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Old 10-24-2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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Inland Empire California-Winterizing my motorhome

OK, being this is my first motor-home and because I live in the pass of the inland empire, merely 20 minutes from the low desert, and 20 minutes to Oak Glen which is over 5000 feet and get snow every year I wonder if I still must winterize my motor-home. Being in the pass we do get colder weather then the desert, and have gotten some snow every year but not enough to really stick, Last year was the hardest it ever snowed and it stuck for a couple of hours.

To winterize or not to winterize, that is the question?

Do I need to winterise and if so is a mimumal wintrization that may be needed?

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Old 10-24-2010, 11:53 AM   #2
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Hello kartvines:
If the motor home is in storage winterize it. You'll learn a lot about the rig. Follow the motor home manufacturers suggestions, the suggestions of the generator manufacturer and the suggestions of the battery manufacturer. At least winterize the water system. If you have a sprinkler system at home in your yard and it requires winterizing then do the same for your motor home.
Some of the things you might consider is how low the outside air temp is at night and how high it gets during the day. If the temp always get way above freezing daily then that'll help you decide.
If in doubt winterize!
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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Well again I am in the pass between the mountains and the dessert, and in the winter, sometime I have my garden hoses freeze up, but they have never broke, and I have never had to worry about my water service because in the 14 year I have been in this house they have never froze, so I guess I should at least blow out the water tanks and make sure they are free of as much moister as possible?
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Once you learn the systems in your MH, it usually does not take too long to do a good job. It takes me no more than a couple of hours....much less time than it would take to find a leak, repair it and any damage it might cause.

If you blow out the lines, drain the h/w tank and filter bowl on the water pump, and use minimal antifreeze in the traps it's not too hard to get it ready for that last minute cold weather trip.
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I suggest you let the sucker freeze then if you are a do it yourselfer you will get the opportunity to fix all the leaks and learn where everything is.
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