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Old 10-08-2013, 05:20 AM   #1
Glenn the fifth
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That time of year...

Hello all, another successful camping season is now over and it is time to "put her to bed" for the approaching winter. First off- I live up near Seattle and it seldom gets down to even the low 20s in the winter here. My trailer is under cover, but not an enclosed cover in the front or back (open carport of sorts). I always take the anode out of the hot water heater to drain the tank and inspect the rod. I drain the fresh water tank by opening the valve in back just below it and I then always blow out the water lines with 30 lb air opening each faucet and the shower until all water is out. I have never put RV antifreeze in the trailer either by pumping it into the water lines or by pouring it into the "pee traps" of the drains. I leave the fantasic fan vent open about an inch and leave a small ceramic heater in the trailer set at 45 degrees. I open the cabinet doors to allow air flow under the kitchen sink and leave the bathroom door open to allow air flow in there too. My question is- do I really need to blow out the water lines? I have always wondered if I just open what I believe are the "low point drains" under the service center (two water lines that stick out the bottom of the trailer with a blue and red cap on them (I think those are the colors), would that drain most, if not all water out of the lines? Once again, looking for opinions. Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions. -Glenn
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:07 AM   #2
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We here in the south are just getting cool enough to start camping in earnest. Our favorite time of year! Come and enjoy! PS: did you know a Master Cheif named Tommy Smith, a Nuclear Torpedo specialist? A Charleston resident, works as County Emergency Manager. My cousin.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:10 AM   #3
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I firmly believe the best way to winterized a RV is to move south if possible
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:49 AM   #4
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We here in the south are just getting cool enough to start camping in earnest. Our favorite time of year! Come and enjoy! PS: did you know a Master Cheif named Tommy Smith, a Nuclear Torpedo specialist? A Charleston resident, works as County Emergency Manager. My cousin.
Hello Hook, I retired from that world in 2006 and spent most of my time here on the West Coast. I too was a Master Chief and Chief of the Boat, but his name is not familiar.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:00 AM   #5
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You are correct. The red and blue lines are low point drains. I'd still at least use air, if not antifreeze after I drain them. Having watched them built I wouldn't bet against low spots somewhere. If you have a washer/dryer or both you'll need antifreeze for the washer. It's not worth the problems that a sudden unusual cold snap could cause and cost.
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You are correct. The red and blue lines are low point drains. I'd still at least use air, if not antifreeze after I drain them. Having watched them built I wouldn't bet against low spots somewhere. If you have a washer/dryer or both you'll need antifreeze for the washer. It's not worth the problems that a sudden unusual cold snap could cause and cost.
I'm with Dick. Living where we do, I blow out the lines and then add the RV fluid. Cheap insurance against an expensive repair. You might also cover the tires, as well as lower all the blinds to prevent UV damage.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:57 AM   #7
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Also don't forget any water left in the lines could and probably would be a breeding ground for bacteria.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:44 AM   #8
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I would add the Pink Stuff for the time it takes great Insurance
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:21 PM   #9
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Thanks, getting some great advice here so far.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:43 PM   #10
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Of course you can also use Jack Daniels instead of RV antifreeze. It would make de-winterizing a lot more fun!
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:14 PM   #11
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Thanks Tom, might have to try that. -Glenn
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True-dat!!!
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