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Old 12-05-2015, 10:48 AM   #1
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Travel and Winterizing

Hello All,

We are new to RVing and have a 1995 Monaco dynasty.

We've been spending time learning to drive it safely and a few weeks ago winterized it using compressed air following the advice offered by the previous owner. That seemed to go well with the exception of the dishwasher. We weren't able to locate the water line to the dishwasher so we ran it briefly on a warm cycle to hopefully get water out of the lines. All other lines were blown clear with air and we poured antifreeze down the various drains.

We are now preparing to travel to Arizona at the end of December.

The question is - do we de-winterize before we travel and then winterize once we arrive (we will be staying in a house for a few weeks at a time and traveling in the RV for short periods for events we are organizing)?

The areas we will be traveling to (Payson and Sedona) are likely to have decent temps during the day but those can drop into the 20s or colder at night. We hope to stay in the RV while in Sedona for a few days so will be running a heater and using water for things like toilet and shower (we will use bottled water for drinking). The plan would be to definitely winterize when the RV will be sitting for a few weeks between trips but I'm not sure how to "live in it" when traveling to areas where the temp will drop so low. If we want to shower and flush how do we do that safely?

Sorry for the long winded question. Any advice on how to travel when the RV is winterized (or should we de-winterize even though we may travel through some cold areas?)

I have heard horror stories of extremely expensive repairs resulting from burst pipes.

Thank you for your patient guidance.

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Old 12-05-2015, 05:47 PM   #2
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I winterized ours a couple weeks ago after my wife finally determined we were not going to be traveling over the Christmas Holidays. I also used compressed air.

In the past if we knew we would be using the coach off and on during the cold weather I would just put a small space heater in the basement blowing into the wet bay & water tank area and then put one in the coach itself. I ran each heater off of separate extension cords as another safety. I bought a couple of thermostatic plugs that come on at 38F and then shut off at 50. The heaters also had the temperature control on each heater set as a backup.
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If you have a wet bay heater you could also turn that on.

I also used 2 remote temperature sensors, one in the basement and one in the coach, and had the monitor in the house. I would pay close attention when the weather got cold.

I found it was easier to not winterize the coach if we were going to use it.

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Old 12-05-2015, 08:39 PM   #3
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I don't winterize my 98 Dynasty at all. I have re insulated my wet bay so it is over twice
as insulated as new. I turn off the line to the ice maker, remove and drain the line. On
propane the furnace heats the wet bay. When I'm driving I have small heater in the wet bay to keep it warm( that is when the most heat is necessary because of the wind chill factor). I also have 2 heaters in the coach plus dash heat to keep the coach warm. With out those heaters I would keep the furnace going. When parked I have an electric
heater in the wet bay and another one in the coach.
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:08 AM   #4
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Why, oh why don't people add the year and model of coach to their signatures? Really hard to give intelligent advice if we don't know what you are asking about.

I've run my coach with water in it down to zero, but if you do that with your coach it might be a disaster. How the coach is equipped matters.
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Why, oh why don't people add the year and model of coach to their signatures? Really hard to give intelligent advice if we don't know what you are asking about.

I've run my coach with water in it down to zero, but if you do that with your coach it might be a disaster. How the coach is equipped matters.
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I've run my coach with water in it down to zero, but if you do that with your coach it might be a disaster. How the coach is equipped matters.

I believe the OP states in the first post that's it's a 95 Dynasty.

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