To Sell My Motorhome in the WinterDecember 2, 2009 12:00 am
It’s that time of year; temperatures are dropping, water and plants are starting to freeze if left outside overnight. Even down here in the southern states, some of us have got the heat on. You want to know, “Will I be able to sell my motorhome if it’s cold?” Will anyone be looking for a motorhome in the winter?
Sure, they will! But you want to make sure your motorhome is winter-ready. The obvious thing is to make sure the engine oil is the appropriate weight, but you also need to check the electrical system.
In cold weather, engine lubricants don’t flow as freely as when it’s warm, so starting the engine becomes more difficult. Also, lead-acid storage batteries become less efficient when they’re colder, so it’s important to make sure they’re fully charged. Using a “smart” charger is a good idea, since normal battery chargers can overcharge and evaporate the battery electrolyte. A smart charger will stop when the battery is charged and keep it at a maintenance level.
Also, be on the alert for sulfate crystal buildup on the battery’s lead plates. You can buy smart chargers that have the added benefit of preventing sulfate crystal buildup.
However, no kind of charger will help you out if your battery hasn’t been maintained in other ways. Battery terminal claps need to be tight and free of corrosion. Cell caps should be removed if possible to check on the electrolyte level; it should be up to the split ring. If it’s not, refill with distilled water.
Attending to these basic wintertime maintenance issues will make the process of selling your motorhome in the winter go that much smoother!
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