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RE: Needing a night time stop on way to Florida

Red roof inns we don't dewinterize till we get to Florida
lucy6194 10/24/16 12:33pm Fifth-Wheels
Needing a night time stop on way to Florida

We will be leaving Maryland in Jan for Florida with our golden retriever and 2 cats. Our unit is winterized so we need a place to stay to park the truck & unit plus someplace that will allow the pets. We just picked up our 5th on Saturday and they told us not to dewinterize it until Florida and Hubby says we could do it in Georgia but we don't think we can go that far without letting the cats out to use the litter box in the unit. The dog will be fine with a few stops but the 2 cats not so much. We have a Cedar Creek Hathaway.
Miss Ellie 10/24/16 10:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sad day >>>

I'm with DutchmanSport. Where we live we use it 12 months a year and I do winterize it. Winterizing is peace of mind for me. It doesn't take that much time to do it or dewinterize. Did them 3 times last year.
Old Duck 10/15/16 12:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Questions

Since you gave more detail, I think I understand your question a bit more. You can dewinterize and winterize again with no problems. We winterize at least 3 times every winter, as we take a trip to Florida in December and then again in March. And we sleep in the camper (driveway camp) all winter long too. It only takes a few minutes to winterize. I think it takes longer to un-winterize, to flush out the pick stuff, I think takes longer than pumping the pink. Nothing wrong with setting up the camper for a couple jonts before cold weather settles in. Have the previous owner explain how to winterize, step by step. Make sure they show you how to by-pass the water heater, and you'll see winterizing is not a big thing to do. You also have the option to blow air through the lines to clear out the water, and then run the pink later, if you are concerned about freezing before you have to finally park it.
DutchmenSport 10/11/16 09:52am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Questions

My wife and I are looking into our first travel trailer. She has found a 2006 17' trail cruiser by R-vision. The trailer has already been winterized which leads me to my first question. If we did decide to buy this camper, would it be worth the time/money to dewinterize it for for 1 maybe 2 trips this year? Also, does anyone have any reviews on this particular brand or model? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to joining your community. Thanks Matt the trail cruiser was at bottom of our choices, when we were shopping in 2006. they are the lightest of hybrids but that comes at a price. cheaper/lighter materials that we felt weren't the quality/fit and finish of the better brands(starcraft, jayco and roo/shamrock). i wouldn't buy it unless the seller unwinterized it and pressurized the water systems, along with all the other systems.
bikendan 10/11/16 03:38am Hybrid Travel Trailers
Newbie Questions

My wife and I are looking into our first travel trailer. She has found a 2006 17' trail cruiser by R-vision. The trailer has already been winterized which leads me to my first question. If we did decide to buy this camper, would it be worth the time/money to dewinterize it for for 1 maybe 2 trips this year? Also, does anyone have any reviews on this particular brand or model? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to joining your community. Thanks Matt
hurls26 10/10/16 10:03pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Another season has ended

My last trip will be Thanksgiving week. I'll have to stop and dewinterize on the way down to the CA desert, and then winterize on the way back. But I am so looking forward to it!
BizmarksMom 10/10/16 09:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: When do you winterize?

Before I get into overnight freezing conditions during storage periods. For me it is not a once a year thing. Since our camping season overlaps winter storage conditions, I often winterize 2-5 times. After an October campout. Dewinterize for a November campout or road trip, winterize again before storage. Dewinterize for a trip south in January-February, winterize again before storage. Dewinterize for the the March campout, winterize again before storage (late spring is tricky here). Dewinterize before April campout, drain tanks and blow lines before storage (late spring is tricky here). Winterizing doesn't cost that much in time, effort, cost of materials. Washing the RV is a bigger effort. I've lived 20+ years in southern Michigan. The climate is different. I would winterize for going into storage anytime after mid-October, and any time before going into storage before mid-May. The last year I lived in southern Michigan, we had a deep freeze and foot of snow on May 1st, after six weeks of what looked like spring weather. For RV plumbing safety, you need to base your winterizing schedules on climate record extremes, not monthly averages. Conditions when camping (and running heating systems) and during storage or cold transport are two different issues. While I might use my RV unwinterized in winter conditions, for storage it will be winterized.
tatest 10/04/16 12:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Any feedback on rv parks along Nevada 93?

