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Old 11-16-2020, 09:44 AM   #1
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Apex - how cold is too cold(temporary winterization)?

We have a 2021 Apex 288BHS that we purchased in the Spring. I live in Central MD, but with the temperatures expected to dip to 28 Wednesday night, I wanted to know when I should think about winterizing. It stays plugged in, we have the heat running now (set to 55), and we have a heated and enclosed underbelly. We are not done camping for the year, but should I winterize it just for this one freezing night, or will it stay warm enough?

I had considered just emptying the lines, but not blowing them nor putting in antifreeze. However, I would like to think having the heat on will be sufficient - even though it seems to burn propane rather quickly.
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Old 11-16-2020, 09:53 AM   #2
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You’ll be fine. A quick dip below freezing overnight with a warm up during the day won’t hurt anything. Having the heat on you’d probably be good for an extended time as long as it doesn’t dip too low.
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Old 11-16-2020, 09:54 AM   #3
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i have winterized mine then went for a weekend. just leave pump off. wash dishes outside , keep some jug water for toilet flushing. dump as usual. then pour antifreeze in traps . boil water if you need hot water.
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Old 11-16-2020, 11:26 AM   #4
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With 28 deg for one night and the heat on in the RV I wouldn’t worry about it, mine has sat out in those temps without heat on and been fine for a couple of nights, as long as that is just the overnight low and the daytime temps were in the 50 deg range.
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Old 11-16-2020, 12:25 PM   #5
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I live in the mountains of PA and we've had ten or 12 nights that the temps dropped to 25ºF or 26ºF in the last few weeks and I didn't winterize. I DID run the furnace (set on 40ºF) and left some of the cupboard doors open where plumbing is. No issues. Been doing this every year for a long while as we usually can sneak in a camping trip around Thanksgiving but temps can often get colder beforehand.

Unfortunately, our weather is calling for several days straight where temps don't get above freezing during the day so I winterized this past weekend.

Remember things don't freeze the instant it gets to freezing. It takes hours for the mass of your R/V to cool down to ambient and often by then the temps start to come back up. Only if it will be below freezing for longer than 16-24 hours do I have concern.
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I had considered just emptying the lines, but not blowing them nor putting in antifreeze. However, I would like to think having the heat on will be sufficient - even though it seems to burn propane rather quickly.
As 5picker said, you should be fine following his instructions.
If you want to be extra cautious, your idea is sound. Disconnect your water line, then empty the lines, and open the faucets. In case you've left any water in the lines or it gets a lot colder than you anticipate, opening the faucets will give any water left in the lines room to expand and not rupture the lines.
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Old 11-16-2020, 12:35 PM   #7
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Old 11-18-2020, 12:05 AM   #8
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I winterized my 288BHS because it was supposed to hit 22 overnight, below freezing for 12-13 hours or so. It was only a few bucks per gallon of antifreeze
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Old 02-07-2021, 02:35 PM   #9
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We have a 2021 Apex 288BHS that we purchased in the Spring. I live in Central MD, but with the temperatures expected to dip to 28 Wednesday night, I wanted to know when I should think about winterizing. It stays plugged in, we have the heat running now (set to 55), and we have a heated and enclosed underbelly. We are not done camping for the year, but should I winterize it just for this one freezing night, or will it stay warm enough?

I had considered just emptying the lines, but not blowing them nor putting in antifreeze. However, I would like to think having the heat on will be sufficient - even though it seems to burn propane rather quickly.
Just a qwik thought, you mentioned about running your heater on propane while it was parked at home. You might consider looking into using a small electric space heater instead to see if that might save you some money..
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Just a qwik thought, you mentioned about running your heater on propane while it was parked at home. You might consider looking into using a small electric space heater instead to see if that might save you some money..
The possible downside to using an electric space heater would be the lack of circulated air into lower spaces that the furnace may be set up to provide.

Even if no heat is sent into lower spaces, a space heater provides very localized heat and it may leave cold spots where you don't want them.
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