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Old 10-24-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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Winterizing water softener

I've always worried about our portable water softener freezing when we make the annual trip to warmer climate so we would bring it inside to the bathroom for the trip.

Then I hit on the idea of doing a regeneration (adding salt) and delaying the flush cycle until we were ready to use the softener. My theory is that salt water has to be a lot colder before it freezes than fresh water.

This has worked well for us (On-The-Go softener) for the last 3 seasons and it can stay in the outside compartment for the whole trip.

I know we should start moving south before it gets that cold, but the DW thinks we need to celebrate Christmas with the kids before we leave.
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Have you ever checked to see if your compartments are heated by your furnace?
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The only basement area that I trust to be heated well enough is the water/electric compartment.

Unfortunately, there isn't enough room to hold the softener, which normally rides vertically in the front compartment on the driver's side.
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Your tank areas should be heated and did you run water lines to that front compartment, no room near water & holding tanks?
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Our water softener isn't installed permanently, I just use the front compartment for transport.

When set up we have a short hose from the spigot/pressure regulator to the softener and then to a full house filter. It would be nice to have everything inside and under cover but we don't have enough room.
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The compartments (except for a StorMore slide out) get a surprising amount of heat/cooling from above, and our Winnie coach compartments have better insulation than many others, especially on the bottom. We use a wireless thermometer w/multiple senders to monitor compartment temps. We have been in pretty cold temps, and never had a problem with stuff in the compartments.
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Here is a setup installed under kitchen sink.
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