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Old 10-12-2011, 11:05 AM   #197
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Any Specific tips for folks who live in Seattle WA?
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:36 AM   #198
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Am interested in the Seattle question as well. Moving to Whidbey Island next spring.

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Old 10-12-2011, 12:00 PM   #199
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Thank you for this, I have amended some of my sequence of events and added one missed point and that is opening the lowest drain values!

A quick question, do you remove the batteries or just change the switch to "Store"?
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:27 PM   #200
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Thank you for this, I have amended some of my sequence of events and added one missed point and that is opening the lowest drain values!

A quick question, do you remove the batteries or just change the switch to "Store"?
I remove the batt's......but check the owners manual for your converter if you plan to plug-in while the batteries are out, doing so could damage some brands.

Vodka makes a tasty substitute for the pink stuff..

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Old 10-12-2011, 05:20 PM   #201
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I remove the batt's......but check the owners manual for your converter if you plan to plug-in while the batteries are out, doing so could damage some brands.

Vodka makes a tasty substitute for the pink stuff..

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Ummm, can't you just unplug the converter? Mine just plugs into a wall outlet behind the couch.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:22 AM   #202
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Ummm, can't you just unplug the converter? Mine just plugs into a wall outlet behind the couch.
Yep...sure can.

I store them inside on a float charger plugged in periodically.

Also a bit more security with the power jack disabled.

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Old 10-13-2011, 09:34 AM   #203
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I'll be taking notes on this thread!

What about the AGM batteries? Are they different? Should they come out? Do they need the charger?
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:40 AM   #204
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If you're storing the trailer outdoors, I'd pull them and put them in an above freezing garage. I use Batteryminders on all my lead acid batts over the winter. Someone else will have to fill you in on whether the outputs of Battery minders are appropriate for AGMs. Their charge requirements are somewhat different, I believe.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:52 PM   #205
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Good info here on the AGM lead acid battery.

Charging procedures, specs etc.

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Old 10-16-2011, 02:11 PM   #206
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I am New to the air stream foram ,
I have a 1993 30 ft excell 1000
and in the closet do see the pump and it all ready has the valve...
to draw antifreeze all I have to do is put it in the position it in the right direction to draw antifreeze.

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Not sure were to find the the two low point drains, one for hot one for cold to open and let drain?.

All so the pump is in the closet and acroos the hall in the bathroom is were the hot water heater is located.

Not sure were to find the bypass valves so as not to run antifreeze in the water heater, does any one know were they might be located?

On out side I do see were I have to unscreew what looks like a nut to let the water out of the heater . Could some one please help with the few questions I have .
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:27 PM   #207
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Not sure if these pics will apply to your AS but hope they help.
The plastic nut is what I use, with the pressure relief valve open.
You can see the two drain petcocks on the bottom of the FW tank for the low water line drains, another in the curb-side rear storage compartment, third pic.

Our WH bypass valves are in the front of the curbside rear storage compartment.




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Old 10-16-2011, 04:02 PM   #208
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Gosman, you may not have bypass valves for the water heater installed. Recent models do have them, but I don't know if they were standard in the '90's. Along side the water heater, perhaps in an adjoining compartment would be some pipes with three valves if the bypass is there. For winterizing, close the open ones, open the closed one.

Bypass kits should be available if you don't have one. Just Google. They should be less than $20. Since without it you might fill the water heater with antifreeze, it pays for itself the first year.

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Old 10-17-2011, 03:44 PM   #209
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I have done as was told --except i did get around 2 gal anti freeze in the hot water tank !!! Just forgot to shut the valves to by pass .
Question will this hurt my hot water tank now or later , what should i do naything?
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:21 PM   #210
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Barryamo,

I've had my AS two winters in Seattle area. It is always connected to 120v outlet when parked to keep batteries topped off. The first winter I left water in the system and relied on gas heater to keep things warm (therm set at 45 degrees). Also left the water heater on. Everything was OK but I used a lot of propane. Last winter I purged the water system and drained the water heater as well as putting RV antifreeze in drains. Although we don't get Minnesota-like winters here it does get down to the single numbers at times. I plan on going to AZ in December. I think that is the best way to prepare your AS for winter.
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