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Old 12-16-2015, 03:44 PM   #1
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Winterizing... Is it necessary?

Hi to all! Question about winterizing my Salem Hemisphere 337bar (5th wheel): I (new to rv-ing) live here in N central Ga where we seldom get freezing weather; maybe a few days in January/February. Is it really necessary to winterize? We've camped a few times this past year with full-hookups only... I.e. nothing was put in the fresh water tank (never used). Of course the lowest levels in the lines will be drained. Maybe I can just get through the season by blowing the lines clear & draining the water heater. Thoughts?

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Old 12-16-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:17 PM   #3
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I'd at least drain everything and blow out the lines. As you well know, there's that rare occurrence where it gets below freezing for several hours and you don't want to take a chance on having to be out there in the cold trying to get everything drained and blown out.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:28 PM   #4
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No one NEEDS to winterize.. But then do not be shocked it one day you come out and find a broken pipe, faucet or valve. When I moved we to where I am now we were behind on the winterizing, I missed ONE night of bellow freezing and it destroyed my sink faucet and a filter housing... This was just ONE night of freeze. Only made that mistake ONE time as well.. LOL

If there is even the slightest risk of a freeze I'd personally not risk it and spend the 30 minutes to at least blow out the lines.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:31 PM   #5
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:33 PM   #6
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We've been in the 60 and even 70's this past weekend... Very unlike us. It will be 27 here real soon I am sure!
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It's -2c here. Should be -30.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:34 PM   #8
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Blow the lines, drain the heater, and pour a little RV antifreeze down the drains is a all I do for a Minnesota winter and have never had a problem in over 20 years. 15 minutes is all it takes to be sure nothing cracks!
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:33 PM   #9
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I agree. It takes more time to haul what you need outside then to actually winterize. I live in Ottawa, Canada and I always winterize. You will be mighty unhappy if you hook up the hose next spring and have water flooding your carpet.

A quick blow out, bypass the heater, empty the filer, suck antifreeze through the system and pour what's left down the toilet and sink.
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:38 PM   #10
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mjwise, we are in Atlanta and we winterize. Better safe than sorry!
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