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Old 10-28-2007, 01:53 PM   #1
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Winterizing my Trailer

Well I just got it and have only spent 1 night in it and a few days. Now its getting close to winterizing it, I suppose. Does someone have a good guide?

I checked my manual but the Cherokee manual seems pretty generic. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am thinking after i am done I should take my battery inside and store it in the basement. If not maybe I should get a solar trickle charger?? This is my first camper so detailed instructions would be great.........

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Old 10-28-2007, 04:10 PM   #2
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Hi Steve, this was just discussed. http://forestriverforums.com/forums/...?threadid=1110

For the battery, taking it in is the best advice. Remember never to store a battery directly on concrete. I store mine up on a shelf with a charger next to it and trickle it a couple of times over the winter.
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Here are a couple of links with pics that I like:

http://www.bitware.com/5er/winterizing.htm

http://www.rvuniversity.com/staticpa...interizing_101

Oh, yea...if you are interested...
I've made a complete RV Winterization Checklist for my new PT Trailer. I can email you a copy if or anyone wants it.
It's really written as a guide for me and my seasonal property...but it will give you a good idea.
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great offer. I wouldn't mind a copy myself!!
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I sure would want a copy.
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:48 PM   #6
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You know Jolly, that list is really good (thanks again). I know it would be a fairly large post, but it could be posted here instead of you having to email it to everyone.
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I would like to have a copy of the winterizing procedure. do you plan to post in a thread somewhere
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wildwood,
Welcome to the forums.

Check your email.
You should find a copy of the RV Winterizing Checklist there.


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thanks for sending the list but i couldnt open it for some reason
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Here's my Winterization Checklist as requested:

My checklist is for a Park Model, with a residential toilet and water heater, no black, fresh or gray tanks, and no water pump. If you have tanks, pump and an RV toilet you can easily use the pump to winterize your system. Remember to drain and flush your tanks, add a little antifreeze to them, and flush the pink stuff through your toilet as well.

RV Winterization & Storage Procedures For Park Model

Winterizing the Plumbing System:
Turn the exterior fresh water supply hose off
Drain and store the fresh water hose
Drain Water Heater by opening lower drain valve & over pressure
valve
Remove Low Point Drain caps under trailer & open all faucets/shower
Flush toilet, remove all water, sponge out tank, plunge bowl dry.
Bypass the Water Heater using installed valves
Remove Water Filter* in bathroom, and reinstall holder.
*Buy new filter for Spring!

Ice Maker/ Refer:*
Unplug refrigerator cord
Remove lower pump cover on rear
Disconnect wire harness on rear of pump
Disconnect Ice Maker pump water lines (top & bottom) and
drain/blow out
Remove (2) screws on pump and store pump at home
Close water valve, and blow out line from sink to maker
*To avoid removing pump, you may leave system together and make pink ice prior to unplugging system. Must be done after lines are filled with antifreeze. You may also simply disconnect the upper line on the fridge, and pump antifreeze until it comes out the end and reconnect to fridge. No need for pink ice.

Reinstall all low point drain caps, close all faucets, and water heater drain/pressure valve.
*If using a compressor to blow air out of system, connect system and blow out each spigot starting with closest to connection. If not, skip to next step.

Using RV antifreeze (2-3 gallons), and a manual pump connected to exterior water port:

Start with closest tap, and work your way out. Lay shower hose in shower base while winterizing it. Winterizing works best with 2 people, and radios.

Open one faucet valve at a time and pump antifreeze into system until it runs pink from each tap.

Pour antifreeze into each sink drain, shower drain, toilet tank, and toilet bowl.
Wait a few minutes, then close exterior sewer pipe outlet blades.

Winter Storage Checklist:
Clean interior well
Clean and prop open doors on refrigerator
Completely remove all food items
Remove all cleaning liquids, sprays, etc.
Remove LCD TVs/remotes
Remove Coffee maker
Remove clothing and bedding items (in case of mice)
Remove paper products, or store in plastic containers (TP)
Remove all other items that will freeze or mice can get
Remove remote control, thermostat, clock and other batteries
Lay out (mouse) glue traps inside
Lay out Decon poison and mothballs under trailer/shed
Clean roof, gutters, and slide tops
Lower TV antennae, and lubricate per instruction manual
Inspect roof and seams, caulk as necessary
Plug furnace ports/cord entry hole with steel wool/covers
Store/drain garden hose & gated Y.
Close slide-outs
Close vents, windows, & shades
Turn propane tanks off
Turn off all circuit breakers
Remove all trash
Remove RV battery, store indoors and charge as needed
Lock all doors, & compartments

Yard & Garden:
Blow leaves, mow lawn, seed/fertilize lawn.
Dump flower planters and store
Stabil to gas in lawnmower
Remove PFDs, ladder, gas can, freeze items to store at home
Lock up all items
Remove all trash
Bring home Jet Ski for winterization before end of season
Call Electric company/cable to suspend service (unless leaving on,
then turn off breaker and lock cover with padlock)
Check trailer tires air pressure/top off
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