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Old 06-12-2012, 10:56 AM   #11
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Thank you!

So with it being June in Southeast Texas, I haven't researched winterizing too heavily yet. Is it not possible to fully evacuate the lines and hw tank of water? I assume that the answer is "no" since antifreeze is so common.
I live in North Texas (west of Fort Worth) and I have previously had a Sandpiper that I winterized by opening the inside valves...inserting an air "blow plug" for lack of a better term.

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Upon completing that...I have used anti-freeze to pour down the drains and prevent any water remaining anywhere from freezing.

Now, I have a new Columbus that has all the fancy winterizing valve and hot water bypass - so it's going to be a new learning curve for me this winter because unfortunately our "trainer" at delivery was totally unfamiliar with how those work.
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I live in North Texas (west of Fort Worth) and I have previously had a Sandpiper that I winterized by opening the inside valves...inserting an air "blow plug" for lack of a better term.

How I Winterize my RV

Upon completing that...I have used anti-freeze to pour down the drains and prevent any water remaining anywhere from freezing.

Now, I have a new Columbus that has all the fancy winterizing valve and hot water bypass - so it's going to be a new learning curve for me this winter because unfortunately our "trainer" at delivery was totally unfamiliar with how those work.

Thank you Robert for that link! We get 2 - 3 light freezes a year down here. I can already tell that I'm going to have a hard time convincing myself to go through all of that. I know that if I don't though we'll get the deepest longest freeze on record.

Off topic, but do you have any favorite camp grounds in your general area? My parents are in the Denton area and have kind of been hinting that they'd like to dip their toes into the camping experience with us.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:13 PM   #13
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Hickory Creek Corp. of Engr. Park is In the Denton area. It's on Lake Lewisville. It would be a good place that is close to home to test the camping waters! We were surprised how nice it was considering how close to the city it is. We like to go there when visiting family in the Denton and Lewisville area.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:56 AM   #14
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Thank you Robert for that link! We get 2 - 3 light freezes a year down here. I can already tell that I'm going to have a hard time convincing myself to go through all of that. I know that if I don't though we'll get the deepest longest freeze on record.

Off topic, but do you have any favorite camp grounds in your general area? My parents are in the Denton area and have kind of been hinting that they'd like to dip their toes into the camping experience with us.
Also try Lake Ray Roberts State Park.
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Thank you both! Now if they could just invent a teleporter to transport the camper past Ft. Worth on I-35W....
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Thank you Robert for that link! We get 2 - 3 light freezes a year down here. I can already tell that I'm going to have a hard time convincing myself to go through all of that. I know that if I don't though we'll get the deepest longest freeze on record.

Off topic, but do you have any favorite camp grounds in your general area? My parents are in the Denton area and have kind of been hinting that they'd like to dip their toes into the camping experience with us.
First - on the winterizing...RESIST that temptation to not winterize. One year on our Sandpiper I waited later than usual...then the next spring when we got down to the coast and I hooked up water we had a torrent of water flowing out of the underbelly. I wound up having to replace the entire outdoor shower assembly because of a crack where the water supply feeds into the shower. I'm not 100% positive it was caused by freezing - but that's the only logical explanation.

As far as places to camp around North Texas...as has been mentioned the Corps of Engineer's Hickory Creek Park is very nice and pretty quiet (although you can at times hear the roar of the traffic on I-35-E.

Just a short distance away also on Lake Lewisville is Pilot Knoll Park. A bit more secluded...scenic...more trees - but we love both of them.

There are also LOTS of State Parks (and like the two mentioned above...sewer DUMPS only - not sewer hookups at the sites). One of our favorites is out west by 75 miles or so - Lake Mineral Wells State Park.
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Thank you both! Now if they could just invent a teleporter to transport the camper past Ft. Worth on I-35W....
I agree with that! Our very first time to pull the Roo was for a wedding in Lewisville last November. We drove from just south of Houston and got to Dallas just in time to be towing through rush hour traffic. Then trying to find a campground we had never been to in the dark. After that anything else seemed like a piece of cake!
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I agree with that! Our very first time to pull the Roo was for a wedding in Lewisville last November. We drove from just south of Houston and got to Dallas just in time to be towing through rush hour traffic. Then trying to find a campground we had never been to in the dark. After that anything else seemed like a piece of cake!
It's horrible, isn't it! I dread going through there with just the car or truck.... I cringe at thinking of having a trailer in tow. I need a lotttttt more towing experience before I would even remotely consider getting within 50 miles of either side of Ft. Worth on I-35!

"South of Houston" is where MY favorite camping area is... Brazos Bend State Park. LOVE that place. I was supposed to be there right now actually, but had to change plans at the last minute this week.
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It's horrible, isn't it! I dread going through there with just the car or truck.... I cringe at thinking of having a trailer in tow. I need a lotttttt more towing experience before I would even remotely consider getting within 50 miles of either side of Ft. Worth on I-35!

"South of Houston" is where MY favorite camping area is... Brazos Bend State Park. LOVE that place. I was supposed to be there right now actually, but had to change plans at the last minute this week.
We love Brazos Bend. We also really like Huntsville State Park. Let me know what you think of other parks in the area! You are fortunate to be further north. It takes us an entire day to get out of the state. Arkansas has some beautiful state parks! You could get there quicker than we can.
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Me thinks this thread got hijacked. Nothing in the last 10 or 11 posts has anything to do with the OP's question on Black Tanks
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