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RE: Sanitizing Water Tank

I sanitize mine in the spring when I dewinterize the MH. I use the tank all summer adding water and using the water in it. Come winter, I empty the tank and it sits there until spring. In the spring I sanitize it again. I have repeated this cycle for 11 years with no problems. Yes, I do drink the water from the tank. X2 Been doing this for 40+ years without any issues, and we use the water in the tank for everything except coffee. We bring water from home for that.
RAS43 02/08/16 11:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Sanitizing Water Tank

I sanitize mine in the spring when I dewinterize the MH. I use the tank all summer adding water and using the water in it. Come winter, I empty the tank and it sits there until spring. In the spring I sanitize it again. I have repeated this cycle for 11 years with no problems. Yes, I do drink the water from the tank.
tenbear 02/08/16 11:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Winnipeg to Florida in February

How far south do I need to drive to reach warmer temps and dewinterize ? My first trip south I learned the hard way that Kentucky is definitely NOT far enough south to dewinterize! :B And don't be tempted when it you get a day of warm weather in Georgia either. You can be snow and iced in the next day! :W I now wait until I am completely into Florida. Have a safe trip down and do take your time and pull off the road when the weather turns bad. At that time of the year you WILL be dodging bad weather. Southern states are NOT prepared for taking care of the roads during winter. I don't know what they do in Canada but I also learned real quick that the southern folks don't have snowplows, don't salt and basically everything shuts down with a 2 inch snowfall. Being from Wisconsin I found that a real shocking experience for me! AND dangerous as the southern drivers do NOT know how to drive in even the lightest snow. One inch of snow on the road and I saw 8 or 120 cars careening off the road in front of me and taking others with them when I decided not to ever drive in the south when snowing.:R
rockhillmanor 02/04/16 11:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Travelling with heat on

We usually head south for a few weeks in Febr. We have found that if we turn the furnace on to 55 degrees about 100 miles before our first stop that it helps take the chill off. One days drive from Co. Springs usually puts us far enough south to dewinterize when we reach our first campground.
gwalter 01/24/16 10:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: our first attempt at being snowbirds

If it's unattended, keep it winterized. Really doesn't matter where it is. Once you pick it up and head south, dewinterize. In reality, if you drain the pink stuff right after winterizing in the first place, there's very little to dewinterize. I really don't even have to do anything, except ensure water heater bypass is back in the regular position, which I do promptly after winterizing and draining the pink stuff.
BillyW 01/19/16 08:31am General RVing Issues
Scared and Excited Newbie!

Hi everyone! I'm jumping in after a bit of lurking over the past few months. My husband and I are planning to buy a TT in the next month. Although we would like to buy new, we decided our first purchase should be used. Right now we are in the "looking" stage and honestly I'm overwhelmed at all the information. I have a few questions and I hope some of you can offer insight for us! So it's me, my husband and our two daughters 12 and 13. I'm 37 and hubby is 46. I work from home, he has a full time job. We would be traveling quite a bit - we want to eventually do this full time but that's a few years off. For the meantime we plan to do 2-3 "long" trips per year (around 2k miles round trip each) and then several shorter trips throughout the year as well. We own a 2004 Toyota Sequoia SUV with I believe hubby said a 6,000 lb towing capacity. Questions..:: 1) Does it sound like a TT is best for our situation? The reason we are thinking this is because we want to be able to drive around and explore a lot, go to dinner, etc. so driving a MH seemed impractical. I know we could tow a car, but I'm not sure towing out SUV would be practical. 2) I'm confused about towing capacity. Can I trust a dealer to steer me in the right direction? We are wanting something with a bunkhouse - length doesn't matter to us as long as it has a queen bed, bunkhouse and kitchen/dining area. So should I be looking at "dry weight"? Does that mean without clothes, dishes, etc.? How am I to know how much all my "stuff" will weigh lol? 3) I mentioned we plan to buy from a dealer. We have a VERY limited budget. Can anyone tell me (or tell me how to find out) approximately how much the tax, title, registration, etc. fees will be? I'm in North Carolina. I'm just trying to figure out how much my budget of $4,000 will get me. 4). Once you buy an RV are there other things to buy right away other than general stuff like dishes, bedding, etc.? How often should maintenance be? When you winterized/dewinterize, how much will this cost approximately? So many questions! I'm feeling really excited but also nervous because this is such a big undertaking - a lot to learn! I'm willing to and I know we will make mistakes along the way, but I really appreciate your input as we get started on this journey! PS - FYI we do a lot of tent camping and we have been to an RV show recently here in NC. Fell in love with the Jayco Jay Flight 267BHSW but it's out of our league price wise at $18-22k. Maybe next year after we've gotten our feet with with a used model! :) Thanks for your time, Jenna
JenzieGoes 01/18/16 01:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: our first attempt at being snowbirds

