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Old 12-21-2006, 10:17 PM   #15
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Hey everyone,
You all sound like a great bunch of people and I hope to run into you in the near future.
I know nothing about my Bambi but my instinct tells me that I can wrap mywater lines with electric tape and throw some rock salt in the toilet and be good to go this winter. I hear it has to be below 20 for a period before things get damaged and I don't think I would be camping unless it was a mild winter weekend anyway.
What do you think?
And yes we have no driveways in Dorchester since our houses were built berfore there were cars but we do have huge horse barns.
Perfect for keeping a Bambi warm.
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Old 12-22-2006, 04:54 AM   #16
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Hey everyone,
You all sound like a great bunch of people and I hope to run into you in the near future.
I know nothing about my Bambi but my instinct tells me that I can wrap mywater lines with electric tape and throw some rock salt in the toilet and be good to go this winter. I hear it has to be below 20 for a period before things get damaged and I don't think I would be camping unless it was a mild winter weekend anyway.
What do you think?
And yes we have no driveways in Dorchester since our houses were built berfore there were cars but we do have huge horse barns.
Perfect for keeping a Bambi warm.
G
Ummmmmm No
It is not likely you can access all your water lines, as they run back to front. No water in the toilet except in the lines, so salt may do more harm than good.
2 schools of thought:
Several threeads on here about each method.
Use an air compressor (carefully)to blow my lines free of water
Also
You can get RV anti freeze and pump it thru the system. This work great as well.
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:34 AM   #17
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And yes we have no driveways in Dorchester since our houses were built berfore there were cars but we do have huge horse barns.
Perfect for keeping a Bambi warm.
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well, that's even better!! but....how did the horses get to the barn, if there's no "driveway"??


oh, and "no" to the salt; it'll rot the rubber seals in the toilet. put a splash of rv antifreeze in there. at the very least, drain the water lines; pumping antifreeze through is better, as it will get into all the nooks and crannies of the water pump. blowing air in from the city connection won't reach the water pump, as it is isolated from that end by a check-valve.
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:56 AM   #18
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This year was our first winter with our new airstream. $55 +tax at the dealer (cheaper if you do it yourself) and the entire system was winterized. Make sure all of your tanks are emptied from your last use. RV antifreeze down the pipes (drains in the sinks and shower) and toilet and cycle some through the pump is what they did to make sure the water was out... After the spring thaw, run water through all the pipes and pump to flush out the antifreeze (which actually can be done on your first outing), then drain it all out...

You don't need to have a dealer do it, it's really straight forward it seems. I just had it done at the dealer as a matter of convenience becuase my Airstream was already there for some warranty repairs...


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Old 01-01-2007, 10:54 PM   #19
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Ok Got it.
No Salt.Just Antifreeze.
But I would love a hot shower after a 3 hour sesion of surfing 35 degree water.
I like the thread where they owner said that the lines will only freeze in very low temperatures like below 20, for extended periods and that he can winterize his rig in 10 minutes in an emergency.
I wont be travelling for more than a long weekend onwinter trips anyway.
What do you think? Wet or Dry camping in the winter?
Is it risky?
Dont want to ruin anything.
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:09 AM   #20
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well, in theory, if you keep the furnace running, you should be ok; the only problem would be an external water connection...so don't connect it; run off the on board fresh water tank. The furnace is ducted so that the fresh + waste tanks are heated, too. The problem: the furnace is a big electrical draw...you won't last on the battery for much more than a single night...let alone the fact that you'll have to have it running all day, as well. So if you've got an external 110volt hookup you can use wherever it is that you're headed, you might be ok; otherwise, I don't know if its really practical.
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:53 PM   #21
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Ok,
I'm hard headed.
I'm starting to belive that it's not so smart to try and keep all water systems runnining the winter unless you have extra batteries,a solar panel system, or a generator, maybe an aircompressor on hand and the ability to do a quick winterization in the middle of the night when you run out of fuel.
Too much hastle for a long weekend.
What I have been doing before A/Sing is keeping a 5 gal. cylinder type Igloo Cooler full of hot tap water along with a large dipping cup in my truck.
By the time my 2 hour surf session is over I have enough warm water for 3 people to get the salt off. Now I just need to figure out where to get hot water every day.
How about one of those big outdoor propane lobsterpot stoves?
Wow! think I figured it our while writing!
Bottled water to drink and going to the bathroom in a toilet full of antifreeze.
Is that dry camping?
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:39 PM   #22
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Ok,
I'm hard headed.
I'm starting to belive that it's not so smart to try and keep all water systems runnining the winter unless you have extra batteries,a solar panel system, or a generator, maybe an aircompressor on hand and the ability to do a quick winterization in the middle of the night when you run out of fuel.
Too much hastle for a long weekend.
What I have been doing before A/Sing is keeping a 5 gal. cylinder type Igloo Cooler full of hot tap water along with a large dipping cup in my truck.
By the time my 2 hour surf session is over I have enough warm water for 3 people to get the salt off. Now I just need to figure out where to get hot water every day.
How about one of those big outdoor propane lobsterpot stoves?
Wow! think I figured it our while writing!
Bottled water to drink and going to the bathroom in a toilet full of antifreeze.
Is that dry camping?

