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stroza99

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Sorry I'm a newbie and I saw a sale for winterizing for $19.99 at an RV dealer that we bought our MH at. At Camping World they charge $120 for a "complete winterizing". What questions should I ask the dealer with the special? And what would be the differance?? This will be our 1st winter with our Rv and want to make sure things are done correctly for next season! We dont want to have any freeze problems!! Thanks for your help!!


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stroza99 wrote:

Sorry I'm a newbie and I saw a sale for winterizing for $19.99 at an RV dealer that we bought our MH at. At Camping World they charge $120 for a "complete winterizing". What questions should I ask the dealer with the special? And what would be the differance?? This will be our 1st winter with our Rv and want to make sure things are done correctly for next season! We dont want to have any freeze problems!! Thanks for your help!!
Difference - I doubt any difference. Cost me $10 to winterize my motorhome doing it myself. RV antifreeze is RV antifreeze so that should not be any difference in the materials.


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I would sure ask what they include and what is extra. I don't see how anyone could do a decent job for that price. I personally use my air compressor at 50 PSI and blow out all of the water lines until only air comes out and all the spitting is done. The I go to the next faucet and keep going in circles until I get only air. Then I use the pink stuff in the drains. Be sure to drain the water heater first and put the plug back in before hooking up the air compressor. In the spring I don't have to flush the pink stuff out. If you have anoutside shower be sure to make sure that is clean also. Don't forget the toilet and rinse hose. When I winterize I also put Stabil in the gas tank and change the oil before sitting for the winter.


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Rv dealer just trying to get more business, nothing a matter with that-- IMO. But doing it yourself gives you the chance to look at things that might be preventable now versus $$ later. Learning is not hard, some dealers will teach you, (of course you pay) there is a ton of info at (ton of info)


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I've used this method for years -- Free and I know its done right.

http://curtistrailers.com/rvlearning/blog/2009/Jul/08/winterizing-air/

If you need to use pink try this;

http://curtistrailers.com/rvlearning/blog/2009/Jul/08/winterizing-anti-freeze/

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Thanks everyone! I was going to wait on the oil change the begining of next season being that I'll need a new inspection in april. Is it just your preferance when its done or is there a reason to let it sit all winter with new oil?

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Look into doing it yourself. There are plenty of guides on the internet including those posted. It will take you 15-30 min depending on what type of unit you have. If you have it done by someone else, I would get something in writing stating that if you have any damage from freezing they will repair free of charge.

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Its really not hard to do-it-yourself. You learn by doing. also if you decide on a trip in Feb. you can come home and re-winterize. other items to winterise if you have them,, icemaker, washer, inline water filter.
Oil change? Most guys on the forums say to change in the fall so your bearings do not sit in old oil all winter, same for the generator.

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