So I'm just about finished with my work in Alaska for the season and will be heading home to California in a couple weeks. I was originally going to take my 17' Bigfoot
with me but I just found out that I will be recalled to work here in January instead of the customary recall in May.
Since I'll only be away for three months, and I have to drive back here in January, I decided to leave the Bigfoot
here. I really don't want to tow a TT 4,500 miles on the Alaska Highway in January. It's too cold that time of year to actually use it so it would pretty much just be dead weight
. But I will need it here in the Spring and Summer next year for a work assignment in a remote part of the State so in order to make sure I have access to it, I decided to store it here.
I only have an outdoor space in a storage lot. I plan to do the normal winterization and cover it but what else do I need to consider before storing it? My checklist at this point is:
- Winterize plumbing and tanks
- Remove battery
tanks and store indoors (shed)
- Use stabilizing jacks under rear of frame
- Lubricate locks and hinges with lock de-icer
- Cover with one of those trailer covers sold on eBay
I'm not concerned with the tires
since they will be replaced in the spring before I use it again. The old gray polybutylene plumbing is already shot so I will be replacing it with PEX, as well as replacing the water heater, in the spring.
There is nothing else in the trailer except for dishes and utensils.
Am I overlooking anything? What about snow load on the roof? Is that an issue? Should I do something to prop the ceiling up from the inside to give the roof some added strength?
Any ideas/suggestions welcomed. Thanks!