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Old 09-25-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Newbie question in NW PA, Chautauqua Lake NY

My name is Jewelee. We just purchased a used 30' 2000 Sportsman travel trailer with slider and hardtop awning that is situated in a park in Chautauqua Lake NY. We have elected to leave it in the park as a seasonal for the time being. To make a long story short, we purchased this unit for a very decent price (I think) 8 weeks ago. We never met the owners, and the park sold it on consignment. We are BRAND NEW travel trailer owners. We have paid the park to winterize our unit (since we are clueless). I have a number of questions if you could please help us>>>>
1.When we close up before the park comes in with the antifreeze should we put or slider in?
2.Also we do not know what a few switches are for. There is one in a cupboard in the main living area (above the entertaincenter)and one for the slider. If anyone has this model please advise us Also there is one in the bathroom medicine cabinet!
3.Also, we have gone through the brown tower of doom because being new we were unaware we needed to run water into our holding tank after emptying it (we have been using this sawdust looking bacteria stuff the try to disintergrate the toilet paper, solids are breaking up but they are not completely broken up. Will the tank be ok over winter with antifreeze in it?
4.Also we have a hard top awning and we are looking to replace our screens next season. Any advice on what to do> we presently have Coleman screenroom on it, and would like a little more solid of a screen Room framing. the size is 20x8.
5. Can we leave out hard top up in the winter (this area gets harsh winters (Chautauqua Lake is located in the snowbelt between Erie, PA and Buffalo NY)
5. Any other winterizing advice would be great!

We purchased this unit to see if we would like having a travel trailer. We are trying to learn as much as we can, but we need crash course advice an prepping for winter. This is going to be our unit for another 1-2 seasons then if things go well we are purchasing a brand new 5th wheel, travel trailer, or park model.

Thank you in advance for your advice!

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Old 03-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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Jewelee congratulation's on you new trailer.
1. Yes you should close up the slider when its not it use.
2. you may just have to pay around with the buttons
3. You can get a toilet flush stick that attaches to the end of a hose to clean out the black water tank. Away dump the back water first followed by the Gray this will clean out the pipe. You can add oxy-kem or eco force type products that will help digest waste, The tank should be left empty no need to fill with antifreeze.

%. put plenty of dryer sheets in all of the storage areas and around the inside of the trailer this will keep the mouse out.

good luck. and you may find this helps.

How to do it:
- Turn off the water supply to your camper
- Disconnect the drinking water hose from your camper and remove the small water screen (store it or discard the screen and replace next spring)
- Remove the water pressure regulator and store
- Set your compressor to about 30 psi
- Connect fitting to your drinking water hose and blow out the hose until only air comes out
- If you have one, don't forget to blow out the 2nd garden hose connected to the other side of your Y-connector
- Take some ziploc bags and cover the ends of the hoses, then rubberband them closed
- Using the 1 1/16" socket carefully remove the drain plug from your hot water tank (accessed from a panel on the exterior of your trailer)
- To fully drain the tank, while the water is draining flip the pressure relief
- Locate and open all Low Drainage points (note: I noticed that once I flipped the pressure relief more water came from the low point drains)
- Remove wooden cover housing Hot Water Tank and flip the valve to bypass
- With the compressor still set around 30 psi connect the fitting to your city water connection
- Go inside the trailer and blow out kitchen sink lines. Turn the cold water on until only air comes out then turn on the hot water until air comes out
- Next, do the same process for the bathroom sink
- Next, do the same process for the shower (do this even if you never used the shower! I found that water was still in these lines even though we never used the shower)
- Next, do the same process for the Toilet
- Next, do the same process for the outdoor shower
- Turn on the Water Pump switch for about 30 seconds and open the kitchen sink cold and hot water lines
- Now you need to dump some RV antifreeze down each of these drains to push the water out of the traps and ensure that the traps fill with the antifreeze.
- RV Antifreeze in Kitchen sink (both sides)
- RV Antifreeze in bathroom sink
- RV Antifreeze in shower drain (even if never used)
- RV Antifreeze in Toilet (pours some into the toilet and flush so it goes into the Black tank then pour some with the flap closed to maintain a nice seal on the toilet)
- Pump up tires to max recommended pressure (and cover if you have them, use a breathable cover not a tarp)
- Thaw and empty your Fridge of all contents. Thoroughly clean it and leave the doors propped open
- Remove all food from your cupboard. Including non-perishable items. Can foods may freeze and explode
- Leave cupboards propped open
- Lubricate slideout seals with silicone spray
- Retract Slideouts to bring them in
- Disconnect the electrical power cord from the power supply. Cover the end with a ziploc bag and rubberband it closed
- Remove the battery and store in a warmer place like your basement
- Cover A/C unit with a breathable cover (not a tarp) or use an RV cover
- Thoroughly clean your camper to ensure no rodents want to get in for food crumbs or anything else
- Empty and flush all holding tanks
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