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    "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    I recently purchased a book " Leaving Your Home Alone" in order to get some suggestions on what things to do when leaving your home for extended trips in your RV. Does anyone on this forum have checklists or additional suggestions ? Thank you in advance.
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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye View Post
    I recently purchased a book " Leaving Your Home Alone" in order to get some suggestions on what things to do when leaving your home for extended trips in your RV. Does anyone on this forum have checklists or additional suggestions ? Thank you in advance.
    I haven't read the book but one thing we always do if we are leaving home from overnight or longer is turn off the water at the meter. Don'tneed to come home to a house full of water in the event of a broken pipe. We also unplug all electronics and turn off all lights.
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    I always turn off the water, unplug the softener (so it doesn't cycle without water), set the gas water heater to "pilot", as well as unplugging all electronics. Depending on season set furnace to a warm enough setting to protect pipes from freezing. Arrange with a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things. Give cell phone number to those that might need to contact you.

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    We do ditto on what has been suggested by other replies. We also expanded our ADT service so that it includes a monitor on the sump pump and a house temp monitor (in case furnace fails...). We installed a whole house generator a while ago after being out of power for 2 weeks in 100+ degree weather (we're ok if house loses power - long story here about losing power for 2 weeks in over 100 degree weather).

    Only extra cost was the cost of the monitors.

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    For those of you who want a stand alone system I have a SensaPhone 400 that I got online, if you put the name into google a number of vendors will come up. It called and warned us last year when we lost power at the house during the Northeast Blizzard and after we got home when our sump pump didn't work. It is set up to call our cell phone until I call the house and shut it off via the cell phone and a code I set up. It has room for 4 more sensors so I have added sensors for the other three zones in the house. If this is a direction your interested in I would highly recommend this unit.
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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Quote Originally Posted by Theresau View Post
    We do ditto on what has been suggested by other replies. We also expanded our ADT service so that it includes a monitor on the sump pump and a house temp monitor (in case furnace fails...). We installed a whole house generator a while ago after being out of power for 2 weeks in 100+ degree weather (we're ok if house loses power - long story here about losing power for 2 weeks in over 100 degree weather).

    Only extra cost was the cost of the monitors.
    We've had ADT since 1994. Have a battery back up sump pump and a 16K automatic generator. All three have proven their worth.
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    "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Also make arrangements for snow removal, stop newspaper and mail delivery eliminating hints that you aren't there. Short term just use a trustworthy neighbour. Of course the "Hotel on Wheels" missing from the yard could be a big giveaway too. Just sayin'


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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    I was told by an appliance repairman to turn the ice maker off in the fridge, flip the wire thing up, so that the ice maker will not try to make more ice when water is not available.
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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Thanks for all the great tips. I contacted the water heater manufacturer and he said to turn the water heater off and drain it. He said that bacteria can grow in water heaters in less than a month if left idle. We plan to put everything in one fridge and turn off the other.( prop open the door) This means I have a lot of beer to consume in order to make room in the fridge!
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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye View Post
    This means I have a lot of beer to consume in order to make room in the fridge!
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