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Old 10-09-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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What Do You Do When Winterizing?

What all do you do when you winterize your coach?
Me, It gets washed and cleaned good inside and out, make sure the tanks are clean, Blow out and winterize (antifreeze) the water lines. We place fabric softener sheets in all drawers and closets, also some rodent traps are placed at various locations.
Since my coach is parked in a storage facility, this year I'm going to consider parking it on pressure treated or marine plywood to keep the tires up off the ground and stone, plus cover the tires.

Anything that you folks do that I may have missed?

Winter is coming I dread the thought! It means no more travel until Spring!

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Old 10-09-2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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I head south were winterizing consists is having plenty of ice.

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Old 10-09-2010, 08:13 PM   #3
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I did not see
  • drain hot water heater
  • drain fresh water tank
  • remove all liquids from pantry, cupboards, storage bays that may freeze
  • check water level in batteries
  • put additive in fuel tank
  • exercise genset
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:44 AM   #4
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Spend $14.99 on the winterization special at the RV Dealer. Then store for four months. Used to take me 2 hours and 2 gallons of anti freeze. Now I drop it off anf it costs me about 2 gallons of fuel.
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Me and Willa solve the ''winterization'' of the coach the easy way. We throw in all our stuff, get the dogs, hook up the truck with the boat on top, lock the house and set the alarm and leave for Florida. We give Betty the shotgun with buckshot in it and tell her to watch the house and pick up the mail and ''shoot first, then ask questions''.. We tell the local police to watch the house till we get back ....

Our ''winteriztion'' costs about five grand but it is worth it.

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SeeJay and Allyenne,

My thoughts exactly. The other two seem to have hit most everything. By the way- I use Star tron as the fuel stabilizer and never had problems. The gas sits almost a year. They have diesel too. I'm lucky that where I live- it's very rare that we get below freezing except once or twice very early in the am, then quickly warms up,

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Old 10-10-2010, 10:18 AM   #7
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drain hot water heater
drain fresh water tank
remove all liquids from pantry, cupboards, storage bays that may freeze
check water level in batteries
put additive in fuel tank
exercise genset

All items listed above are done as well, some after the last trip out.
Generator I try to run once a month under load
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winterizing

Had a 1999 rose air with ice maker did not know it needed drained, it froze and busted.
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I probably won't winterize untill somtime in January. All I've done so far is remove the water and the freezable condiments. I have pencil plans to go to Tiger Run In November, (snow Permitting of course). but hey. Why not? I have a porta-potty I throw in for emergency's. and just take a few gallons of drinking water. (gotta have my coffee)
I use My coach whenever I can, even if for just an overnight stay at the in-laws, or sisters house. You know, Turkey Day, Christmas, and we can't forget the big one, New Years Eve. With My rig along, I don't need a Designated Driver.
Just stagger out to the house on wheels, and see if I can make it to the bedroom. : )
I won't acctually cover it and put it in storage till January sometime, after all the services, trans fluid, oil change, engine and Gen, power steering flush, and this year, a HWH oil change. Then, around March, it will be out on the first romp. Maybe Lake Havasu City. One never knows.
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Other than disconnecting and blowing out the lines for the ice maker we don't winterize. Those lines are located outside the RV in the fridge compartment. No need for them since we're not connected to city water in the winter.

A heat lamp down in the wet bay and a radiator type heater in the coach keeps things warm enough to get us through. This way we can use the coach a few times in the winter when the mood strikes us. RV'ing in the winter is actually very enjoyable. Less traffic, beautiful snow landscapes, and the best of all...no bugs to clean off the front of the coach!
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Have you thought about "Dry-Z-Air"? This will remove any moisture build up in your coach while in Storage.
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Don't forget to put some steel wool around any shoreline openings to discourage the rodents. They do not like to chew their way thru the stuff.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:51 AM   #13
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Generator I try to run once a month under load
Good advice.

In order to remove all of the moisture from your armature, you need to run your generator under a load.

I use an old power hungry space heater. Plug it in, turn it on and set it on high. I run mine for two hours.
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We use the pink stuff after draining the fresh water tank and lines. The hot water heater is drained and the by-pass valve is used. Takes about 1.5 gallons. I installed a "T" just before the water pump. Attach the 2' long hose from the "T" and put it into the gallon jug. The pump then sucks the anti-freeze to the lines. Don't forget to run it through the toilet sprayer. Takes about 15 minutes to get the pink stuff in.
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