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Old 02-18-2016, 04:15 PM   #21
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Want to wish you safe travel. My wife and I are now in Destin, Florida. This is our fourth trip from Northern, Indiana. We are leaving next week. We always winterize our unit before leaving and stay in a hotel in Bowling Green, Kentucky. When we get home we put our unit back into a heated storage area. We always put antifreeze into our unit. I have talked to people that blow out their lines using an air compressor and regulator so you don't damage your lines. What ever you chose to do there are so many good people out there that are willing to lend you a helping hand. Good luck!
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:32 PM   #22
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If the day time temps stay above 32 don't worry about it, just use your fresh water pump on the way home. I been checking weather because we are leaving in the beginning of March. I don't see a problem yet. But it's been a weird year for weather.
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Old 02-18-2016, 06:11 PM   #23
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You could try winterizing everything except the toilet. Use gallon jugs of water & refill as needed along the way to flush toilet. I keep some handy in a milk crate in the shower, set on a piece of carpet to prevent movement. Keep a large plastic bowl in bath & kitchen sinks ( close drains), and use your water jugs. Dump this dirty water outside or down the toilet. Add antifreeze as needed to toilet or tank heater/ Artic Pac. Then dump only black tank as needed along the way & upon your return. Use the RV Parks showers. I just did this last week as I live in mountains but was traveling to L.A. for the week and didn't want to hassle unwinterizing yet.
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:23 PM   #24
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You had better check on which campgrounds are open.
No worries there. I have already contacted the same 3 campgrounds we stayed at when we came down in the fall and they are all open.
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:27 PM   #25
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You could always boondock if campgrounds are not open. I did that both going down and coming back from Florida
That would be a last resort, but we know it might be necessary.
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:39 PM   #26
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Want to wish you safe travel. My wife and I are now in Destin, Florida. This is our fourth trip from Northern, Indiana. We are leaving next week. We always winterize our unit before leaving and stay in a hotel in Bowling Green, Kentucky. When we get home we put our unit back into a heated storage area. We always put antifreeze into our unit. I have talked to people that blow out their lines using an air compressor and regulator so you don't damage your lines. What ever you chose to do there are so many good people out there that are willing to lend you a helping hand. Good luck!
Thanks for the good wishes! She wants to use the trailer on the way home if at all possible so I guess that is how we will try to do it unless the weather forecasts just put a "chill" on those plans! It's easy to dictate how you want things when your not the one doing the work or dealing with the workings of the plan! If I can get us to the third stop in Northern Kentucky before having to winterize, then we are less than 8 hours from home and I suspect we should be good if I winterize there.

Our unit will be going back to the dealership after we get it home and unpack things. They still have a laundry list of unaddressed issues from last fall and a few new additions since we have been down in Florida. Warranty clock is ticking and want to get it to them early in the season before they get swamped. I just can't guarantee that they will move it straight into the service bay when we get it there so it needs to be winterized. I might even have them do it over once I get there just to play it safe.

Safe travels to you and yours as well.

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Old 02-18-2016, 08:42 PM   #27
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If the day time temps stay above 32 don't worry about it, just use your fresh water pump on the way home. I been checking weather because we are leaving in the beginning of March. I don't see a problem yet. But it's been a weird year for weather.
That was what I was thinking. Even if temps drop a little below freezing at night, the enclosed underbelly and furnace running should keep things warm and working. Like I stated in an earlier post, our last stop will be northern Ky so hopefully it will stay warm enough until then.
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:37 AM   #28
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Just got back to OH from FL yesterday. Winterising on the road is not that tough. Do the things mentioned in previous posts on this thread but don't forget to drain or remove coach and refrigerator water filters. Two gallons of WalMart antifreeze is all it took.
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Since you live in Lansing and own a Coachman are you taking it back to Gillette's RV for warranty work ? I have an appointment to get mine in there next week for warranty work also but still have 6 inched of snow on the roof and it is has a cover on it so no shoveling it off. It says 55 today and 50 tomorrow with rain so maybe it will melt and I can uncover it by Monday. Hope to get a jump on it before all the RV shows and the service bays are full of new RV's to deliver. I have plumping work to be done but knowing how long it will probably be there we may not need to get winterized again before we get them back. I hope to have it back before camping season starts in May. Have a save drive home.
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Since you live in Lansing and own a Coachman are you taking it back to Gillette's RV for warranty work ? I have an appointment to get mine in there next week for warranty work also but still have 6 inched of snow on the roof and it is has a cover on it so no shoveling it off. It says 55 today and 50 tomorrow with rain so maybe it will melt and I can uncover it by Monday. Hope to get a jump on it before all the RV shows and the service bays are full of new RV's to deliver. I have plumping work to be done but knowing how long it will probably be there we may not need to get winterized again before we get them back. I hope to have it back before camping season starts in May. Have a save drive home.
Yep, going to Gillette. My appt to drop it off is March 5th to finish the list I had for them last fall, but was not completed before we came south for the winter. Parts that they needed to order back then "should" be there now but I also have a half dozen other smaller things as well to add to the list!! Hopefully, things will go quickly.