:h All this talk about winterize/dewinterize just get my head spinning!!! In the PNW we do this all the time, personally I blow the lines, then there is no need to flush out the pink crud! Our favorite winter parks are NOT full hookup, so no sewer so can't just run a bunch of water through the system and tanks. I just hook up and start using the faucets, also fill the HW tank by opening the relief valve until it spits. If I stayed at a place that temps were going to get down to about 28, then fill FW tank and use the pump for FW. Once this is done, when traveling below freezing run the furnace at about 50 to 55 degrees while driving. To winterize I use the on-board air for the PacBrake, drain the HW tank through the low point drain. Then go through and blow all the faucets. I can do this anywhere.
rhagfo 01/17/16 10:51pm General RVing Issues
Caruthersville, MO to Corpus Christi, TX options

Wanting some options - usually go to FL, but decided to head to TX this year. We stop at Caruthersville, MO to dewinterize. Usually sight see along the routes we take - We don't hurry down - Want a good route with some sight seeing along the way -- need ideas. Probably heading out middle of Jan.
Hankjoe 12/28/15 08:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Winter in warm-ish climates

It very much depends on your motorhome and how it's plumbed and how things are connected up. I don't think there is any real standard for how things are designed. Some RVs are much more winter capable than others. On my Coachman Santara 315QB of the same vintage, the plumbing is all enclosed within the heated envelope of the vehicle, and there's a little furnace duct outlet in the bay where the gray and black tanks are. So long as the furnace is running and keeping the interior somewhat tolerably warm, there's no problem with camping out in consistently below freezing temperatures. I do suspect that really cold temperatures, say sustained temperatures below zero, might start to cause problems...but I don't really intend to camp under such conditions. It would be a drafty experience regardless. I would guess that you would not have any troubles with what you're proposing, doubly so if the plumbing is at all similar to my rig. However, I disclaim any responsibility for burst pipes etc. if my guess is inaccurate. As you probably already know, you can also winterize by draining and blowing the water out of the plumbing with an air compressor, which saves on antifreeze (some is still needed for the drain traps) and makes it less time consuming to dewinterize as there's no need to get the antifreeze out of the plumbing system before using it and no antifreeze aftertaste. People have their own preferences here.
DrewE 12/24/15 10:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Detroit to Grand Canyon and then Sedona.

^^^^^best suggestion yet^^^^^ reverse the routing on your trip. Go further south first. We always stop in Tennessee when heading north or south on I75. Always stay in a camp just on the edge of the park as you leave Townsend. We'll make it our stop this year to dewinterize before heading south. Do you have any favourite RV Camps in the area? Thanks. Don
Harley Dude 12/18/15 05:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice on purchasing a used RV

It may be a reputable dealership but, get everything in writing that the salesman tells you. I would have them dewinterize the unit so everything can be checked. It's not difficult to winterize it, especially for a dealership.
gbopp 12/15/15 03:20am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: antifreeze in rv toilet

