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Old 10-10-2016, 07:17 PM   #1
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Winterizing sucks!

No real good info in this post just wanted to complain to someone that I spent 10 hours winterizing our new Wildcat 5th wheel. I forgot how much work 34' of RV is!

Now let me first admit I am OCD so I did everything. Washed and waxed, roof cleaned, inside cleaned, fixed all the wear and tear from the year of traveling, greased everything, lubed slides and seals and flushed all the tanks. We are in WI so I blew all the lines and filled it full of the pink juice.

Up and down a 12' ladder all day and I can barely move. My rant is over hope everyone else has a good rest of the season.

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Old 10-10-2016, 07:19 PM   #2
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:36 PM   #3
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What is winterizing? When it gets as low as "Yankee Cool" here on the SE NC it is time to travel farther south. Bad habits like 'eating' mean we have to work until we retire. When your time comes, move south. When the temps get into the low 40s here I start singing a song heard over and over in Nam to my wife, "we gotta get outta this place..".
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:40 PM   #4
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LoL...unfortunately we have some time before retiring and 2 kids that I guess we have to finish raising? Wife and I already agree when the time comes we will hit the road and go wherever we want until we can't anymore!
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:20 AM   #5
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Being from Wisconsin I feel your pain. Washed our exterior and roof a couple weeks ago. This weekend we're emptying the inside, blowing out the lines and pushing the pink stuff in. The slides go in and we're done until April 15th .
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:43 AM   #6
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Our winterization took about 6 hours. 10 minutes to blow the water out of the lines with compressed air and then rest of time was spend taking an afternoon nap in the camper.

Roof gets cleaned in the Spring. I've never waxed an RV before and don't intend to start in this lifetime. I do most of my repairs after each trip if it can't be fixed during a trip. I can relate about going up and down a ladder. I was so sore after installing solar on my RV.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:36 AM   #7
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I winterized once when I went out to turn on the AC fan and electric fireplace to put some heat in the trailer for a cold night. That was one brisk night!
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:22 AM   #8
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What sucks worse is having to do it again when you never "de-winterized" it this season.

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Old 10-12-2016, 10:06 AM   #9
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Everything the OP did except the plumbing is stuff that should be done at least annually anyway. The big "pro" of winterizing is all the time and money saved by not using the RV!
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:20 PM   #10
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I have an uncle who sold his RV for health reasons and is now confined to a wheel chair in a Nursing Home....he would love to be able to winterize his rig this year! Puts it all in perspective!!

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