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Old 10-25-2014, 04:57 PM   #11
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Buy a heated water hose that plugs into the pedestal to keep your water source.
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:22 PM   #12
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I've camped many times over the years in Oregon during the shoulder season, never when it was expected to be below freezing for days on end. But, using bottled water (or filling bottles of water at a hose bib) has worked for me without charging the trailers pipes. RV Antifeeze can be purchased for cheap (where I live) and using it to flush the toilet, works. I think you only need to keep the gray/black water gates and valves from freezing up to allow dumping.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it....
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:27 PM   #13
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While I attempted to stay above freezing on my last long trip around the US & Canada, I did hit a couple of nights that went into the high 20°F's. The only casualty was the gauge on my water pressure regulator. It froze, and now reads 20 PSI higher than normal.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:28 AM   #14
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We follow a process similar to Eric & Mary & Adrian. When we head south, it is usually still pretty cold in MN, so the first night may well be in a hotel. After we get south, we de-winterize and have fun. We re-winterize the trailer when we return to the north country.

But a couple of things I learned in the last two years:

1) If you have a dual-power hot water heater, make sure the electric switch is set to off, or the hot water tank is full before you plug in. My practice had been to leave the switch on so that it would automatically use electric power when plugged in. That worked well for the first summer. But when we hit a camp ground in Kansas, and I plugged in before connecting water, I burned out the electric element. The RV tech who replaced the element said that I wasn't the first person to do that. Now I make sure the switch is off when I winterize the trailer.

2) We left last year during a St. Paddy's day blizzard, driving about 300 miles in a snow storm. The first night, the trailer was pretty much covered with frozen slush. It was easier to camp at a Red Roof Inn than it would have been to get the door open. Most of our luggage was in the trailer. So it is always good to have a back up plan for that first night or two on the road, and to keep essentials in the car with you.
Leon;;;Question the dual power reference.Is that eti calls a 2 way heater,on the build sheet
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Yes, the 2-way water heater is for electric and propane. We try to keep the water heater off most of the time.

Some people winterize and then take bottled water and a tub in the sink. They then dump water they used that is in the tub.
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Leon;;;Question the dual power reference.Is that eti calls a 2 way heater,on the build sheet
yup. a gas/electric water heater.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:06 PM   #17
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Picked up our 15B yesterday and are camping at Sea Perch Resort on Oregon Coast. Its raining and winds are 10-13 miles per hour. It would be nice to have awning up but we're concerned awning could be damaged. Any opinions for these two newbies?
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:36 PM   #18
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Never put your awning out if its windy....
Hope your having fun with your new trailer. Don't forget to post some pictures for the rest of us that aren't camping.


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Old 11-13-2014, 09:42 PM   #19
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Yeah, keep the awning in and have a great time!

Oh... and post pictures when you can.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:52 PM   #20
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I pull in the awning when it's windy enough to make it start to rattle. Never leave it out when you're not going to be with the trailer in risky weather. Much too easy to roll up/roll out compared to other awnings I've had.
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