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Old 11-11-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Winterizing needed in Central Texas?

I've read tons about winterizing and printed out all of the steps, but I have one pretty important question. What do fellow campers do in central Texas? This will be out first winter with a camper and wondered if it's necessary to do all of the same steps as the folks up North. Thanks, in advance!
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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Yes, no difference. Water freezes in Texas just like everywhere else.

The thing is that you don't really need to do it until there's a freeze coming, because you'll probably be going camping between now and then, and you'll need to do it several times during the winter because you'll want to go camping on those beautiful weekends between freezes.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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I live in SE Texas about 35 miles NNE of Houston and I don't do much. Your tanks should be almost empty and if and only if it is going to freeze do I turn on the tank heaters. I leave the heater on set low and if it is going to freeze I will also run the little electric heater(s). My fiver is next to my house on my little ranch so I have power. The last real cold weather that we had was the winters of 1989 and 1990 and if it gets that cold again, I would wintersize. It does get to 28 or 30 a time or so during many winters but the heater tanks and RV heat are all that is required for that. Good Luck
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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What's a tank heater? We're expecting a light freeze tonight so we're planning on draining the water heater and maybe adding antifreeze as directed.
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:14 AM   #5
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A tank heater is a heating pad put on the bottom of water tanks to keep them from freezing. This is generally part of a "four-seasons" or "arctic pak" option on RVs. You may very well not have them.

Note also that you can't use them unless you have a source of electricity (other than your RV battery).
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:19 AM   #6
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Ah...yeah, our camper doesn't have them. Well, I guess we'll attempt our first winterizing process since we're expecting that freeze tonight. Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:57 AM   #7
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Here in Houston i dont plan on doing anything for this tiny cold snap we have this week as i will be using it this weekend. At most i would turn on a small electric heater i have that has a thermostat and keep the Tt a bit above freezeing
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This may be obvious, but will a small heater keep it warm enough for the tanks and the hot water heater, too?
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:52 AM   #9
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It is supposed to get down to 26 tonight in Virginia, It might be that temp for 1 or 2 hrs only I do not winterize or have I ever. I have tank heaters but you do not, Is your bottom covered? If so leave you cabinets door open put a electric heater inside. You should be fine. You could dump some antifreeze in your gray and black tank and some in your traps at the sinks. It's prolonged below 32 is what you have to worry about not just a few hours. If you have an out door shower put a piece of insulation behind the door and leave your hot water heater on. Remember that's just me, and others have other ideas, depending on where you live. Do what you think is best.
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This may be obvious, but will a small heater keep it warm enough for the tanks and the hot water heater, too?
In a light freeze, probably yes. More than that, I wouldn't take the chance.
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