We dump a gallon or two into the Black Tank after all of the other winterizing. It covers up anything that might be left over... Way overkill - Winnebago winterization manual says a cup in toilet and each trap May not be an overkill for them.... We winterized ours by pumping antifreeze through the lines. Took about a gallon. Due to the way the hose sat in the bottles, we used only about half of each bottle. So we had two half bottles left. Poured them down the tank. The stuff is less than $3 gallon. Matter of fact I bought 4 gallons of it for $2.58 at Walmart. Have a couple more gallons to use in case we decided to dewinterize in the middle of the winter and need to rewinterize.
wbwood 11/30/15 05:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling in Cold Weather

I would winterize twice, cost of rv antifreeze is a lot less than cleanup of frozen pipes or replacing a hot water tank. X2 Wisconsin to Florida. Winterize the entire RV. Added a porta-pottie cassette placed right next to RV toilet. The new porta ones are identical to an RV one. I just hate using public toilets. This setup works great to avoid using public restrooms on the way down. Keep in mind the 'CG's will be closed' in the Midwest on the way down. I did find the CG's visible from the interstates are open but with NO water hook ups. I used those CG's all the way down no problem. You can dump your porta-pottie there and use the showers because the bathrooms are always heated and they leave that water on to them. I got anxious and when I hit Kentucky I de-winterized only to have my hose freeze and it blew apart my water filter to smithereens the first night I stayed in that CG.! Take note Kentucky is NOT far enough south to dewinterize! :W Since then the RV stays winterized until I hit my destination in Florida. Coming back I winterize at one of my favorite CG's when I hit just above the Georgia line in Perry . Then when back at home all I have to do is park it.
rockhillmanor 11/06/15 04:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling in Cold Weather

87... I suggest you go ahead an winterize, even if you are in a heated barn. We live near Anderson and have been to Florida over Christmas week 2 years in a row now. And this year, in March again, and planning another Florida trip this December again. We do not park in a barn, so have to winterize October-November time frame. Running with the furnace on not would depend upon how fast you can get out of the snow belt. When we make the trip, we plan the first night somewhere in Tennessee, Georgia, or Northern Alabama. We usually get a motel the first night as we are still in the freeze zone. The second night we are finally far enough South, we stay in a campground with full hook-up and dewinterize then. The third night we are at our destination. Coming back, if we decide to drive straight through, we'll winterize again in Florida. If we take 2 days coming back, we plan a stop before hitting the snow range again. Basically, if a campground is open and water is available, you are safe to winterize, unwinterize at that location. I would not trust the on-board furnace to keep your water lines and tanks from freezing up when driving. Anything could cause the furnace to go out and you'd never know it. The last thing you want is your trip ruined having to replace pipes. At least, blow your lines out, if nothing else. Another thing to consider is Indiana weather. You live here, you know what the winters are like. In February, we could have 3 feet of snow on the ground, and we could have 60 degree weather! The risk in planning a trip FROM Indiana is not knowing if you'll be snowed IN and can't even get out your drive way! Not to mention what the conditions of the roads may be. A few years ago, we planned a trip to Norfolk, Virgina in March. The morning we planned on leaving, Indiana got hit with a blizzard! We left anyway, and the blizzard followed us all the way to the top of the Smokey Mountains. Once we crested the top, we got out of the snow. We could drive only about 25 mph the whole trip. It was the LONGEST trip we ever made. But we did it. My daughter was getting married. She was stationed at Norfolk, so we HAD to get there, no matter what it took. Yes, we towed the trailer. It was no fun. All I'm suggesting to you is, winterize your camper and don't depend upon heat. It cost so very little to winterize, and blowing lines costs nothing, and the prevention could save a LOT of headache and aggravation and misery fixing frozen pipes or tanks on your camper. If your camper has the "Artic Package" on it, from all I heard and read about them, that is basically worthless. The furnace may be blowing heat between the under belly and the floor of your camper, but that heat is escaping as fast as it blows in. Contrary to popular belief, once insulation get's cold, it's just as cold on both side of it. All it does is slow the process of heat transferring from one side to the other. If heat stops on one side of the insulation, eventually cold will penetrate. It only slows the process down, and only if there is a constant heat source on the other side of the insulation. So, when traveling, if the furnace goes out, it's still just a matter of time till the cold get's to everything. You can only hope to get to warmer weather before it happens. For me, that's just too risky. Here again, winterize, or at least blow out the lines. Then you REALLY have nothing to worry about, furnace or not!
DutchmenSport 11/06/15 04:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pex pipes

