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Old 10-20-2020, 10:26 PM   #1
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Cold weather

Heading to pickup Motorhome tomorrow. Will be in very cold weather for 3 to 4 days. Teens at night 25 to 35 during the day . Any recommendations. Are jacks ok to use? Water for refrigerator? Water line to generator? Any thing else. We will be plugged in.
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What model and year are you getting?
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Sorry picking up 2020 Dutchstar 3709 in Washington and heading to Spokane then home.
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I wouldn't put out a hose overnight, fill the tank and use the water in the tank. If you run the heated floors or the Oasis, you'll be fine, as they will keep the bays warm. Your inverter and other electronics are in the bays and keep things pretty toasty.

Other components, like slides and jacks will be okay. Make sure you have the dealer/Newmar show you how to turn on the engine block heater. If you're getting below 40 degrees at night, run the block heater so the engine is warm when you start the coach in the mornings. On the newer models, the engine block heater switch is in the cabinet above the driver.

I guess the only thing is be careful through the Lake Shasta area and in the Siskiyous Mountains. You'll have an engine brake to slow you down, but it shouldn't be used in wet or icy conditions, unless you're REALLY familiar what it can do.
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When you pick it up the dealer should go over the systems with you. Pay attention when he discuss the holding tanks and how they get heated. They should be okay if you are staying in the DS and keeping the heat on.

The jacks (levelers) should also be okay.

If you are uncertain don't put water onboard until you get into warmer weather. Carry water jugs and use them for flushing and washing. We leave NJ in the winter and travel to Fl. I don't put water onboard until I'm in warmer weather where I know freezing will not be a problem .
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If when your home this link will have winterization if you need it, good luck with new coach safe travels.
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Your hot water line to the generator has a shut off valve on the supply line in the first compartment aft of your house batteries. Ours is near the frame rail so you need to look up in the compartment to find it. Shut it off and then drain the exposed portion of the line by opening either the valve or the drain line valve at the generator.
We have had our 2017 DS in single digit temps several times with no problems, just protect the gen line.
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In addition to the above, while driving, you do need to have the oasis burner on, if temps are 30 or lower. With the engine running, the engine coolant will keep the oasis warm, however, the burner needs to be on for it to function. The burner will not kick-in while driving, unless extra heat or hot water is required.


You can use the jack levelers in the cold. however, they do take a very long time to 'Store' in the morning, when cold. If your park spot is level enough, you might consider using the airbags to level.
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