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Old 01-03-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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1st Trip South - What do I need to do????

Living up in cold northern Michigan with a winterized 2004 Fleetwood Excursion and planning on heading south in a few weeks. Have not done this yet and wondering how to transfer out from winter to better weather as far as the plumbing is concerned. Right now I am thinking that we pack up and head out and stop somewhere along the road when the weather gets better and have them blow out the lines (so far we are newbies on this part of it and have not attemped it outselves so don't laugh I was going to take it in locally and have it done when we leave but am worried about still having cold weather on the way down to TX.

So asking anyone up north that goes south in the dead of winter - what should I be concerned about and do before we head out or on the way?

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Old 01-03-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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Hi folks. Old Minnesota boy here.

Ya know, its pretty dang cold in Wolverine, and ya dont wanna risk the pipes, aye?
Take it down to where it aint freezin at night. Get it flushed out.
And then have a heck a good time, okay?

Happy trails!

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:26 AM   #3
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Just keep the heat on until you got to the SouthWest Coast, deep south into TX (Brownsville), or Fl to escape freezing weather at night this year. First year I've blow out the lines. I live north of Dallas.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:07 AM   #4
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To "dewinterize" all you really have to do is hook up to a water source and turn on the faucets. Did the people who winterized also put the water heater in by pass? If so, You need to place the bypass in the proper position. Or, you could go back to whomever did the winterize and have them set it up for your and just do not put water in the system until you get South. We left from SE Michigan and put water in the system in Kentucky. In Kentucky, I put water into the fresh water tank and then disconnected the hose and put it away. The bays are heated so my system is good until 25 degrees or so. Also, we travel I-65 South because the traffic is a little better and do not stay at Horse Cave KOA the sites are on an 15% angle. If you want the step by step dewinterize send me a pm.
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To dewinterize, the first thing you need to do is fill your fresh tank and while you are hooked up to shore water, or you can use your pump but might as well use the shore pump while hooked up. Then open all low point drains one at a time until they run clear water. Then open each facet one at a time until they run clear. Now all lines have fresh clean clear water so you now need to switch the bypass valves on the hot water tank and let it fill with clear water. Then it is ready to turn on if you want hot water now. I have never had a on board ice maker, but if you do just run a few batches of ice to make sure it is clear. Then you are good to go. Nice thing about winter is that poor people can have ice too! Old German joke. The only reason to run all the low point drains out on the ground is then there is way less coming out of the facets and just filling up your holding tanks. Oh and you can just flush the toilet or just start using. A little pink in there is no problem.
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