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Old 12-01-2020, 11:16 AM   #1
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Post Definitive Winterization Checklist?

Hey guys, sorry if this is covered somewhere else, I did some forum searches but didn't come up with one...

Is there a definitive list for winterization? For context, it's a 2021 DX3.

-I know about RV antifreeze, but given this is my first rig & first winter, I REALLY don't want to come into spring with self-inflicted problems.

Thank you as always!
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Old 12-01-2020, 11:54 AM   #2
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Your going to get lots of replies

Try a Google search on the topic, the search function on this site is not the best.

What does your owners manual.say?

Rv antifreeze is one thing, but knowing about getting rid of water in your systems is another.

Take all food and beverages out.

Usually, by the end of the first week in November your units water systems should at least be protected from freezing and keeping an eye on the weather forecast before then may force you to do it sooner.

Have a plan for your coach and chassis batteries or they will be dead by spring

PM me if you have any specific questions or concerns.

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Try this.
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Try this.
What about de-winterizing?

My 2021 30FW Explorer PKG is currently winterized down here in Florida... Planning on taking it back home to Minnesota next week. And would like to be able to use the water on the road.
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Hot Water Heater Off
Bypass Hot Water Heater
Drain Hot Water Heater & Check Anode Rod
Set Winterize Pickup Hose Valves
Attach Hose to Antifreeze Hose & insert into antifreeze container - replace empty antifreeze container as needed
Turn Pump On
Open Valves Hot & Cold Until Antifreeze Flows Solid and fill P trap for each listed below:
- Kitchen
- Bathroom Sinks
- Shower
- Toilet
- Washing Machine
- Outside Washdown Hose
Drain fresh water tank and waste tanks
Turn Pump Off
Open Low Point Drains
Open all faucets
Close Low point drains
Close water heater
Check refrigerator drain
Optionally pour 1/2 gallon antifreeze in fresh water tank
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What about de-winterizing?

My 2021 30FW Explorer PKG is currently winterized down here in Florida... Planning on taking it back home to Minnesota next week. And would like to be able to use the water on the road.
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Old 12-09-2020, 11:02 AM   #7
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Found that earlier, great resource! Question for you - while I am parked, up north and in below freezing weather, is it enough to have my RV plugged into shore power and let the wet bay heater do it's job, or should I get an additional space heater for the living area? I do have the Explorer pkg on my 30FW.
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Found that earlier, great resource! Question for you - while I am parked, up north and in below freezing weather, is it enough to have my RV plugged into shore power and let the wet bay heater do it's job, or should I get an additional space heater for the living area? I do have the Explorer pkg on my 30FW.
I would say neither...it is designed to have the furnace running. The furnace ducts run in the same cavities as the water lines, so if camping in cold weather, the furnace should be set in the 60 range to be safe. Heating the tanks is not enough...the bigger issue is making sure the lines in the cavities and cabinets don't freeze.
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I would say neither...it is designed to have the furnace running. The furnace ducts run in the same cavities as the water lines, so if camping in cold weather, the furnace should be set in the 60 range to be safe. Heating the tanks is not enough...the bigger issue is making sure the lines in the cavities and cabinets don't freeze.
Got it, what about when I am not using the coach in cold weather? I plan to have it parked with shore power at my house in Minnesota for a week before I head back down to Florida. Should I have the furnace on when I am not in it? I appreciate the help!
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Got it, what about when I am not using the coach in cold weather? I plan to have it parked with shore power at my house in Minnesota for a week before I head back down to Florida. Should I have the furnace on when I am not in it? I appreciate the help!
If you are going to winterize it, then no. If you are leaving water in it, then yes.
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If you are going to winterize it, then no. If you are leaving water in it, then yes.
Plan is to leave water in it. Thank you for the help!
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Here's another way to look at your question.

Your going to leave your stick & brick home to spend the winter in Hawaii,
1) Do you leave the electric and heat on to prevent the water system from freezing, thus having to pay for electric and gas for a empty house for 3 to 5 months while worrying about an extended power failure?

Or

2) Do you drain the plumbing, turn off the furnace, gas, and electricity. Flush the toilet getting all the water out of the tank that you can. Pour antifreeze in the sink, bathtub and shower drain traps, toilet tank and bowl, most home plumbing drains completely so no need for AF in the pipes. Then go on your merry way not having to worry about it.

Keep in mind the decision has a larger impact if your house is practically in the middle of nowhere, or your home is on the end of the power line run and the closest neighbor is 1/2 mile or more away.

I personally know a couple who follow #2 when they're going to be gone for more than 2 weeks. If less then 2 weeks they ask me to gather their mail and check the house every day. BTW, they have a hunting cabin in the northwoods which sets empty 8 months of the year.
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Here's another way to look at your question.

Your going to leave your stick & brick home to spend the winter in Hawaii,
1) Do you leave the electric and heat on to prevent the water system from freezing, thus having to pay for electric and gas for a empty house for 3 to 5 months while worrying about an extended power failure?

Or

2) Do you drain the plumbing, turn off the furnace, gas, and electricity. Flush the toilet getting all the water out of the tank that you can. Pour antifreeze in the sink, bathtub and shower drain traps, toilet tank and bowl. And go on your merry way not having to worry about it.

Keep in mind the decision has a larger impact if your house is practically in the middle of nowhere, or your home is on the end of the power line run and the closest neighbor is 1/2 mile or more away.

I personally know a couple who follow #2 when they're going to be gone for more than 2 weeks. If less then 2 weeks they ask me to gather their mail and check the house every day. BTW, they have a hunting cabin in the northwoods which sets empty 8 months of the year.
Who cares about the house if I can spend the winter in Hawaii?
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Who cares about the house if I can spend the winter in Hawaii?
If you can spend the whole winter in Hawaii, why would you come back at all?

There's a couple a few miles from my house who drive to Florida and leave their home empty for 5 months. Nobody checks the house while they're gone but they pay a guy to plow out their driveway just so others think there's someone around. I asked them what they would do if the power went out long enough for the pipes to freeze. Their reply was the next door neighbor would report the outage. We had quite a discussion until I brought up the fact they were on a 1/4 mile driveway and their closest neighbor is 1/2 mile on the other side of the woods with a hill between them and it would be hard to know if a tree took out the power line to their house while everyone else was fine. They now drain the plumbing and turn off the electric and gas while using solar powered outdoor lighting.
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