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Old 09-20-2012, 08:39 PM   #1
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RV Winterizing

Picked up a flyer today that seemed like a good deal, thought I'd see what people here thought...."On-Site Winterizing For All RV's to include Roof Inspection...Winterize complete plumbing system to enclude adding permanent bypass valves for pump and water heater. Add non-toxic antifreeze to p-traps, water lines, tanks and toilet....$99.50".... Is this a good price? It seems to me to be a good deal, since they'll come to you to do the work if you live within 25 miles of Roanoke. I've never winterized before since I usually try to use the coach all year long, however this year I may not get to use it again until next Spring.

So thoughts on this...deal or no deal??
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
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Do they give any kind of warranty/guarantee that it won't freeze up?

If you do a search you will find instructions on how to winterize a coach. This is an example if you just type in winterizing RV's on Google. If you add info on your coach you might find specific instructions for it.

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Old 09-20-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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Although I do it myself, my RV tech place charges $47.50 to winterize including antifreeze.

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If they warrant their work, I suppose I would consider it, but I have found winterizing to be a simple task that I prefer to do myself.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:49 AM   #5
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I would be surprised if your coach does already have bypass valves and a winterization set up. The roof inspection sounds like trolling for business. If you do need the bypass valves installed, it doesn't sound to bad. If not a little steep.

On ours there is a vinyl tube you just stick into a gallon of RV antifreeze, turn a valve to "winterize" and the onboard pump blows it through the lines. The hot water tank has a valve marked bypass.

Our preferred method is to drive it somewhere warm
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About 15 years ago I got a boat that had twin 5.7L V8s, generator, fresh water system and everything else a typical RV has. Although I could winterize the plumbing system and generator, I had no clue about the engines. I hired the marina's mechanic to winterize one engine...I followed him around and took detailed notes and made diagrams of exactly what he did. From then on, I did my own engines for a fraction of the cost.
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About 15 years ago I got a boat that had twin 5.7L V8s, generator, fresh water system and everything else a typical RV has. Although I could winterize the plumbing system and generator, I had no clue about the engines. I hired the marina's mechanic to winterize one engine...I followed him around and took detailed notes and made diagrams of exactly what he did. From then on, I did my own engines for a fraction of the cost.
I am about to winterize our boat, a single 454 Bravo II I/O. A few years ago I made up a system for the antifreeze. I got a 5 gallon bucket, drilled a hole in the side near the bottom and made up a bulkhead fitting for a garden hose. Bought a Y for a spigot and connect one to the house faucet and the other to the bucket. Fill the bucket with antifreeze, put the "ear muffs" on the outdrive then run water through while the boat runs until it is warm enough to open the thermostat. Then I switch the connection from the faucet to the bucket and the boat sucks the antifreeze right through. I put the bucket on the swim platform above the outdrive.

5 Gallons is probably overkill but it is cheaper that a cracked block or soft plug blown out.

Not an RV tool but hopefully helpful to other boat owners.
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Hundred bucks to winterize an RV... Can I get in on that kind of job.

I mean it's at most a 30 minute job.
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