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Old 10-08-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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Do people in the Deep South winterize their AS?
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:15 PM   #2
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Do people in the Deep South winterize their AS?
There's no such thing as a dumb question, only dumb people asking them. Kidding; I forget where that quote came from, which kind of makes me the dumb one, I guess…

I live along the Gulf Coast, and last year I winterized not once, but five times! Mainly because after each time I winterized, I had a holiday weekend to go camping again not long after. Then when I got back from the camping trip, I had to do it again until the next trip.

But the winter before last, I didn't winterize at all; we only had freezing temps for the holiday weekends I was camping already, so disconnecting the hose and running the furnace and tank heaters was all I had to do.

So the answer to your question is, sometimes.
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:41 PM   #3
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Do people in the Deep South winterize their AS?
Has it ever frozen where you keep the trailer?

If so, or even close, then be SAFE instead of Sorry, and winterize.

The cost to winterize is peanuts compared to the cost of correcting a freeze up.

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Old 10-08-2014, 08:45 PM   #4
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We are as deep south as you can get without falling into the Gulf (okay, most of FL is farther south, but they don't claim it as "Deep South") and we have never had to winterize. This past winter had several freezes and even an ice storm, but we just drained all tanks, opened all the cabinet doors, and ran the propane heater. We don't keep it hooked to water lines at home, so that was not an issue. Maybe we were just lucky.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:09 PM   #5
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Some of the best camping here is in the winter.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:31 PM   #6
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Mississippi Gulf Coast, I have never winterized. We do not really have a winter here. The occasional cold front might come thru but it never stays below freezing for any time. If it looks like it might get close to freezing I drain the water tank and plug in a small electric heater.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:36 PM   #7
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We live where most people would consider "deep South", and use our trailer year round. So, I pay attention to the forecast, and when it is supposed to freeze, I winterize, to a degree, and keep some heat on in the trailer. However, some years it doesn't freeze here.

My winterizing "to a degree" consists of draining all tanks, opening all faucets, opening system drains to drain as much water as I can, and then I blow the lines with air pressure. Been doing it this way for years without a problem.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:56 PM   #8
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I've never winterized any of my campers. I will put a light bulb by the hose inlet (the only place on my trailer where the water line is outside the shell), and leave a small portable ceramic heater on inside the camper on nights it's going to be a hard freeze.... Has worked so far.

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Old 10-08-2014, 10:15 PM   #9
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The only time I ever had a pipe to freeze and burst in a trailer, I was in Brunswick GA, just north of the Florida state line. The forecast was for 32F but it dropped to 28F for about 4 hours. That's all it takes!
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We are as deep south as you can get without falling into the Gulf (okay, most of FL is farther south, but they don't claim it as "Deep South") and we have never had to winterize. This past winter had several freezes and even an ice storm, but we just drained all tanks, opened all the cabinet doors, and ran the propane heater. We don't keep it hooked to water lines at home, so that was not an issue. Maybe we were just lucky.
Being lucky never replaces being skillful and playing things safe.

All of use have taken chances during our life, but sometimes, the cost to fix one of those chances that goes bad, can be HUGE, especially when it comes to an Airstream.

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Short answer is yes. We had single digit temps here in the Atlanta area last winter and several nights down in the teens. Be prepared, as Baden-Powell famously said.

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If you store your Airstream at home, you can afford to wait until the last minute to winterize. As long as I'm still working for a living, every Friday afternoon I check the 10-day forecast on the Weather Channel online, and if the forecast includes even one night below freezing in the next ten days, I winterize on Saturday, and leave it winterized until my next winter camping trip.

But if you store your Airstream away from home and don't check on it or use it frequently, you don't really have that luxury. If you check the record lows for each month in your area, and there is a record low below freezing, winterize and leave it that way until you're ready to use it again.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:09 AM   #13
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In the Houston area temps below freezing are almost non-existent though last winter was colder than most. Since my trailer is stored in an attached garage (not heated directly, but connected to a heated house) I have never winterized.
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Not an issue for the Phoenix metro area. Out on the North side at higher elevations one needs to watch temps.
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