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Old 12-12-2021, 04:35 PM   #1
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New Owner - Short Term Winterizing?

New RV owner. Getting a travel trailer next week. If I plan to use it through the winter going south to warmer climates, how do I handle winterizing it when I'm back home for the short term?

I will be home maybe a week or two before heading south again. It will get below freezing frequently in Jan/Feb as I am in Northwest Arkansas.

I'm hoping I don't have to fully winterize it while it's in storage each time I return. Storage does have electricity if that matters.

Thanks for any advice.
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Freezing is freezing...whether long term or short term. If you have no way to leave the heat on in the RV, go through a full winterization.

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It's either winterized or it isn't. My advice is to winterize and be proficient at it. So many folks put their rigs away for the entire winter.
We can "unwinterize" in about 15 minutes and roll from home as weather permits. Those unexpected good weather days make for some of the best impromptu winter camping trips you can imagine, to mostly empty premier places. Winterizing is probably the most important maintenance item you can do yourself for virtually no cost. It's easy and shouldn't keep you from enjoying all four seasons.
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I have left the MH stored out side covered storage pugged in to 20amp 110v. I left it with the diesel heat set to 50 degrees and checked on it in the afternoon if we were going to have a cold night. Worked great for the two week wait till we went South again. 40-50 day 30's night, with high 20's two nights.
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Freezing is freezing...whether long term or short term. If you have no way to leave the heat on in the RV, go through a full winterization.

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It can't get much simpler than this. Small quantities of water freeze in a few minutes. Large quantities like a 40 gallon tank freeze in a day. Trapped water will burst pipes, pumps, and faucets.

Different RV's have different cold weather capabilities and require different protections.

I always winterize on the way home before entering a freezing forecast zone. Repairing the damage is the pits. Do you feel lucky?
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I have left the MH stored out side covered storage pugged in to 20amp 110v. I left it with the diesel heat set to 50 degrees and checked on it in the afternoon if we were going to have a cold night. Worked great for the two week wait till we went South again. 40-50 day 30's night, with high 20's two nights.
Your DS has heated bays. OP has a travel trailer. Totally different animal.
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Your DS has heated bays. OP has a travel trailer. Totally different animal.
Sorry my bad! I open low point drains, drain tanks, water heater, and ice maker. then run cheep vodka through fresh water pump. I try to avoid the pink stuff, but put it down sink/shower drains and bathroom toilets. All the toys have seem to have some quirky thing that takes special attention.
I have walked by a TT running propane heat at the same storage yard. Not sure for how long?
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I fully winterize, but at times, before I fully winterize, I put a couple of the $15 walmart heaters inside, and a couple set on low heat in the bays where water resides. I set the thermostats low and all is well.

However, this assumes you have a good layout of the pipes and pump, and know that you are indeed keeping warm what needs to be kept warm. I also determined what plugs were on what circuits so I wasn’t tripping the breaker in the middle of the night. And I made sure the thermostats were indeed coming on. I did that by checking temps in the critical areas. One could set up remote temperature monitoring in those areas.

I also turn on the water heater for the night to keep that area warm.

I only do this approach for short cold snaps, and wouldn’t trust it for temperatures in the low 20’s. At least not without remote monitoring. And the biggest beware with this approach is if something fails, or the temp drops below the capacity of the heat, you can do a LOT of damage, as others have mentioned.

With my air compressor I can blow out my lines, and pump in a little RV antifreeze in less than an hour. And of course bleeding out the antifreeze and replacing with fresh water, as already pointed out, only takes a few minutes.
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