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Old 10-28-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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snow coming - not winterized?

I haven't winterized my camper yet and this weekend they're calling for up to 10" of snow. I'm scheduled to take it in tomorrow to get it done, but I'm not a HUGE fan of towing a camper in 30+ mph winds with higher gusts. So I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it. What can I do to it so nothing freezes in it? It's an '11 and we used it twice this summer and I drained everything but its not winterized. This is the first real cold weather we had with last night getting down to 33, but with the snow coming, and then 50 on sunday, is there anything I can do until I get it winterized?

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Old 10-28-2011, 12:05 PM   #2
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:56 PM   #3
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If you have already drained the lines via the low point drains then your 75% there. If you have access to an air compressor you can blow out the lines to make sure all remaining water in any low spots is gone.
Adjust the output pressure to about 20-30 psi.
Remove the hot water heater plug & drain that.
Go inside & open all the faucets. (Leave open)
Faucets will freeze & the seats will distort & once thawed will leak.
By opening the faucet you leave room for expansion of the internal parts.

I use my 5er right to the end of Dec.
I do the above after each trip from Oct to Dec.
Have never had a problem in 20 years.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:57 PM   #4
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If you can't complete the process with AF or blowing it out, then open the faucets. This might help alleviate some of the pressure built up if a little bit of water freezes in a low point.

Also, remember that the PEX tubing has a tendency to flex a little bit. This doesn't make it burst proof; but it helps.
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:04 PM   #5
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Just because it snows doesn`t meen it will freeze hard enough to do damage. if it is only 32 overnite then I wouldn`t worry, especially if you drained the lines. when it gets down to the 20`s for days straight then it`s time to worry!
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:12 PM   #7
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update: I was able to get it winterized that Saturday the day the storm hit and we lost power for a week.

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