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The current batch of COLD weather makes this a valid question.  Is your RV winterized? By the way it is 9 deg. in Fort Worth and dropping and snowing as I type this. Not your usual winter. I know the experts and experienced people have everything done to get through the cold. What about the new people just getting into the RV lifestyle? Has anyone told them what to do? When to do it?  I think it would be good to build a data base of this type of information. There are a lot of videos and even some check list. What is your favorite way?

Bill  

 

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YUP! Run RV Antifreeze through the system is the ONLY option we have (Aquahot coach). Takes me 20 minutes by myself and 5 gallons. 

Edited by jleamont

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My coach is in a Enclosed Building so I don not need to winterize.

However when our other coaches were stored in an open shed here is what I did.

1) Fill up with fuel and top off all fluids batteries included.

2) Dump all tanks, water, Black and Gray.

3) With a hose adapter I would blow out each and every line. 

4) Pat it on the hood and tell it goodnight till spring.:)

Herman

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If the coach was in Burnet (its in a heated garage with WBill's in Lewiston, TX) I would do the same as both Joe and Herman, just not #3!  Burnet right now is 5 degrees and feels like -17F, also lots of Ice and Snow!🥶:wacko:

We are 80 miles South of San Antonio, TX and its 14/2!  Normal here is 70's! 🥶 We woke up to Snow & Ice!

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My coach is stored in an enclosed building at a boat dealers.  We have very reliable power, so I have 14 of Walmart's cheap orange drop lights, each with a 60 watt old style bulb....the kind that get hot.  I put two every where there is water I don't want to freeze....water pump, washer/dryer, refer, Aqua Hot, hot pot under the sink, etc.  I also put RV anti freeze in the toilets and all P traps.  I use two each in case one bulb burns out.  In weather like we are having now, 5 this AM, I check it every day.  I keep a small plastic cup of water in the coach...as of today, the water has not yet frozen.

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Ah good 'ol Winnebago. I took our MH home to be able to plug into 50 amp.  Turned on the electric and burner to the Aqua Hot. Set the thermostat in the RV to 62. Set the thermostat to the basement aqua hot to 50 or so.  Check several times a day and the bay's are at 38 to 45 degrees. The Aqua Hot compartment is the 45 degree. So, when the BIG THAW comes I'll turn on the water pump without opening any faucets and see if the pump just burps and stops. If it continues to run - well - guess it all didn't work.

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23 hours ago, wayne77590 said:

Ah good 'ol Winnebago. I took our MH home to be able to plug into 50 amp.  Turned on the electric and burner to the Aqua Hot. Set the thermostat in the RV to 62. Set the thermostat to the basement aqua hot to 50 or so.  Check several times a day and the bay's are at 38 to 45 degrees. The Aqua Hot compartment is the 45 degree. So, when the BIG THAW comes I'll turn on the water pump without opening any faucets and see if the pump just burps and stops. If it continues to run - well - guess it all didn't work.

That's what I'd like to do, but I only have standard house current available, it wouldn't take the AH electric...don't want to run the burner without being able to keep a close eye on it.

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My coach bays are headed by furnace but I do not use furnace while stored unless it gets extremely cold for several days. 

I installed 120 V,  250 Watt electric heaters with fans in all bays with plumbing and tanks, also backup shop lights with 60 watt heat blubs.  

Inside the coach at each end are 120 V, 750/1500 Watt quartz heaters with fans set to maintain 50 F.  I open all cabinet doors to plumbing.

The coach is plugged into 50 AMP service at its pad in back yard.  If freezing weather is forecast I flip breaker on to the service, otherwise it stays turned off.   A wireless transmitter sends the bays temperature to receiver in the house. 

 

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We all  do it in our own way.  When my coach is home, its plugged into 50A...24/7, same with water.  The current freeze in Texas, I have only had one other time, late 1980's and the coach was in a climatized garage, with a whole house generator back up....wish I had a Generac now, in both houses!  Before  we leave this summer, it will be done!!!  

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And don't forget those batteries....I just found all mine dead this weekend. Sucks trying to climb in with no steps

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There will be thousands of insurance claims this spring, there goes our rates again. I feel bad for all the people without electricity this week.

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