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Old 02-05-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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The wife wanted me to ask if it would be alright for her to use the bathroom as we head from Kentucky to Florida? The motorhome is winterized. We will be having the Gen running so we will have heat till we get closer to the park in Florida. There is (I think) no fresh water in holding tank to flush. But we are bringing fresh water with us to run down the stool if we have to. This is our first trip and not sure what to tell her. Will play it by hear trying to dewinterize the motorhome when we get there. Learn as we go. It is around 11 degrease her now and no better when we leave looks like. Thanks
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When we use ours and it is winterized I limit the use to #1 only until it is un-winterized. You can put antifreeze in the coach to wash it down a bit or carry a jug of water. I figure that it is so cold that nothing is really going to happen until things are warm enough to happen. JMO.
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Using a jug of water to flush the toilet will be fine. The holding tank being empty will have plenty of expansion room if it does freeze. You can also put a drop light with a 100w bulb close to the tank and run the generator to keep the light on. We also travel with a space heater between the seats to keep the cockpit warm as long as the generator is running.

I didn't say this but in the "old days" we use to pour some 50/50 antifreeze in the holding tank to keep it from freezing. However, times have changed and that is now frowned upon.
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I didn't say this but in the "old days" we use to pour some 50/50 antifreeze in the holding tank to keep it from freezing. However, times have changed and that is now frowned upon.

Today, cheap wine is less expensive ....
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The wife wanted me to ask if it would be alright for her to use the bathroom as we head from Kentucky to Florida? The motorhome is winterized. We will be having the Gen running so we will have heat till we get closer to the park in Florida. There is (I think) no fresh water in holding tank to flush. But we are bringing fresh water with us to run down the stool if we have to. This is our first trip and not sure what to tell her. Will play it by hear trying to dewinterize the motorhome when we get there. Learn as we go. It is around 11 degrease her now and no better when we leave looks like. Thanks
We're leaving from Wisconsin heading to Florida Friday. We're leaving the antifreeze in the fresh water system because it's supposed to be -6* at the time we leave. The toilet will be used just like normal. The only exception is the water to flush will be coming from a 1 gallon container rather than the fresh water system.

By the time we get to Georgia the weather should be warm enough to partially fill the fresh water tank, and add a few gallons to the black water tank. We'll leave the heat on just to be sure nothing freezes. We've used our previous motorhome in temperatures as low as 17* and never had a problem with the water lines freezing as long as we left the heat on.

As long as you have a heating system that heats the tank area I wouldn't be concerned.
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Did not think about our space heater. Guess you can plug it in while the gen is on to help keep us warm as we drive. Save on propane. Start out using the heat ducks and propane then cutting it off and only use the space heater. Planning only using number 1. But is push comes to shove and have to go #2 guess will just have to use more water in the stool. Or pull into a gas station if one is close by. We are both glad to hear you can use the stool while going down the road or pulled into a Wal-Mart etc. Is it hard to "dewinterize? Do you just hook up to the hose going to the fresh water intake and open the gray tank valve and all water lines and run the water till all the antifreeze out? As said, "new to all of this". We do appreciate all the help.
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Isn't that the truth! In the old days antifreeze was 3-4 dollars a gallon We also didn't have heated basements and we had to make do with what was available.
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We use the toilet. We carry a couple of jugs of water and keep them in the shower to flush. I also dump a 1/2 gallon of antifreeze in so nothing freezes around the dump gate. Take your long johns as it is cold in Port Aransas Texas right now. High 47 low 38 w/ 20 mph wind out of the north, looks like this into next week.
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Do not see why you do not have the furnace on and water in the fresh water tank and enjoy the ride in a heated coach.
The LP tank was filled in fall so plenty of fuel for heat and keeping the tank areas warm. If it was real cold would place a insulated blanket or piece of insulation on water bay floor to cut out cold.
No need for Gen with furnace on and stretching more miles for travel.
Here is a thread with all kinds of winter travel and camping in the cold.
Safe travels and enjoy the ride.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:46 PM   #10
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what part of Wisconsin are you? I have a cuz that lives in Little Sumaco
well when you get to GA were I live you wont have that kind of freezing weather, we just went to Ocla Florida last Friday and we dewinterized
our coach and it was 80 in Ocla. about the only thing you'll have in GA is
Rain and more Rain. LOL Drive safe and have a good and fun time
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Did not think about our space heater. Guess you can plug it in while the gen is on to help keep us warm as we drive. Save on propane. Start out using the heat ducks and propane then cutting it off and only use the space heater. Planning only using number 1. But is push comes to shove and have to go #2 guess will just have to use more water in the stool. Or pull into a gas station if one is close by. We are both glad to hear you can use the stool while going down the road or pulled into a Wal-Mart etc. Is it hard to "dewinterize? Do you just hook up to the hose going to the fresh water intake and open the gray tank valve and all water lines and run the water till all the antifreeze out? As said, "new to all of this". We do appreciate all the help.
You pretty much got it. Hook up to city water, open up all your faucets, run your cloths washer, don't forget the showers inside and out and run both cold and hot water until your system is free of the pink. After this is done, open either the pressure relief valve or keep a hot water faucet on so the air in the hot water tank has some place to go. Then open the by-pass valve on your hot water tank. Once the HWT is filled, water will begin to come out of the faucet. I usually let things run for a while to clean the lines real good. Good luck and I envy your trip to warmer climates.
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Have a safe trip. We are also leaving PA on Friday night after work for Florida and have two jugs of water in the shower for potty purposes and also to fill the dogs water dish. We will probably Walmart it the first night and then dewinterize on Saturday night when we stop somewhere around Savannah. We will for the most part run the front propane heater until such time that we don't need it...we like to travel in comfort. Friday afternoon can't come soon enough. Perhaps we will see you in Florida!
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De-winterize....and enjoy your Coach.......

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Originally Posted by 007";1914989]Do not see why you do not have the furnace on and water in the fresh water tank and enjoy the ride in a heated coach.
The LP tank was filled in fall so plenty of fuel for heat and keeping the tank areas warm. If it was real cold would place a insulated blanket or piece of insulation on water bay floor to cut out cold.
No need for Gen with furnace on and stretching more miles for travel.
[B][URL="http://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/its-that-time-again-winterize-your-rv-106134.html#post988606
Here is a thread[/URL][/B] with all kinds of winter travel and camping in the cold.
Safe travels and enjoy the ride.
De-winterize, turn on your heat, fill with fresh water, and enjoy your travels..........
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Windshield washer fluid works for black/gray tank antifreeze in a pinch, and probably has a lower freeze point than the pink stuff.

When you dewinterize, open your low point drains (hot and cold) too.
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