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Old 03-06-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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We just completed a six week trip to Florida. When we left for Florida, the temperatures were in the 20-30's. We filled four of five one gallon jugss for the toilet usage until we could de-winterize. On the 2nd night, we stopped in Tifton, GA (KOA) and de-winterized by flushing the fresh water tank, filling it about 1/3 and then flushing the pink stuff from the sinks and faucets. When you do this, make sure you put some fresh water in all of the sink drains. This prevents black water odor from getting into the coach since they were most likely dryed out from storage.
Our six weeks went very well and we thoroughly enjoyed the warm 80 degree weather.
Finally on March 1, 2013, it came time to head home. 1st night in northern Florida where a cold snap had cooled nightime temps to the 30's. The 2nd night was in Forsyth,GA where it got down to lower 30's. The third night was in Georgetown, KY and the prediction was for very cold temperatures.. I put a remote temperature sensor in the wet bin to monitor the temperature.. Outside temperature got down to 19 degrees!.
Inside the wet bin, the temperature remained at 46 degrees!. Out heat in the basement apparently allowed for this.. After the sun came up and warmed things up to the 30's, I drained the fresh water tank and then, follwing the instructions provided in the Winnebago instruction manual, began the BLOW OUT procedure using an inexpensive WATER LINE BLOW OUT HOSE purchased from CampingWorld while in Florida. I attached my portable air compressor to the water inlet, being careful not to exceed 30 PSI according to the instructions. I removed the plug from the water heater, released the pressure relief valve and drained the water heater according to the blow out instructions. I replaced the water heater plug and closed the relief valve. I then went around and opened all the faucets, shower hand-helds, and the toilet until nothing but air came out. After this, I closed the fresh water drain valve and poured about a quart of pink stuff in all of the drain traps.
Finally, dumped the black and grey water. Hopefully, this summer, when we use it again, all will be well.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #2
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Glad you didn't have any issues. Usually if you are careful, camping in the winter is fun. We just did a two-week jaunt in February across Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. We had a blast! Like you, we left the pink stuff in the lines while it was cold and didn't flush it out until Las Wages, NV. We also just carried jug water for toilet and sink rinsing. From NV onwards, we hooked up to outside water and did not fill the water tank. We stayed with jug water while traveling. Surprise! It snowed over 2" on us south of Tucson, AZ. We have a picture of the snow on the orange tree by our MH. No problems. We just disconnected the water line at night and left the hot water heater on. With the furnace running, like you, the grey and black water area stayed well above freezing. When we got to NM, it really got cold a couple of nights - down to 11F. We stayed toasty warm with the furnace and a small electrical heater and still had no problems with the water. We did, however, discover the "ACE drip" discussed under the Thor owners forum.

All in all, we'll plan on going out again in the cold.
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We just completed a six week trip to Florida. When we left for Florida, the temperatures were in the 20-30's. We filled four of five one gallon jugss for the toilet usage until we could de-winterize. On the 2nd night, we stopped in Tifton, GA (KOA) and de-winterized by flushing the fresh water tank, filling it about 1/3 and then flushing the pink stuff from the sinks and faucets. When you do this, make sure you put some fresh water in all of the sink drains. This prevents black water odor from getting into the coach since they were most likely dryed out from storage.
Our six weeks went very well and we thoroughly enjoyed the warm 80 degree weather.
Finally on March 1, 2013, it came time to head home. 1st night in northern Florida where a cold snap had cooled nightime temps to the 30's. The 2nd night was in Forsyth,GA where it got down to lower 30's. The third night was in Georgetown, KY and the prediction was for very cold temperatures.. I put a remote temperature sensor in the wet bin to monitor the temperature.. Outside temperature got down to 19 degrees!.
Inside the wet bin, the temperature remained at 46 degrees!. Out heat in the basement apparently allowed for this.. After the sun came up and warmed things up to the 30's, I drained the fresh water tank and then, follwing the instructions provided in the Winnebago instruction manual, began the BLOW OUT procedure using an inexpensive WATER LINE BLOW OUT HOSE purchased from CampingWorld while in Florida. I attached my portable air compressor to the water inlet, being careful not to exceed 30 PSI according to the instructions. I removed the plug from the water heater, released the pressure relief valve and drained the water heater according to the blow out instructions. I replaced the water heater plug and closed the relief valve. I then went around and opened all the faucets, shower hand-helds, and the toilet until nothing but air came out. After this, I closed the fresh water drain valve and poured about a quart of pink stuff in all of the drain traps.
Finally, dumped the black and grey water. Hopefully, this summer, when we use it again, all will be well.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us and providing the details of the things you did. I am a Florida resident and have been hesitant about going north in the cold weather with our KSDP. Now I see it is possible and not a disaster waiting to happen if you plan ahead and are careful. Thank you again..
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