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Old 09-25-2017, 12:34 PM   #1
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Should I Winterize?

I currently reside in the florida panhandle (Santa Rosa Beach) and this is my 1st winter owning an Airstream (2016 27FB). While the temps can get below freezing it is not a frequent event. Does anyone else who lives in the area (moosetracks) winterize? Thanks.

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Old 09-25-2017, 01:19 PM   #2
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I do not live in Santa Rosa but am there in the first week in Jan for the last 11 years. In that time we have had freezing weather twice that froze my hoses and the city feeds in the campground.

I would say you don't need to winterize unless the temperature is predicted to be below freezing overnight and into the next day. It is the duration below freezing you have to watch as the trailer is a huge thermal mass. Keep in mind that the latent heat of fusion is 80 times that of a 1 degree C drop so it freezing doesn't that fast.

One year we left Jersey at 27 degrees and arrived at Santa Rosa at 27 degrees. That year I did not take on water until after we arrived.

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Old 03-21-2018, 10:35 AM   #3
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I'm just going to put this here. March 21 near DC:
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Nice rig. Did YOU winterize?😮
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Old 03-24-2018, 05:49 AM   #5
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Nice rig. Did YOU winterize?��
Yes and no! Middle of Feb. I drove to GA, de-winterized and continued to N.FL I returned to MD after a few weeks to mild weather and decided to set the furnace at 40 and leave the water heater on. Daytime temps have been well above freezing or right at freezing and night time temps never below 29 for more than a few hrs. Interior coach stays at 40F+. I've been checking the drains to ease my mind. Everything is in good shape. Trust me if we were going to have a hard freeze (extended) I'd do the right thing!
PS - the outside shower remained winterized.
PPS - The pic is of a fast moving snow storm. It was gone within hrs.
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