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Originally Posted by BJH
I just bought a 74 Argosy that came down from Ohio where it was winterized for the cold Ohio winters. Well, I live in sunny SE texas and I am wondering if I need to leave it alone or can I drain the system and go ahead and start enjoying it now? I'm really anxious to take it out for a quick shakedown cruise and I hate to have to wait for Springtime to do it. Anybody down here in this part of the country have any thoughts on this?
While I am not in your general region, I have followed a few general guidelines for use toward the end our travel season that might help you. I watch the weather forecast carefully for the expected low temperatures overnight . . . if it is going to be under freezing for more than five or six hours, I figure that I have two options . . . run the coach's furnace on low overnight to keep the water lines from freezing . . . or perform a quick witnerization by blowing the pipes out. Once mastered, the process of winterizing generally takes about one hour on either of my coaches. Once winter sets in and I don't anticipate any further use of the coach, I add RV antifreeze to blowing out the pipes winterization process.
If you rarely experience freezing temperatures, you may find that it is possible to get by with simply running your coach's furnace when/if forecast temperatures fall to freezing or below. It is also possible to utilize your coach without de-winterizing . . . you just loose the feature of running water. I traveled for a number of years with campers that didn't have bathrooms or pressure water systems so I revert to those practices if I want to use my camper during the winter.
Good luck with your Argosy!
P.S.: Something to consider as the new owner of a first generation Vintage Argosy. Those clear Panoramic Windows in the front of the coach are quite costly to replace, and the new replacements are Solar Gray Tinted rather than clear. A three-piece Rock Guard is a good insurance policy against the loss of one of the clear deep-wrap wing windows (side Panoramic windows) -- it is the same rock guard assembly utilized on non-wiede-body Airstreams. The cost of the rock guard assembly represents the approximate cost of just one replacement deep-wrap wing window.
You are also likel you to be asked whether your coach has the more common front entry door (door ahead of axles) or the comparatively rare rear door floorplan (entry door behind the axles).