Originally Posted by timfromma
Our first hard freeze of the year is coming tonight and every year I run through my winterization checklist and hope I didn't forget anything.
I understand those feelings - for both the A-frame and the lawn sprinkler system.
In Colorado, we'll often several nice weekends in the middle of winter - 50+ days, 30s or maybe high 20s at night. Good enough for some good camping on very short notice. And Spring and Fall can be really nice - or we can have hard freezes and snow in May and September.
Almost all campgrounds shut off water except at a heated building late Sept to late May. I avoid winterizing so I can take advantage of these camping opportunities. The A-frame stores in the outside stall of an attached 3 car garage. And on the nights that go well below 0 I used to wonder if I'm in trouble.
Don't worry about it nearly as much anymore because when I drive a snow-covered vehicle in, it is pretty much snow-free surrounded by puddles the next morning. And I have yet to have a problem with plumbing freezing in the A-frame.
I have had below-ground sprinkler pipes split when I didn't get them blown out well enough. I've learned to avoid the thin plastic pipe, and to thoroughly bury sprinkler lines (at least 6"). I usually have to replace a sprinkler head or 2, though usually for impact (tripped over, hit by lawn mower wheels, etc) as much as ice damage (seals don't seal in the Spring). Have developed better techniques for blowing out sprinklers when I had to replumb the feed and breaker valve this year.
2019 Flagstaff T21TBHW A-frame
2008 Hyundai Entourage minivan
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend at a time