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Old 11-23-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Winterizing in Florida?

We keep our motorhome in Northeast Florida (Jacksonville) just 1 mile from the ocean. We do not full-time. I have been reading the threads on winterizing and wonder what temperature calls for winterizing. In other words, if it occasionally goes down to freezing for a 6 to 12 hour period should you winterize your unit? Will running the furnace be enough? to what extent should we winterize?
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:03 PM   #2
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It goes down to 20 occasionally overnight here where I live but goes up above freezing during the day.

I've never winterized and have had no problem.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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I'm over in the middle of the state and have been thinking same thoughts. You know how it is tho in N. Fl in the winter. When it gets cold it gets really really cold. I have to keep my coach in storage when not on the road already have RV antifreeze onboard. Now if I can just learn how to do it myself.
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If you have a newer coach its well insulated, temperatures do vary in FL. I had a water hose freeze in the upper east FL. near RT 4 one night, surprised me.
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We were in Tallahassee, FL two years ago in January and it got down to 22.

Never knew it got that cold in Florida.
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Stupid mistakes.

Was at our RV service dept. The man in front of us was paying his $500.00 repair bill because he let his friend winterize his RV. He didn't get all the water out and his water tank froze and split. It would have been cheaper to let the RV service shop do the winterization. Can you fix stupid?!! RV antifreeze is cheap compared to dammage When in doubt winterize..
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sam-3 where was that and how low did the temps go for what period of time?
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We're south of y'all in Eustis, FL. I have never bothered to winterize and have had no problems with freezing.
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I have ben living in Florida (Palm Coast) just south of Jacksonville since my retirement 6 years now. Never winterized my rig, you should be just fine without winterizing. Seldom gets in the low 30's and when it does it isn't for more than a few hours, you can always turn on heat from time to time if you are concerned.
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We live near Pensacola. It can get pretty cold here, but never for an extended period of time. I have never winterized our coach. Just drain everything well. If it looks like there will be an unusually hard cold spell, I'll blow out the lines with some low pressure air.
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I've lived in Gville all my life and have seen it go as low as 5. Most winters we have at least a few nites down in the teens.

How much air pressure does it take to blow out the lines ? Can you use one of those little carry with you compressors like you use to fill up a flat ?

This is first winter with the MH. I have a TT in N Idaho that stays in place so I know the very basics but I have someone from the RV shop come out and winterize it.
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I winterized once in two years. The forecast was to be in the high teens to low twenties for more than 6 hours at night for a few nights. I just used a quick blow out method and did not use anti freeze. I really don't think I would have had any problems as it heats up during the day and your unit will retain some heat, but it was a piece of mind thing. You are a little further north than me as the southern Georgia border is slightly south of Jacksonville if you look at the map. Jville does get more cold snaps than the Tampa area, so if I were to leave it for an extended time, I'd say yes to winterizing.
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Don't use more than about 50 psi. Just open the furthest faucet and let water blow (sputter) out. Go to the next furthest faucet water closing the first one, and on and in.

Don't forget washing machine, ice maker, and dishwasher if you have one.

I just drain the hot water tank. Only a few drops will stay in it.

I pour a little RV antifreeze in each sink, shower, toilet. Put enough in so the valves get a little a little around them. I winterize with the pink stuff, including washer, toilet, sinks, shower and use less than two gallons. I just let the water pump suck it out of the jug and do the faucet routine till each one shows pink.

I found a way that costs a lot more but is a lot more fun. We leave VA around Nov 10th, winter in Key West and get home around mid-May.
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Hi johnsong3,
Winterizing and Florida in the same sentence is an oxymoron. A simple way to check is to place a saucer of water in your utility bay. If the water begins to freeze, they consider winterizing. My money is on the water will evaporate long before it freezes.
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