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View Poll Results: Who winterizes your RV?
I do my own winterizing 616 87.13%
I get a dealer or RV service center to winterize 42 5.94%
I never winterize because I fulltime 8 1.13%
I get a friend or relative to help me because I`m cluless 4 0.57%
I never winterize because it never gets that cold here. 32 4.53%
I enjoy having frozen pipes, never think about it 5 0.71%
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:36 AM   #111
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I used to do both, blow out the lines then add the antifreeze, and after a while I just thought that was silly so now I just blow out the lines. I am always concerned with doing this so I may go overboard with my approach but I haven't had an issue with this method.

There is still a need for antifreeze though, have to get those sink traps filled with the stuff.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:23 AM   #112
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I used to do both, blow out the lines then add the antifreeze, and after a while I just thought that was silly so now I just blow out the lines. I am always concerned with doing this so I may go overboard with my approach but I haven't had an issue with this method.

There is still a need for antifreeze though, have to get those sink traps filled with the stuff.

But will just blowing out the lines work on the water pump and accumulator tank (if you have one) or would water be trapped in there?
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:32 PM   #113
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What winterizing? asks the guy in Florida...
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:12 PM   #114
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But will just blowing out the lines work on the water pump and accumulator tank (if you have one) or would water be trapped in there?
I don't have an accumulator, and I drain the water tank, run the pump until dry, then blow out the lines. BUT that IS one of my concerns, haven't had an issue yet.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:01 AM   #115
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I do my own winterizing and I blow out the lines first with compressed air and than run antifreeze through everything. I probably use too much, as I used 8 gallons to winterize our Pinnacle.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:47 PM   #116
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I used to have the dealer do it for piece of mind. Now I do it myself. Pretty hard to screw it up after doing it the first time.
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:32 PM   #117
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The manual wasn't very helpful, so I took pictures of the valves and marked them up in a PDF that I can refer to anytime I winterize/dewinterize the camper. I have lots of notes on things that the manual doesn't cover.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:25 PM   #118
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I have done it since the first year and I could not believe it was so easy I thought I had done it wrong. But no. This is the coldest year we have had here in MN so I hope I did it correct. We will see.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:57 PM   #119
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Beware of my mistake. I bought a 2010 Jaco Eagle Super Lite last fall. I was not familiar with newer 5th Wheels. I had to winterize in a hurry. Grabbed the manual and went straight to the 'Winterizing the Plumbing System' in the owners manual. I actually used the air pressure method and followed with the RV antifreeze method. I followed the steps in the manual. No mention of draining the water heater. There was no drain valve on the tank. I assumed that somehow the tank drained itself in the process. You probably have guessed. Busted water tank. In January I took out the manual. Low and behold under 'Operating Instructions' there are also Draining and Winterization instructions. 'Water heater must be drained'. Too late for me. An expensive lesson.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:22 AM   #120
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I also use the air method after draining then use way too much Antifreeze. It's a couple more dollars for my peace of mind. Quite frankly I'm way more worried about rodents breaking in than anything else during the winter. I just watch the ads for deals on RV Antifreeze, then buy a couple cases. I'll have some left over in case we get a "re-freeze" in the spring after dewinterizing.
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