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Old 03-30-2016, 01:03 PM   #1
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Hi there, just bought a 2001 28ft. Jayco Designer C Class with 14K miles on it and I am considering taking it 2 hours north to McCall Idaho for a weekend of skiing with the family. The temps will be above freezing for most of the trip but when we take it up to the hill the temp will be right around freezing. I was told by the seller that it has been winterized, any risks with freezing or anything like that? All tanks are empty.

Second question, I don't really need drinking or tap water but having use of the toilet would be very handy. I assume the toilet runs off the same tank as drinking so I would need to fill to use? I apologize for the rookie like question, this is all new to me and just don't want to damage anything. Any other tips you have for camping out in the mild winter conditions is appreciated.

Thanks in advanced for your help.
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Congrats on your new rig. Yes, there is one fresh water tank that supplies water to the toilet as well as any faucets and shower. So you would need water in the fresh water tank in order to flush the toilet.
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From your description it sounds like you may be ok to utilize the fresh water tank. In order to do so you will need to de-winterize. However, with temps around freezing, at night and even during the day, you will need to run the heater to keeps things thawed inside.
I cold weather camp quite often. Some things you may want to consider.
Don't de winterize just yet. Its only a weekend trip and you say you don't plan on using the tap. So get yourself a couple of 5 gallon water jugs and keep them in the bathtub.

Buy a bottle or two of RV antifreeze and bag of water softener salt.

When you urinate, put a cup of the water softener salt in the toilet first. Do your business and flush it utilizing enough of the water from the water jugs and add half cup of RV antifreeze.

When you defecate, fill the bowl with water, add a cup of RV anti freeze and once done flush, rinse if necessary (remember add RV anti freeze).

Don't forget to pre fill your black tank if a gallon or two and your toilet chemicals and a couple cups of RV antifreeze.

I have done this routine religiously, while doing December hunts in temps as low at 30 below zero. I leave my TT winterized and I keep all the water inside in a 35 gallon container and a couple 5 gallon jugs. I utilize a couple extra 20lb propane tanks and leave a Buddy heater as my main heat source during the day while I am out, and during the night. I run main onboard heater with the generator in the evenings until we go to bed. (this keeps the batteries charged and heats the TT more efficiently.)
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