I was thinking the same about getting it in early. One of the main reasons we are heading home when we are instead of enjoying the warm weather and sunshine another month or so. I know they were swamped from the MSU RV show at the end of Jan. but you would hope that any "in stock" trailers they sold then will be buttoned up service wise now and any new build orders are likely not there yet. I want mine back by May 1st if possible and will let them know that when I drop it off. I also plan to give them a jingle every couple of weeks just to get an "update" on their progress as well as make sure they know that I expect them to finish on time. Good luck!
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Old 02-19-2016, 08:45 PM   #31
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Just got back to OH from FL yesterday. Winterising on the road is not that tough. Do the things mentioned in previous posts on this thread but don't forget to drain or remove coach and refrigerator water filters. Two gallons of WalMart antifreeze is all it took.
With it being a travel trailer and a 2 way fridge without any ice makers or water dispensers, the only filter I know of is the external one connected to the city water line. Am I missing something??
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I was thinking the same about getting it in early. One of the main reasons we are heading home when we are instead of enjoying the warm weather and sunshine another month or so. I know they were swamped from the MSU RV show at the end of Jan. but you would hope that any "in stock" trailers they sold then will be buttoned up service wise now and any new build orders are likely not there yet. I want mine back by May 1st if possible and will let them know that when I drop it off. I also plan to give them a jingle every couple of weeks just to get an "update" on their progress as well as make sure they know that I expect them to finish on time. Good luck!
As a veteran of Gillette, I highly recommend you make that call every week. I took mine in a couple years back for a wheel bearing repack. 1st call back I was behind another trailer. Called back in a couple of days and now I was 2 trailers back.

We "discussed" how it was possible to lose a place in line (for a quick wheel bearing repack, for them anyway). It was then done by the end of the next day.

Ok people, just stay on top of them.

Unfortunately they are no longer owed by the Gillette family, and have not been for several years. We bought our first popup then a 5th from the old man, years ago. Good man he was.
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As a veteran of Gillette, I highly recommend you make that call every week. I took mine in a couple years back for a wheel bearing repack. 1st call back I was behind another trailer. Called back in a couple of days and now I was 2 trailers back.

We "discussed" how it was possible to lose a place in line (for a quick wheel bearing repack, for them anyway). It was then done by the end of the next day.

Ok people, just stay on top of them.

Unfortunately they are no longer owed by the Gillette family, and have not been for several years. We bought our first popup then a 5th from the old man, years ago. Good man he was.
Will take that advice to heart. I do know that they had to scramble to get mine back to me by Nov 1 last year. They had it for two months and knew from the get go that the AC wasn't working right. When I called them on a Friday afternoon, with about a week before we were due to pick it up, they said they hadn't gotten to the AC yet. With us going to Florida, I made sure they knew that it was critical that the AC was fixed. Guess they had 2 techs work OT on Saturday to install and test a new AC unit. So although they did drag their feet, when put to the fire, they came thru on the important stuff for me before my deadline. I got the impression that a LOT of shuffling of trailers occurs in the service bays as needed. I also suspect that they try to get the "cash" customers first followed by less lucrative warranty work.
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:25 PM   #34
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If you have never winterized your tlr just get out the manual and familurize yourself with procedure. Locate low point drains, hot water bypass valves and valve & hose on water pump. I dont dump in drains as I let enough run to take care of them. Also dont forget socket for HW plug. O think most are 1&1/16. You will find it takes longer to dewinterize. Im camping in eastern OK right now. Good luck.
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If you have never winterized your tlr just get out the manual and familurize yourself with procedure. Locate low point drains, hot water bypass valves and valve & hose on water pump. I dont dump in drains as I let enough run to take care of them. Also dont forget socket for HW plug. O think most are 1&1/16. You will find it takes longer to dewinterize. Im camping in eastern OK right now. Good luck.
I think I am about set to give it a go. Already located low point drains, bypass valves, a socket with extension for the WH drain plug and the water pump. Actually installed a Camco Pump Converter Winterizing Kit on the pump and tested it all using a couple gallons of water I pulled from the tap prior to shutting off the city water connection. At first I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working until I discovered that I installed the 3 way valve backwards! DOH!

