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Old 03-14-2019, 01:23 PM   #1
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Winterize if the low is 33 degrees?

We just bought our 2019 Flagstaff E-Pro 19FBS and love it. The forecast for the next week (Raleigh, NC area) calls for lows between 33-36 degrees and then I think we'll be "out of the woods" until next fall. Do you think I need to winterize for the next week or will I be OK? We loved our first experience camping with the trailer last weekend but we don't want the plumbing ruined before we barely get started.

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Old 03-14-2019, 01:31 PM   #2
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I wouldn't bother.

Those of us in the Great White North have experienced much colder temperatures obviously, but what I've learned is that the water in your lines don't magically freeze at 32 degrees. It takes a bit longer for the water to actually come down in temperature and outside usually needs to be at around 28-30 in my purely anecdotal experience.

If you're going to experience 33 degrees, you'll be just fine....

That said, it's easier and cheaper to winterize than it is to replace broken water lines.
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:41 PM   #3
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I don't believe I would.

Remember things don't freeze the very instant it gets to 32F.
It takes hours for ice to start to form when fully exposed and even longer inside the confines of an R/V.
And to freeze solid enough to break things... even longer.

Now.. if it gets below 32F for sustained periods (days), yes.. then winterize.
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If you are worried, set the heat on low inside the camper and keep your lower cabinet doors open so the heat can get to your water lines.
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:44 PM   #5
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First, WELCOME!!

second, i am from the frozen north. how long is it expected to be that temp? if just an hour or two i would say no need to winterize. thats a lot of thermal mass to cool down. if the lows are expected to be that low for a few days/week i would in a heartbeat. the temp could unexpectedly drop and catch you in a bad spot. if you are worried either blow the lines out or winterize.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:04 PM   #6
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If you are worried, just blow all the lines out. If you look at your by hour temps, you may only be 33 for a couple hours and if in the 40s or 50s during the day, I would not worry.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:15 PM   #7
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You guys are awesome!

Thank you, one and all, for your quick responses! The lows will only be for a few hours and then back up to the 50's during the day. I will breath easier now.
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although this could be your first pratice run of winterising your rv
look at it like that
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:32 PM   #9
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If you are worried, just blow all the lines out. If you look at your by hour temps, you may only be 33 for a couple hours and if in the 40s or 50s during the day, I would not worry.
Same.
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between 33-36 degrees and then I think we'll be "out of the woods" until next fall. Do you think I need to winterize for the next week or will I be OK?
whether it's 33 or 93, it's not freezing.
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