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Old 02-21-2018, 06:06 AM   #1
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De-Winterizing

Hi everyone, last year was our first time getting an RV in August when we bought our Jayco 232RB. So far we love it. We live in Michigan. In two weeks I am on Mid-Winter break from work and would like to go through the process of de-winterizing it. Temps from then through April will be in the highs 35-45, however lows in the 20s. Is it safe to do this yet, or should I wait until the lows are above freezing at night?
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:21 AM   #2
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I say it would be safer to wait until the night temps got warmer.
Or you could leave the heater on around 45 - 50 degrees like I did here in Ga. But that got a little more costlier than I had expected refilling the propane tanks so many times. Then I tried a portable heater and that was nice but then my power bill for the home increased $30.00 that month. I finally gave in and winterized it in late Dec.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:29 AM   #3
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I would suggest in regards to using the water you wait until you are sure that there is no chance of the water lines freezing, even overnight. A burst water line can be a real headache to fix and do a lot of damage inside the trailer. We live in Southern Ontario and have had temperatures well below freezing in March in the past.


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Last March 13-15 we got 42 inches of snow here in NY ! I don't do anything involving water until late April.
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:19 AM   #5
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Spring here in New Mexico is so unpredictable that waiting until all danger of freezing is gone means that we wouldn't start camping until late May. Too long for us. I will winterize and dewinterize several times between now and then. Using the water pump bypass, it only takes about 10 minutes to dewinterize with fresh water from a 5 gallon jug or to winterize with rv antifreeze from the gallon jugs it comes in. Well worth the peace of mind between spring trips.
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Last March 13-15 we got 42 inches of snow here in NY ! I don't do anything involving water until late April.
Weather like that I don't think I would do anything involving leaving the house LOL

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Old 02-21-2018, 08:08 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone, I may just put the battery back in, plug into house power back to it on mid-winter break and wait until mid April to get water back in it. We have a camping trip right in the beginning of May and wanted to get it ready sooner if we could.
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Weather like that I don't think I would do anything involving leaving the house LOL

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Having crazy weather this week. Its hitting 70 F today and tomorrow 1-3 inches of ice and snow
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Having crazy weather this week. Its hitting 70 F today and tomorrow 1-3 inches of ice and snow
WOW. If that weather won't make ya sick nothin would

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I would definitely wait until mid April. From a fellow Michigander I have been totally surprised with April weather.
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Golden rule here is don't plant the garden until the weekend after Good Friday. I did that and one year I had to replace over half my garden because the freeze killed it

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