world, and any help I can get would be appreciated.

Ferrar
Ferrar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2014, 04:58 PM   #2
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 129
you are not going to hurt your engine when you want it just make sure you get it up to operating temperature it would not hurt to put your transmission into drive and reverse to keep the seals lubricated
fla tom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2014, 05:07 PM   #3
Winnebago Owner
 
Cooperhawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: 5 miles south of Lakeville, Mn
Posts: 221
Absolutely, it will do no harm to warm it up from time to time. There are lots of naysayers on this forum. Just use common sense.
__________________
Jim and Carol Cooper with Oreo the Kitty
FAA ATC ret, VFW, Legion, VVA, NRA
2002 Journey, Cat 330, 2015 Ford Explorer Blue Ox, AF1
Cooperhawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2014, 05:07 PM   #4
Winnebago Owner
 
JohnRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Marquette, Michigan "Da UP"
Posts: 218
:welcome:
Good luck with your search.
__________________
John & Cathy R.
06 Pace Arrow 38L W24
08 Lincoln MKX AWD
See My RV Upgrades
JohnRR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2014, 10:14 PM   #5
Winnebago Camper
 
khogle2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: UTAH
Posts: 39
This is what Ford printed in their owners manual. Not sure if your motorhome is an older one which could be GM. Shouldn't matter.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-896538345.jpg
Views:	125
Size:	157.5 KB
ID:	53551  
khogle2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2014, 10:17 PM   #6
Winnebago Camper
 
khogle2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: UTAH
Posts: 39
For some reason, the other photo,won't load on the first post. Page 2.
Note that they recommend moving the vehicle 25 feet or so. That will coat the differential gears with lube to prevent rust. FYI.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2733544686.jpg
Views:	95
Size:	115.7 KB
ID:	53552  
khogle2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2014, 08:38 AM   #7
Winnebago Owner
 
JMonroe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lake Greenwood, Cross Hill SC
Posts: 86
We're also from Wisconsin. We stored not only our motorhome each winter, but my '99 Camaro continues to be stored for six months each year.

IF you're going to start the engine, you need to run it for about 20 minutes PAST reaching full operating temps. Better yet, just leave it alone.

Much of the wear on a long idle engine is from start up. The Camaro is now 15 years old and it was never started during it's long winter naps. There have been no issues related to the long stretches of non-use. I do add a stabilizer to the gas before storage and I always hooked up the battery up to a maintenance charger. The last couple of years I've not had access to electric power where it is stored so I simply disconnect the battery. It's popped right off every spring.

Today's lubricant's are much better than those available 50 years ago, protecting against internal corrosion for a much longer time (remember the old days of pouring Marvel Mystery Oil down the carb?) I think you're less likely to do harm by leaving it alone until you can actually drive it out of the barn.
__________________
Jay & Peggy Monroe with Dolly
Can't take it with you - don't plan on leaving any behind
2016 Newmar London Aire 4553, Spartan chassis
2017 GMC Acadia toad
JMonroe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2014, 08:59 AM   #8
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: virginia beach
Posts: 166
Running the engine up to temp and holding it there for 20 to 30 minutes won't hurt it. As said above lub oils are much better today than 10 yrs ago. Running at temp will help remove moisture from engine and block, lub bearings, shafts etc. Moving the vehicle around block to relub transmission and seals also a good idea. I do mine on a monthly basis when it sets for more than 4 weeks which isn't too often. I typically will drive a few miles so steering and upper gears also get work out.
jk_and_dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2014, 12:12 PM   #9
Winnebago Master
 
FIRE UP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Out there, somewhere
Posts: 1,495
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ferrar View Post
I purchased a 31ft. Winnebago Sightseer in late summer. I live in Wisconsin where it gets cold in the winter. I have an open ended shed where I plan on storing it during the winter months. I would like to run the generator and start the engine to charge up the batteries and make sure that everything is ok. I did go onto another site and read a thread where a person advised that running the engine (chassis) without moving the RV would cause great harm to the engine. I do not understand why this would be. Does anyone have a logical answer as to why this would harm the engine? Also, how often should I do this, and is there anything else I should be doing to preserve the RV during the winter months, other than talking my wife into loading it up and heading for southern Texas. As you can see, I am new to the RV world, and any help I can get would be appreciated.

Ferrar
Ferrar,
As you can see, most recommend the fact that you can run the engine in place without actually driving it and, there will be no harm done. Now, yes, that will work. However, if you're going to do that, keep this in mind. Running that diesel inside a shed, in a possible "unvented" situation, you can build up a ton of vapors/exhaust/smoke/soot/blow-by and more. That's not a very healthy situation, to say the least. Even opening all the windows you may have, is not enough to vent that kind of situation.,

I know that it may present a kind of a pain situation but, if you're going to run it for that long anyway, then why not take the coach out and, run it along the roads in your area and put "real loads" on it? That way, you can run the generator, and, you're exersizing all the seals, brakes, air system valves, trans seals, wheel bearing seals, steering system (power steering seals) and a whole lot more. Yes, they're definitely a better design and chemical makeup than yesteryear but, it's just a recommendation.

And, just running a big diesel in place, trying to get it to operating temp, without any form of load on it, takes forever and a year. Putting a load on it takes a lot shorter time and, you've not coated the walls, ceiling and more with all that diesel, TRYING to get it to operating temp. Good luck.
Scott
__________________
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)
FIRE UP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2014, 04:01 PM   #10
Winnebago Watcher
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 3
I want to thank everybody for the positive feedback to my questions on running the chassis engine during winter storage. Everybody replied with knowledgeable answers and no one made fun of me for not knowing what to do. I think I am going to enjoy this site, as there seems to be a lot of knowledgeable and interesting people here. One more dumb question, what do the little campfire symbols below each posters name represent?

Ferrar
Ferrar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2014, 04:14 PM   #11
Winnebago Camper
 
Clayobx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Willow Lakes RV & Golf Resort, FL
Posts: 39
:welcome: the camp fires are representative of the number of post the member has accumulated over time. There are certain "goals" that give you a camp fire. For example, 100 post equals one fire. Etc. is your engine gas or diesel? Does it have DEF? Is it a Cummins?
__________________
Clay & Pebble.. Miss Butter our sweet Goldie (Jan. 2005-Jan. 2015) Sissy our Border Collie
2012 Providence 42 M. Spartan Chassis, 450 ISL
Ford Edge toad, RM All Terrane, TST TPMS, SMI Air Force One, RVM95....
Clayobx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2014, 04:17 PM   #12
Winnie-Wise
 
Clifftall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 307
Welcome to the forum.

Campfires. Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2930687802.jpg
Views:	99
Size:	185.4 KB
ID:	53579

Cliff
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

Cliff,Tallulah and Buddy ( 1999-2012 )
Clifftall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2014, 06:05 PM   #13
Winnebago Camper
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Claremore, Ok.
Posts: 7
During the off season I drive my motor home every couple of weeks. I take it out on the road at highway speeds. This warms it up to operating temp fast and lubricates everything. I was told that as the engine, transmission, etc. cool down moisture can form and settle to the bottom. Driving it until you reach operating temp clears up the moisture. It's also good for the tires to run them now and then.

Good Luck and Safe Travels,
Bill
ko4nrbs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2014, 06:23 PM   #14
Winnebago Master
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 560
OP: I know you don't have a Cummins diesel but for those that do Cummins says:
If you can't drive it at least 30 miles at highway speeds don't bother starting it. But driving the rig could be beneficial to other parts of the RV.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
chassis


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Generator not starting unless V-10 engine is running bobpie Electrical | Charging, Solar and Electronics 11 08-12-2010 06:59 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.