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Old 01-03-2011, 09:28 PM   #1
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Well my house sold today and now I need to move into my motorhome. Had it winterized at the dealer and want to get it up and running by myself. They blew all lines out and put antifreeze in the drains. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Please give us a bit more information. Are you in a freezing weather area where you still need to be concerned about temperatures while living in it or are you headed to warmer climates? Do you currently have (or will have) access to full hook ups?

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Make sure that the hot water tank is NOT by passed before turning water heater on. You may have some low point drains to close if dealer left them open.
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We are in utah right now ( low 20's) and will have to stay here for 6 months :(
We will be in a park with full hookups.
Any tips on keeping everything running would be great also
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Ok, then. Since you'll be using it, I'd suggest the following:

If you want to be hooked up to the city water, you'll need to wrap the pipe & spigot (of not already done) & your hose with heat tape & then with insulation.

If not, you can hook up just long enough keep filling your fresh tank as needed.

Hook up a trouble light for both your wet bay & the bay where your water pump is. The heat from the light bulb will keep those compartments above freezing. The last thing you need are frozen dump valves or a frozen water pump.

Use your propane heat to keep the basement lines from freezing. You can extend the life of your propane by using portable space heaters inside your coach. Limit the use of your heat pumps, since they won't put out heat when it's very cold & they will not keep your basement pipes from freezing like the propane will.

If possible, have a larger, outdoor propane tank delivered & hooked up so you won't have to keep filling your smaller coach tank every few days.

Open blinds when it's sunny out to let radiant warmth in, but keep them closed if it's cloudy.

It may seem counter-productive, but keep a vent or window cracked just a tiny bit to let in fresh air & be sure to vent well after showers or cooking. It also helps with controlling moisture build up inside, typical during cold temperatures. Keeping the inside air moving will also help.

Try to keep the wind from circulating under your coach by putting a barrier skirting around the bottom. Some people use hay/straw bales, but I would discourage that because it can attract rodents. Get some kind of plastic panels or sheeting - anything to keep wind from blowing under there & sucking heat away. Once, on a really cold, windy camping trip, we actually pulled our slides in for a day, until the brutal winds stopped. There was just no way to keep the coach comfortable with those "ears" sticking out getting the force of the wind on them.

That's just a few things I know of to help you through the cold. More members will chime in with other thoughts.

Good luck & stay warm.

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Wow!!!! Great advice! thanks so much.
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Lori covered all that really well. As for "dewinterizing" if they did not put antifreeze into the water system (only the drains) you don't have to worry about it. Hook up the fresh water hose and turn on the pressure.

Check the low point drains first. If water comes out, close the valves (unless the water is red, if it's red, that is antifreeze, leave em open until it runs clear)
Check the hot water heater. It will have a drain valve inside the outside door, waters coming out, close it... unless it's pink, let it run clear.

Inside near where the hot water hearter is, probably in a closet, reset the bypass valves. If there is only 1, close it. If more than one there will be a diagram.

Open the kitchen faucets. let the cold run till all the air is out, same with the hot but it will take longer.

Then the lav and shower, they will go quick.

If any of the fuacets runs pink, there was antifreeze in the lines. Think about sanitizing the system with bleach. Not sure I would do that in 20 degrees unless I absolutely had to. You need to flush a lot of water thru the system.
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Well my house sold today and now I need to move into my motorhome. Had it winterized at the dealer and want to get it up and running by myself. They blew all lines out and put antifreeze in the drains. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Congrats on selling your house. I too am waiting for my house to sell so I can move south near family. I winterized my MH with pink antifreeze through all the lines. I did not have compressed air so this is the way to go. Sounds like your lines are empty but maybe not. In any case you should treat your lines to kill any bacteria prior to use. Follow the directions to sanitize your system. This takes care of your issue and treats your lines and tank. Just remember after flushing your system, open the valve to your hot water heater so it will fill prior to use. It is probably closed now.
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