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Old 03-07-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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Question When is it safe to unwinterize and start camping??

Yes! i figured out how to post! I have a question. We have a 2010 Salem TBUD which we absolutely love. We are dying to go camping but we're not sure when it's safe to unwinterize and get back out there. Also, does anyone have any advice about flipping axels?

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Old 03-07-2011, 10:06 PM   #2
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When is it safe, depends on where you live. You don't have a location in your signature, so hard to say. A low temp of 25 with a high temp of 50, you might be ok. Any lower and I wouldn't yet. Also check campgrounds, many don't open till April. As for flipping axles, do a search on here. Has been covered many times.

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Old 03-07-2011, 10:09 PM   #3
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Sweet. Thanks for writing back. I live in Bozeman Montana so it's still pretty cold, I'm just getting so excited hahaha... Could you also help me with how to put a picture with my profile. i don't think this is the most user friendly site..hmmmm
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums!

You can alway unwinterize when you decide to go camping and winterize big deal if you use compressed air. Unwinterizing and re-winterizing wouldn't keep me from camping. Search "winterizing with compressed air" in the Forum's search function for instructions if you're not already familiar.

Just curious, as your Salem is a TT, why would you be wanting to 'flip the axles'?


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Old 03-07-2011, 10:14 PM   #5
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My husband has this crazy idea and thinks we can go more places. I'm not into it as it is brand new and nice. It would probably void our warranty as well. We see lots of TT around Montana who have done it so he thinks he wants to..
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:47 PM   #6
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I usually wait until a couple of weeks past the average last hard frost. You should be able to find meteorological data on that for your area on the internet.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:29 AM   #7
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Hi Marly, I know it doesn't seem to help when someone says
"do a search" but..... if you put
flip axle in the google search box at the top of the page you get
several hits including this discussion about flipping axles!

Flip the axles

(You can't really flip your axles unless you have leaf

I also suggest you don't have to unwinterize to go camping.
If we're going for a weekend in the winter we take water in
a blue tote jug to drink and make coffee. We also take a gallon
milk jug to rinse the potty after we pee. We typically visit camp
grounds that have some sort of modern vault toilet or even
a heated bathroom so we don't use our trailer toilet for the
heavy stuff in winter.
There's nothing quite as exciting as putting your butt on a
35 degree toilet seat out in the boonies!! If you want warm and
fuzzy go to the Holiday Inn. This is CAMPING!
We do use the potty for those middle of the night tinkles!
If I'm worried about freezing my holding tank I'll empty it
in a bucket and pour that down the vault toilet in the CG.
Same thing for the gray water if we've washed hands, dishes etc.
I'll empty the tank in a bucket and pour it down the CG toilet.

When you get home pour a little pink RV antifreeze down any
sink you used so the trap will be protected from freezing.

Now you should go to your profile and set up a signature that
gives some info. Don't give full address but a handle and
location and model of trailer would be nice.

Welcome to the ForestRiverForums and as always......
Happy Camping!!

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Old 03-08-2011, 11:23 AM   #8
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Thanks so much for the great advice. I think i've got my signature down, now just trying to get a profile pic. I have the day off so i'm going to make a little album of some of our adventures last summer. I love this forum and all the support. 3 of our friends have bought TT since last summer so this is going to be an awesome summer!

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