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Old 12-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Question Waterline freezing

we live in the northeast. what would be the best way to keep waterlines from freezing without antifreeze? we are taking the mh out a number of times before spring.we would like not to have to rewinterize after each trip.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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Hi dgrandusky,
It all depends. I do not know your coach. All this assumes you are connected to shore power. If the water lines are all inside the area controlled by HVAC, there are three choices.
1. Heat with electric heaters
2. heat with the propane furnace
3. use electric as the main source and the propane furnace as a backup by setting the temp lower than the electric heaters.

Open all the cabinet doors.

The fresh water and holding tanks should be completely drained. If you want to keep the valves from freezing place a 100 watt light bulb in the utility bay.
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If you live in the northeast and it's winter you need to winterize or fully open for business....no middle of the road....
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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Practice winterizing it's the only sure way. The waterlines in most coaches are way too hard to access to take a chance on breaking one. If your only talking a few days keep the heat on and either drain the fresh water tank or keep it full (large volume takes longer to freeze). Enjoy it spring is out there somewhere.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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Gotta heat the coach if you leave water in the pipes. You don't have to heat it above 35ish. We've lived in the coach down to the teens, and have AquaHot w/a heat register & thermostat set to 41 degrees in the basement. We are in the mid 20's right now at night, low 30's daytime, so I have the electric element of the AHot set On which will warm the basement to keep stuff from freezing. I'll bet your Fleetwood has some feature for heating basement, if it doesn't you could run a couple hundred watt bulbs centrally located.
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I lived in southern Indiana for 10 years using a RV. When it came time to winterize, I would use an air compressor and blow water out of lines.
I would use about 30 lbs of air pressure. Hook the compressor to outside water hose input. Open a water faucet. Start compressor. Go inside. Turn off all water faucet to let compressor build up and then one at a time turn faucet off and on to blow water. Make sure all water and moisture is blown out by using your finger to test or a paper towel. When completed with the faucet turn off faucet to let air pressure to build. Don't forget low water drains, shower, and tiolet. When completed turn off compressor. This takes about half an hour. Temperature sometimes gets below zero and never had a freeze problem. Also put about a cup of RV antifreeze down into each sink and tiolet.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:33 PM   #7
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we live in the northeast. what would be the best way to keep waterlines from freezing without antifreeze? we are taking the mh out a number of times before spring.we would like not to have to rewinterize after each trip.

After looking at your location, I would do an air winterization, Blow all waterlines, empty all tanks and dump antifreeze into all drains and toilet.
Either this or find some place warm to leave it until spring
Good Luck with your decision.
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I lived in southern Indiana for 10 years using a RV. When it came time to winterize, I would use an air compressor and blow water out of lines.
I would use about 30 lbs of air pressure. Hook the compressor to outside water hose input. Open a water faucet. Start compressor. Go inside. Turn off all water faucet to let compressor build up and then one at a time turn faucet off and on to blow water. Make sure all water and moisture is blown out by using your finger to test or a paper towel. When completed with the faucet turn off faucet to let air pressure to build. Don't forget low water drains, shower, and tiolet. When completed turn off compressor. This takes about half an hour. Temperature sometimes gets below zero and never had a freeze problem. Also put about a cup of RV antifreeze down into each sink and tiolet.
Using that procedure, how do you keep the water pump from freezing and bursting?
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You didn't say how long your away from home but for 4-5 day stays we bring our water with us and it works fine. Heat it up to do dishes, works for the toilet, bring ice trays.....just can't take any showers. Empty holding tanks before getting home. But when we get home we can shut the garage doors and walk away.
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As part of the winterization, prior to using air compressor and after draining all water out of water tank, I take off the water pump filter, clean out. After replacing water pump filter, I turn on water pump for about a minute to get water out of pump. Never had a problem. But don't run water pump too long without water, you can burn it up.
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