Thanksgiving time you probably dont want to dewinterize in Ely. There is hookups behind the Shell station in Ash Springs and another in Alamo. We use the shell station one when travelling through.
nevadanick 10/01/16 05:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Any feedback on rv parks along Nevada 93?

Specifically, Crystal Springs or Alamo? I'm heading to Johnson Valley for Thanksgiving and looking to stop at the half way point for the night. I'll have 2 big dogs with me, and will need water at the site so I can dewinterize and fill the tank. (Johnson Valley will be boondocking with friends and family.) I'd rather not stay in Vegas for this trip.
BizmarksMom 10/01/16 10:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: January departure questions....

Done this for years - just keep an eye on the weather and go when you can, I am a little further north so we stay in a hotel 2-3 days ( I only drive 250 a day) Then I dewinterize and stock up on food for the motor home. We go with the refrigerator loaded its the canned good I would worry about freezing One year we arrived in Destin Florida and still had snow/ice on the roof - it took 5 days for it all to melt.
rr2254545 09/14/16 06:46am Snowbirds
RE: East Coast travel in February

From upstate NY down South at New Years. I put a 10 gal. tank in the wet bay with antifreeze in it. It's hooked up to diverter as in a normal winterize, which I do in October. I put about 50 gal. water in water tank but leave diverter on to antifreeze tank just to run toilet if an "urgency" comes up. Whenever I'm willing to risk it I flip the diverter and dewinterize. Flip the water heater bypass last. Very easy, and makes everything comfortable with a case or two of bottled water to live off. Never give temperature a second thought, even had below zero one year and freezing nights until two days into Florida.
bigbaddad 08/26/16 02:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: East Coast travel in February

We ran from Rochester NY to the south every Fall from 2002 to 2012 when I retired and did not have to wait for year end before getting out of town. Always turned on the heat and refrigerator a couple of days before departure and filled the FW tank as we were ready to roll. Did not dewinterize pipes until we needed them as we rolled. Usually our first overnight was in PA and we just ran everything. The only change we made from warm weather was we did not connect up water and sewer. We would drain black and gray before departure in the AM and stow the slinky. We were going where we had water day two in VA so did not bother about that. We then stayed at our son;s place in the VA mountains for a couple of weeks and often saw temps into the teens. Burned through a lot of propane but never froze anything. That was in an 04 Southwind and an 01 Damon before that. neither had heated tanks but the Southwind did have a furnace outlet in the wet bay. Kept a lit 100 watt light bulb for really cold nights.
xctraveler 08/22/16 08:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need step by step help de-winterizing

First, welcome. We'll all get you through this. Not as difficult as you think. To dewinterize, open low point drains (should be 2 lines dropping below trailer). Open any faucets, hot and cold. The antifreeze won't hurt your lawn, but you can catch it in a bucket, either way. You'll know when it's drained. Close the low point drains. Hook up the city water, open each faucet until no pink antifreeze comes out. Turn off the city water. Next, set the valves on the water heater. You should have 2 lines, one going in, one out. You probably have a line between them. Open the 2 going in and out (valve handle in line with pipe). Close the one in between the 2 (handle at 90 degree angle). Are you drinking from the water system? If not, I wouldn't bother worrying about sanitizing the system at this time until you're more familiar and confident. When you turn on the water again the water heater should fill. Open a hot water faucet near it. It will take a while to fill, and when it does the water will sputter. Let it run until it runs smooth. ONLY THEN turn on the water heater. NEVER turn on heater unless you know the water heater is full. You really don't need to do anything with black and gray tanks except empty them. More questions or things look different? Post them here. Have fun!
brirene 08/15/16 07:30am Travel Trailers
HELP -mechanic damage & de-winterization

Hey everybody. This gal could really use your support. While in the shop, had them dewinterize the unit. This was on the invoice and I was told they also cleaned minerals out of the hot water heater. Once home, and moving about in the RV, I found that the monitor panel showed that the grey water and holding tanks were half full, and, I found pink tinted water coming out of my kitchen faucet. It would appear that it was not completed properly. Next, and here's the biggie- I see that some body damage to the cabover was done to it while in the shop. Cracks in fiberglass , a dent that looks like delamination and a split piece of wood in the interior- on one of the horizontal bars ( near the center) that is where the front under curve begins. I know this because I had the vinyl panel off prior, and had been cleaning up there from a small past water leak, planning to replace that knee bump panel just to freshen it. So I was very familiar with what was going on up there. In addition, to assess, I put that same panel back, it now sticks out about an inch or more, from the wood that got pressed into the cab. No longer flush fit. !!! The past water damage was minimal. 2 months ago I drove it over 1000 miles, and none of these things were there when I took off the vinyl knee panel. only when it came back from the shop. This was not admitted to then, so I imagine they won't admit it now that I am off their lot. Any advice? It is HUGELY expensive if the repair is done properly- already got it video and photo estimated. I have video and photos. So disheartened. Oh humanity. Why can't people just do the right thing?
Homestead or Bust 08/08/16 08:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Your winter destination

