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Old 04-03-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Question To de-winterize in Michigan or not to de-winterize

That, our new friends, is the question. We're picking up our 2013 Sunseeker 3170 on Friday and would like to do a quick weekend camping trip. Problem is that we live in Michigan and the weather is, shall we say, unpredictable at best.
Next 10 days are supposed to be in the 30s F overnight, but that could change pretty quickly.
So, do we de-winterize the new unit or dry camp? I should note that we are not at all handy so we don't know how to winterize should we need to do it ourselves.
We have had a HTT and a TT already. We typically de-winterize in very late April or early May and camp through October with no problems.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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So, do we de-winterize the new unit or dry camp? I should note that we are not at all handy so we don't know how to winterize should we need to do it ourselves.
IMO, dry camp if you can't re-winterize.

And then learn to winterize. Living where you do - if you want to camp in the spring, you'll need to learn it!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:05 AM   #3
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I'm in the Cleveland area, and I plan to dewinterize this weekend. Will be putting it on our seasonal site in two weeks, and need to start getting it ready. Looks like the weather is taking a turn for the better, so I'm hoping it wont be a mistake!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:17 AM   #4
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i live in northern iowa and dw wants to go in a week. my thoughts is it is to early so we will dry camp. better safe than sorry
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We are in Michigan and don't plan to do that until the end of April/May. I just don't trust the weather here enough. Last year was a different story, it was 60 degrees in March and did not get cold again.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:29 AM   #6
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i live in northern iowa and dw wants to go in a week. my thoughts is it is to early so we will dry camp. better safe than sorry
In Iowa to,
I'm dewinterizing this weekend.
Should be fine here on out as it would have to be in the twenties for days to worry about anything.

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:45 AM   #7
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It really depends on where in Michigan. If your in the Soo you should probably wait. If your in K-Zoo you're probably fine. Somewhere in the middle it is a judgement call. Winterizing is very simple and anyone can do it. You just need to have someone show you how. I am in the Chicago Burbs and will summerize next Thursday for our camping trip Friday the 12th.

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:45 AM   #8
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We're dewinterized since we just got back from our first trip. I'll be keeping my eyes on the forecast though, if the temps go down further, I may blow out the lines.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:51 AM   #9
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I would not want to pick up any new RV that was not thoroughly tested!! That means
you need water in the system to test all faucets, shower flow rate, water heater function, water pump function and check for leaks drips under every sink and in every
storage space with pipes thru it.
The dealer should do this while you watch!! Then they should re-winterize it for you when
the walk thru is done.

I'm in Kentucky and we're still having freezing almost every night! Seems pretty early to de-winterize in Michigan!
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Our nighttime lows lately have been at 30 and little risk of bursting so I'll probably dewinterize this weekend or next.

In comparison, we hit 80 last year in March and I think I was dewinterized by now IIRC.
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