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Old 08-31-2015, 03:36 AM   #1
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winterizing

couple of questions for the experienced.............I live in central ohio and plan to use the MH all year round.........when traveling south when ohio winters turn cold, I can pretty easily un-winterize once I get south where it gets warmer............but if returning to colder weather, I will have to re-winterize before I hit the cold weather to prevent freezing pipes.........do those in similar situations try to winterize on the road, say in Georgia or tenn, or do you schedule yourself into a MH dealer, say in Georgia, on your way home to get the work done?........I have never winterized before, or un-winterized for that matter, so I don't know how "road friendly" this task might be..........I know this will be obvious to some, but I respect the opinions of the experienced RV'ers......................
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Very interested and closely watching........
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It was discussed here just last week. "Search" is your friend.

Winterizing your coach for south to north trip
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:16 AM   #4
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Yes, I generally winterize while on the road. Once we know we're coming back into below freezing temperatures, I drain the hot and cold water lines and fresh holding tank, then pump RV antifreeze through the lines and put a little in the fresh tank. Usually about 3 gallons I need to do a good job winterizing.

The water heater is the big time consumer when I winterize. We normally use park showers, so I leave the water heater winterized and bypassed so I don''t need to re-drain and winterize it.

Do a black and grey tank dump before stopping overnight in freezing temperatures (my tanks are exposed). If we use the toilet after the dump (please limit it to #1), we flush with RV antifreeze or blue windshield washer fluid. (make sure its the kind that doesn't freeze, Most places down south sell you nice pretty blue water that will freeze at 32 degrees.

When close to home, do a final tank dump. While the dump valves are open, dump a little antifreeze in the toilet and also about a quart into each of the sink and shower drains that have "P" traps. (this will replace the water with antifreeze.)

Watch the sales at the hardware stores for RV antifreeze. Menards just did a sale $2.49 a gallon. I buy 4-6 gallons when I see it on sale
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:23 AM   #5
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First off, welcome to the forum, both jsmmonaco and FrankAN!

As noted, here you will finds lots of interesting information about your new MHs and adventures. Be sure to use the search feature in each forum to locate specific topics of interest. This particular topic has many a thread.

I personally do my own winterizing. Having used the pink stuff and the air blow-out methods, I prefer air. But I have been caught on the road headed north and had to duck into a local Home Depot to buy additional pink stuff to winterize before the cold front dropped the temperature 40 degrees.

My best recommendation is learn how to do it yourself and be flexible.
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I'm also an advocate of both forced air and the anti freeze. It leaves little doubt about water in the lines. If you check Amazon you'll easily find the fittings you need to connect for the air blow out and the connector you'll need to pump the antifreeze through the system. Even though I do blow out the system I am quite liberal with the antifreeze. A couple gallons is pretty cheap insurance. Find your hot water bypass far in advance of your actual need. Sometimes they are hidden well. Consider a small 125 or 150 LB air compressor.

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