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Old 10-24-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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returning home in cold weather

We will be going to Tucson during the Thanksgiving weekend. My question is how cold is too cold during the return trip home (Northern New Mexico?) Do you winterize before you get home? Open the low point drains/water heater & let them drain on the way home, then plug in the trailer upon returning home as it will be a day or two before I can winterize, what are your thoughts on this subject?
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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Personally, I would winterize before I left Tucson. Why take a chance when this time of year anything can happen? Last year I drove Tucson to Albuquerque in one day so depending on where your going you won't be doing without for long. Right?
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With a trailer, unless I needed all plumbing enroute I probably would winterize BEFORE leaving Tucson. And then if we would need the black tank facilities while traveling, I would carry jugs of water for flushing and then drain the black tank when I got home. How cold is too cold while driving and un-winterized depends on the rig ...if all the plumbing, dump valves, etc are ENCLOSED in the trailer, and the sun is shining, I probably wouldn't worry about not being winterized if traveling in daylight. On many rigs, running the LP furnace even on a very low temp would keep the tanks from freezing.
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Winterize before leaving Tucson and no worries, but that eliminates it for potty stops on the way home. If you wait til home, just turn the furnace on its lowest setting, be sure the batteries are up and the propane full, and it should be fine on the way back. I traveled in N AZ to UT 2 years ago in 7-10d weather and did fine. But run out of propane or battery power and you are in trouble...
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We just did the same trip over Thanksgiving, came back from Tucson to Rio Rancho. Was wondering all the same about freezing enroute. Decided to risk it and blew out the lines when we got home.

When we did get home I could not drain the hot water heater, didn't have the right size socket. Anyways was wondering about running the hot water heater to keep it from freezing over night. Would that be ok? I was thinking I might cook all the water out of it since no new water would be coming into it..

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When we did get home I could not drain the hot water heater, didn't have the right size socket.
I bought some nylon fittings and installed a hose bib so I can drain the hot water tank by opening the valve. I can take a picture and post it if you are interested.
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I bought some nylon fittings and installed a hose bib so I can drain the hot water tank by opening the valve. I can take a picture and post it if you are interested.

Pictures would be great if it's not too much trouble.

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I took the pics today, now to get them off the camera and on iRV2.
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Here are the best pics I could get.


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Excellent mod however some HWH do not have the standard drain plug but have an anrode rod installed which has to be removed to drain tank. (mine for instance) and yes keeping the HWH lighted will keep it from freezing. personally I would drain everything as suggested and carry water for use on the road (toilet/ washing/etc if tanks are heated. just run the furnace on low while on the road
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Mine doesn't have the anode rod so I didn't have to worry about that.
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Thanks for the pics, but yea mine has the anoide rod as well. So going back to running the water heater when you aren't adding water to the system, like driving or just in the driveway, will the heat of the heater end up drying out the water in the water heater? I know it hold 6 gallons, I got some water out through the PRV but there was still some in the tank. Maybe 1-2 gallons.
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Someone suggested using 'windshield wiper' fluid for the toilet after winterizing it if you absolutely need to use it.
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Thanks for the pics, but yea mine has the anoide rod as well. So going back to running the water heater when you aren't adding water to the system, like driving or just in the driveway, will the heat of the heater end up drying out the water in the water heater? I know it hold 6 gallons, I got some water out through the PRV but there was still some in the tank. Maybe 1-2 gallons.
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I would not run the heater to boil out the remaining water. Just pull out the anode and let it air dry. Put back in before you use it.
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