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Old 02-19-2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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Winterizing?

Hello, Friends -

Hubby and I have been tent camera fire decades. We're older now and last Fall decided to purchase a used TT (2012 Jay Flight Swift 145 SLX). We purchased it in late October, towed it home, put a cover on it, and called it a day. We live in Upstate NY, so no camping was gonna happen for at least six or seven months...

So now I find out that campers should always be "winterized." We did not do that, altho all tanks and water lines are empty and dry. We did not put antifreeze anywhere -- never even occurred to us.

So Folks, how much of a "world of hurt" are we likely to be in by not having "winterized" the trailer?

Thx in advance...

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Old 02-20-2018, 06:04 AM   #2
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Assuming the camper has been outside thru several freezes already, it's too late to winterize. Do you know what the previous owner did to winterize? If the lines were blown out with compressed air, chances are you will be ok but if someone just ran the pump until water stopped running then called it good, you will likely have cracked lines. Just a small amount of trapped water in a fitting is enough to expand and crack a fitting.

You can test your system now by running antifreeze thru the lines or you can wait until spring and run city water and hope everything was done correctly before it was sold.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:12 AM   #3
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1st congratulations on the new camper.

Hopefully you have good insurance, as you might need it. In reality it is hard to say at this point. The previous owner might have drained the system, or even winterized it for you.

The tanks being empty is a good thing. Was the water heater empty? If not it will be damaged. The water lines are made of PEX, which should hold up to the expansion of the freezing water. However, the pex pipe fittings don't like frozen water in them, and will break.

For now, sit back and have a beer. In the spring, keep an eye on it.

Do you have an air compressor? If so, when it thaws, connect the compressor to the City water connection with a pressure gauge and a shutoff valve, set the pressure regulator to no more than 40 psi. Open the faucets and low point drains, pressurize the system, and flush any water out. There is always some residual water, so do not freak out. Next close the faucets, and low point drains. Pressurize the system, have a pressure gauge between the Compressor connection and the camper, shut off the air, with a shutoff valve and isolate the TT. If the pressure drops, more than 1 psi in 24 hours you most likely have a leak. Air can escape really quickly from a small leak.

Most of the test fittings you can get in the plumbing section of a major hardware store, a male hose to male air compressor fitting. I use a garden hose shutoff valve, as it has the right threads. As for a pressure gauge, you will have to make up your own fitting, as most fitting are setup for traditional pipe fittings and not hose threads.

If the pipes where full of water, the most expensive damage was to the water heater. the rest of the items will be labor to replace the pex fittings. Also the water pump has a small filter screen bowl that might have cracked, and you'll have to replace it too.

Good luck, please keep us updated.
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Inform yourself how the systems in the TT works and just relax till you are ready to get things ready. If things need repair here on this forum you'll find lots of answers for DIY.
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As said above, relax and have an adult beverage. Learn what you can about the water system and hope your very lucky
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:54 PM   #6
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Thank you, All. Ok - we're relaxed and staying hopeful :-D. Truth is, as lifelong tent campers using nearby NY state campgrounds, we're quite used to public shower, etc facilities. We really don't expect to use the TT indoor plumbing a whole lot. Still, would prefer for things not to leak, lol. Guess we'll find out in a few months when "not camping season" is finally over. Thanks for your input - much appreciated.

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