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Old 11-09-2015, 04:10 AM   #1
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Avoiding Winterizing

So... We are leaving Portland Oregon for California/AZ/NM/NV in December. So we just need to make it to December 25th in Portland.

It might freeze.

What do you think is the easiest winterizing solution? Wrap something with heat tape? keep the trailer heat on? (that seems expensive)

Or are we doomed to fill everything with antifreeze this week and clear it all out again in 7 weeks?

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Old 11-09-2015, 06:43 AM   #2
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Easiest would be to drain the water heater, blow out lines with an air compressor, drain all tanks, and then pour antifreeze into traps. Won't have to spend a lot of time clearing lines that way.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:32 AM   #3
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Last time I checked, Bi-Mart has a gallon of RV antifreeze at $2.99 and air is free. Pretty cheap insurance.

I'm going camping for four days this next weekend. When I get home, I'll winterize as Carl suggested.

I'll be camping in January and February so there's a good chance I won't be using the water system during that time. During the winter, Ten Forward still works better than a tent!
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:29 AM   #4
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Where do you store your trailer? Can you run an electric space heater to keep the inside above freezing? Down here we've had a few chilly nights with frost in the morning but I have an electric space heater running to keep the inside temp around 45. This is our first winter with the trailer but I suspect if one was to keep the interior above freezing the ambient heat of the trailer would prevent outside plumbing from freezing under mild freezing conditions. My space heater plan is just until we get back from our final camping trip of the season around Thanksgiving at which time I'll properly winterize as Carl suggests.

In the meantime I'll take some temp readings in the mornings to see how (electric space heated) interior temps compare to external plumbing temps compared to other random outdoor items. We're expecting 32 Thursday night so I better collect my data points before then so I'll know if I need to do an interim winterize!
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:08 AM   #5
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Some personal experiences: I do not have the insulation package, and I have camped in overnight temperatures into the low 20's(F) with no problems - of course with furnace and water heater operating. I have also used a space heater to keep the interior above freezing during nights into the high teens - again with no problems (this during cold nights in spring and fall after the trailer was moved out of garage storage; with day temperatures rising toward 40).
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What Donna said. I just winterized mine but would not hesitate to take the trailer out for a nice long camping weekend. Will leave the empty tanks and antifreeze be. The plumbing system is nothing more than a lovely convenience; hardly crucial. Just bring along a couple 3 gallon jugs for flushing and dish washing.
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Some personal experiences: I do not have the insulation package, and I have camped in overnight temperatures into the low 20's(F) with no problems - of course with furnace and water heater operating. I have also used a space heater to keep the interior above freezing during nights into the high teens - again with no problems (this during cold nights in spring and fall after the trailer was moved out of garage storage; with day temperatures rising toward 40).
Thank you!

We just need to get the two weeks to Thanksgiving (temps won't go below 30) and then the three weeks to Christmas (worried about that span) and then we are heading south for 7 weeks.

I do wonder about windchill while on the road. Won't temps get really cold on the exposed water lines while traveling?

I suppose Global Warming is in our favor in this. Unfortunately! LOL

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Old 11-11-2015, 02:40 PM   #9
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Windchill has no effect on inanimate objects, only human skin.
Well, there you go! Thanks Jim!
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:59 PM   #10
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I already winterized. I know it's early. I just wanted it to be off my to do list before the holidays. Not sure we need to here in Olympia but we do get a few very cold days every winter and my friends trailer had frozen pipes once- it was very expensive to repair. So if I camp this winter I will carry a water jug. Someone said you can flush with anti freeze does that work?
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