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Old 10-18-2015, 10:26 PM   #29
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I'm curious how the low point drains work. Mine look like a couple of tubes coming out of the pan. No visible valve. Thanks

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There is probably a valve located on the floor inside, directly above where the tube comes down. My trailer has one like this (just forward of the water heater; the valve is located in an outside storage compartment).
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Old 10-18-2015, 11:22 PM   #30
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There is probably a valve located on the floor inside, directly above where the tube comes down. My trailer has one like this (just forward of the water heater; the valve is located in an outside storage compartment).
Two things:

My 22FB has two sets of drain valves--one forward, one aft.

While wind chill does not reduce actual temperature, something to be wary of when storing without winterizing is that cold air sinks. If you store your AS in a low spot, or live in a low area, you will likely have morning temps below the surrounding area.

I live on a hill above my town. The morning temperature at my house can be 15 degrees warmer than a mere two miles away in town.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:47 AM   #31
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In Mississippi we face this decision about a month later than you folks up north. If I know I am not going camping for a while and the weather is getting into the 30's I go ahead and blow out my lines. Why, because sometimes the weather will turn very cold vey fast and it is always when I am gone or don't have time to work on the trailer. Also, it is much nicer to do it on a 50 degree day than a windy, cold and wet 30 degree day.
Hello there, Bruce.
I winterize sometimes 2 or 3 times per year, the first time when I hear of a freeze coming. Then we go camping again and I winterize again, sometimes at the campground before the trip home.
I first blow the lines out with air. I don't have a compressor, so I use a bicycle pump. Then I use a winterizing T to draw the antifreeze right out of the jug into the pipes. Don't forget the toilet or the black tank flush.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:04 AM   #32
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I'm curious how the low point drains work. Mine look like a couple of tubes coming out of the pan. No visible valve. Thanks

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I am curious as to how and why yours are different than mine since the trailers are similar.....Mine has two brass petcocks, one hot and one cold sticking out of the belly pan directly below the kitchen. I assume they drain the kitchen and bath?.... It also has one rubber hose hanging down under a rear twin. I open it via a turn knob under the bed....I don't know exactly what it drains and why there aren't two valves on thay side...Anyone know?
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:29 AM   #33
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Why take a chance? It takes me about 15 min to run antifreeze through my lines. It costs about $15 in antifreeze. If I freeze a toilet valve, it cost more than $15 for a new valve and then I spend 45 minutes crawling behind the biffy. Just my $0.02

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Old 10-20-2015, 10:32 AM   #34
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We are spoiled here on the Texas Gulf Coast. Since it is almost never below freezing and I store my trailer in the garage I never winterize. The price we pay for this is blistering summer heat :-)
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:52 PM   #35
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All this talk about when to winterize... ;-) Does someone have a good checklist and directions for someone who is just about to buy her first Airstream? Trying to navigate the logistics of traveling cross country to see/buy a 1976 26' Argosy :-)
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:25 PM   #36
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There are several threads on winterizing on Airforums.
Do a Google search for "winterizing Airforums" and you will see the threads on winterizing.
Also, there are lots of winterizing videos on Youtube.


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I might suggest just before the pipes freeze and go snap!
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:34 PM   #38
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If it drops just below freezing for an hour or so I do nothing, but when I hear there will be a sustained freeze for at least 2 days, I git-r-dun.
When the newscasters say bring houseplants in, winterize.
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When the newscasters say bring houseplants in, winterize.
In my area, weathermen rate freezes in terms of the "4P"s - People, Pets, Plants, Pipes, in order of which will be harmed by the cold. Plants are included in the list because this is a citrus-growing area. So if they list only three Ps in the weather portion of the 10:00 news, no worries. If they list all four, the Airstream had better be winterized.
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