We went to AZ the first season for a couple of months; Feb-Mar. Didn't necessarily dislike but decided to try the Texas Hill Country the next year and found it fits our needs and desires quite well. We began by going January through March but have gradually increased our time to where we now get into our site on November 1 and leave towards the end of April; 6 months in Texas and 6 months in Iowa. As another poster said, that way I don't have to dewinterize or winterize. If it weren't for the grandkids we'd have to seriously consider fulltiming. But for now we still need the sticks and bricks. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 07/08/16 05:11pm Snowbirds
RE: Two Questions (Sanitize and Empty Tank)

Awesome Discussion! Thanks for the responses! Our typical usage is as follows: * Purchased new TT 2014, never sanitized the tanks, and still have not. * It sat winterized winter 2014. * Spring 2015 de-winterized and used the camper every weekend over summer 2015. * Camper sits idle during the week. * Winterized (antifreeze) winter 2015. * Dewinterize spring 2016, have used it 4 weekends so far (sits during the week). I have three tubes coming out the bottom for the freshwater tank, the hot water heater, and some other cold water tank. I remove the plugs for all three after every trip and keep the plug off while it sits during the week. Should I re-plug so bees and flies don't go in there??? (I never thought about that till now). When going somewhere without water, i fill the FW tank completely, run the water pump to fill the HWheater as well. Go camp! Life is good! I dump the Black and Grey tanks after every trip and drain all the water tanks after every trip. Is this best practice? My water at the house is City, and when connected to water at campgrounds it is normally city as well. I am concerned about water sitting during the week simply due to the fact water is room temperature and bacteria does grow. I will not worry about the sensors in the black tank for now, I will take a glance down the hole when flushing. Thanks again for the insite!
sac89 06/14/16 08:46am Travel Trailers
RE: How water heater and eliminating antifreeze

OP: Open the drain plug on the hot water heater and drain it. Then put it back in and then flush with fresh water. I too winterize by putting the antifreeze in the fresh tank and pump it thru all the pipes including the hot water heater. But I do it this way. Then with the pump 'off', I open the drain plug on the hot water heater and drain the antifreeze out of it. Leaving just the little bit that remains below the plug. Now when I go to dewinterize I am not spending hours and hours of running fresh water into a tank with antifreeze which only just dilutes it. Which is why it takes so long to clean thru if you leave the whole tank full of antifreeze. It takes only a few minutes of flushing to remove the small amount that was left on the bottom of the tank. And yes I use about 4 or 5 bottles of antifreeze doing it this way but for 'me' I KNOW there is NO air in any of the lines just pure antifreeze to protect them all. :C Just saying that's the way "I" do it and have never had any frozen lines or leaks from freezing when stored in the cold upper Midwest.
rockhillmanor 05/18/16 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
dewinterize/ water problem

I have owned my RV for 6 years and done the winterize / de winterize myself every year but am baffled by my current problem. Hoping someone can help Model: Winnebago Access 31J (bunk bed model) I set the valve by the pump to go straight so not towards siphon I set the drain valve to off I set the two lines under the sink to be parallel to the lines. Same direction (tried opposite as well I set the water heater valve in-line I turn the water pump on and have opened faucets. Water pours out through drain valve by the back wheel. Feels like I tried every combination of changing valve directions but nothing is working. All leads to draining water. Water heater is clearly not getting filled up and only tiny bit of water comes out through faucets but a ton is running down the pavement outside.... Any ideas????
mikeak 05/12/16 11:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How often do yall sanitize your fresh water tank?

I sanitize once a year as part of the dewinterizing process. My family doesn't drink the tank water but use it in coffee percolator (boiled) and brush teeth with it etc. So I do it for piece of mind and keeping my family safe. Here is a video on how I do it : Dewinterize and sanitize water system video
Dirtpig 04/26/16 03:45pm Travel Trailers
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