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Old 10-03-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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Winterizing in warmer climates

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Does anyone have a quick and efficient way to winterize their rig for an occasional cold spell? We plan on using our Solera 24R all winter here in Louisiana where it occasionally gets to be below freezing a few times during the winter months. It seems that the drain everything and blow out with air would be sufficient. I think adding antifreeze would be for much colder climates with prolonged sub freezing temps or if you're not planning on using your rig during the winter. This is our first RV and first winter coming up so I just want to make sure we do this correctly. Love this forum.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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Don't forget to add anti-freeze to all your "P" traps since you can't blow that water out.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:54 PM   #3
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If the temps gets up past 32 everyday no use to do the whole thing, I just turn on the tank heaters here at home. If it's a prolong cold spell 2 days or more I just put a ceramic heater in the basement. Never had a problem yet. then I do not have to use propane. I did insulate the low point drains to begin with but now I put valves on the lines inside the basement so water will not be exposed below the belly, the weak link in the whole system. heating the basement you don't need to worry about your pee traps. I'm sure our winters are lot colder then down in Jazz land.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:33 PM   #4
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don't need antifreeze in p traps if you just take them apart (over a bucket).
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:54 PM   #5
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We are on our 3rd camper and all I have done is drain all the water out of the tanks as well as the water heater.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
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I have mine on shore pwr and run the heat pump. I open the door to the water filter and the door where the water pump is. That allows heat to get to the basement. Also Open the cabinet doors below the sink and wash basin. If it is going to be below freezing very long I will turn on the arctic pack. No problem last year but we don't normally get severe freezes in north Florida.
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:03 PM   #7
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don't need antifreeze in p traps if you just take them apart (over a bucket).
It's a lot easier to put a cup of anti-freeze in than to screw around under a sink, and what do you do about the shower/tub.
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:04 PM   #8
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Always wondered about water freezing in the P-Traps and why it would hurt anything at all.

Its the expansion that damages things, like a full hot water tank or a pipe.
If the freezing water has no where to go when it expands that's how it bursts things.

In a P-trap wouldn't freezing water be just like an ice cube in a tray, it's not contained at all so why would it damage anything? Probably some water left in your HW heater after its bypassed and drained.

Mine still get plenty when I'm running it out the faucets regardless.
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If you have the Arctic Package on your 24R, it seems to me that is all you need. Plug in your RV and turn on the switch. It seems you would only have to do this if forecasts are to be under freezing continuously for 24-48 hours without going above freezing.
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What you say is true for the tanks, but I like to ensure all of the lines, pump, filter, traps and water heater all stay above freezing. Probably overkill but does not hurt.
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