Originally Posted by Cougguy
One thing you said concerns me: If there is sufficient water in the system to test water heater, etc.. then we will need to winterize the unit upon receipt (cold here). I assume the owners manual would provide me good instructions on how to accomplish that -- or, alternatively, can I just plug the unit in and be assured that the artic package will prevent damage?
Really depends on your storage situation and the temps. We keep our rig inside our garage and even if it is at freezing outside it is around 35-40 degrees out there. The tank heaters will protect the holding and fresh water tanks. In our plumbing bay I have strung a set of rope lights that I had laying around in and around the plumbing tubes and water filter. That is plugged into a temperature controller and set to come on at around 35 degrees automatically. I leave the cabinets open under the sinks inside and a small space heater going to keep the interior temps around 50. Keeping just a bit of heat going inside with a space heater creates a slight air movement which helps to keep moisture down too. Much better on your rig than just letting it set in the cold.
Of course if you are seeing temps lower than the teens then you will probably want to winterize. I absolutely hate RV antifreeze and only use compressed air to blow the lines when and if I do winterize. As we can get the urge to head for the coast on the drop of a hat I don't like having to spend the time to flush all my lines of that pink crap when I want to use my rig.
On our rig the levelers can only be operated with the engine running, but the slides will not operate until the engine is shut off. This little fact took my about 15 minutes to figure out when we took delivery. Start the engine, level the rig then turn off the engine to test the slides.
Since your username is "Cougguy" and you paid $4K for delivery am I to assume you live here in Washington somewhere and are a Cougars fan?