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Old 10-04-2016, 09:50 PM   #11
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You do realize that the day you decide to not winterize is the evening of 20*F temps?

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Old 10-09-2016, 01:34 PM   #12
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I know...But I don't know if I should if perhaps during the winter I want to go camping somewhere...
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Old 10-09-2016, 01:56 PM   #13
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I know...But I don't know if I should if perhaps during the winter I want to go camping somewhere...
Mutually exclusive. One has absolutely no bearing on the other... unless you like camping with broken pipes and water leaks.
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Old 10-09-2016, 02:04 PM   #14
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Pay the $10 for a few jugs of anti-freeze and winterize. That money is nothing compared to the costs and time for cracked water lines and burst pipes. Can never predicate the weather anywhere in the world, never know what this winter will be like, play it safe than sorry
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Old 10-13-2016, 04:51 PM   #15
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Okay, so I watched the video on blowing out your lines.
If you blow out your lines so there is no water in them, why add antifreeze?
What are you stopping from freezing if the lines are basically empty?

i could understand dumping some in the toilet if there was some standing water in one of the big tanks...but if the hoses have no water in them, even if there was a small amount, wouldn't it just expand a bit if it froze? There is a lot of expansion space available in the hoses that surely would take up any space that the expanding water.

If you left the faucets open..would not that even give you even more space for ware expansion?
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Do not forget to winterize the p traps. Also, the weakest link (to freezing) in your entire water system is PROBABLY the toilet water valve. How do I know?
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Do not forget to winterize the p traps. Also, the weakest link (to freezing) in your entire water system is PROBABLY the toilet water valve. How do I know?
I'm with you on that one!!
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Okay, so I watched the video on blowing out your lines.
If you blow out your lines so there is no water in them, why add antifreeze?
What are you stopping from freezing if the lines are basically empty?

i could understand dumping some in the toilet if there was some standing water in one of the big tanks...but if the hoses have no water in them, even if there was a small amount, wouldn't it just expand a bit if it froze? There is a lot of expansion space available in the hoses that surely would take up any space that the expanding water.

If you left the faucets open..would not that even give you even more space for ware expansion?
The reason is that it is hard to get all the water out. Once you are done blowing everything out a bit of water can pool back in an area and then freeze. If this is a straight section of pipe it may be able to expand but if it is an elbow or some other fitting or your pump expansion could break stuff.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:51 AM   #19
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One other option. Do you park your rig where you have access to shore power? Considering how far South you are, you might want to consider just putting a small space heater inside your unit for the few nights it gets that cold. Of course you would have to remember to turn it on, but as long as your plumbing runs are all inside the coach, that should keep it warm enough to prevent anything from freezing up. I would still drain the fresh and pop the low point drains, but I don' t think I would bother blowing out and all the other tricks for such a warm climate, especially if you are still using the unit semi-regularly.


Up here in Canada where it gets darned cold a heater is all I do for the plumbing in our unheated crawlspace for a 4 season cottage; it almost never dips down below freezing down there even though it's -40 outside (I monitor with a remote sensing thermometer). Sure, I winterize the heck out of our TT, but it does freeze down to the outside temperature. As you state it, your rig should never really freeze, and keeping a little bit of heat in there on the coldest days may be all you need.


ETA - about half the guys giving you advice here live up in Canada where we are pretty rabid about winterizing. I don't think the risk is that severe on the Southern US border...
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I remember the ole trick dad used he kept a bulb burning in the pump house water never froze, if bulb was out pump froze up. amazing how much heat the old bulbs put out. I always winterize no fun trying to fix pex hidden in walls.
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