On a positive note however, while troubleshooting why the 3 way valve wasn't working properly, I discovered a debris filter on the input to the water pump that I never knew was there. Not much to it other than a piece of screen inside the plastic enclosure with a clear, removable cap. Already had a bunch of junk in it and if I hadn't installed the kit, I might not have seen it and in the near future, I would have wondered why the pump flow was so low.

Oh, and to update this thread, we are now postponing our trip north for another week. Guess there is a rather large winter storm predicted for Michigan this coming Wed/Thurs where they could get a foot of snow followed by blowing and below freezing weather into next weekend. Gonna wait until Mar 7th to try and get home now. I don't know how I am going to be able to put up with yet ANOTHER week in Florida but I will try my hardest!
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Oh, and to update this thread, we are now postponing our trip north for another week. Guess there is a rather large winter storm predicted for Michigan this coming Wed/Thurs where they could get a foot of snow followed by blowing and below freezing weather into next weekend. Gonna wait until Mar 7th to try and get home now. I don't know how I am going to be able to put up with yet ANOTHER week in Florida but I will try my hardest!
Good choice. It is going to be a bit dicey here midweek. They started out on intellicast predicting 9 to 15 inches, but have cut it back to 6 to 11 over two days. We just had a wind storm on Friday, that blew out our power for a day. Now back to fun snow. Winter is far from over.
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Lots of great info in the FAQ

http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f225/

Personally, I would stay in the camper on the way home even if it is freezing (NOT SNOWING! ).
If it is well below freezing on the drive home; run the heat on high while you button up the camper and keep your legs under 8 hours and it should still be fine when you get it parked. I also run the holding tank heaters when driving.
They will cycle to keep the tanks at 40-50 degrees.
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I think I am about set to give it a go. Already located low point drains, bypass valves, a socket with extension for the WH drain plug and the water pump. Actually installed a Camco Pump Converter Winterizing Kit on the pump and tested it all using a couple gallons of water I pulled from the tap prior to shutting off the city water connection. At first I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working until I discovered that I installed the 3 way valve backwards! DOH!

On a positive note however, while troubleshooting why the 3 way valve wasn't working properly, I discovered a debris filter on the input to the water pump that I never knew was there. Not much to it other than a piece of screen inside the plastic enclosure with a clear, removable cap. Already had a bunch of junk in it and if I hadn't installed the kit, I might not have seen it and in the near future, I would have wondered why the pump flow was so low.

Oh, and to update this thread, we are now postponing our trip north for another week. Guess there is a rather large winter storm predicted for Michigan this coming Wed/Thurs where they could get a foot of snow followed by blowing and below freezing weather into next weekend. Gonna wait until Mar 7th to try and get home now. I don't know how I am going to be able to put up with yet ANOTHER week in Florida but I will try my hardest!
If you though the little screen pre filter before the pump restricted your input flow,you just Decreased it more with that 3 way valve! Look at the bore of the valve! Youroo!!
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Lots of great info in the FAQ

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Personally, I would stay in the camper on the way home even if it is freezing (NOT SNOWING! ).
If it is well below freezing on the drive home; run the heat on high while you button up the camper and keep your legs under 8 hours and it should still be fine when you get it parked. I also run the holding tank heaters when driving.
They will cycle to keep the tanks at 40-50 degrees.
Yep, that was what I was thinking as well. However, I don't have tank heaters that I am aware of, just an enclosed underbelly and ducts running close to the tanks down there. Since I can't keep the furnace running while driving, that is where I became concerned with the temps being too low heading home.
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If you though the little screen pre filter before the pump restricted your input flow,you just Decreased it more with that 3 way valve! Look at the bore of the valve! Youroo!!
Yeah, I saw that after receiving it, but the pics you posted seem to be a LOT worse than the valve I have. But then again, I am getting old and the memory isn't what it used to be, even from one hour to the next!

Since we have only used the fresh water tank for keeping a few gallons handy to flush during stops so far(she wont use gas station/rest area facilities), and we intend to stay at full hookup sites on the way home, I went ahead and installed it to make it easier for me to winterize this time around. Will most likely look for a better 3 way valve when we get home.
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