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Old 08-30-2014, 07:46 AM   #1
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Short term storage in cold climates

I am brand new to RVing and plan on doing 2 week trips from my home in PA. What can I do for storage when I am home for a few weeks in the winter? Is it just a matter of draining all of the water. It will be cold enough to freeze things when I am home between trips so I don't want anything damaged but also don't think a full winterization is a good idea once a month. I probably will be traveling once a month in Jan, Feb and March.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:55 AM   #2
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Yes get the water out of it! Then blow out the pipes with compressed air and the others will tell you about putting antifreeze in the system. Just remember all of you that antifreeze is deadly to any animal so be careful how you are using it.
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If you will be returning to a warm climate, like Florida, why not look for storage there? That way you will not need to keep winterizing and deal with towing in a snow storm.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:20 AM   #4
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Are you concerned about road salt on the roads in the winter during those times that you travel?
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Yes get the water out of it! Then blow out the pipes with compressed air and the others will tell you about putting antifreeze in the system. Just remember all of you that antifreeze is deadly to any animal so be careful how you are using it.
Car antifreeze is toxic, I believe RV antifreeze is benign.

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You're going to need to go through the whole winterizing routine. It only takes one hard freeze. During warmer periods you might keep an eye on the weather report and winterize before the cold hits. I'd be equally concerned about road salt and the corrosion it causes. First hand experience on that score.
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For ten years I have had a winterizing kit on all the trailers I have owned. Once installed it only takes about 15 minuets for the pump to push about 1 to 1 1/2 gallons of antifreeze into the lines and at about $3.00 a gallon that is a lot cheaper that a water line repair. RV antifreeze, although not recommend for consumption, is safe or it would not be allowed for potable water lines.
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For ten years I have had a winterizing kit on all the trailers I have owned. Once installed it only takes about 15 minuets for the pump to push about 1 to 1 1/2 gallons of antifreeze into the lines and at about $3.00 a gallon that is a lot cheaper that a water line repair. RV antifreeze, although not recommend for consumption, is safe or it would not be allowed for potable water lines.
Only "problem" with the RV antifreeze is the flush and residual flavoring.

You do not state whether you are hooked up to city or RV park.

You also need to drain and protect the tanks. Even the Black tank can freeze and that leak will be really noticeable.

As you pump in the AF(antifreeze), the water in lines goes to the GRAY tank. This process also puts AF in the drain and PTraps!! This is "good"! Any water will possibly freeze.

Make sure the BLACK is drained and rinsed. Then run the toilet flush until AF is coming into the toilet. Pour some extra AF into toilet and flush to protect the BLACK tank.

If "hooked up" make sure all water is out of the Stinky Slinky. Raise the high end and walk all the way to drain end. It need not be dry but should have no low spots where water could expand and rupture the hose. Or, just disconnect, clean and rinse out and store.

Remember an ounce of prevention will sag you THOUSANDS of repair dollars.

Another "option" is to leave AS. Totally winterized and use the RV park facilities. You are paying for them...

Now, what about other items in the AS? Things in the fridge CAN freeze. Liquids like eyedrops, canned foods, etc, will freeze. Beer, wine, etc will freeze!!!!

So, will you be removing all these items as well?

We had a few "freeze" days here in Texas. I ran the built in heater without issue. But to leave it unattended and "away" would not be best. Is there someone you could get to "check" on its status while away and "prepare" prior to return?
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Short term storage in cold climates

Thanks all for the tips. I can't leave the AS in Florida because my plan is to travel to different areas on each trip. When home the AS will be in my driveway and not in use.I guess the best tips were to learn how to do the blow out and preventative treatment quickly and effectively as possible. I have a air compressor at the house so that should help. Don't like the idea of antifreeze in the water lines. I also like the idea of leaving in winterized and using the services at the facility until I go on a longer trip that would justify "adding water".

I am picking up the AS in two weeks and during my orientation I will have them give me a lot of detail on purging the system. If I can do it with compressed air (the inside clean water lines) it should be something I can perform pretty fast.
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One more possibility is locating a storage facility or warehouse where the heat is kept just above freezing. Just brainstorming. May be too expensive.
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I don't antifreeze the whole system. I blow out the lines, drain the water heater and pour some anti freeze into the sinks shower and toilet, to put some in the bottom of the tanks and p traps. Two winters and no problem yet.
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