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Old 11-08-2017, 06:44 AM   #1
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How long does it take you to winterize/de-winterize?

I feel like I need to winterize soon as the coach is stored outside in central Illinois. This will be the first time I've done this so for the purpose of budgeting time, I'm wondering how long it takes you start to finish.

Question part two is in regards to the time you spend de-winterizing. I'd like to be able to take some weekend trips but I hate to not be able to use the toilet and water. So how long does it take you?

My feeling is that it isn't going to be practical to de-winterize for the weekend but maybe there are some compromises I can make or tricks I could employ.

What's your opinion, tips, and tricks?
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:23 AM   #2
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We live in a moderate climate here just north of Houston, So winterization is just short of non existent. I disconnect the coach batteries and if we get a forecast for freezing weather I'll run up to the RV storage lot and open the drain lines and if it's an extended freeze on occasion, I'll pull the plug on the water heater. Generally, once per month I bring it to the house to do drivetrain and genny under load warm up and connect and charge up the coach batteries by plugging into the house. I am giving thought to buying the RV antifreeze and put some in all the drains.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:32 AM   #3
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It takes me about an hour tops both ways. When we want to use the coach in freezing temps and are too lazy to dewinterize, we will drink bottled water and avoid using any of the fresh water plumbing. We have however used the toilet in freezing conditions, just pour water down the toilet from a jug instead of flushing, and keep adding some antifreeze to the black tank to keep it from freezing.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:20 AM   #4
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For your first time I would guess 1.5 hours, but with experience it is probably 3/4 hour or maybe even less. I use the air blow out method and could do mine in about 30-40 minutes.

If you have to deal with an ice maker and washer/dryer, you need to spend some advance time getting up to speed on the procedure. And if you will be using potable antifreeze, learn how to access the water pump and get pump suction on the antifreeze container, or some alternative method getting the AF into the plumbing. Some advance preparation makes those easy enough, but lack of prep is a killer of both time and success.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:01 AM   #5
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Living along the coast in southeastern Virginia my winters are not too bad and I've had no problems with just a drain and blow out of the water system. Maybe 30 minutes to perform. Add another 30 minutes to remove all food, personal hygiene and other type stuff I can use at home for the winter. De-winterizing 30 minutes to restock and 5 minutes for refilling the potable water system and getting the air out of the lines.

My coach is pretty simple so tricks or tips to speed the process I really don't have. My advise would be don't forget to drain the outside shower and the water line to the toilet flush valve. If you have a dual fuel water heater (gas and electric) trip the breaker for the electric side. Turn the electric side on without water in the tank will overheat the heating element rather quickly. In the spring don't forget to reset the water heater valves.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:03 AM   #6
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Takes me about an hour. But that includes pumping antifreeze thru the lines and into the washer water pump. If I did not have a washer to contend with I could be done in 30 minutes or less.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:47 AM   #7
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There are links in this link that will tell you how and maybe give you hints as to some weekend camping.
Once you have done a few times it will be a piece of cake to you.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:58 AM   #8
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I haven't winterized in years since the rig is beside the house and plugged in. Right now it's on 15-20 amps as wind blew my fence down and my 30 amp plug was on it. Fence is fixed but not the plug as I planned to put a 50 amp in and didn't get to it.
When it gets below freezing I turn the AquaHot on at it's lowest setting, took about 10 gallons last year and it was colder than usual. That consumption included exercising the generator.
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Took me less than an hour, used air, dumped the pink stuff into all the needed areas as well...
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It took my wife and I about 1.5 hours to winterize our rig. We pump RV antifreeze through all the lines. We tried blowing out the lines once but had a line freeze and brake that had a low spot in it. Also we have a washer that needs to have antifreeze in it to pump out so the drain does not freeze and brake. We use about 4.5 gallons of antifreeze.

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Old 11-08-2017, 11:20 AM   #11
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That varies coach to coach. My older Damons used to take me about an hour after the tanks and water lines were drained. Those coachs had a low point drain that worked pretty good. Then I had a pump with tank that I rigged up with a bypass valve set to 35 lbs. I poured 2 gal of antifreeze in the tank, turned it on hooked up to the city side, then opened each faucet till the antifreeze came out. Stool and shower the same way.

My Dolphin has a better set up from the factory. I made sure my black tank was clean and MT before I started. Open the fresh water tank and low point drains, close the water heater bypass, drain that, then hook up the hose to the antifreeze jug and turn on the pump. Open each faucet till the antifreeze came out. Stool and shower the same way. Then drain the gray and black tank again. Takes about 1/2 hour.
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:31 PM   #12
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Takes me about 30 min. I open all the drains, then come back in an hour or so and pump antifreeze into the lines, then dump some down each drain. I use about 3 gallons of antifreeze, I buy it for about $2 a gallon when its on sale.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:20 PM   #13
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Seems like I might be able to use the toilet and flush with a pitcher of water plus some antifreeze. Maybe even dump the tank afterwards. If it's cold, and just for the weekend I can forgo the shower or use the bath house. Sleeping in a warm bed is something I'm excited about.
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Takes me about an hour but that includes blowing it all out and then using rv-antifreeze (have aquahot, washer and icemaker). De-winterizing is done at camp (just turn the faucets on!).

FYI if you have an aquahot you MUST use can't get the water out of the coils with air.
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