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Old 12-04-2020, 11:51 AM   #1
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Winterizing my new RV

I am about to fly down and pick up a new RV to me. I have had a travel trailer before but never a self contained RV. The RV is in the South and I am in The Northern Rockies where it fluctuates between 0-25 degrees each day. So obviously I need to winterize.

I have watched a video so know I need to shut off the water heater and add air to the water system and drain all sinks and tanks. Then pour RV antifreeze in anything with a P-trap, sinks and potty. Shower also?

Is there anything else I need to do, besides draining the tanks?

I will be on the road with a new RV and won't have the resources of my home and tools but feel I need to do this before the RV arrives in the frigid north.

Also it is very likely I will want to be using the RV this winter to go to visit warmer climates since I have chosen not to ski until a vaccine is in me. Is there any shortcut to this or do I need to winterize and unwinterize each time I go south and return to a cold climate?
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Do you have a washer/dryer? Or an ice maker? Know where your low point drains are and how many you have?

I do the blow, pink, blow, routine. I blow out the water system with 40psi of air, pump antifreeze around, and blow the antifreeze out.

"..I need to shut off the water heater and add air to the water system and drain all sinks and tanks. Then pour RV antifreeze in anything with a P-trap, sinks and potty. Shower also?"

You need to drain your water heater, and you need to bypass it if you're gonna pump antifreeze around, and I like to unplug the 120vac side just because I'm there and I can. Yes, the shower has a P-trap. Put at least a pint down each one.
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Don't forget the outside shower
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Do you have a washer/dryer? Or an ice maker? Know where your low point drains are and how many you have?

I do the blow, pink, blow, routine. I blow out the water system with 40psi of air, pump antifreeze around, and blow the antifreeze out.
No Icemaker but there is an outside shower. There-in lies the problem. I don't know that I can find 40psi air on the road.
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Unless you are toting a compressor you don’t have much choice other than bypassing the water heater and running pink antifreeze through your water lines. Blowing air is only one solution, antifreeze can be another. You should confirm you have a winterizing kit installed with a valve and antifreeze pickup line near your water pump.
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Bypass w/Heater on

Say, has anyone bypassed Hot Water Heater but left it on, pinked the rest of the system?? I would be doing this because itís mild enough now in NE PA, but some below 32 nights, worried about thin piping. I plan to head South in 2 weeks. Just to be lazy not to drain the tank. Iím also carrying 3/4 full fresh water tank, not worried about freezing now.
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First things - use Search. This is discussed multiple times a month across many years. It's the easy way to fill in all the blanks that a new purchase will open.

Maybe this will work
https://www.irv2.com/forums/search.p...rchid=29085421

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First things - use Search. This is discussed multiple times a month across many years. It's the easy way to fill in all the blanks that a new purchase will open.

Maybe this will work
https://www.irv2.com/forums/search.p...rchid=29085421

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Normally I would but I am battling time on two fronts. I am battling time on two fronts. Trying to get an outdoor construction project finished before I leave and also trying to get all the ducks lined up to make this purchase happen smoothly in a short period of time with the resources I can carry on a plane with me.

I have come up with a solution. My toylike compressor died while trying to top off my truck this summer so I will buy a medium priced compressor from Harbor Freight when I arrive at the location, use it to winterize. Then donate it to the truck and buy an RV sized compressor for my new rig.
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Say, has anyone bypassed Hot Water Heater but left it on, pinked the rest of the system?? I would be doing this because itís mild enough now in NE PA, but some below 32 nights, worried about thin piping. I plan to head South in 2 weeks. Just to be lazy not to drain the tank. Iím also carrying 3/4 full fresh water tank, not worried about freezing now.
Yes, Chuck Norris can bypass his hwh and leave it on and pink the rest of the system. However, no one else can. Unless you like to shower in pink; I hear it gives the skin a wonderful glow.
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Finding 40psi air on the road is soooo easy. First, you buy a compressor, the one you were going to buy anyway to do your tire pressure adjustments and to blow out your system. Then, ...
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