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Old 09-27-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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The wife and I finally fulfilled a dream and bought our first motorhome - a 2013 Solera. I'm in the Air Force, so we bought after returning from an overseas assignment while trainjng in Texas. We are now driving it to our next assignment in North Dakota. In NC now visiting Mom. I think we will get a lot of use out of it.

Love the coach so far, but worried about the extreme cold of ND winters. The dealer in Texas knew little about winterization and couldn't explain much. I saw the videos and previous postings about the topic, but if you have any advice about winterizing the Solera specifically or storing an rv in extreme cold, I would appreciate it!

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Old 09-27-2012, 09:07 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new motorhome! And thanks for your service to all of us!
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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welcome to the forum ! congrats on the motorhome !
and to be like arlee THANKS for serving !

heres some reading material !


Request for Winterization & De-winterization Instructions


Let's Talk Winterizing...


Winterizing a Windjammer

Winterizing with just air in cold climates

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ht=winterizing

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ht=winterizing


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Old 09-27-2012, 06:57 PM   #4
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Welcome! I retired after 25 years in the AF, 6 of those were in South Dakota. That's the coldest place I've lived, and I've even did a year in Iceland and it wasn't that cold. Good luck.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:10 AM   #5
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Thanks! Any advice for the extreme cold? Is -50 degrees good enough for the plumbing antifreeze? Any worries about the gelcoat? Should I cover it to keep off the snow?
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:15 PM   #6
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Thanks! Any advice for the extreme cold? Is -50 degrees good enough for the plumbing antifreeze? Any worries about the gelcoat? Should I cover it to keep off the snow?
-50 is what the antifreeze is rated for, I don't think u need to worry about it getting that cold even in ND. I would look at covering or storing it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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Made it to ND after a 3000 mile break in run. The Solera performed great! The only casualty was a broken drawer latch and a wonky radio that died and came back to life randomly. Everything else worked perfectly.

Had the DEF light come on at 2500 miles, but that was easy to fill at a service station (took 2 gals).

The coldest temp recorded here wad -49 degrees in the 1930's so -50 antifreeze should just be good enough. See you on the road (this spring).
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:39 AM   #8
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Good to hear everythings going OK, Up in N.D. if you ever get a change go to Fort Abraham Lincoln S.P. it's by Bismarch. Really nice park and the site of the 7th Cavalry's departure to the Little Big Horn.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:02 AM   #9
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Stay warml up there! I just heard on the weather channel that it is snowing like crazy in ND!
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #10
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Just a comment on the anti-freeze, unlike water even when it begins to freeze it really only slushes up. The expansion ability of water is what ruins your plumbing, hence the need for anti-freeze.

Many of us in the areas that see severe cold air and windchill factors winterize with the pink stuff then blow out the lines. I just performed that task yesterday.

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