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Old 03-29-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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Dewinterizers please check in...

Yep, that`s right, took the big plunge today and said goodbye to old man Winter. As I type this my fresh water system is bathing in a nice, supple, soothing, bleach water solution after I first flushed the lines then refilled. Tested the hot water heater on both electric and propane, frig on both, furnace, cleaned AC filter. No evidence of mice or any leaks, thankfully. Also have windows open and airing out.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:59 PM   #2
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Glad to hear Crabman,
Is it finally getting warm enough for crab season?
I watch Deadliest Catch, but not sure if it's the same on the East Coast.
Lot's of hard work still I am sure.

I am thinking tomorrow I will go through the same process for the water system, hot water heater and take a shower for the 1st time.
I want to see if I need Velcro or magnets on the shower curtain and probably will need a shower head with a shutoff.
While I am in there, I was thinking about cutting some 2" Styrofoam rigid insulation to shore up the floor of the shower.
From what I've seen in pictures, there's just 2ea 2x6's under each side. The middle is kind of spongy when I step in it.

I was lucky also to not find any mice damage from cold storage.

I put a Camco vent cover on today over the bath vent. The caulking was original, so I took it all off and sealed with Externabond Tape.
Need to run out and get some Dicor to touch up a few other places.

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Old 03-29-2013, 04:25 PM   #3
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Different crabs here, they actually bury and hibernate in Winter as opposed to the cold water crabs from the Bering Sea seen in Deadliest Catch. I hope to start next week..........
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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Yup, we are basking in sunshine, trailer will be pulled out to the driveway. Let the de-winterizing begin. We are scheduled to head out in mid April.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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Ah,
Ok, I understand now.
How warm does the water have to get before season begins?

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Old 03-29-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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Around 50 degrees for hard Blue Crabs. Right now its in the mid 40`s.
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Close but no cigar here, I say another 1-2 weeks just in case. Long range shows a warm up next weekend.
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OK, Crabman - you are just a week or so ahead of us here in the Shenandoah Valley. Still freezing here at night, but hopefully that will end soon. Hope your crabbing business can get started soon, so you can make some $$ with which to go camping.

While I'm on here, need some advice. Just realized that I'm approaching "Must Be Retired" status on posts. Trouble is, I'm not retired yet. Only about 9 months away. So --- do I retire early, or quit posting until the happy event ????
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:59 PM   #9
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Retire early and post often is my best advice. :hihi:
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:07 PM   #10
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Got our new 36 BHDS we took delivery on in Dec. set up on our seasonal site yesterday. Got it all level , stabilized with concrete blocks and dewinterized. Tonight is night #2 of 4 this weekend.
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Not yet here in southern Indiana. This weekend will be beautiful, rain on Easter, then back to sub freezing nightly lows for about 4 more days. Looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the 10 day forecast had a 61 degree temp. at the end, of course. Be careful Doug.
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Not yet here in southern Indiana. This weekend will be beautiful, rain on Easter, then back to sub freezing nightly lows for about 4 more days. Looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the 10 day forecast had a 61 degree temp. at the end, of course. Be careful Doug.
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I am hoping to get South without any issues. I'll feel better once we hit NM.

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Dewinterizers please check in...

We are on the plus side of thermometer this weekend, but not out of he woods yet. Still another 3-4 weeks before the snow is all gone and it is safe to dewinterize. Until then I will live vicariously through all of you guys.
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We will be taking a trip in about 4 weeks and since this will be my first dewinterize I have a couple questions. We store our TT at a facility and was wondering what people do to dewinterize their trailers.
Do you take it to a site to dump the tanks of the antifreeze? Do you bleach the system before your first use too? Do you run all systems to double check them?

I plan to bring it home and wash the outside and wipe down the interior. Also restock it with items we took out for the winter.
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Dan,
I think most people sanitize at the beginning of each season.
There's a 101 video on YouTube that's pretty straight forward.
We hadn't camped our unit yet and planning a long trip.
I checked every system today, even had wife take a shower to check for any issues or leaks.

Since all the water was basically what I would have washing the car at the curb, I just let the water run into the gutter.
The anti-freeze is non toxic too.

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Dan, Doug is correct. There shouldn't be very much antifreeze in your tanks to begin with. To start, [and you can do this at home or the campground] hook the TT up to a water source-fill fresh tank or hook up to city water connection. Turn the pump on if your using the fresh tank or turn the water on if using city connection. I like to use the pump the first time because it basically tells me if I have any leaks [by not pressurizing]. Important; make sure the water heater is in the bypass mode. It should be already if you bought the camper this winter from a dealer. Run all faucets until you see clear, don't forget the outside shower and toilet. If you're using the fresh tank, you really don't have to fill it all the way, just enough to clear the lines. If you want to sanitize at this point, add recommended amount of bleach to fresh tank and fill it all the way [this sanitizes the whole tank]. Pump the water/bleach mix into the lines and run faucets until you smell the bleach and let it sit for a while. Drain tank and fill with fresh water to rid lines of bleach smell-if you want. After this, you can open the water heater bypass to allow water into the heater. That's the basics-hope this helps, Terry
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Brought home my new camper Friday, spent yesterday organizing it, and I'll be looking for mod ideas for a 17c to get then most out of the space we have. Still to cold here to dewinterize but hopefully soon it will warm up!
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Yahoo, just finished de-winterizing, checked all systems and washed the trailer aftert sking the cover off....we are good to go and we are headed out April 12 weekend to start our season.
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