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Old 01-22-2016, 08:15 PM   #15
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Really doesn't take long.
Some years I winterize twice because we use the trailer again after winterizing.
Sometimes I spend the weekend in the trailer while it is winterized.
Don't bother with city warren connection.
Brush teeth, shower, and use the restroom at the campground bath house.


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Old 01-22-2016, 08:26 PM   #16
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Also done it with plumbing antifreeze on the way home to Canada many times.

Never bothered with air when winterising on the road, just antifreeze, and not had any problems at all.

When I am doing it at home,I generally blow out the lines first and then pump in the antifreeze, Not really sure why I bother blowing the lines first, I suppose maybe it reduces the chance of the antifreeze getting diluted. But I suspect the antifreeze alone just pushes the water out ahead of itself anyway with minimum diluton, s o I'm likely just wasting my time blowing the lines as well.

I have heard it said though that if you just blow the lines and don't follow up with antifreeze, there could be a risk of residual water pooling in the lines and still causing freezing damage.

No personal experience with that, but I would guess the smaller compressor you use, the more likely it could be is to happen.

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Old 01-22-2016, 08:51 PM   #17
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When you connect the air compressor to the city water connection, if you connect a length of water hose between the water fitting and the compressor, you get a much bigger volume of air to flush out the plumbing. Not needed if the compressor is large, but for the small ones it helps. Pat
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:25 PM   #18
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Some of us would actually just go to an RV service center (most any one will do) and pay them to do the winterizing for us. Works like a charm.
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:46 AM   #19
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Winterizing is a very easy DIY task.
There is no dealer within 100 miles of me.
The nearest RV service is 30+ miles away.
I can winterize for two $4 jugs of antifreeze from Walmart or hardware store- $8.
How much does an RV dealer charge? $50? $100? $150? Plus gas? 2 trips? One to drop the trailer off? Another to pick the trailer up?
I can winterize for a lot less time and money than that. The trailer never has to move. I just walk outside and do within 20-30 minutes. I usually wait till spring to buy the RV antifreeze on clearance at Walmart- less than $4 a jug-
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:37 AM   #20
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Don't forget to get some pink stuff filling the exposed black "drain pipes" to protect the exposed valves.

It has been suggested that trailers with the exposed valves like on our 23D wrap the black pipes and valves with a heat tape and insulation when out and about in really cold weather.
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Old 01-23-2016, 03:56 PM   #21
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Some of it gets there in the process, right?
As you are running pink through the faucets and p-traps it ends up in the holding tanks and thus ends up at the dump valves, right?

So far this year it hasn't been cold enough to matter, but it's winterized just in case.
I would rather go ahead and winterize while it's 80 degrees rather than wait till it's 30 degrees.
I know, or think I know, that the silver trailer won't roll till March.
Work sure gets in the way of camping.
We could possibly have freezing weather in the remainder of January, February, and March.
$8 is a small price to pay for protection against the cold weather that may not happen, but may...


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m.hony, the cost of winterizing at an RV service center depends upon where you go, but generally it is $50 or less. It is a quick process if they're ready for you.

I'm sure you're an expert at winterizing, but if people aren't they can run into trouble, as I'm sure you know.

A few years ago we planned a southern trip in the spring with two other couples. One couple had a new truck camper and the husband thought he had properly winterized it. When it came time to de-winterize and run water through the system, he found that he hadn't blown out the pipes properly, and ended up with water all over the place from the leaks. It cost him several hundred dollars and a near-delay to the trip to get the plumbing repaired.

We admire people like you who are handy, but for people who aren't, it is worth mentioning a simple alternative.
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One has to be sure the RV service center is Airstream aware and knows what they are doing.

I have had dealer experiences that made me doubt they could safely change a standard light bulb without getting grease and dirt all over the floor and creating other problems.

Kind of like a large dog with muddy feet comes into the living room wagging his tail and clears the coffee table of all the items with his tail. He meant well.....
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:40 AM   #24
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m.hony, the cost of winterizing at an RV service center depends upon where you go, but generally it is $50 or less. It is a quick process if they're ready for you.

I'm sure you're an expert at winterizing, but if people aren't they can run into trouble, as I'm sure you know.

A few years ago we planned a southern trip in the spring with two other couples. One couple had a new truck camper and the husband thought he had properly winterized it. When it came time to de-winterize and run water through the system, he found that he hadn't blown out the pipes properly, and ended up with water all over the place from the leaks. It cost him several hundred dollars and a near-delay to the trip to get the plumbing repaired.

We admire people like you who are handy, but for people who aren't, it is worth mentioning a simple alternative.

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$50 or less + fuel and time in the road and at the RV repair place- for me at least 2 hours on the road and 70 miles of travel-
I have a coworker who takes her son trailer to the RV repair shop. I have urged her to let me teach her and her husband how- or exchange services. I'll winterize your trailer if you do my tax return...

I could teach anyone. Anyone can learn.


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Old 01-24-2016, 10:12 AM   #25
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A fellow asked about RV service and I googled it. Was surprised how many mobile services there were available. Had a maintenance manager who retired and went full time. Last I heard he was doing installs on RV water heaters part time. So, I bet there are other folks who know what they are doing and can make your maintenance a bit easier as age takes away mobility. But in any case, knowledge is your friend. If you know what needs to be done and how it should be done, you have a better chance of getting it done right no matter who is doing the job. Pat
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When we bought our first Airstream 15 years ago I called the factory about winterizing. They said they drain everything, by-pass the water heater, blow out the lines and put a little anti-freeze down the drains, period. I said it gets really cold here. They said it also does in Ohio. So I've done this since day one. No problems. If on the road I can always find compressed air at a service station.
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ArcticFox... Just to reiterate a point made by others. I recommend you carry a small 12 volt compressor for tires, and for the times you might want to blow out water lines. I have two, we started with a Walmart cheapie that works ok, but is slow, that I keep in the truck camper. I also have a Viair 400 that has the ability to air up tires quickly. Very handy when you've reduced tire pressure when off road, then need to air up when back on pavement.

The Viair is highly rated, and affordable.
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Even a 125 psi 5 gallon air tank is handy to carry around- and a bicycle pump or two- and a can of Fix-a-flat, and a 12 volt compressor, and a small 110 compressor, and...


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