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Old 12-28-2010, 04:58 PM   #11
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This sounds like the perfect occasion for draining the tanks and water heater, and then just blowing out the lines. That should take only 10-15 mins. It still might not hurt to leave a small electric heater going if hooked up to shore power anyway, but not sure what impact that might have on the power bill. For the eastern part of NC that would probably be sufficient.

But location makes a big difference even in NC...my rig is parked right now in a part of NC where there is 6-8 inches of snow on the ground and it often gets below 0F. I can't de-winterize until May 1st.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:50 AM   #12
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I live just south of Monroe, NC and this is my first winter with my 2011 V-Lite. I did not want to take any chances so I winterized my trailer. I drained all of the tanks on my last camping trip. Then I purchased a small kit from the dealer for winterizing your trailer. I then used my air compressor to blow out the water lines after opening up all of the faucets in the trailer. I remove the drain plug from the water heater and let all of the water drain from it. I then poured antifreeze down each of the sinks and the commode to make sure that there was antifreeze in each of the holding tanks. My trailers under belly is also enclosed and there is a heater installed by the factory. I keep it on during the real cold nights. I also keep the electric fireplace on low heat during cold spells. I have removed the lcd tv's just to be sure that nothing happens to them. I am not suggesting that everyone has to do this but I don't want any surprises when I decide to start camping again next year. I believe that it is better to be safe that sorry.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:08 PM   #13
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I have a med size room ceramic electric heater placed in the mid part of the TT. The water heater, filter, bypass, etc... is in the very forward storage compartment (under part of the bed). I leave the bed lifted so the heat gets against the thin wall separating the compartment from the living spaces. I placed a RF outdoor thermometer on on top of the water heater to monitor the temp from in the house. The ceramic heater is set at 60* and I have the furnace set to 55* (to back up the electric if needed). Over the past month we have had several below freezing nights for up to 8 hours at a time. The lowest the temp ever got on top of the water heater was 42* (outside temp was between 24 and 26 for about 6 hours). I do not winterize as we use it year round. BTW, the ceramic heater was about $42. I have used one 20 lb propane cylinder over 5 months, camping every other weekend.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:15 PM   #14
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Hhhhmmmm? What if the electricity goes off for some length of time and its cold? I personally would just go ahead and winterize your rig...drain the tanks and water lines... put some antifreeze in the lines. Better safe than sorry... Antifreeze is a lot cheaper than replacing lines or water heater! Just make sure you by pass the water heater...if you have a new unit it mostly likely has a bypass valve for the water heater.

We live in North Georgia... we just had 9 inches of snow over Christmas... so glad we winterized early!
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:20 PM   #15
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Hhhhmmmm? What if the electricity goes off for some length of time and its cold? I personally would just go ahead and winterize your rig...drain the tanks and water lines... put some antifreeze in the lines. Better safe than sorry... Antifreeze is a lot cheaper than replacing lines or water heater! Just make sure you by pass the water heater...if you have a new unit it mostly likely has a bypass valve for the water heater.

We live in North Georgia... we just had 9 inches of snow over Christmas... so glad we winterized early!
Where I am in South Louisiana, it is not common to have temps that cold. I would have a lot more troubles than the TT if it were to get that cold. My house sits 18 inches above the ground. The plumbing is exposed, so the house pipes would probably freeze first. Insulation under the house is not recommended due to the humidity and the moisture of the ground. It will cause rot. Just my 2 cents.
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