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Old 01-19-2018, 01:44 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. My wife and I are just beginning our new lives as RV owners and are about to purchase a used Winnebago Journey SE. The rig is currently in Florida and we wish to drive it north to NH probably in Mid April. My question is this in that we are likely to encounter some possible freezing temperatures especially overnight what tips would be useful for us as beginners to safeguard the water systems on board?
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
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Wow, this is what we did last yr. bought 1 yr ago in fla and drove ranger pickup from Nh back in March to pick up our diesel pusher from a storage lot. Found enclosed trailer to haul the ranger back to Nh with us.

Been on the road since spending a few weeks in Nh to stock the coach.

Since starting this adventure we have missed the cheap grocery shopping at market basket. Had to buy tires and batteries while on the road, meaning sales tax, yuck

Send a private msg if you want to discuss anything.

Concerning worrying about cold weather and water, we were late enough returning not to worry about a hard freeze. We just kept water full and heater on.
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:04 PM   #3
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

It usually takes a couple of days with the temps below freezing to start having water issues. Keep the heat on you'll be fine.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:19 PM   #4
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Welcome. Congrats on the new coach and enjoy the adventure.
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:16 PM   #5
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this place is great

Safe travels
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:33 PM   #6
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I don't think you'll have any problems.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:13 AM   #7
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Welcome! We recently drove from NC to CA and after an 8 degree night we did freeze up pretty good. Lost our outside shower but everything else thawed out fine. Click image for larger version

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Welcome to iEV2 from a fellow Granite-Stater!

By mid-April you're OK during the journey north. But, you need to be prepared to winterize when you get home. Buy 6 gallons of RV antifreeze and leave them at home. If you don't use them this Spring, then you will next Fall.

If you want guidance on places to stay and/or routes to take, just send me a private message.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:06 AM   #9
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Hello and welcome! This place is a great resource for information and there are many knowledgable people on here willing to help/share info.

We also live in NH and usually take our coach out of indoor storage around mid to late April. Last year, we went in the opposite direction and headed south and took our kids to Disney. That time of the year is 'typically' not an issue with freeze ups.

I don't really know about your particular coach, specs, insulation etc...but, I do agree with what others have said, if you're worried about it, run the heat and you 'should' be ok...especially that time of year. Typically in late Oct, just before I put our coach away into storage, I'll run the heat/floor heat that time of year just for the same reason, peace of mind.

We are anxious for the spring to get here, so we can get our coach out of storage and start making trips. I would imagine you are VERY eagerly awaiting the spring to get here as well! Lets hope for a short winter and a long summer!

Congratulations, best of luck and many happy miles to you!!
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:20 AM   #10
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You didn't say what year the coach is, but if it has the vented heat in the floor like ours does you only need to worry about the wet bay. We have a small electric heater that we keep in there and at night we plug it in at the power pole. No problem.

When we come home in the spring to Minnesooota we usually stop off in Iowa and blow out the lines just to be safe. We also drain the tanks. Up here in the frozen north Spring can come late.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Others have answered your questions so I'll just say hello.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the group!!
Lots of good info here.
Extra knowledge is always handy.
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