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Old 03-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #1
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Too soon to De-Winterize?

Live outside Akron Ohio. As many know it has been cold this winter. I am leaving for FMCA Convention in Perry, GA next week and want to De-Winterize my Freelander 2130QB but am concerned about freezing weather yet this year.

Looking for info on what people do to ensure they don't freeze up while traveling in their motorhome.
Also since there is always the possibility of a freeze in late March do I need to do a full winterize yet again in a couple of weeks after I return to Ohio?

I guess the question is will things freeze up if I keep the inside of the RV at 55 & above? What steps can I take to use the motorhome when its freezing outside?
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:02 PM   #2
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Live outside Akron Ohio. As many know it has been cold this winter. I am leaving for FMCA Convention in Perry, GA next week and want to De-Winterize my Freelander 2130QB but am concerned about freezing weather yet this year.

Looking for info on what people do to ensure they don't freeze up while traveling in their motorhome.
Also since there is always the possibility of a freeze in late March do I need to do a full winterize yet again in a couple of weeks after I return to Ohio?

I guess the question is will things freeze up if I keep the inside of the RV at 55 & above? What steps can I take to use the motorhome when its freezing outside?
Why not just wait until you get to an area where it isn't forecast to freeze?
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:11 PM   #3
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Why not just wait until you get to an area where it isn't forecast to freeze?

Well that presents 2 problems. There are night time freeze in forecast at least as far South as Atlanta. Hopefully that will change is a week but with strange weather lately not sure if i want to gamble

other problem is I don't think I want to take the time to de-winterize & sanitize water system at a campground on the way. Not sure if the campground wants all that extra water dumped on the ground either.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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Well that presents 2 problems. There are night time freeze in forecast at least as far South as Atlanta. Hopefully that will change is a week but with strange weather lately not sure if i want to gamble

other problem is I don't think I want to take the time to de-winterize & sanitize water system at a campground on the way. Not sure if the campground wants all that extra water dumped on the ground either.
Why would you dump it on the ground? Should only take about 30 minutes to de-winterize and possibly 30 minutes to sanitize the water system. Run the sanitizing water into the holding tank and into the sewer. Fill the fw tank with your sanitizing water at home just before you leave and run the pump while on the road and dump in the holding tanks.
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:21 AM   #5
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I head south to FL every year right after the new year for 2 weeks. We do not dewinterize until our first nights stop, both in the motorhome and now the 5th wheel. Once we are that far south, even with freezing weather at times it is not a hard freeze like you see up here. On our way north we winterize again after the last nights stay before parking it till March.

Even now I plan to pull her out Mid march and dewinterize in the northner VA/WV panhandle area. And unless I see another hard freeze comming our way I probably wont rewinterize and at most open the low point drains and call it done.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:55 PM   #6
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if it just goes barely below freezing for a few hours, no harm will be done. Its when it stays below freezing day and night that you need to worry. Still getting in 20s most nights here in Delaware. I'm waiting to de-winterize the new 5th wheel I got in January and make sure everything is OK.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:45 PM   #7
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if it just goes barely below freezing for a few hours, no harm will be done. Its when it stays below freezing day and night that you need to worry. Still getting in 20s most nights here in Delaware. I'm waiting to de-winterize the new 5th wheel I got in January and make sure everything is OK.
Dave: This is what Prime Time told me also last year with our camper, Only if temps get to -0- to 10 and stay there for extended length of time. and just don't forget to run your central heat to heat up the underbelly from time to time. But don't to forget to unhook your water supply hose and let it drain, we did this in Branson last year and Oops had to bring hose in and warm it up. just saying. <;-)
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Dave: This is what Prime Time told me also last year with our camper, Only if temps get to -0- to 10 and stay there for extended length of time. and just don't forget to run your central heat to heat up the underbelly from time to time. But don't to forget to unhook your water supply hose and let it drain, we did this in Branson last year and Oops had to bring hose in and warm it up. just saying. <;-)
I was referring more to de-winterizing but not using it yet. Heat wont be on. Since I picked this new 5th wheel up in January, I questioned several times as to if the dealer hooked water to it before I got it and then re winterized it. Of course they said they did, but I see no signs of pink stuff anywhere. Guessing they just blew it out. I want to put water to it at home and check everything out before we get any unpleasant surprises on our first trip.
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I pressure tested mine with air. Since we had a cold winter and it being my first time winterizing... I hooked the compressor up and set it to 40 psi. Once pressurized, there were no leaks. I didn't need to dewinterize to do it.
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I was thinking of doing the same just to leak check. Air doesn't make a mess when it leaks out. Then when weather turn a little warmer, put water to it and wash all the "new" out of the lines.
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