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RE: Cincinnati Ohio - When is it usually safe to dewinterize?

We're just planning on taking a short trip; probably down into KY. I've not had the trailer long enough to feel comfortable with a long trip. Plus, we're only taking a couple of days off work; so just a long weekend. Charles This year, I would not even consider planning a dewinterizing time. We're in West TN and "normally" have our trailer dewinterized about the 3rd or 4th weekend in Feb - sometimes even our shakedown trip done. So here we are nearing the second week in March and for this part of the country it's nasty, brutal, COLD. When we do dewinterize in late Feb, we keep a ceramic heater ready to turn on and open the cabinet doors to get heat into the plumbing, but that wouldn't touch the 5 degrees we had this morning. You didn't mention your destinination - or I missed it - but if you're heading south, wait until you're darned sure the temps are going to be good. Last week our house in FL had an overnight temp of 28...granted it came up to mid 60's later in the day, but I would not chance it. I know you're excited....we've all been there. But to spend your vacation repairing plumbing and possible damage is just not worth it. If you have to make reservations, advise them that weather may force a change....surely this year they'll understand. Dewinterizing is not a long, hard process...you just need plenty of water to sanitize. You could even do it on the road at a campground...inconspicuously. Our Rocky is sitting, winterized, until we are absolutely sure a serious buyer is on the way. At that point the heat will come on and if they're REALLY serious, then we'll dewinterize. Otherwise, it may be weeks.
charles_cincy 03/06/15 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Cincinnati Ohio - When is it usually safe to dewinterize?

This year, I would not even consider planning a dewinterizing time. We're in West TN and "normally" have our trailer dewinterized about the 3rd or 4th weekend in Feb - sometimes even our shakedown trip done. So here we are nearing the second week in March and for this part of the country it's nasty, brutal, COLD. When we do dewinterize in late Feb, we keep a ceramic heater ready to turn on and open the cabinet doors to get heat into the plumbing, but that wouldn't touch the 5 degrees we had this morning. You didn't mention your destinination - or I missed it - but if you're heading south, wait until you're darned sure the temps are going to be good. Last week our house in FL had an overnight temp of 28...granted it came up to mid 60's later in the day, but I would not chance it. I know you're excited....we've all been there. But to spend your vacation repairing plumbing and possible damage is just not worth it. If you have to make reservations, advise them that weather may force a change....surely this year they'll understand. Dewinterizing is not a long, hard process...you just need plenty of water to sanitize. You could even do it on the road at a campground...inconspicuously. Our Rocky is sitting, winterized, until we are absolutely sure a serious buyer is on the way. At that point the heat will come on and if they're REALLY serious, then we'll dewinterize. Otherwise, it may be weeks.
dadmomh 03/06/15 10:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Don't tell too many people about our weather

I've decided I might as well dewinterize, it doesn't seem plausible that it's going to freeze this winter.
All58Parks 03/05/15 09:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cincinnati Ohio - When is it usually safe to dewinterize?

I ggenerally dewinterize in early Apr in Dayton, then if its gets into low 20s I use a radiator type space heater. If you don't have a covered underbelly this might not be a good idea but have had 5 RVs and never had a freeze problem.
rbtglove 03/05/15 02:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cincinnati Ohio - When is it usually safe to dewinterize?

True...I realize that there are no guarantees! The space heater idea is a good one. I could probably make that happen if need be. Charles There is ALWAYS a chance of extreme weather here in SW Ohio. ( I have photographs of snow on flowering Redbud trees in late April. ) As long as you can plug in I have dewinterized in early April, even late March. If there is a cold snap just plug in an electric space heater and open the cabinet doors under the sink(s). That has even helped me through a few days gap between trips in mid winter when I didn't want to winterize, then dewinterize a few days later. Finally, if you are traveling in cold weather you can still use the toilet. Keep the camper winterized and carry a large water jug/dispenser. Just add some to the toilet. Flush (with the water pump off so you don't pump in anti-freeze) and replace the bowl water. A touch of antifreeze in the tank usually isn't needed but may be wise if it is really cold.
charles_cincy 03/05/15 11:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Cincinnati Ohio - When is it usually safe to dewinterize?

