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Old 10-21-2015, 09:31 AM   #1
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Heating vs Winterising

Hi All,

We can finally store our TT on our property.
We live in SW Washington state and we only get a few really cold (low 30's and 20's) days a year.
Can I get away with putting electric heater and opening all the inner storage doors instead of winterizing?

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Old 10-21-2015, 09:42 AM   #2
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I wouldn't. Just because the heater may be fine for the interior, the exterior will still be exposed to the elements. Not to mention the fire hazard.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:42 AM   #3
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I`ve done this before I was ready to winterize for the season and still wanted to camp, just make sure you open up the low point drains and drain the outside shower and hot water heater tank.
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One of these years I'll own an RV that is capable of such things. But for now, precautions against ice in the water lines must be taken!
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:36 AM   #5
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:10 AM   #6
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At 32 the lines will not freeze solid, they might get slushy... Below 30 though the lines will most certainly freeze in spots, especially joints and valves. It doesn't take much to compromise the seams on the plastic valves. Been there, done that.

I assume you are at least going to blow out the lines. If you don't and you have an outside shower you'll need to find a way to protect the assembly. Again, been there, done that. I forgot about the outside shower the first winter we had our X20E.

I'm curious to know what you are trying to avoid? Winterizing is at most a 30 minute process. If you are blowing out the lines, for less than $15 you might as well run the pink stuff in and save the cost of the heater and electricity.
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At 32 the lines will not freeze solid, they might get slushy....
Just to get nit-picky, standing water does not 'turn slushy'. Liquid water crystalizes into ice as the molecules give up enough heat to the surrounding air.

If the pipeful of water is exposed to temperatures of 32F or lower for enough time, all of the water will solidify and expand; blowing apart the fittings at each end or splitting the pipe. Considering PEX's inherent flexibility, I expect the hard plastic connectors will fail first.

Once that happens, enough water will leak out of the whole system during the next thaw so you only have one or two fittings to replace come springtime.
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:15 PM   #8
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I am with docbrown. Take the half hour and $15 to do it with antifreeze. I am going for a world record. Winterized in less than 5 minutes.
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I am with docbrown. Take the half hour and $15 to do it with antifreeze. I am going for a world record. Winterized in less than 5 minutes.
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I just got 3 gallons of the pink stuff at Walmart for 2.64 each. Took 10 minutes.
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