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Old 04-17-2008, 07:46 AM
Location: North Florida
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If you plan on traveling in your RV what is the best thing to do with your house while you are gone? I know to turn off the water main and power to hot water heater. Would you unplug refrigerator and turn off ac? How would you keep odor from forming in home while away? Any answers would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:01 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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usually we leave the ref on and the AC fan / blower on high setting but not the cooling unit

How long are you gonna be gone? If for months, then it is probably a good idea to turn off the ref and open the doors, set baking soda boxes around with tops off.

add bleach to toilets, tanks, and drain lines

I'm diligently trying to find an option for 'leasing' a furnished home to seniors who may be visiting kids / grandkids and want a separate place, or married seminary students w/o pets and kids. But our place in in the boonies (also a target for meth heads)
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:58 PM
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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Default While You Are Away

Great questions.

Some home systems are actually best left on and running rather than shutting them down. You may want to consider paying a small fee to a trusted friend, relative, neighbor, or other service provider to come into the house on a regular basis to run the Air Cinditioner or Heater, flush the toilets, run the faucets, and clean out the area drains in the yard. If you do not want to throw out the freezer food or other perishables, just leave then running. If you do turn of the refrigerator, make sure to not just leave the door open, but place a stop in the door so it will not close while you are gone. This alone can save you into the thousands of dollars depending on the type of fridge.

Hope this adds to the great advice already received. Have fun RVing. Sounds like great fun.

Warm Regards,
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:41 PM
Location: California
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How long will you be gone?
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:47 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Find somebody you trust to live in the house while you are gone. Offer free rent or actually pay them to take care of the yard, lawn, etc. Unused houses attract vandals and squatters.
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