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Old 10-20-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Advice (please!) on preparing for winter living

Hello All,
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Will be wintering in Oklahoma in 2006 Forest River Travel Trailer. Is designated as a "Four Season" RV. I am staying at a KOA in Northeast Oklahoma and would like to use propane as little as possible. Have already been bundling up, have an electric radiator heater and electric blanket.

Have installed heated/insulated coverings to all exposed pipes on the RV (except the slunky/black tank drain beyond the valve).

1) Do you leave the valves to the grey/galley tanks "open" during the winter or leave them closed and empty when full?

2) Do I have to put a skirt around the bottom of the RV? A skirt around just the exposed pipes? Or not at all?

3) Any other hints?

Thank you everyone in advance.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
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Hello All,
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Will be wintering in Oklahoma in 2006 Forest River Travel Trailer. Is designated as a "Four Season" RV. I am staying at a KOA in Northeast Oklahoma and would like to use propane as little as possible. Have already been bundling up, have an electric radiator heater and electric blanket.

Have installed heated/insulated coverings to all exposed pipes on the RV (except the slunky/black tank drain beyond the valve).

1) Do you leave the valves to the grey/galley tanks "open" during the winter or leave them closed and empty when full?

2) Do I have to put a skirt around the bottom of the RV? A skirt around just the exposed pipes? Or not at all?

3) Any other hints?

Thank you everyone in advance.
Best piece of advice I can offer would be to point your rig South and drive until it turns warm. Failing that,

1/ Leave the Black & Grey valves Closed and open only to dump when full. This is good practice at all times not just in winter.
2/ If you have a means to enclose the bottom of the trailer with skirting or whatever you have it is better than leaving it open. If it is enclosed, you might be able to put an electric heater of some sort underneath to keep the floor a little warmer. A Ceramic Type would be best with no Exposed element.

Good Luck & stay warm
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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You may find this interesting: Winterizing an RV, Camper or Travel trailer

A discussion of winterizing for Alaska.

Be sure to have ventilation or you willl get condensation on everything, including the bedding.
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