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Old 10-10-2019, 09:56 AM   #1
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Winter Storage

Iíve lost my place to store itís the coach that has a plug-in, so this winter Iíll be putting it inside a building but it wonít be plugged into power. Of course Iíll look in the manual and follow the instructions but any advice?
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:45 PM   #2
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Which coach do you have? Where will the Coach be stored without power (what part of the Country)?

Quick list off the top of my head:
1. More than likely, you'll need to winterize your coach (RV Antifreeze) on the water side of your Aqua-hot. Run all the faucets, toilets, (hot and cold), don't forget the frig and washing machine.
2. Make sure the Aqua-hot boiler side is up to the proper level in the expansion tank. It's sugar and distilled water based, so could evaporate depending on how long your gone.
3. I use Fresh Cab , Moth Balls, and Irish Spring soap to help keep the mice away.
4. Turn off all circuit breakers.
5. Disconnect the House and Chassis batteries, or they'll be dead in about a week.

Hope this helps!

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Old 10-10-2019, 05:42 PM   #3
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As an alternative to antifreeze you can blow out all the lines with low pressure air. Then just dump a little antifreeze into the traps. You'll thank me in the spring when you don't have that nasty smelling, foaming water from using the AF
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Sorry, do you thousand 18 aspire... northeast Ohio... it will be Indoor, the guy says he keeps in about 40į but, no plug in...
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And thanks so much for all your help,,, you guys make this a great source of information for all of us newbes ... When you come back in the spring and your batteries are dead, then what?
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And how about a diesel additive?
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Aquahot doesn't recommend using air to blow out there system. I read this after last winter, after I blew mine out. Ours survived and is working fine, maybe it's because I took a fair amount of time and made sure the lines were really blown out well.
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Aquahot doesn't recommend using air to blow out there system. I read this after last winter, after I blew mine out. Ours survived and is working fine, maybe it's because I took a fair amount of time and made sure the lines were really blown out well.
I use 25psi and take my time going through every faucet, etc several times until there is no water whatsoever. Takes about an hour+ but I don't care. I never have that nasty pink water o smell to deal with. I have done it this way on all my coaches.
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Power Services makes a product called Diesel Fuel Supplement. I helps prevent gelling if your fuel wasnít treated.
If you disconnect batteries properly, with any luck ,your batteries will maintain a charge.
As mentioned by others, blowing out your lines is an option. Be sure to have a regulator and reduce your air pressure. I worry about a low point in the plumbing retaining water so have opted to use rv antifreeze. Iíve not had any problems with using it. Best solution is head south.
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Just an FYI.

The reason it's not recommended to use air to blow out your system, is the Aquahot. There's about 35 feet of fresh water copper coil that may not be blown out completely. It's an $8000 to $10,000 mistake, if is doesn't work, because that's what it will cost you to replace it. From Aqua-hot "Low Point Drains/Blowing out the lines with air will NOT protect the domestic water coil from damage in freezing weather".

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When winterizing the washing machine ensure you pump antifreeze in the hot, cold and warm modes. These machines have multiple water valves on the inside. On the older whirlpools the cold water inlet has 2 valves under the top. One for warm water. I suspect mine cracked because I didnít run the washer in warm mode when I winterized. I will tell you that $15 part is painful to change.

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Check with a local RV dealer and ask them for a quote and list of their winterizing procedure. Then do it yourself. A 6 month storage does not need diesel additives. If you do the air blow out procedure, just follow up a week later to see if any additional water comes out. Water may freeze at 32 deg, but zero pressure water won't have enough bursting pipe pressure until the temp gets to around 20 deg.
For battery storage in Mich, I would disconnect a cable and either use a trickle charger or battery charger tied into the garage door opener or barn light circuit. In your case, how about a 12V solar battery charger taped to the shed roof.
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When winterizing the washing machine ensure you pump antifreeze in the hot, cold and warm modes. These machines have multiple water valves on the inside. On the older whirlpools the cold water inlet has 2 valves under the top. One for warm water. I suspect mine cracked because I didnít run the washer in warm mode when I winterized. I will tell you that $15 part is painful to change.

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You can also use air, just start a wash in hot water, stop machine, start again in cold water, then again in warm, with air pressure in RV
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:30 AM   #14
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I don't know how an Aquahot system works or gets its water, but could you not just put anti freeze in that system only?
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