Originally Posted by Ntex
It is certainly true that around here, winter camping can be wonderful, so I hate to take the rig "offline" so to speak.
This post and several others in this thread make me want to remind everyone that winterizing the trailer doesn't mean you can't use it again until Spring. There's no law against dewinterizing in the middle of winter.
I regularly winterize twice each winter. Last year, I winterized three times.
It's not that big of a deal. We've owned our trailer for 2.5 years now and I've winterized it a total of 5 times. Before the trailer, we had a B190 that got the double winterizing treatment several times, too.
I blow out the lines and use the antifreeze in the traps and waste tanks. It takes me 45 minutes to an hour to do it each time, but I don't mind it. If you're going to pump antifreeze in the system, it's not as critical as the lines are blown dry as it is for me, so it probably wouldn't even take any longer to winterize with the antifreeze. Some people can do it in 15 minutes - I'm sure it depends on the design of each trailer. (I also try to be extra careful because we have polybutelene plumbing, so a frozen connection is an even larger problem for my trailer than it would be for most.)
We have a plastic bin that we use to store all of the liquids in the camper that could freeze and make a mess, as well as the filter for the drinking water faucet (the filter goes in a plastic bag). We put everything in the bin, then take it inside the house and put it in a closet. This takes less time than me blowing out the lines, so my wife usually does it.
Look at it this way - you get extra practice winterizing... and practice makes perfect! Now, go winterize your camper, and if you want to use it in January, unwinterize it, use it and enjoy it, then winterize it again. I'm giving everyone permission.