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Old 10-29-2020, 10:03 AM   #1
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Always makes me nervous

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.


Did I winterize the plumbing properly?


Did I empty the water heater?


Did I remove drinks, canned goods and anything else from the cabinets that can freeze?


Did I do a good enough job making it mouse resistant? (No such thing as mouse proof)


etc etc
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Old 10-29-2020, 03:07 PM   #2
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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.


Did I winterize the plumbing properly?


Did I empty the water heater?


Did I remove drinks, canned goods and anything else from the cabinets that can freeze?


Did I do a good enough job making it mouse resistant? (No such thing as mouse proof)


etc etc
I went through those anxieties for years until the process just became imprinted in my brain. I'm fortunate enough to have my TT at home on it's own pad with a 30 amp power post. When done dealing with the water issues and other "freezables" I set two small electric heaters set on medium heat level and the thermostat set to "Anti-Freeze". This keeps the inside of my TT right around 40 degrees +/- which also helps with condensation.

As for the mice? My neighbor has two cats that visit my yard and handle "Mouse Control". Nice part is that they take their "prizes" back home and leave them on HIS doorstep.
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Old 10-29-2020, 03:24 PM   #3
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I went through those anxieties for years until the process just became imprinted in my brain. I'm fortunate enough to have my TT at home on it's own pad with a 30 amp power post. When done dealing with the water issues and other "freezables" I set two small electric heaters set on medium heat level and the thermostat set to "Anti-Freeze". This keeps the inside of my TT right around 40 degrees +/- which also helps with condensation.

As for the mice? My neighbor has two cats that visit my yard and handle "Mouse Control". Nice part is that they take their "prizes" back home and leave them on HIS doorstep.
Is that what makes the antifreeze "Anti-Freeze"? Never seen a thermostat with an "Anti-Freeze" setting, though I guess it would be possible.
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Is that what makes the antifreeze "Anti-Freeze"? Never seen a thermostat with an "Anti-Freeze" setting, though I guess it would be possible.
The "antifreeze" was a marking on a heater I picked up years ago. Any setting that would keep the inside of the trailer above freezing I guess could be marked like that. It's right at the bottom of the thermostat dial.
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Old 11-02-2020, 04:30 PM   #5
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The "antifreeze" was a marking on a heater I picked up years ago. Any setting that would keep the inside of the trailer above freezing I guess could be marked like that. It's right at the bottom of the thermostat dial.

We have one marked similarly. I never used it at that setting, but otherwise, a small electric heater in our RV is very handy early spring and fall.
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Old 11-03-2020, 04:50 PM   #6
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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.

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