Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-12-2018, 01:06 PM   #1
***WINTERIZED***
 
BriaBeck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Southern Illissouri
Posts: 265
Winterizing... Cold snap coming!

We've got temps forecasted to get down to about 33F on Monday here... too close for comfort for me, so I just did a quick winterizing on our Avenger. Let me know if I missed anything, if you don't mind...

Drained the FW tank
  • Drained the water heater tank and put it into Bypass
  • Hooked up air pressure to city water inlet
  • Drained kitchen sink Cold and Hot sides until they blew air
  • Drained bathroom sink Cold and Hot sides until they blew air
  • Drained Shower Cold and Hot sides until they blew air
  • Drained Toilet until it blew air
  • Drained Outdoor Kitchen sink Cold and Hot until it blew air
  • Drained Outdoor Shower Cold and Hot until it blew air
  • Drained Low Point Drains Cold and Hot until they blew air
  • Took blow gun and purged the FW supply line between FW tank and Water Pump (Opened the valve for the Antifreeze pickup, and blew air into it thereby purging the water from that line--- this supply line exits the FW tank UNDER the tank, so I see no other way of purging this line to keep it from freezing...)
I did not fill the lines with "Pink Stuff" since we are taking it back out again in a week... from what I have read blowing the lines out with air is adequate, and we've only got 2 nights of "near freezing" forecast.



Poured The Pink Stuff into:


  • Kitchen Sink Drain
  • Bathroom Sink Drain
  • Shower Drain
  • Toilet
  • Outdoor Kitchen Sink
Then I drained the Grey and Black tanks and made sure they did not have water in them.



We've got one more camping weekend planned, and then I think I'll do the final winterizing for the winter, including filling the plumbing system with Pink.


Did I miss anything? It was really easy to do, and took only about 30 minutes.


__________________

__________________
Brian and Becky

2018 Avenger ATI 27RBS, Champion 3500 Inverter with remote start
2002 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax
BriaBeck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2018, 01:16 PM   #2
Prime Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: About 30 miles west of Beantown.
Posts: 2,915
Quote:
Originally Posted by BriaBeck View Post
We've got temps forecasted to get down to about 33F on Monday here... too close for comfort for me, so I just did a quick winterizing on our Avenger. Let me know if I missed anything, if you don't mind...


  • Drained the water heater tank and put it into Bypass
  • Hooked up air pressure to city water inlet
  • Drained kitchen sink Cold and Hot sides until they blew air
  • Drained bathroom sink Cold and Hot sides until they blew air
  • Drained Shower Cold and Hot sides until they blew air
  • Drained Toilet until it blew air
  • Drained Outdoor Kitchen sink Cold and Hot until it blew air
  • Drained Outdoor Shower Cold and Hot until it blew air
  • Drained Low Point Drains Cold and Hot until they blew air
I did not fill the lines with "Pink Stuff" since we are taking it back out again in a week... from what I have read blowing the lines out with air is adequate, and we've only got 2 nights of "near freezing" forecast.



Poured The Pink Stuff into:


  • Kitchen Sink Drain
  • Bathroom Sink Drain
  • Shower Drain
  • Toilet
  • Outdoor Kitchen Sink
Then I drained the Grey and Black tanks and made sure they did not have water in them.



We've got one more camping weekend planned, and then I think I'll do the final winterizing for the winter, including filling the plumbing system with Pink.


Did I miss anything? It was really easy to do, and took only about 30 minutes.





That should be sufficient for some brief sub-freezing temps. Anything longer, you should really pump in the pink stuff.


Don't forget to get the water out of the line that runs from your FW tank to the pump.
__________________

__________________

2016 Coachmen Freedom Express Liberty Edition 310BHDS
2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6L V8 Duramax
Husky weight distribution hitch with sway control
timfromma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2018, 01:21 PM   #3
***WINTERIZED***
 
BriaBeck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Southern Illissouri
Posts: 265
I think I was editing while you were posting


I purged the supply line going from the FW tank to the pump by opening the antifreeze pickup valve and taking a blow gun, and putting air to the antifreeze pickup line. That should have purged that line, and I think there was also air going through the pump as well, I could see air flowing through the supply line screen filter that is attached to the pump.
__________________
Brian and Becky

2018 Avenger ATI 27RBS, Champion 3500 Inverter with remote start
2002 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax
BriaBeck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2018, 03:12 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
fonzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Eastern Ontario
Posts: 3,613
If you have black tank flush, maybe just blow air to clear water in it.....
__________________
Fonzie
2011 Rockwood 8319SS with ProPride 3P hitch/GoodYear Marathons/TST TPMS 507
2008 F250 Lariat CC SB 6.8L V10 4.10 axle ratio (NITTO TERRA GRAPLER G2 LT275/65R20E)
Yamaha 3000iseb generator:Progressive Ind. EMS-HW30C : Eastern Ontario
Nights Camped: 2011(21) 2012(36) 2013 (17) 2014 (18) 2015 (18) 2016 (36) 2017 (32)
fonzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2018, 03:43 PM   #5
Just as confused as you
 
Scrapper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Rio, Wisconsin
Posts: 2,456
We've been at our camper since Tuesday. Nighttime temps have been down to 28* and 30* on 2 nights with daytime temps around 39* to 46*. Windchill yesterday was 32* to 36*. I don't know how long the temperature was below freezing but I didn't drain the supply hose and it has been fine. The campground closes for the season on Sunday. I wouldn't worry about 2 or 3 hours at 32*.
__________________
Richard & Jill
2014 Flagstaff 832IKBS Classic Super Lite
2011 Silverado 1500 Ext Cab Z71 4x4
Camping since 1989, seasonal since 2000
Car Shredder Operator/Technician, Scrap Metal Recycling - retired
Scrapper is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 03:19 PM   #6
mads
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Gresham, OR
Posts: 50
These posts about low temps got me worried so I bought an indoor/outdoor wireless temp guage ($12) with hi low readings and placed the outside one near the water pump. That way I can truly determine what is happening.



Turns out the temp is holding at least 10 degrees above the outside temp so no worries. I recommend doing the same if you are worried.
__________________
Mads Ledet
madsledet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 04:01 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: ILLINOIS
Posts: 52
This subject keeps coming up and there are two schools of thought. You have the blow it out people and the antifreeze people. I just blow mine out and put antifreeze in traps. If there is no water in the lines after blowing them out there is nothing to freeze. I guess its just a preference thing. Good luck and safe travels to all.
KNMIB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 04:13 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Mohawk Valley of NY
Posts: 235
2X KNMIB, never had a problem.
KQ2N is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 10:19 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 2
One of our camping neighbors said he puts vegetable oil in the toilet to keep the toilet seal from sticking. Does anyone else do that?
Rikki73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 10:28 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
HerveVR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Longueuil QC Canada
Posts: 121
Did you turned Off the electric element of the Water Heater?

To be sure...
__________________

__________________
2012 Lexington 265DS
HerveVR is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
winter

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:52 AM.