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Old 03-29-2016, 10:28 AM   #1
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2002 Winnebago Brave 36M "SO EXCITED"

We are going to Florida and picking up our new to us coach this week
She has 6 brand new tires and lots of upgrades but still has to pass a very stearn PDI that I'm going to put her thru before handing over the check!
Then we will slowly be driving back to upstate NY. Which brings me to a quick newbie question: Supposed to be 20 degrees at night for a couple days when we get home and then get warmer after that. Should I winterize for those few days? Thanks in advance for any help u can spare. Have learned so much on this forum, so thankful. God Bless.
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:01 AM   #2
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Looks like a great coach. The new tires have saved you a lot of money. As far as winterizing, I would, because the weather could turn off cold enough to cause some frozen pipes. The cost of doing so is worth doing and not that much in cost. Don't take the chance. When the season begins you won't be fixing pipes, you'll be able to enjoy your time relaxing. Have a great season, safe travels.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:03 AM   #3
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Thanks Bruce C. Will do.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:14 AM   #4
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Ok, here is my 2 cents worth. I have a 98 Itasca that has been following me around like my wife when she thinks I need supervising, I just can't seem to get rid of either......


One of the reasons that I chose the Winnie brand was that it seems to be more of a "fulltimer" design. One of those features, being manufactured in Iowa, very cold country, is that they plan for cold weather. Meaning the pipes are placed in insulated areas and are as protected as possible. Even my black water tank has a forced air furnace heater output in the septic tank compartment????? I had to restrict it because it kept cooking the s........, not a good smell!


Of course it is possible that Winnie has changed their design attitudes since I last bought mine. So, I'd recommend that you take a look at the plumbing and see where the pipes are before winterizing. Perhaps setting your furnace at 50 would be more than enough to keep all things moving like they should. Besides, I suspect that if you are as excited as I would be, you will be in and out of the thing loading and customizing to your tastes. So, I wouldn't winterize for just a couple of months, but you do have to leave the heater on. If you have it stored at home, plug in and use one of the small electric cube heater to maintain that 50 degrees.


One more thing, rubber seals don't like sub-freezing temps, so don't put out your slides until you warm up the interior of the coach.


Good luck with your new rig..... r
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:26 AM   #5
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That's right and our Journey has under the floor vented heat that keeps the storage areas warm as well just from radiated heat. There is a limit however and I purchased a small radiant heater that I put in the wet bay and plug in at the pedestal just in case. There is a limit how cold is too cold.

This last Winter we stayed in St Louis through two snow storms and 20 degree temps with no problem.

The other thing is that if you do freeze your pipe, it gets pretty spendy fast.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:52 AM   #6
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Picked up and drove back flawlessly. Love it! Went ahead and winterized it. Hope I did it right. Never could get the antifreeze to run in the toilet though. Not sure why.
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What was color was the water coming into the toilet? blue, clear or yellow?
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Awesome looking machine!! Congratulations!
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You have two choices
1. Compressed air (IMPORTANAT - <35psi regulated) to blow the water out of all lines (including outside shower and laundry station), remove any under sink filters and install the bypass plug, empty the water heater and put the bypass valve in "BYPASS" mode and pump RV antifreeze (pink) into all lines (including outside shower and laundry station). Don't forget to unhook the ice maker and manually blow that line free of water (No antifreeze). Make sure the Black and Grey water tanks are empty and pour a RV (pink) antifreeze down all sink and shower drains to replace water in traps. Pour at least an additional gallon of Pink in the Black (through Toilet) and Grey Tanks. Drain the Fresh water tank and (optional) add about 1 Quart of 100Proof Vodka to keep the residual fresh water from freezing. DO NOT ADD pink AntiFreeze to the Fresh Water tank!!!

2.) find a heated garage it put it in!

Congrats on the new Brave man!
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Thanks for all the help. You all rock!!!
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Congrats on the rig enjoy your adventures
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Beauty unit. looks like new!
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Thank you all for your kind words. She passed the PDI with only a few items that failed which lead to further negotiations with seller which they conceded to. We enjoyed our 1100 mi journey home to the snow belt. Come on spring!
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Beautiful rig but then I love Winnebago's!

I have had mine for a year and I think you will love using this Brave. They are just great rigs.
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