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Old 09-17-2003, 11:59 AM   #1
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Chicago area help needed please

Hi Chicago area folks,

I would like to ask for assistance in winterizing because this will be my(our) first time ever and can't do it till end of October.

Also, need a good suggestion on where to winter store it. Live out in Crystal Lake area.

Will be very busy working on inside of trailer till end of October, then will unfortunately have to store it till next year. Any help is appreciated from anyone!

I work in Northfield and I see an AS every day just off Waukegan. Are you on this forum too??

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Old 09-17-2003, 12:25 PM   #2
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I work in the area you speak of, but have never seen the Airstream you're talkin about.

Winterizing is not a big and bad as some make it out to be.

First, find a spot to store it. Back in the day there used to be a farm in Lake Zurich that is no longer there. It's now homes and a forest preserve. For me, mine will be in the driveway.

After that is taken care of, get some tire covers, RV antifreeze and wash and give it a good Walburnizing.

Drain all the tanks. Place some of the RV antifreeze in all the drains, and pour a gallon into the fresh water tank. Turn on the pump and let each faucet run for about 5-10 seconds. This should be long enough to not only get the antifreeze in the lines, but also in the drain pipes and the holding tanks.

Make sure the hot water tank is empty. There is not a real huge need to have antifreeze in the hot water heater if you have successfully drained it and used the bypass if so equipped.

Take the batteries out and place them in a location where they will not be exposed to freezing temps. Deep Cycle batteries HATE freezing temperatures. Lubricate all the latches, hinges and give the interior a real good cleaning, removing any food, liquids, perishables, etc.

That pretty much covers it in my book, others feel free to add....

Two other schools of thought I am sure will come up...move to the south during the winter (not always and option) or keep the heat on in the unit over the winter (can be costly).

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Eric .. you make it sound sooooooo easy.. we will be doing ours also.. hoping to find inside storage but it looks like it will be staying outside at my bro's.. Annie1976
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Eric pretty well covered it.
Might want to do a flush of the Theford .

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Question

This may sound stupid but what is a Theford? We have no service manual as yet.
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Old 09-17-2003, 09:39 PM   #6
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Most RVs have Theford toilets.

I too wish I had some reasonable inside storage. One day, I may build a garage that can store up to a 26' trailer.

Unfortunately, that day isn't today and most likely won't be tomorrow either!

It's outside for me too...

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