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Old 02-13-2016, 08:26 PM   #15
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We fill up before we leave and flush all the anti freeze into tanks. Keep the heat on so its comfortable in the coach and your pipes will be fine. Not to worry.

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Old 02-14-2016, 04:02 AM   #16
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We're just finishing up a 6 week trip from Detroit to Florida and back. Dealing with leaving was easy ... like many have suggested, we filled a few gallon jugs and drove the still winterized coach down to Florida and "un-winterized" when we got there. We stopped at a campground about 2 hours before our first Florida destination and took on 3/4's of a tank of fresh water. We added the recommended "bleach sanitizer" solution to this tank of water - and ran the faucets to clear out the "pink antifreeze" and let the pipes fill with the bleach solution. We then drove the last two hours and let the sloshing and the bleach do it's job. Once we landed - we dumped, rinsed and dumped again. With two hours of arriving - we were unwinterized, sanitized and running with a clean fresh water system.

The trip home seemed a little trickier. Obviously, we wanted to keep the water system working for as much of the trip as possible. We also realized that we must rewinterize before we arrive home - not so much because the coach couldn't keep things warm, but rather because virtually all the places with dump stations near home are closed up tight for the winter.

We're now en route home .. sitting in Cave City, Kentucky - with one more night between us and home. It was the last "open year round park" we found along our route. It's currently 21 degrees with a winter weather advisory in effect. As soon as the sun comes up this morning - we'll be emptying EVERYTHING and re-winterizing the coach. We've got one more night on the road - which will be a "dry camp" - and then a 2 and a 1/2 hour ride home on Monday morning.

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Old 02-14-2016, 09:51 AM   #17
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I have left WI in January with -17* temps with full water and headed south. Never had a pipe freeze. I had the bottom of the coach sprayed with 2" of urethane and added a Back Seat Heater to the wet bay. You would not need the urethane, but for less than $100, the "Back Seat Heater" is a good insurance policy. This is all that Holiday Rambler used to use to heat the wet bay. Wire it into the House batteries and set it at 40*.

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Doesn't this have a motion switch so it only heats when the vehicle is moving?
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Doesn't this have a motion switch so it only heats when the vehicle is moving?
No. The one I had featured an on/off/auto, fan only, and temp control. It ran whenever the temp was at or below the setting. It was very effective and as I said, for years it was the only source of heat for Holiday Rambler coaches. If this were added to a wet bay that had warm air from the furnace forced into it, the motor home would be good down to the low teens and lower if one were to insulate the tub of the wet bay. When we used to leave WI in the bitter below zero weather, our 03 Phaeton was fine, even while driving 60 mph.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:25 AM   #19
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We don't winterize (heated garage at home) and come and go from Chicago in late Fall and early Spring. But we have to be flexible with schedule and do the first day or two out and the last day or two in based on favorable weather. We have been okay camping and driving with night temps in the teens as long as day temps get above freezing. We are also okay with day temps in the 20s as long as by the second day the weather is warmer. We use the furnace (plus space heaters) and also put a small electric space heater in the water bay.
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:36 AM   #20
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lots of god recommendations. I'd avoid using any water line stuff until you get into warmer weather. Use the gallons to dump into the stool. If you are going to fill your water tanks before leaving (I wouldn't) - I wouldn't fill your water tanks until the minute you leave - unless your coach is in a heated garage. It will take a while for the water to cool down - so you might as wait until the last minute on day of departure - if you can hook up to hot - put in hot as it might give you an extra day before it gets to cool.
Never use hot water as drinking water, though. Hot water heaters have metals dissolved in the water. Not good for you.
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:46 AM   #21
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We have always bit the bullet and carried a 5 gallon jug of water to use. We use the toilet sparingly. When we are far enough south to be sure the temps will not get too far below freezing we fill the tanks.

When heading north into cooler weather the same rules apply in reverse.

Have never had an issue. May be a bit inconvenient but a lot less than freezing a line and having to replace it.
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:03 PM   #22
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I just spent two nights in Concord, NC where the temperature in this recent cold snap went down to 16 degrees at night. I did nothing different from my usual routine. The furnaces and the electric fireplace kept the coach at a comfortable 72 degrees. The little 12-volt heater in the plumbing bay comes on automatically whenever the temp gets around 40 degrees. I confirmed that it was running. That's about it.

Nothing froze up, and my morning coffee (made with bottled water) sure tasted good!
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You're funny...
You're from Minnesota and you call February "early Spring"...
Yep, DW is from Duluth, we flew in there in late Feb some years ago. Out here in WA I had already mowed the lawn, back there they were still buying snow blower parts!

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