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Old 10-04-2018, 06:04 PM   #1
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Do you winterize in Western Washington?

Greetings!
This will be our first winter in our "new" '01 Journey. We will be parking at Public Storage outdoors with no power. I plan to get rig out for at least a short drive at least once a month, and run generator. I have some questions:
1. Do most of you winterize in this climate area?
2. Is it just water system and covering tires to worry about?
3. I read that day nite blinds lose their crease form if left down. Do you use cardboard in windows to protect from UV in winter? Or leave day/nite blinds up or down?
4. Do you wait till November to do anything ? Or wait for big freeze forecast? Or?

Any advice will be appreciated?
Thx in advance.
Jim
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:10 PM   #2
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1. Yes. It can freeze pipes, especially if you have no heat source. I have had to replace pipes damaged by freezing. I blow out the lines but only put antifreeze in the drains.
2. I never covers tires except in Arizona. I almost always cover it to protect the finish from tree sap.
3. I've never had problems with blinds. What UV? It's cloudy all winter here. I never thought about it, but I had the cover.
4. I always tried to get it done before November unless I had plans to use the rig. Same for spring, I de-winterize based on planned use.
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:50 PM   #3
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What do you call Western Washington? My TT is stored in North Boneville WA which is along the Columbia river in SW WA. Two years ago I84 and WA 14 were closed for a few days due to an ice storm. Temps were in the single to low double digits. So yep I winterize every winter. I cover my tires but mine is also in a covered storage. Probably not needed but what the heck.....
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We camp year round. When there is a threat of a hard freeze, I blow out the lines and fittings with air, fill the traps with anti freeze and drain the water heater and fresh tanks.
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I winterized last winter for a couple of months. I pumped antifreeze through using the trailers water pump. I was a little overly paranoid, used three gallons. I used the more expensive Sta-Bil brand RV antifreeze that didn't leave any aftertaste in the water system. I'm glad I did, as there were a few nights just outside of Vancouver WA that dipped a few degrees below freezing. I also added anti freeze to the drains.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/STA-BIL-R...eeze/838540502

If you have a decent oilless air compressor you could buy a little adapter to use it to blow the lines out. Don't use more than 35 PSi is what I've heard.

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I winterize my Class A when the forecast looks to be freezing. I got back from a trip last weekend and blew out all the lines and drained all fresh water when we got back. Mostly because the temps have been getting down into the high 20's overnight.

Taking it out again next weekend so ill have to refill it with water. I will probably leave the furnace on overnight at like 40 or 50 degrees to prevent it from freezing.

If I am going out on a trip on back to back weekends then ill just run the furnace but if its 2+ weeks between trips ill winterize. Running the air compressor and using a $3 jug of antifreeze is pretty cheap compared to plumbing repairs.
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:43 AM   #7
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Yeah, it's extremely cold. You really need good heat sources to keep yourself warm and comfortable.
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