Newbie winterizing q's - 351ds
I debated posting this in the winterizing forum or the Georgetown forum - mods feel free to move it if needed.
We've had a blast in our first year of Class A heaven. Put 10,000 miles on it, I spent probably 30 nights in it, not bad for a busy family of 5.
We're not done yet, and we have always camped year round (previous toy hauler) so I have to be able to winterize it myself, as I will probably winterize/dewinterize at least 3-4 times this winter
Newbie question #1 - silly but asking just in case - this is an expensive beast - on the idiot cover panels over the water connections - is there any reason I can't just take those off and leave them off? I'm not going to put things in those compartments, but would remove the cover every time I worked on it rather than work through those tiny holes.
Newbie question #2 - winterizing resi fridge - I've read up on this on these forums and irv2, but still concerned and unsure. It's the only part of winterizing I have any concern about. My 351ds has a connection with a shutoff next to the stove in the trash can compartment. Most things I read say to just disconnect there and the water drains right out - but this is not underneath the fridge - it's to the side about 3 feet. There's a panel in front of the tubing that will prevent me from getting the end low and draining it into something at the same time, and I certainly don't want to just dump it back there. See attached pic. And lastly, I'm concerned that there's probably a big coil for the in-door water and whatever's in the icemaker. Any tips would be greatly appreciated - I want to have a handle on this as we'll probably have a freeze within the next month. I plan to winterize 2 weeks from now.
Brian & Amy Gregory
Becca (16), Bethie (13), Nate (9)
2013 Georgetown 351ds
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