There is ALWAYS a chance of extreme weather here in SW Ohio. ( I have photographs of snow on flowering Redbud trees in late April. ) As long as you can plug in I have dewinterized in early April, even late March. If there is a cold snap just plug in an electric space heater and open the cabinet doors under the sink(s). That has even helped me through a few days gap between trips in mid winter when I didn't want to winterize, then dewinterize a few days later. Finally, if you are traveling in cold weather you can still use the toilet. Keep the camper winterized and carry a large water jug/dispenser. Just add some to the toilet. Flush (with the water pump off so you don't pump in anti-freeze) and replace the bowl water. A touch of antifreeze in the tank usually isn't needed but may be wise if it is really cold.
Dragonfly 03/05/15 11:31am Travel Trailers
Cincinnati Ohio - When is it usually safe to dewinterize?

Newbie here, hopefully our hybrid made it through the winter. Trying to figure out when I can plan on dewinterizing it. I know the last frost is around mid-may. So, for sure I can de-winterize then. But a trailer I don't think I need to worry about frost with a trailer like we do with flowers. Besides, we're itching to get out earlier. For instance, our kids spring break is April 3-12th. Considering a long weekend 9-12th. From this site: https://weatherspark.com/#!graphs;a=OH/Monroe It appears that Mean Low for April 1 is 40...for April 9th, it's 41. Also on April 9th, 32 is at the 10th percentile...so 90% chance that I should be ok. But I love to hear from the voices of experience in the Northern Cincinnati area. Thanks! Charles
charles_cincy 03/05/15 11:22am Travel Trailers
RE: help

When I dewinterize. I hookup the city water. Turn on the bathroom faucet and let it run until the water is clear. Then I un bypass the water heater. Open the faucet again, and let the water heater fill, and I 'm dewinterized. Why would you need to do more.? BTW. I NEVER put antifreeze in the fresh tank.That's basically the protocol but you also want to open evrey fixture and flush the toilet to empty every bit of antifreeze in the supply lines. Just opening one valve may not rinse it all out. I just care about getting the antifreeze in the main line past the WH. One faucet down stream will do that. The rest will take care of them selves the first time you turn one on. AS for the tolite. I don't worry about it. It will FLUSH pretty quick.
Terryallan 03/04/15 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: help

so when i dewinterize i need to bypass the water heater? If the trailer is winterized, your water heater should be bi-passed already. That would be, to keep antifreeze out of the heater. When you de-winterize, you don't need to do anything to the water heater. Just flush the lines and leave the water heater until you are ready to use it. Then, install the plug and turn the bi-pass valve(s) to allow water to run into and out of the heater. Here's a link with pictures of various bi-pass setups.
handye9 03/03/15 07:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: help

When I dewinterize. I hookup the city water. Turn on the bathroom faucet and let it run until the water is clear. Then I un bypass the water heater. Open the faucet again, and let the water heater fill, and I 'm dewinterized. Why would you need to do more.? BTW. I NEVER put antifreeze in the fresh tank.That's basically the protocol but you also want to open evrey fixture and flush the toilet to empty every bit of antifreeze in the supply lines. Just opening one valve may not rinse it all out.
westend 03/03/15 07:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: help

When I dewinterize. I hookup the city water. Turn on the bathroom faucet and let it run until the water is clear. Then I un bypass the water heater. Open the faucet again, and let the water heater fill, and I 'm dewinterized. Why would you need to do more.? BTW. I NEVER put antifreeze in the fresh tank. This sounds a heckuva lot easier! I'd be interested to hear why others think this isn't the ideal protocol. (planning to buy a TT summer of 2016)
Stovepipe 03/03/15 06:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: help

so when i dewinterize i need to bypass the water heater?
Danford50 03/03/15 06:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: help

