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Old 03-15-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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Talking De-winterizing for a spring trip

We just purchased a used RV in December and are planning on a trip to Florida in a couple weeks. We had it winterized because we live in Indiana. My question is can we de-winterize it now? We are looking at temperatures during the day around 40-50 degrees and at night a few days are dipping into the low 30's or upper 20's. Will it be a problem to be de-winterized for those few days it might get down to those temperatures?
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No problem. To be safe maybe run the heat.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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Probably okay. If it is above 27 overnight, and you blow out the lines, and open cabinets, and put in a space heater if below 27, you should be fine.
It takes several hours below 27 to cause a possible issue, but if there is only air in the lines you should be able to hook up and go live first night south.

I see 22 in your forecast for Wed the 20th, so maybe just dewinterize a day or two before you leave.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:51 PM   #4
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I would de-winterize either the day I left or as soon as I reached warmer weather. My wife and I like to visit relatives in So. Calif. at Christmas, but it's usually in the 20's here in Reno, NV. at that time. I just load the motorhome as usual and then we drive about halfway to where the weather is warmer and spend the night. That's when I de-winterize and get things back to normal. You'll find for that first few hours of the trip that using service station restrooms and drinking bottled water isn't too big a hardship. De-winterizing only takes a few minutes when you get to the campground.
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:17 PM   #5
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We just took a winter trip through the mountains in Colorado and Utah. We left the pink stuff in place until we hit warm weather in St. George, UT. We used bottled water for the toilet and washing as the grey and black tanks get heat from the furnace in our MH. We stayed on hose throughout the trip and did not fill up the fresh water. That way, we could just disconnect at night when it dropped (way!) below freezing.

I would wait and flush out someplace further south or even when you get to FL.
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You would probably be okay as it takes a few days of extended below freezing temps to make the kind of ice that would damage your plumbing. Getting up to 50 and then brief periods of below freezing will most likely not do any harm. We are experiencing the same weather here in upstate NY right now and am thinking about it myself. With all that said, the amount of time it takes to dewinterize and fill up are minimal. To be safe, I would probably do as the above posters advised and either wait until the last minute or do it when you get to your destination.
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