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Old 03-26-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Winterization/Re-winterization

Well.....after three weeks of late spring weather - the bug hit and we made our first trip of the season (Mid March in Virginia) was pretty great trip....other than a little rain. However - we unwinterized our trailer and had a great time....now they're calling for a potential low of 33 tomorrow night. So much typing for the simple question...should I re-winterize or should I be okay? Any suggestions?

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You should be fine for one night and at that temp. If it is going to be long term and colder than you might need to take precaution.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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We took an early March trip to South Carolina, and I blew the lines out again, put some RV antifreeze down the drain, and drained the hot water tank, and made sure both waste tanks and those lines were drained. I turn on a small electric heater in the camper during cold nites, and will again tonite.

We did not use the fresh water tank on our March trip.
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Yep, we had an overnight low of 28 last night (for about 2 hours) and camper made it just fine. Takes a while for it to freeze water unless there is a very strong wind chill as well.

If a cold snap is predicted (for a few days) I plan on putting an electric heater in and opening all cabinets that access the basement area.

If we go back into the deep freeze in the forecast, I will suck it up and blow out the lines.
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I live up here in western mass. It's suppose to get down to 18 tonight. We took delivery on a new trailer(our first) and the dealer de-winterized it already. Can I just put the heat on tonight or should I put anti-freeze back in?
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For reference on the benefits of a small heater, after winterizing in early November, I left an oil filled radiator looking heater on med in the camper. Didn't think I'd leave it all winter because of costs, but didn't see any extra power usage on my house meter. Even on the nights in the single digits, the inside of the camper stayed well above 40! So I think opening cabinets and turning a heater on is a great idea.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:07 AM   #7
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Thanks Joel
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I live up here in western mass. It's suppose to get down to 18 tonight. We took delivery on a new trailer(our first) and the dealer de-winterized it already. Can I just put the heat on tonight or should I put anti-freeze back in?


If you have a trailer with an enclosed underbelly and the furnace ducts come through the floor, run the furnace over nite. Leave all cabinet doors open.

The other problems would be anything hanging below the enclosed underbelly. Make sure there is nothing in the waste discharge valves. The low point drains need to be protected. Hang a light bulb from those somehow.
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Thanks mtnguy, I do have the enclosed underbelly so I will take your suggestion.
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Well....Thanks everyone! Seems it hit a low of only 30 last night - but I set the thermostat to 50 and opened the cupboards. Hooked the hose up this morning and tested the lines....no runs, no drips, no headaches!!!! Looks good for the next 10 days and we should be fine after that.....if you see us at a VA campground....stop by - the first beers on me!
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