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Old 11-16-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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When to winterize


I am a novice Travel Trailer owner (2009 Dutchmen Rainier 18.5). I am preparing for our first trip Washington to California...My question is this...The tempurature here in the Puget sound area normally doesnt get below freeezing...Since we're permanently leaving the area in just 10 days time, does it make sense to winterize for just a short time???

Any advice is welcome.



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If the temperature is not going to be cold enough to freeze, then winterizing is not necessary.

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Old 11-16-2010, 02:53 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. You should be heading into warmer weather. As Route 66 said, unless it is around freezing for a while or below; then you should not have any problems. You may even have tank heaters on your TT.
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It usually takes a good 5+ hours of below freezing temps for lines to freeze to the point where they'd split or break. If it's that or less at night & day temps are above freezing, I feel you're fine. Your hot water & fresh tanks would take longer since they'd have several gallons in them & your grey/black tanks would either be empty or have several gallons in them, too, so they aren't in danger either.

Have a safe trip to CA & enjoy the warmer weather.


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Well I just got leason in winterizing my TT really fast...

I was in the process if inspection on my and doing maintenence and found the sewer cap was dripping so I open it and found there was water left behind in the tanks. So I dumpped the left over water out and notice a chunk of ice in the sewer line... Just leave the cap off and the valves open...

So I went inside and tapped the water pump switch and found the water pump frozen...

But you can clearing see the pink stuff in all the lines.. Loosing faith in the pink stuff I figures out a way to blow all the lines out without buying/building a city line adapter. I got a water heater bypass so I open the low point drains and using regulated air pressure 40-50 PSI I would blow in one drain and the pink stuff and ice would blow out the other line. Then one at time open a faucet one at time blow again. So far no problem system is all empty now...

So at his point I'm going back to the dry system thought and using the pink stuff for drain traps..
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As far as at what night time temperature to winterize. I can live with 28 or 29 degrees, but once I see 27 and a next days high barely in the 30's, it's time to do some work.

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