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Old 04-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #15
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I also have my RV parked beside my house. It cost me $205 to install a 50 amp service to connect the shore power to. I keep my inside temp at 65. I generally don't leave the refrigerator running while parked and leave the doors cracked open. My refrigerator has an outside access panel, and I drain the ice maker tube, the. I take a piece of house insulation that is cut out to match the size of the panel and put it inside the panel. I just have to be sure to remove that insulation before using the refrigerator or it will burn it up. I don't do any other winterizing and have not had an issue yet. We normally only have a few day that it will get into the teens here.


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Old 04-04-2013, 11:19 AM   #16
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Ha, We leave ours in our driveway and have 30 amp service just for the MH. The propane tank only lasted a month. I bought a electric heater and plugged it in. I figured maybe 1-$200.00 for electric WRONG $552.00 for the month of Dec. So I had to admit defeat and unplugged the heater. Jan, Feb, Mar, all near or close to -0- April was able to get to the station to have the propane filled. I go out during the day and read with furnace on and its only on maybe 10 minutes and then the sun warms it up pretty fast with the curtains up. Glad a blew-out and anti-freezed the MH, so far all is good. I think I might just wait till the end of April (after this winter) to fill the water tanks and clean them out.

P.S. I feel like the guy in the commercial for Kingsford Charcoal.lol

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Weather been a little screwball here. Usually starts getting warm enough to dewinterize around 1st of March. Checked weather conditions and showed warming up for a ten day period. De-winterized and took a short trip to Florida. When I got back home the weather had taken a turn for colder nights and days. Winterized again (antifreeze) Weather broke again and showed 10 days of good weather highs in the 60 to 75 degree range and nothing lower than 48. De-winterized and put water back in tanks to do some cleaning and get ready for next trip. Guess what, bad forcast and winterized again. I have gotten real good at it now and it only takes 2 gallons of anti freeze ($4.69 per gallon) and about 20 minutes. I'm going to wait till I know winter is gone for good this time before I De-winterize.
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Ha, We leave ours in our driveway and have 30 amp service just for the MH. The propane tank only lasted a month. I bought a electric heater and plugged it in. I figured maybe 1-$200.00 for electric WRONG $552.00 for the month of Dec.
For years we just winterized our other motorhomes, locked 'em up and didn't worry about it until spring with no ill effects. Winter of '11-'12 we had a different motorhome, used the oil-filled heater but without the furnace running. Yessireee! Power company got fat off of us. We have budget billing so no big shocks until the renewal of the budget. This past winter, with this probably better designed coach, we still put the heater in the motorhome and left the furnaces set to come on at 50. I have monitored our power bill, and it is actually using less. We are even running a credit balance on the budget billing. The winters were similar. I can only conclude that the difference is in the design purposes between the two motorhomes. We have used very little propane as well.

But, the bottom line, in answer to the original query, yes, it is okay to run the furnace/s in the winter during lay-up


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