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Old 10-20-2020, 07:56 PM   #1
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Winterizing

we have a 2011 Aspire RB with the LP Aqua Hot. We live in Nebraska so we normally winterized our 5th wheel. This is our first winter with a DP and the AQUA Hot system. Will the bay heaters keep the plumbing warm enough so we dont need to winterize it, if we set the temperature at say 45 degrees. We are plugged into 50Amp at all times. We are heading south in January and would love to avoid winterizing and de-winterizing if possible.
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:06 PM   #2
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With 50amp available it shouldn't be a problem. Make sure basement heat is also on.

The biggest worry will be if the 50amp service goes out and you don't know it.

BTW also in Nebraska but unfortunately only have 15amp service, do I have to winterize.

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Old 10-21-2020, 06:09 AM   #3
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Make sure your propane tank is full. You can also supplement with a small electric heater for safety sake.
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You can also keep the electric Aqua Hot on, which heats up that part of the coach nicely. It's what I do when outside temps will be below freezing.
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Old 10-21-2020, 04:45 PM   #5
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We have diesel Aqua-Hot and from November to the end of December we use about $100 of fuel, but Cape Cod is a bite milder than NE. I won't turn on any heat for another week or so.
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I would check on the coach frequently for power loss and Aqua Hot operation if you choose not to winterize. (hopefully it is convenient to check on)

Otherwise, it is Probably wise to drain all the water possible and blow it out with air. (As cold as it gets in your part of the world, why risk it?) For $30 worth of anti freeze, it is very cheap insurance vs a broke water line under the floor, etc.

I live in Dallas area, and put the anti freeze in, and if we take a trip, save as much as I can, flush the lines, travel, then winterize when we return - it is a pain to do, but painless with no water line breaks.
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Just a little update. I had a friend leaving for the winter and he has a heated bus barn. Problem solved until we leave in January. Thanks for the help folks.
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Old 10-22-2020, 03:35 PM   #8
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I found it best to move south from NE, wife loves me more now that she can not have to wear a coat in December. What part are yall in? DW was a born and bread Cornhusker from Exeter (close to York).
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:19 AM   #9
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Just South of Lincoln. We would move South when I retire if I could find a safe way to ship the grand kids back and forth. LOL
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In Lincoln. Full-timing when DW retires next year.

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I'm currently at 18F here in Northern Utah this morning.Coach is parked about 100 feet from the house in a pole type barn. The electric hot water is on and the basement is at 49F on the wireless thermometer. Upstairs is apx. 55F with a small 1,500 W heater set at about 50F.

The electric hot water heater alone will keep the coach, up and down, in the 40's when outside temps are in the 20's at night. We'll be in the low teens at night in a few days and I'll add a 2nd small heater just for safety before we head south in a couple of weeks.

This method has worked well for us for many years. I would or might consider this for an entire winter with temps sometimes in the minus 10/20's,but only because the coach is nearby with wireless thermometers and a light on to monitor the 50A service. I don't think I could sleep nights using this method if the coach was stored in a remote area. I would then winterize.

These Entegra's are amazing when it comes to insulation. I couldn't do this on my previous coaches.
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When its not a covid year we usually are in Lincoln and Eagle 2-3 times during the fall. Some will wonder why, yall know why!!!
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