Originally Posted by FishByFly
I will be relocating to the Chicago area and have a few questions.
First, I'm looking for a place to store our 30' trailer. I really would like it to be covered storage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Next, coming from the deep South, winterizing seems to be a bit more critical. Is there anything more that I need to do? In Central Texas I don't pull the batteries but in Illinois it seems to be necessary.
Lastly, this will be new territory for the family to explore. Where should we start?
Winterizing for up here means anti-freeze in the plumbing, circulating then pressure blowing the plumbing as well as getting the batteries out. If you know anyone in the vicinity that may know of a rural machine shed, you can get great rates on some of them.
As to exploring, try Wisconsin, may illini consider it Illinois largest state park. Try the Lake Michigan Shore line and the Cherry blossoms in Door County
(the thumb part) are great....getting a bit touristy. My personal favorite for Spring is around a town called Gays Mills There is one ridge top road that all you can see is pink and white when the apple orchards are in bloom. It is hill country so don't try to pull with something tha doesn't have an engine.
SW Wisconsin & NW Illinois (old lead mining country) around Galena is also cool, but still in the hills. Up around NW Dane County you can canoe the Wisconsin River (fast current though) sand bar camping is a riot but it is tough pulling the AS through twenty feet of water to get to the sand bar!
Read the threads on winterizing. First empty the water tank, a little bit of water remaining in it doesn't hurt it. I recomend starting with a half tank of water. Add a half gallon of Chlorox then fill the tank. Then empty the tank (trust me on this one, it will keep tank mold to a minimum). Turn the water heater to by pass and empty the water heater. After you empty the tank and the heater , do run anti-freeze (food grade type) through the plumbing,(don't put antifreeze in your water tank unless for some reason you have to, it has a sweet flavor
). Leave the water heater at bypass, it does not need the antifreez if you drained it. Disconect the pump on the intake side to draw antifreeze into the plumbing while by passing the tank. Run each fixture unti antifreeze comes out. This will also put antifreeze in your traps....which is good
. Rv shops have plugs you can buy to blow out the system, get one.
Next get an air tank, put the blow out plug on the city water intake. Re-conect your pump intake side and if you can, disocnnect it just before the backflow prevention valve if there is one installed, otherwise, just at the output side of the pump (put a jug or something under the hose. Now charge the system wiht about 45 Lbs of air and blow out the remaining antifreeze.
What you have left is mostly dry lines and where water would accumulate you have antifreeze. You traps now hve antifreeze in them as dowe the bottom of the waste tanks, you can empty them now and reconnect the pump. The little remainng water in your main tank will have some residuel Chlorine in it that will keep the tank univiting.
Next -- no food items, no valuables and set mouse traps, and yes take the batteries out. Be sure to top the charge a couple of times during the winter. They will leak a couple of percentage pints just sitting there.
It is a good time to rinse down your sewer hoses with a bleach water mix. I would also run a light bleach water mix through the external (the rubber one) city water hose and blow it out.
This all goes well if you make this a ritual. Each step shoud be accompanied by beer
and more beer when you are done....not part of the ceremony, it is to celebrate getting done.
One last thing! You are from Texas...if you are a Dallas Cowboy's fan be sure to wear your team colors in the fall. If you are not get a Gren Bay Packers Jacket. It will make you stand out and get noticed right away in Chicago
Welcome to the midwest