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Old 10-10-2015, 09:51 PM   #1
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Winterize?

I have a 2014 Newmar Bay Star. In March 2016 my wife and I will become full-timers. We have week long trips planned up through December. The average low temp in the winter in Charleston, SC is approximately 42F but it has been known to freeze for several days in a row. We would like to take some trips in January and February. Do I need to winterize and just forget taking any trips after our trip in December? Does the air temp have to be frezzing for several days in a row to impact the RV? It will be in a outside stoargae area.

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Old 10-11-2015, 03:45 AM   #2
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Just turn on the heat real low on the nights it will get into the upper 20's. If it only gets to 30 for a couple hours, you should be OK.
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Agreed. Keep some heat on if it gets cool and watch the forecast. If a hard freeze is coming - get busy!
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Yes, heat it. Are there heat runs to the basement/storage area?


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Old 10-12-2015, 03:35 PM   #5
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Does it really get below freezing in Charleston in December? Jan-Feb seems likley, but December?
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It sounds like you'll still be living in a house. However, if you will be a full-timer, why are you staying there in winter? Head for warmer temps and spend the winter.
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We live in Asheville, NC, and I don't usually winterize until December. I have been known to not winterize all winter or go out in January and not re-winterize. Just keep the heat on low as said and you should be fine in Charleston. If it is only in the mid-twenties for a few hours at night and 50's during the day, that shouldn't be enough to freeze your plumbing. It is just a rule of thumb, but it works for me.
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When we spent our winters in North Carolina before retiring we never winterized. When we had to spend winter in the motorhome, we kept an eye on the weather and would unhook the water hose and put the heater on. I wouldn't think you would have much trouble in Charleston. I know a lot of folks snowbird there.
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There are not any heat runs in the basement/storage areas. There is a heating pad for the fresh water. I am working with the place I store at to see if they will allow me to keep my unit plugged in versus winterizing. I will not be able to leave the area until March (retiring again and for the last time, that is why I am staying in the area. I am thinking if I run the furnace at around 50 I should be OK. Any more thoughts?

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When we spent our winters in North Carolina before retiring we never winterized. When we had to spend winter in the motorhome, we kept an eye on the weather and would unhook the water hose and put the heater on. I wouldn't think you would have much trouble in Charleston. I know a lot of folks snowbird there.
You are correct, that there are many that snowbird here but it can get cold and has snowed. I am working with the place I store at to see if they will allow me to keep the unit plugged in. I plan on running the heat at about 50. I could not detect any heat runs in the storage areas but it is insulated. Water will not be hooked up. I do not want to winterize because we plan on making short trips until I retire in march 2016. Any other thoughts? Think I will be OK?

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We live in Asheville, NC, and I don't usually winterize until December. I have been known to not winterize all winter or go out in January and not re-winterize. Just keep the heat on low as said and you should be fine in Charleston. If it is only in the mid-twenties for a few hours at night and 50's during the day, that shouldn't be enough to freeze your plumbing. It is just a rule of thumb, but it works for me.
I am working with the place I store at to see if they will allow me to keep the unit plugged in. I plan on running the heat at about 50. I could not detect any heat runs in the storage areas but it is insulated. Water will not be hooked up. I do not want to winterize because we plan on making short trips until I retire in March 2016. Any other thoughts? Think I will be OK?
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It sounds like you'll still be living in a house. However, if you will be a full-timer, why are you staying there in winter? Head for warmer temps and spend the winter.
I am staying in the area because I do not retire until March 2016. We live in an apartment (sold the house 2 years ago) and the lease is not up until March also.
I am working with the place I store at to see if they will allow me to keep the unit plugged in. I plan on running the heat at about 50. I could not detect any heat runs in the storage areas but it is insulated. Water will not be hooked up. Any other thoughts? Think I will be OK?

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Just turn on the heat real low on the nights it will get into the upper 20's. If it only gets to 30 for a couple hours, you should be OK.

Mike, there are no heat runs in the storage areas (not that I could see) but it appears to be well insulated. I am working with the place I store at to see if they will allow me to keep the unit plugged in. I plan on running the heat at about 50. Water will not be hooked up. I do not want to winterize because we plan on making short trips until I retire in March 2016. Any other thoughts? Think I will be OK?

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Agreed. Keep some heat on if it gets cool and watch the forecast. If a hard freeze is coming - get busy!
What do you mean by "get busy"? Doesnt sound promising.
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