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Old 03-11-2019, 10:30 AM   #1
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Decision to Winterize or Not (WWYD)

Recently took ownership of a new Jayco 5th wheel 2 weeks ago.

Came winterized from the dealer. This past weekend, I flushed out the antifreeze and hooked up water while we're setup at my in-laws place. We aren't sleeping in it or showering in it while here, but we are in it to get things setup and organized.

Low temps here are getting close to 32. This Saturday we head out for Arizona.

Thursday / Friday the Lows will get below 32, (right now they are saying 27 / 25 degrees for Thursday / Friday night. I've set the furnace to 55 if that helps at all.

I only hook up water to the rig when we need it, and I've been disconnecting the water each night.

So my questions are:

1.) Do you think I'll be alright not winterizing and leaving as is and heading off to Arizona?

2.) Is there risk of freezing while on the road? I was planning to leave some water in the tank 1/3 full for using the bathroom while we head to AZ, but I know it will be below 32 degrees in certain places along the way.


I know for some winterizing isn't a big deal, but we have a residential refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer. It gets annoying to clear those things of all antifreeze before getting to use them.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:33 AM   #2
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1, I would not take the chance
2, the water in the tank may not freeze, but water in the lines could.
Drain the tank, using a low pressure air compressor blow the lines out. That should be fine until you get to someplace warm. Take a couple gallons of bottled water.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:35 AM   #3
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Blow it out with air, that way, no taste from antifreeze.
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If the unit is a four season unit, and you have the heat on...what's the worry?
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:33 PM   #5
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I wouldn't worry about it, it takes along time of below 32 to freeze, with the heat on you will be just fine, as long as the day time gets above 32. I don't winterize here in Southern Virginia, never froze in 15 years. When I camp if it is going below 32, I just disconnect the water line. You are worried about something that will NEVER happen in the post I just made. REMEMBER, day time over 32
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Yes, all high time temps are 32+ degrees: [44 Wed / 45 Thu / 50 Fri]

This rig being new to us and fancier that I'm used too, I'm just hyper sensitive.

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I wouldn't worry about it, it takes along time of below 32 to freeze, with the heat on you will be just fine, as long as the day time gets above 32. I don't winterize here in Southern Virginia, never froze in 15 years. When I camp if it is going below 32, I just disconnect the water line. You are worried about something that will NEVER happen in the post I just made. REMEMBER, day time over 32
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Yes , that's okay, better being safe then sorry, but you will be fine
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I was hyper sensitive to the cold when we first bought ours. Then I learned as I went along how things worked with our coach. Took possession first week of March and first trip we got snowed on, then one more cold snap after that.
Last winter, we learned more and used a 1500 watt heater backed up by the furnace that was tethered to the house LP system. During that January, we had record lows around zero and 130 plus consecutive hours below zero, then went to Mishicawa for a week. This year (I know you don't have a Class C), but I created a thermal break between the cab and coach using the foam insulated boards. and rarely have the furnace kick in at normal settings (my normal, not hers).
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