... Outside shower is always suspect. True- for that reason I added an isolation valve for it. Not sure how other RV's are made, but my TC has factory valves to isolate the hot and cold feeds to the outside shower. The city water inlet did not. I added a valve for this water input line to isolate it. http://i.imgur.com/mooDC5C.jpg height=600 For winter preparation (after summer use of outdoor shower and city water inlet) I will fully winterize the domestic water. Once the system is full of RV antifreeze (RVAF) I will then close the isolation valves on each of the shower hot/cold and city water inlet. I leave the camper this way until I need to use in winter. When ready to go for a winter outing I keep the isolation valves closed keeping RVAF in the small pipe portions that lead to the exterior components. I then fill the water tank via the standard cap fill and use the pump to dewinterize as normal. Those little pipe spaces that are filled with RVAF helps keep the cold from transmitting into where the water is. I also bring the whole outdoor shower head and hose to the inside during winter even though it was flushed with RVAF and then opened up to drain any fluid out. I stuff some insulation of sorts in the space where that outdoor shower head would normally be stored.
d3500ram 10/27/15 09:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winnipeg to Florida in February

From KC I'd go St L and then Nashville as a longer stop. With power I'd dewinterize there and then plan on running the furnace on the run to Fla.
Ivylog 10/06/15 05:17am Roads and Routes
RE: Winnipeg to Florida in February

Can't give a geographical location to dewinterize, but we watch the weather forecast to see when the night temps will be above freezing for the areas we will travelling in. One year it was safe to dewinterize in Ohio, a few years later in the same area we woke up to temps of -29F. On an average southern TN would be safe, but have also see ice covered water in the ditches in southern GA. It all depends on the weatherman. Ken
Beverley&Ken 10/05/15 09:49pm Roads and Routes
Winnipeg to Florida in February

planning a 2 week trip to Disney and perhaps further...we are really dynamic and have a huge tolerance for schedule changes etc. Disney is the only "must" on this trip as we are traveling with our 8 year old. In February it is around -30c or colder, don't worry about converting to f, they lime up when it's this cold. All the bedding, summer clothes etc etc will be packed and left to freeze up as we settle in for our long cold winter. I'd like to take 29 south, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville would be fun to visit. I'd like to get to warmer temps ASAP and figure I29 straight south will get us into warmer temps faster. Advice on routing, location I can dewinterize , pack groceries etc. are really welcomed. Also looking for things to do along the way, typically we drive for 10 to 13 hours and spend a day or two wherever we stop... How far south do I need to drive to reach warmer temps and dewinterize ? Cheers folks.
MudChucker 10/05/15 08:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Snow birding to AZ this winter

You could dewinterize pretty quickly at an overnight stop once you are far south enough to out of sub-30s temps. Until you hit that point, you can pour a couple of gallons RV antifreeze in the black tank, and flush and wash hands with water from jugs on board.
coolmom42 09/28/15 05:42pm Travel Trailers
Anti freeze in water heater

When the tech winterized our MH, the anti freeze went through the water heater ( check valve failed). Is it OK to wait until we dewinterize in the spring to flush out the water heater? (our MH is in storage). Thanks
anon125 09/23/15 10:42am Class A Motorhomes
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