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Old 07-20-2018, 08:46 AM   #1
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Dewinterizing on the way, or do you wait?

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We will trying our first snowbirding trip this year. We will leave from Iowa right after Christmas. Our Greyhawk will be winterized in the fall. Should we schedule a stop over on the way to Florida, or wait until we get there to dewinterize? The complication is having our two dogs along. I figure I will get as far south as I can the first day and then hopefully we wonít have freezing problems. Our RV has tank heaters. Iím more worried about the small lines.

Any advice for this trip is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:51 AM   #2
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IF your staying in the rig and using the furnace (not a catalytic heater) then you should be good after the first night. BUT make sure you leave the lower cabinet doors open so heat can get at the lines.
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A friend has one of the small Class B on a Mercedes's chassis. He carries a couple cases of water and a couple jugs of windshield fluid, to start the trip off with. While still winterized, they flush with wiper fluid. Wash hands with bottled water.

He stated they have de winterized two different ways like you described. If the weather warms up and he has a place to flush the system he has done such. He has also waited until he made it all the way to his final destination in Florida.

Do you know where your water lines run? If they are inside the coach, in the cabinets, I would feel completely fine de-winterizing early and use the tank heaters. If the pipes are down below and in the hatches, I would be more concerned.

We have been out in the low 20's in our HTT, with no tank heaters, no enclosed underbelly, and not had any issues. Our pipes do run inside the cabinets.
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IF your staying in the rig and using the furnace (not a catalytic heater) then you should be good after the first night. BUT make sure you leave the lower cabinet doors open so heat can get at the lines.
Thanks. The lines run basically inside the coach. We will be using the furnace. I like the idea of taking water and such along for the trip down. We will probably have to do the opposite when we head back at the end of February.

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A friend has one of the small Class B on a Mercedes's chassis. He carries a couple cases of water and a couple jugs of windshield fluid, to start the trip off with. While still winterized, they flush with wiper fluid. Wash hands with bottled water.

He stated they have de winterized two different ways like you described. If the weather warms up and he has a place to flush the system he has done such. He has also waited until he made it all the way to his final destination in Florida.

Do you know where your water lines run? If they are inside the coach, in the cabinets, I would feel completely fine de-winterizing early and use the tank heaters. If the pipes are down below and in the hatches, I would be more concerned.

We have been out in the low 20's in our HTT, with no tank heaters, no enclosed underbelly, and not had any issues. Our pipes do run inside the cabinets.
Thanks. The lines run basically inside the coach. We will be using the furnace. I like the idea of taking water and such along for the trip down. We will probably have to do the opposite when we head back at the end of February.

Thanks again
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Old 07-20-2018, 02:23 PM   #6
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A friend has one of the small Class B on a Mercedes's chassis. He carries a couple cases of water and a couple jugs of windshield fluid, to start the trip off with. While still winterized, they flush with wiper fluid. Wash hands with bottled water.
Not a good idea, that put's alcohol in the black tank. Should use RV antifreeze.
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Not a good idea, that put's alcohol in the black tank. Should use RV antifreeze.
Good input.
I guess I have a few things to think about.
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Good input.
I guess I have a few things to think about.
I personally think you will be fine even if you dewinterize right before you leave. We had our 01 Designer MH as well as our 08 Seneca out in 13-17 degree temps with no heated tanks with no problem.
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We dewinterize as soon as we are sure the temps will stay above freezing and allow a little for wind chill ie if it will be a high of 34 for a travel day we will wait to dewinterize.

We have dewinterized and winterized at least four times going back and forth to Florida. its much nicer to dewinterize at a full service campground as you will be flushing a lot of water.

We know we have to dewinterize enroute and our first stop 10 hours has to still be in potentially subfreezing temps in PA, As we have two more nights enroute to FL ( 1600 miles) we want to have water as soon as possible!
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Old 07-20-2018, 11:28 PM   #10
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We've left several years from the QC on Christmas day to be in Orlando on the 27th. Both in a DP and now the fifth wheel. Only 1 year did we dewinterize before we left because it was 55. Having froze the pipes in Illinois on the way back in the DP, I don't chance it anymore. Our first night is always at a campground at the first exit in Tennessee. We dewinterize in the morning before we leave. I topically winterize in Georgia on the way back in January. This year it was in a rest area, but normally in a campground.
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