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Old 11-22-2014, 09:05 AM   #1
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Winterize in Texas?

Good morning -

We will be taking delivery of our new Jay Flight 32 BHDS around end of December.

Here in Central Texas we camp year-round but there will be cold fronts that can drop temps to the teens and 20s for a few days at a time.

My question is: how do folks in Texas protect their water lines from freezing since we don't have a long winter "off-season" like folks in severely cold climates?

Do you just do multiple adds/flushes of anti-freeze in between trips throughout the winter if the camper will not be stored the entire winter season?

NOTE: we will have the Thermal package (heated and enclosed underbelly).

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Old 11-22-2014, 09:33 AM   #2
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We have had our TT only one year, but I just opened the low point drains, blew out the lines with air and then poured some windshield wiper fluid in the toilet (to keep the seal moist) and sinks (to displace water in the p-traps). We are in Dallas so it can get cold sometimes..
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:57 AM   #3
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Just drain the lines and the water heater... don't forget to check and see if you have a small filter in front of the water pump that needs draining too. A little water in the line will not hurt anything it is when the line is full and the freezing water expands that causes problems... if the line is mostly drained then any water in it that freezes will take the path of least resistance and just go along the pipe..
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Congrats on the new TT "dsmith"! We've been an owner since September of 2011 and are now on our second trailer. Here in the Houston area I only blew out the lines of the X23B and drained the water heater. I guess I'm a little more paranoid now and last winter I used anti-freeze after draining everything. The 351 is easy to winterize since it has a central water control panel and everything I need except the low point and water heater drains are right there. We've camped in weather down to the mid 20's and haven't had any freezing issues.
Tex and Sean are probably right in clearing the lines would be sufficient. When you have the TT out after the first good freeze take a survey for leaks when you pressure up the water system.
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I blow out the lines and add some RV antifreeze to the toilet, sink p-traps and don't forget the outdoor shower. It needs to be done too. Also make sure to empty your fresh water tank and water heater.
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I live in the midlands of SC which is not known for harsh winters but below freezing temps do happen. You will need to depress your toilet flush handle and prop it open while blowing the lines. I had to replace the water inlet value (small plastic value) in my unit because it traps water if not opened during winterizing.
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Appreciate reading all the responses. The following text was taken directly from 2015 Jay Flight Owners manual which I found online this afternoon.

It mentions blowing out the lines using air compressor (the other method of course is using RV anti-freeze). The air compressor method seems much more practical for folks in climates who will continue to use their RV throughout the winter months.

There are two methods of winterizing your trailer based upon your model. Please read, understand and follow all instructions before beginning.

Air Pressure

This method will utilize an air hose to blow excess water from the water lines.
1. Make sure all holding tanks are empty and drain valves OPEN.
2. Run the water pump until it is dry, this will take approximately 15-20 seconds.
3. OPEN all faucets and drains, and the toilet.
4. Using an air hose and adapter (customer supplied), blow air through the city water connection. Any remaining water will blow out in five to ten minutes.
5. Pour one cup of non-toxic RV antifreeze into all drain P-traps.
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Is there a place where you can buy the adapter to use air pressure, or do you guys just make your own? How much air pressure do you use to clear the lines?
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You can get the adapter from any camping world and mabey Wal-Mart has them. It screws into your city water hose inlet and it has a value stem to let the air in. I use 40 to 60 psi.
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You can get the adapter from any camping world and mabey Wal-Mart has them. It screws into your city water hose inlet and it has a value stem to let the air in. I use 40 to 60 psi.
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