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Old 11-27-2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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Winter Camping

Well back in Sept we purchased a 1987 345 . About three weeks we took her out on a shakedown , now this is after rehabbing engine cooling system , replacing exhaust with 2 1/2 flow masters , replaced flooring , mattress ,repairing lighting and etc . Winterized her and with in 24 hours my wife wanted to "go out again" . Got home and winterized ... 36 hours " lets go again" . Now , "we are going to take it to mom's" that would mother-in-law , for Thanksgiving and this time in a northeast storm . I'm getting real good at winterizing the old girl . But it's too cool having a Classic Airstream with pipes .


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Old 11-27-2013, 07:15 AM   #2
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You are not seriously planning on towing your trailer through that mess!

Don't do it.


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Old 11-27-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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..... replacing exhaust with 2 1/2 flow masters....... But it's too cool having a Classic Airstream with pipes .
Would love to see pics or hear a .wav/mp3 of those pipes!
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:26 PM   #4
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You are not seriously planning on towing your trailer through that mess!

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replacing exhaust with 2 1/2 flow masters ,
Sounds like a motor home to me.

Still not the nice driving in that mess though.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:21 AM   #5
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We enjoy multiple trips in the winter as well. We use about 1/3 gallon when we winterize. Here's a link to a the thread that gives details. Of course we drive weather permitting. Ride out the storms in a rest area. Get a pull through spot so you don't have to worry about getting out. The 9 foot overhang of the 345 gives you a 9 foot running start to get out. I carry chains too just in case.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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We traveled back home in nasty weather after picking our motor home up last December. We had now choice since we encountered the storm on the road. I will say, although I do not like to drive in those conditions due to safety, it handled just as well if not better than my 2500! I was rather impressed with the P30 handling.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:59 PM   #7
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Update on " winter camping " found no real foul weather , weather man most have been hitting the shine again . There was some wind and rain , the wind was like 35 to 40 mph gust , fun to drive in but that was about all .
Everyone feel in love with the old girl and those pipes , you know like those twins . Guess all we really are just some good old red neck in us . But I've got a nice little spot for a winter camp out in the snow . Of course that means that we need to get snow this winter . I think it would be cool waking up with snow on the ground , but then 50 degs and it all melts .
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:24 PM   #8
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3 Dog Nite ,
Thanks for the link with those cold weather tips . I got it down to about 2 gallons to winterize . I also drain hot water tank and the rest of the system . Once drained I blow out system with air under 35 psi form the curd connection . Then pump anti freeze thru out . I pour it into the drain traps and into gray and black tanks . The last trip I was able to reclaim about a gallon , maybe some over kill but I have enough projects on her to have a frozen line repair .
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