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Old 10-13-2015, 06:45 PM   #1
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Post Steps I took to winterize Aframe - did i miss anything?

Hello,
I have never winterized a camper before and I want to get some feedback to ensure I have done everything properly. I am located in New York State where it gets cold in the winter by Rochester.

Steps I took so far:
- emptied all food items
- cleaned camper inside and out
- propped open fridge and all storage doors
- disconnected battery and brought it into the basement, where I plan to trickle charge it each month???Not sure what the best option for this is.
- Drained water tank from below with drain
- drained hot water tank with low point drains found under the dinner seat (had to pull up on them)
- opened water facets to let all water drain out and ran water pump for a few minutes....no water was coming out under the camper or the faucet anymore.
- closed all drains under the camper, and from hot water tank.
- closed the Hot and Cold hot water tank feeds and opened bypass valve.
- disconnected water feed from storage tank to water pump under cabinet.
- connected RV Antifreeze feed line from jug to water pump
- turned pump on to pressurize the system, until the water pump stopped pumping.
- checked for leaks at all drain valves i opened earlier, All good!
- Opened sink cold water till it ran pink,
- opened sink hot water till it ran pink.
- outside shower ran hot & cold each until each ran pink
- turned water pump off.
- disconnected antifreeze jug feed line and put all water lines back the way they were.
- opened cold water sink faucet until water stopped flowing to relieve all pressure in system.

Am I missing anything? I am using RV grade antifreeze that is rated for -50 Degrees. I also ensured all propane tanks were closed also.

Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:44 PM   #2
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Looks good to me, but then I live in southern Alabama.
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:49 PM   #3
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With regards to your battery...don't trickle charge it monthly is what most recommend. Better idea is to use a Battery Tender that is constantly monitoring the battery. You can google the difference between a trickle charger and a battery tender...they will explain it much better than I can. All you need is the Battery Tender Jr and it can be had for about $30...well worth it. First camper I trickle charged monthly as you said and battery only lasted 2 yrs. I checked water levels in it through the winter and it never got low.
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:07 AM   #4
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What I could think of is to air up the tires and periodically check for rodents and other pests.


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Looks good to me, but then I live in southern Alabama.
We Gulf Coasters are not very good at this stuff. I "winterize" with a blow plug and compressed air, if at all. Tire pressure isn't a problem because I air up before each trip summer or winter.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:41 AM   #5
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Steps I took to winterize the a-frame

apudlak, looks like you did most everything right but I assume you have one of those blankety-blank water filter cartridges? Did you take it out?

Personally, I believe in overkill when it comes to winterizing. After doing all the draining you mentioned, I use a small air compressor to blow out the lines. No more than 30-35 lbs. of pressure. After I've done that, then I pump the antifreeze through the system.

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Old 10-14-2015, 12:56 PM   #6
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Don't forget the toilet valve. Make sure enough pink stuff runs thru into toilet. Mine froze last winter, and I had quite a leak in the spring.
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:11 PM   #7
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Don't forget the toilet valve. Make sure enough pink stuff runs thru into toilet. Mine froze last winter, and I had quite a leak in the spring.
Does an a frame even have a normal toilet?

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Old 10-14-2015, 06:35 PM   #8
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apudlak, looks like you did most everything right but I assume you have one of those blankety-blank water filter cartridges? Did you take it out?

Personally, I believe in overkill when it comes to winterizing. After doing all the draining you mentioned, I use a small air compressor to blow out the lines. No more than 30-35 lbs. of pressure. After I've done that, then I pump the antifreeze through the system.

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I do have one of those blankety-blank water filters under the sink. I thought about removing it, but I decided to just keep it in place and replace it at the beginning of camping season in the Spring.
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I like to put a bucket of DampRid inside of the camper when I do the final close. It does a great job of keeping the moisture out and no more musty smell. I use 1 bucket in my 31 foot MH and 2 buckets for my 41 foot FW. When you open up in the spring, just throw the bucket in the garbage. You'll be amazed how much water it collects.
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