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Old 09-25-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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I'm NOT ready! :(

I don't want to winterize my Roo yet! But I'm not sure when or if we can get out anymore this year. My 9yr old started hockey this week and my 6yr old started ice skating and they are both on the weekends. And I start working on call this Wednesday. I have a friend who's going to show me how to winterize it as I've been told a number of times it's easy; so I bought the things I need to do the water lines. I need to call the storage yard, replace all the storage door locks, and get a breathable cover and tire covers. Should I check the seals & caulk before the snow flies?

On top of all that, we're taking the Roo to Florida December 17th, so I will be de-winterizing it once we get to Georgia for the night. But I'm not sure what I'm going to do about winterizing it before we get back to Michigan????? Any ideas or suggestions?
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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Yes, you will want to clean the roof and check the seams and seals while you are up there. This should be done before you put on your cover.

What cover have you decided to buy and what size? I'm looking to order one shortly for my 233s, too.

Winterizing and dewinterizing is probably easier if you opt to blow out the lines with an air compressor rather than filling with antifreeze the first time you winterize. Use a little antifreeze in the traps.

Then, when coming back from FL, you could do either method, but if you're still on the road, I think it would be easier to pump anti-freeze through the lines using your pump and a pump converter winterizing kit (unless you carry a compressor with you).
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Winterize with pink stuff so you know how to do it on your return trip, rather than having to experiment. You might consider taking a couple extra gallons with you. Depending on where you are going in FL it could be a pain finding some when you get ready to leave.
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nearly 5 years of owning my Roo and luckily haven't had to learn about this thing called "winterizing".

i really can't conceive of not being able to camp year-round.
i don't know if i would even bother camping, if i was limited to just 2 or 3 months of being able to go.

i don't know how you folks can handle it
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nearly 5 years of owning my Roo and luckily haven't had to learn about this thing called "winterizing".

i really can't conceive of not being able to camp year-round.
i don't know if i would even bother camping, if i was limited to just 2 or 3 months of being able to go.

i don't know how you folks can handle it
we live in the "midwest" and camp from april till the end of october .
So I believe we get 7 mo. out of ours . Then its time to get the snowmobiles out for the next 4 months . I really cant find it conceivable that you dont ride snowmobiles .......... ever !


Not sure where 2 or 3 mo. came from ?
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nearly 5 years of owning my Roo and luckily haven't had to learn about this thing called "winterizing".

i really can't conceive of not being able to camp year-round.
i don't know if i would even bother camping, if i was limited to just 2 or 3 months of being able to go.

i don't know how you folks can handle it

How sad to sit by the campfire brite and ne'er see a snowflake fall from the sky...

Oh well, I guess some of us have all the luck!
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For most of us mere mortals living where snow is a fact of life, it's more like 6 months.

May through October.

Then we store our babies away.

I look at it this way: 6 months of foreplay and 6 months of doing it.
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we live in the "midwest" and camp from april till the end of october .
So I believe we get 7 mo. out of ours . Then its time to get the snowmobiles out for the next 4 months . I really cant find it conceivable that you dont ride snowmobiles .......... ever !


Not sure where 2 or 3 mo. came from ?
I'm in Southern California where we can "visit" the snow in the mountains. Like Bikendan I also camp year around. I like winter camping because the campgrounds are less crowded and more peaceful. My view is based upon full hook ups too.

I couldn't image watching and waiting for the snow to melt off the roof of the RV either...... I guess there are pros and cons for everything.
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the 2-3 months is the extreme example that i've seen, mainly from Canadians. i was using that as an example of the opposite end of what we have out here.

and yes, i have camped in snow. did it this past April, at Yosemite. it was quite wondrous. seeing Yosemite Valley in its springtime clothes, one day, and the next day, clothed in mist and snow.
we can choose to camp in snow but you get to drive to it, instead of living in it.
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I admit that I have camping envy of my friends in CA, FL, or any moderate climate. I'm in the Midwest and I really wish I camped year around

We used to. Back in the day when my DW and I would backpack into a site. My girls aren't up for that, though. Yet!

I'll get them doing some winter camping when they get a little older. Or, maybe it'll be a good excused to get a 5th wheel with an arctic package.
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