I'd be worried about the water heater -- we lost one which had been drained in our second winter.

Others know a lot more about this than I do -- but I would winterize and not use plumbing at all...
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:40 PM   #23
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Hi Gary,
Congratulations on your new trailer. Sounds like you really want to have full systems going on your winter surfing outings, which sounds great except that when you have to dump gray and back water there will not be dump stations available in the winter. I like the idea of heating your water on the stove or outside on a burner to rinse off, then use the trailer as a dressing room/warming shack. All be it a very fancy one. You can extend your day surfing, have breakfast, lunch and dinner and even use the gray water tank in the trailer and dump it at home when you return. I use a five gallon dry wall bucket and dump it in the toilet. I suppose you could do this with the black water but don't trip walking through the house! And as you said you can use the heated water to raise the salt water off outside too.
Now you are all clean and dry in your new Airstream and it's time to sit back with your favorite (warm) cocktail while watching the sunset. The fantasy is all coming together...opps, I forgot you have to drive back and the roads are icey, there may be salt the will have to be washed off the trailer, and you still need to empty the tanks when you get home. Sorry about the reality part.
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:05 AM   #24
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Nothing more heart-warming than a dedicated surfer trying to make it work. Sounds like you're on the right track. Good luck with your endeavors! And if you're ever out this way we have Mavericks and Ghost Trees, and, well, you probably know the rest. Many surf treats, and many great parks for tucking in the perfect warming retreat of an Airstream...Santa Cruz is not a bad destination for those who seek the perfect wave.
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:30 AM   #25
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I know nothing about my Bambi but my instinct tells me that I can wrap mywater lines with electric tape and throw some rock salt in the toilet and be good to go this winter.
Gee, for years I thought rock salt was used for making home made ice cream and keeping thieves out of the watermelon patch!
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Old 01-04-2007, 04:58 PM   #26
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Janet,
We were in in your area last year and in SoCal this past October.
You are so lucky. I love The Hook in Santa Cruz. Marvericks....in my dreams.
I'd love to A/S it next time.
We surfed many different breaks for 12 days and remember when we were done the locals in their VW Buses and campers stayed late, made bonfires and watched the sun set.
We were usually wet, hungry and tired so always went back to the hotel every night to get comfortable.
Next time I will be the one of those kickin back to the sun set with a cold beer under my A/S canopy.
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Welcome Gary. Best wishes with your AS and surfing.

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Old 01-07-2007, 10:18 PM   #28
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Yipeee, It's here, It's here!
I just picketd up my Bambi on Friday. It trailered so easy like it was not even there but Boy backing it in was a task. Took me 6 trys while stopping traffic on my street.
It turns out it's a 2002 Bambi LS not a 2001. So far while in my driveway I have had breakfast, lunch and dinner in it and spent 2 nights with friends and my dog just out playing music.
I love it. I used the heatpump and it warmed up quickley because it has been in the 40's here lately. Can anyone please explain how to set up the propane furnace so it will kick on when it gets colder. I did not get an operators manual for that one item..
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