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Old 09-14-2010, 05:16 PM   #11
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

This is what Eric is referring to, and what I use.

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Old 09-15-2010, 11:05 AM   #12
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

I used about 20# of pressure when I blew out the Casita's system and followed up a day later with a second purging.

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:06 PM   #13
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

I did it last weekend with good advise from Reace...

But how about lifting the trailer....couples of inchs, just to release the load on the axle from the trailer weight? I did it with my old trailer when i not using it in the winter time.....

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Old 09-20-2010, 09:03 PM   #14
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

My mechanic recommended jacking the trailer to take weight off the bearings so they wouldn't develop flat spots. Being an idiot, I tried to jack up my tent trailer at the axle, which just bent it. So, don't do that.

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Old 09-20-2010, 11:42 PM   #15
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

I won't be winterizing my trailer until after Thanksgiving.

I haven't ever taken weight off of the wheels, but it wouldn't be a bad idea. I can't imagine that just sitting, that the hard steel in the bearing would get a flat spot, but I ain't no expert. I would think the pressure off the tires might be a good thing though.
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

I had answer from Reace yesterday....

He said to lift the trailer just to take some pressure off the axle. When the jack touch the ground, just raise the body about 1.5'' with the jack.

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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

When I picked up our Scamp, I was told that the static weight on the axle prematurely wears out the (rubber?) cushioning used in the axle as the suspension mechanism. But with the Scamp there was a lot of question about warping the frame by using the leveling jacks to raise it, so I used jack stands on the frame close to the axle.

When we picked up our Escape Reace said that the frame on our Escape was plenty strong and that using the leveling jacks to lift it should not cause any problems. I think taking the weight off the tires and the axle while in long term storage is a good idea.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:49 AM   #18
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

Sorry to come late to the table....

The water system is pressure tested to 100 psi, therefore anything up to 100 is fine for blowing the lines for winterizing.

There is only one pump under the rear seat or bed. As noted in the initial post...turning the pump on and letting it run dry for 10 seconds will empty the pump head. Make sure the low point plug is still out.

Blowing out the lines is an extra step that probably isn't necessary however, if it lets you sleep peacefully when it is really cold outside....makes sense to me!

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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

I presume you are saying, "if you use antifreeze" blowing out the water lines is not necessary?

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I'm guessing if you blow out all the water from the system, you don't need antifreeze. Anyone know different?...or is impossible to get all the water out?

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