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Old 09-11-2016, 11:15 AM   #1
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To Winterize or Not to Winterize? That is the Question

I live in El Paso Texas.
Last year, it got below freezing about 3 times during the winter.
On average, it freezes about 30 days out of the winter but rarely stays below freezing during the day. I would say that the number of days it stays below 32 degrees is about 1 per season maybe two.

So, would you winterize your MH? Or just empty all the tanks and leave all of the valves open on the faucets? I notice all of the dealers winterize, but they might just be that they are shipped that way...

First winter ever with an RV..so forgive my ignorance. I
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At a minimum I would drain all the lines and fresh tanks (including water heater) and used an air compressor to blow out the lines. It would only take a few minutes and prevent any potential damage that could occur.
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It depends, will there be an extended period of time during that cold weather when you won't be traveling? If so, go the next step beyond blowing it out with pressurized air and add the antifreeze to the system. The cost is negligible however the prevention is worth a SAVING A lot of money and hassle. When doing pressurized winterization, make sure you open and close the valves several times with the system pressurized to really work all of the water out of the lines. When you're done make sure you also pressure blow the black tank washers . Once that's done pull the inlet screens out and push your finger in that tab to remove any water from that valves.
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Using an air compressor to blow out the lines...
Any videos on how to do that?
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Using an air compressor to blow out the lines...
Any videos on how to do that?
Search on YouTube there are several good videos on it.
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You need an adapter. Buy the brass version. Do not exceed 30 - 40 pounds of pressure.
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"Better be safe than sorry" it doesn't take much to drain the whole system and blow out with air. RV antifreeze is inexpensive to pour down the sink/shower traps. Just use your 40 lbs. water reducer inline and let the air blow through by open a tap at the time. Be sure to have all the valves in "Winterize" position.
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Using an air compressor to blow out the lines...
Any videos on how to do that?
As with most things, its all right here on the forum!

http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...12-a-9335.html
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I had the one with the Schrader valve but that requires two people. I got one of these for this year:
Camco 36143 Blow Out Plug with Brass Quick Connect

That way I can hook it up and walk around instead of having someone help.
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We were in a similar situation when we lived in Houston.. As others said.. I would blow the lines out and pour some anti-freeze in the drains. Cheap and easy protection just in case.
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