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Old 10-02-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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End of season

The DW and DC (dear child) and I got home this afternoon from our last camping trip of the season. We had some minor issues in our 16 trips and the dealer handled them heroically and timely with our warranty. I still am very happy we switched to Jayco and got the 2 year warranty. I have already pulled the low point drains and took out the water filter which was plum full of iron deposits and sand. I am glad that filter was there! Now I guess I'm going to have to read up on the proper winterization process for our 377. I am hoping to use less than 2 gallons of antifreeze. We are a little sad this season is over but are already looking forward to next year!
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:44 PM   #2
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Sorry about the last camping trip. We live in Az and we don't have a last camping trip. We camp all year long.
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
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The DW and DC (dear child) and I got home this afternoon from our last camping trip of the season. We had some minor issues in our 16 trips and the dealer handled them heroically and timely with our warranty. I still am very happy we switched to Jayco and got the 2 year warranty. I have already pulled the low point drains and took out the water filter which was plum full of iron deposits and sand. I am glad that filter was there! Now I guess I'm going to have to read up on the proper winterization process for our 377. I am hoping to use less than 2 gallons of antifreeze. We are a little sad this season is over but are already looking forward to next year!
We're in the same place. Last trip was a week ago. TT is parked for the winter. Protecting it from freezing temps will be very soon.

Don't skimp in the antifreeze. A $5 bottle is protecting an expen$ive toy. One broken fitting more than pays for an extra bottle of pink stuff!
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:05 AM   #4
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We have one last trip starting Thursday.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:27 AM   #5
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I winterized 2 weeks ago, took almost exactly 2 gallons. If you blow out all of your lines with air, you could probably get by with 1 gallon, mostly just in your drains. I know a few people here go with that approach. I may try that next year when I have more confidence that I can purge the water out of everything that isn't being displaced with the RV antifreeze. Not taking any chances this time around.
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We're in the same place. Last trip was a week ago. TT is parked for the winter. Protecting it from freezing temps will be very soon.

Don't skimp in the antifreeze. A $5 bottle is protecting an expen$ive toy. One broken fitting more than pays for an extra bottle of pink stuff!
I have 2 more trips left this season before I winterize. When I used to do my boat I never scrimped on antifreeze. I always used way more then I needed just to be sure. I plan to do the same with my camper...
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In 35 PLUS years I have never used the pink stuff and have never had any problems with lines freezing I blow out the lines with air and also blow out all drain traps Leave the low point drains open and then a few days later give the lines another shot of air. Instead of using the pink stuff I will add windshield washer solvent in all drain traps. Drain the WH. Also make sure all tanks are empty and the water pump is dry
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In 35 PLUS years I have never used the pink stuff and have never had any problems with lines freezing I blow out the lines with air and also blow out all drain traps Leave the low point drains open and then a few days later give the lines another shot of air. Instead of using the pink stuff I will add windshield washer solvent in all drain traps. Drain the WH. Also make sure all tanks are empty and the water pump is dry

It only takes once.... and a broken pipe will cost more than your lifetime savings on anti-freeze before you even get started fixing the damage. Glad it works for you.... Why is it that a guy will spend a small fortune on a trailer and then play cheapskate games with it when it comes to maintenance?

The fact that you go back a few days later to blow it out a second time just demonstrates that even you aren't positive you got it all out.
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We decided our last trip has already occurred. Work and life has just gotten in the way this fall, and there just is not any open weekends until December. So I guess I will have to think about cleaning her up.

As for using less than two gallons of antifreeze, I can do it in less than a gallon, but I buy two. I first blow out the water lines with CA (Compressed Air). Then when I am satisfied, I then add antifreeze. I store my HTT in northern MN, and it can get really cold (-30 or less). So I do not like to dilute my antifreeze.
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Sound here, temperatures of -30* for extended periods of time are not unheard of. I blow out the lines, pump antifreeze through them, then blow them out again. Whatever ends up in the drains will protect those. Extra work, but I know it's done properly; anything left in the lines is only antifreeze. In the spring I just fill up the fresh water tank with water and bleach solution and pump that through the whole system, flushing and sanitizing at the same time.
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