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Old 10-18-2016, 04:50 PM   #1
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Hunkered Down For Winter: What Has To Be Winterized?

Greetings. First season as a full timer. Have a new Fleetwood Bounder 34T. We are spending the Winter in a relatively mild climate for Canada but we WILL get some freezing weather.
We are on city water and shore power (only 30 Amp). We have two propane furnaces and I purchased a 100 lb propane tank so I am not filling the small one constantly. I have a heated water hose, and am putting together a PVC sewer setup so we aren't using the flexible hose. The Bounder has (apparently) heated tanks. I am assuming they are heated via the propane furnaces duct work(?).
My question: what about the water tank and pump system? I have drained the water tank. Is there anything else that I need to do with the pump etc?
Any other suggestions greatly appreciated.
Apologies if this is covered elsewhere.
Thanks much,

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Old 10-18-2016, 05:21 PM   #2
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I just left for the south and don't envy anyone staying in Canada this winter ; weather already getting way too cold. Winter of 68 comes to mind , 93 was bad too. Even in the southern, and coastal, B.C, areas

Back to the question at hand , find your water pump , and hang a 40 watt trouble light bulb ( regular bulb ; not LED ) close to it , this will help with temp in the bay with the tanks when the furnace is not cycling. If you have an outside shower , insulate around it. Pack steel wool around the plumbing where it exits the coach and then insulation over top, even if your skirting the coach to the ground.
Note be prepared to run in the slides and hunker down if the weather gets nasty ; slides are the insulation weak points in any RV.

Stay warm and safe .

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Old 10-21-2016, 03:09 PM   #3
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EDIT: sorry just re-read your post and you already have the heated hose.

Also look for a water hose with integrated heating element, that should keep the external hose from freezing. They normally plug into a 110v outlet and work via a thermostat setting.

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