Originally Posted by gudmut
This has probably been previously discussed - if so, I missed it. We are scheduled to pick up our new 19' in mid-March and the question is this: does the trailer come "winterized?" Home is in southern Idaho and, like many of you, late winter/early spring one can expect freezing nights. I sure I could ask the factory folks but thought I'd pose the question here. I'm thinking they must blow the water lines after testing before turning over the trailer to the new owners.
We picked up our Escape in April 2013. At pick-up, the folks at Escape told us they had filled the freshwater tank half-full so that we could have water on our planned 2 night journey home. As it turned out, the temperatures dropped to about -12°C during the night we were staying in a campground in Jasper National Park, and when we went to dump the following morning in the town of Jasper, the valve for the black tank was frozen shut. We ended up driving all of the way home and emptying the tanks there, as the temperatures had warmed up enough by that time that the valve was no longer frozen.
If you are expecting cold temperatures on your drive home and do not want to have frozen pipes/valves, ask Escape if they will turn the trailer over to you with the tanks empty, the lines blown out, and a bit of RV antifreeze in the traps.