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Old 10-08-2013, 12:50 AM   #1
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Is my 1999 Holiday Rambler Endeaver setup for Winter?

This is my very first motorhome. I will be heading from Michigan to Florida in Nov and returning in Dec.

The seller told me the coach was winterized and I have not done anything since bringing it back.

I guess my question is if my coach was built to keep all the tanks and all warm when hooked to shore power.

How much is involved to de-witerize it for my trip, or should I just take to an RV place and have them do it. I also have to check the everything works.

How does my year make/model rate. It has the 5.9 Cummins w/Allison automatic.

Any warnings or precautions appreciated.
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I believe that the only way the basement would be heated is through a duct from your furnace. I had a 97 Imperial and there was no heat duct and my owners manual stated that the vehicle was not set up for winter use.
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To unwinterize you simply run water through it to get the pink stuff out if they used it. Some just blow air through it. After that you need to put the valves behind the water heater in the opposite position they are in now and fill water heater BEFORE turning it on.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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I guess my question is if my coach was built to keep all the tanks and all warm when hooked to shore power.
Except for the engine difference, your coach is probably very much like mine. The only heat that gets into the lower bays comes from running the propane furnace. There a small vents (Black Plastic boxes with openings) that allow some of the ducted furnace heat into the area where the plumbing and tanks are located. Without that furnace running, there is no heat down below.

Other hints:

Front cap goes under the roof, and the curved part flexes a lot and breaks caulk often (a permanent solution is 5200 marine sealant, but it is extremely hard to remove).

Holiday Rambler's seam tape (like eternabond) is not as good as eternabond, so check if periodically. I had to recover a section on the slide top.

Be sure the front clearance lights are caulked all the way around the base (not just the top and sides).

Remove the false floor in the bath lavatory cabinet and seal the large hole left where the plumbing goes through the floor to eliminate odors from the sewage bay.

Weigh the coach (4 corner weight) and check tire capacity and set tire pressures according to tire manufacturers chart. I'd bet your left front is 600 lbs heavier than your right front. Original tires on my coach were running right at the load limit on the left front.

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Great tips!

I will cover them all.

I did notice one possible problem. I've not yet used the toilet. I did notice the tile on the left side looks to be sinking a bit. It's not a full tile, about 1/3 of one. Could this be possible water soak damage?
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Great tips!

I will cover them all.

I did notice one possible problem. I've not yet used the toilet. I did notice the tile on the left side looks to be sinking a bit. It's not a full tile, about 1/3 of one. Could this be possible water soak damage?
Is the tile or the grout broken? If tile and grout are still intact, then it may just be the way the factory installed it. Unfortunately, you will have to remove (and probably destroy that tile) to determine what has happened. I'd just watch and test for movement. My coach came with a few extra tiles stored under the bed, yours may have the same.

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By the way the "Pink" stuff is RV anti freeze and is usually just added to the pipes with water and the holding tanks. An electric light left on in the storage lockers with freezing potential would probably be enough. Ask the sales person,"What does to be winterized mean"? Hopefully he knows.

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