When I dewinterize. I hookup the city water. Turn on the bathroom faucet and let it run until the water is clear. Then I un bypass the water heater. Open the faucet again, and let the water heater fill, and I 'm dewinterized. Why would you need to do more.? BTW. I NEVER put antifreeze in the fresh tank.
Terryallan 03/03/15 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: help

When I dewinterize, I crawl underneath, uncap the low point fittings, put a bucket underneath, attach a water hose to trailer and turn on slow to force the fluid out. I drain the freshwater tank and flush it out, refill with water, I recap my low point drains, turn on my pump and open each faucet to make sure the fluid is all out, open the bypass valves to the heater and let it flush out. I reinsert my anode rod and let the hot water heater fill up. I run more water through the trailer...opening up everything that needs it. When I am assured I have it cleaned out, I apply power to my hot water heater. I check it using the propane and electric. Don't be surprised if you forget something...the biggy is make sure water is in the hot water heater. I also take my little access panels off inside to check for water leaks under the tub, sink, hot water heater, and in the kitchen. I know that everyone has there own way to do it...this is just mine. A few years when I first did mine, I thought I had everything cleaned out...I used a little bleach in my fresh water tank because the trailer had been sitting when we bought it....one night my dw gets up to go to the bathroom for a small cup of water...I hear her....Yep...didn't get all the bleachy water out.
Mark and Linda 03/03/15 07:16am Travel Trailers
help

i know i have post this earlier however i need some assistance on this when you dewinterize what values do you open and close in order to get all the antifreeze out of the system, i just purchase this TT and i have never winterize one, in about three weeks i will be going to the beach camping, i need some help so i don't mess up my new TT.
Danford50 03/02/15 06:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Got the Winter Time Blues

One week from right now, I'll be connecting up to our 5er, hauling it home to dewinterize so a week from tomorrow we can head to the Oregon Coast. It's the second time dewinterizing this season and the last. Let the fun begin!
Old Duck 02/26/15 04:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Running furnace while traveling

I cannot see an advantage to using the furnace while traveling. If I am not in the RV then the heat is wasted on my winterized space. It takes the same time to set up the 5er as it takes to heat it up-at least in mine. So stay winterized until you must dewinterize. If the weather is that cold stay winterized and eat in restaurants and use the campground shower. Like the Op my vents are covered so, IF I wanted to heat the rV for some unforeseeable by me reason, then I would use my generator and my oil radiator heater. Maybe if I had uncovered vents or was in a motorhome I would consider using the propane heater. BTW I can drive from Duluth to New Orleans in two days pulling my 5er so at the most I am looking at one night before I am in warm weather.
NMDriver 02/25/15 08:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that store their campers..when you pulling them out!

We usually dewinterize the last of Feb or early, early March and have a shakedown weekend before we head for FL and baseball mid March. This year is different. Rocky is up for adoption and we're not taking any chances on anything going wrong before he finds his new home, so not even going to dewinterize until early April....unless his new family shows up before then. This winter has been the absolute pits.....by TN standards.....and is been brutally cold this week. Spending our time and energy getting our house ready to go on the market in another week and hope to be FL residents by the end of April.
dadmomh 02/24/15 04:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: de winterizing

The OP said it has antifreeze in it, and wanted to know how to remove it. I think everyone who has commented on this thread understands that, it's just that his/her comments of "never winterizing" combined with wanting to dewinterize the TT he/she just purchased has set off some alarm bells with people here, and rightfully so. Just to clarify, people are suggesting that he/she NOT dewinterize right now as it's only the last week of February and his/her home state of NC is not immune to being very cold still at this time of the year. (heck, I don't dewinterize until early May here in NW Ohio). On top of that, he/she should be winterizing from here on out.
MackinawMan 02/22/15 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where's everyone going this year?

dewinterize March, Mississippi gulf coast April, Texas gulf coast May, Florida gulf coast June, Myrtle Beach July, Pennsylvania August, Ireland & Scotland September, Nebraska October, Table Rock Lake in Missouri winterize
Fred_n_Jo 02/22/15 06:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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