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Old 01-05-2014, 06:06 PM   #1
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I really feel like saying "I told you so!"

Not to be mean... but about 2 to 3 months ago, there were a LOT of posts where guys were asking what the folks in here thought they should do when it comes to winterizing... Just blowing out their lines... Put a light bulb in the lower bay... Etc... Most of these posters were trying to figure out a lazy way to short cut what is part of this way of life. In almost every one I replied to, I tried emphasizing that "average winter temps" really should not guide how to lay up a motorhome for the winter... And that rv antifreeze at $3/gal and an hour or two of your time is better than any insurance policy out there.... Well, over the past week, all I've seen are posts from people with freezing conditions asking as what they should do now... I'm still glad to try and help, but what the heck... It's been below freezing here in upstate NY for over a week, and I sleep like a baby at night. No worries about freeze ups... Just saying....
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:30 PM   #2
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Yes I have to agree . It takes 2 gal.to do mine.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:37 PM   #3
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Yep, it takes less time to add antifreeze than it does to fix busted pipes.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:51 PM   #4
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It took close to 150 gallons of anti freeze to do ours...
That what it took in fuel to move south!

In weather like this, everyone needed to follow all the proper instructions, be it blowing all the lines dry, using anti-freeze, a combo, making sure all the outside fixtures were drained, etc.
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It took close to 150 gallons of anti freeze to do ours...
That what it took in fuel to move south!

In weather like this, everyone needed to follow all the proper instructions, be it blowing all the lines dry, using anti-freeze, a combo, making sure all the outside fixtures were drained, etc.

lol like that one

i am in FL i see ppl doing all this down here but it ... most of the time do not get to where any of this has to be done

hill get lower in FL and its hard to find anti-freeze for RVs
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I will say, that we blow lines out, and, if done well and properly not lazily, it will work as well as antifreeze.
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Not according to the winterizing stories in RV magazines. They say to blow the lines out and then add antifreeze since air can blow right through the water in the lines. Add the anti freeze and it'll be what collects in the low points.
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No worries about freeze ups... Just saying....

well, that is easy for you to say!

but taking recommended precautions a few months ago does NOT prevent sleeplessness when the temps plunge!

For those of us who are experiencing their first Winter that nagging doubt exists,

and I for one am grateful that I had the help of folks here on this forum to talk me through my anxiety attack!
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Well we also get "cold." Supposed to be 10*F here tmrw night
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:48 PM   #10
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well, that is easy for you to say!

but taking recommended precautions a few months ago does NOT prevent sleeplessness when the temps plunge!

For those of us who are experiencing their first Winter that nagging doubt exists,

and I for one am grateful that I had the help of folks here on this forum to talk me through my anxiety attack!
Been winterizing a second home in the Adirondacks, a boat with 2 engines, 2 AC units, and full plumbing, and now a motorhome for many years. Each first time was a nail biter for me too... Did I miss anything? Did I use enough pink stuff?

I agree with Mr D... The only way to truly get peace of mind is to do it the most conservative and thought out way using rv antifreeze and making sure the stuff comes out of your faucets and toilets as pink as it comes out of the bottle...
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Ok, I'm a lazy winterizer and have come up with a sure fire lazy mans way to deal with this problem.

I will be working day and night to increase global warming, there you have it!

Now we can start solving other serious problems, like, why when your safe everywhere else, in California it will cause cancer!
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Not according to the winterizing stories in RV magazines. They say to blow the lines out and then add antifreeze since air can blow right through the water in the lines. Add the anti freeze and it'll be what collects in the low points.
Thats not always true. If you blow out all the water, then try to pump antifreeze, it can be hard for the pump to get a prime. A local guy tried it last fall and told me he couldn't pump no pink. I told him to hook up to city water a fill all lines, and then run the pump without city water until everything was working. Then add the pink antifreeze and push all the water out until all pink on every spigot. He did that and it worked great. You lose prime and get vapor locked if you blow out first.
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Huntnski... I've been waiting and hoping Al Gore was right for years! We're freezing our butts off, while he's sipping piņa coladas off the money he made from scaring the crap out of people! I'm with you! Get in your motorhome, boat, hummer, truck, whatever and burn fossil fuels till we heat this old girl up for good! Lol! Jk!
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Huntnski... I've been waiting and hoping Al Gore was right for years! We're freezing our butts off, while he's sipping piņa coladas off the money he made from scaring the crap out of people! I'm with you! Get in your motorhome, boat, hummer, truck, whatever and burn fossil fuels till we heat this old girl up for good! Lol! Jk!
Now if we can just get that cancer issue in California whipped I'd like to go to Disneyland! lol
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