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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:54 am 
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Looking for help in regards to winterizing or not.....I will be traveling from Minneapolis MN to Wichita KS on Dec. 16th and the setting up shop there for a few months, I should be set back up late that night or the next morning. Is there a need to winterize just for traveling to keep things from freezing up? I will be setting up fulltime when I arrive in Kansas.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:35 am 
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how about running with the heater on?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:14 am 
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I would drain the tanks, open the low point drains and drain the hot water heater. Throwing a little antifreeze down the drains won't hurt, either.

BTW - I do the first three activities after every trip, and then put the caps back on when at storage.


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Running the furnace will keep the tanks and lines in the basement from freezing. If you are on a FHU site heated water hoses might be in order. I made my own since they are so expensive, used heat tape from Lowes on a std RV water hose and wrapped with some foam tape worked great. Also if on a FHU site you can use space heaters for inside and the basement to save on propane.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:08 pm 
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birchyboy wrote:
I would drain the tanks, open the low point drains and drain the hot water heater. Throwing a little antifreeze down the drains won't hurt, either.

BTW - I do the first three activities after every trip, and then put the caps back on when at storage.



With this said....I am assuming the low point drains are the red & white pex lines sticking below the belly behind the convenience center with black caps on them for draining purposes ??

These two lines are probably close to froze on the bottom side I would assume. It has been in the single digits up here in MN for a minute now. I could only assume that they are not frozen above the underbelly as I keep the furnace working pretty hot :) With that said if,, I plan on being away from my RV for around 3 weeks during the Christmas holiday I plan on maybe blowing out the lines instead of RV antifreeze should I attempt to thaw these low drains before blowing any lines out?

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If you're going to be gone that long and it is going to be below freezing most of the time you would do good to use antifreeze in the system. My first year up here in Idaho I only blew my water system out. Spring came and I spent $120 to replace the head and strainer on the water pump. It was due to not removing all the water from the head that froze and caused it to crack.jmtcw.Dave

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If you're going to be gone that long and it is going to be below freezing most of the time you would do good to use antifreeze in the system. My first year up here in Idaho I only blew my water system out. Spring came and I spent $120 to replace the head and strainer on the water pump. It was due to not removing all the water from the head that froze and caused it to crack.jmtcw.Dave

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Yes... thaw them out. Mine froze before departure home on a trip early this season so I filled a pan with hot water and held it over the pipes after I took the caps off and it opened them right up. Open all faucets inside then to allow all water to drain out and leave them open to keep pressure from building up. Remember the outside shower and empty the hot water heater. You should be good to go then.

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