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Old 11-18-2015, 03:44 PM   #1
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Winterize or not

We are planning to travel toward Arizona the day after Thanksgiving. I have been closely watching the forecasts trying to avoid winterizing my 5th wheel. Now the forecast has changed again and a low of 15 degrees is expected for this Saturday night with wind chills, then warm back up to the 40s Sunday or Monday. Can I turn on the furnace to provide heat during the coldest temperatures and not winterize?
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:49 PM   #2
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What kind of 5th wheel?
Does it have heated storage/underbelly?
Do you have tank heaters?

Provide more information and you'll get better answers than wild guesses.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:04 PM   #3
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Puma Unleashed toyhauler no heated tanks but I emptied them and the water heater some time ago.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:10 PM   #4
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I would blow out the water lines. Why take a change of having the pipes freeze? It will only take a few minutes to blow the lines. I would also add antifreeze to the drains. It might be overkill but i would rather spend a few dollars and some time then have to replace water lines in the unit because I did not take preventative measures.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:12 PM   #5
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Do I need a special tool to blow out the lines.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:21 PM   #6
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You just need a hose adapter that will attach to the water inlet and the air compressor will attach to the adapter.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:25 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Do I need a special tool to blow out the lines.
A blow out plug looks like these...





OR... could be home-built...
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:33 PM   #8
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Back to your original questions...

Your furnace should keep the interior of your 5th wheel warm enough that you shouldn't have anything freeze INSIDE of the 5th wheel.

The problems you need to be concerned about are the components that are NOT inside an area heated by the furnace that could freeze.

Low point drains, holding tanks and sewer pipes/valves come to mind quickly.
Unless these are inside a heated storage area (commonly called heated basement) or you have tank heaters or some other kind of protection, running the furnace will not keep these things protected.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:36 PM   #9
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Thank you I think I will blow the lines and put antifreeze i. The traps and some in the Grey and black tanks.
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