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Old 10-23-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Which is worse about winterizing

I winterized the Argosy today. It is 40F, rainy, dreary and miserable here. I do have a carport so there is cover at least. But I got thinking, which is worse?

A) Winterizing on a cold dreary miserable day, thinking about the upcoming winter and no camping.

B) Winterizing on a beautiful sunny fall day wishing you were camping and knowing you can't get out again this season.

C) Reading posts from those in non-winter climates with smart ass answers like "what is winterizing?" and "why do you have to winterize a trailer?"

To those in the (C) category, I only can wish a hard, unexpected freeze that causes you leaks in your plumbing the next time you go out. LOL.

It was a great season anyway, looking forward to the 2013 year.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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D) Pull your Airstream to Mesa, AZ, and spend the winter there, swimming in a heated pool, hiking along scenic trails, and enjoying the desert sunsets.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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It all balances out. Quit crying or move south.

It's called envy. You envy ppl living in the south because they don't have to winterize (depends on just how far south you go.). ppl envy you living in Idaho.

I lived in Texas for 30 years. Still had to blow out the lines and antifreeze the traps, drain the water heater, for the winter. So quit crying.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:30 PM   #4
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Smart assed post lead to smart assed responses. It is nice living in a climate where I can camp year around and no winterizing necessary. I am a "C" and proud of it.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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D) Pull your Airstream to Mesa, AZ, and spend the winter there, swimming in a heated pool, hiking along scenic trails, and enjoying the desert sunsets.
That's why they have wheels.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:37 PM   #6
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I don't know, winterizing the Safari means I'll be skiing soon.
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I don't know, winterizing the Safari means I'll be skiing soon.
Skiing? Skiing?? Any promises???

A Europe trip caused me to winterize in September for the very first time. That seemed too sad to believe -- I'm a shoulder season adventurer after all.

At least I've taught myself not to wait until daytime temps are in the 30s. I had to pull the plug today...
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:14 PM   #8
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I'm always sad while winterizing no matter the weather, because it means I won't be camping again for a while.
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I think I got all the water out for winter, but can someone tell me where all the drain outlets are for a 76 Sovereign. Thanks in advance
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C) Reading posts from those in non-winter climates with smart ass answers like "what is winterizing?" and "why do you have to winterize a trailer?"

To those in the (C) category, I only can wish a hard, unexpected freeze that causes you leaks in your plumbing the next time you go out. LOL.
Gee, thanks a little for those words of encouragement!

I live along the Gulf Coast, in one of those "non-winter" climates. But even here, we occasionally have icing conditions in late December/early January. I plan to winterize, at least to the extent of draining the entire plumbing system and blowing it out, though I may not pump antifreeze through the system. I'm still debating that part of it, though I've bought some antifreeze for the purpose already, just in case. I'll definitely add antifreeze to the holding tanks at least, since it's not possible to drain them bone-dry.

Thing is, I may have to winterize several times this winter, since I have adamantly sworn off of "staycations." Whenever I have time off from work, I will be out camping, somewhere, as long as driving conditions in my area aren't unsafe due to weather. After all, there's a reason why my Interstate came with tank heaters. And with a heated water hose as well, I should be good as long as I stick to campsites that have hookups.

I'll just take my air compressor with me, and at the end of each trip, I'll drain the lines and blow them out before heading home. So, I'll have to winterize after my Thanksgiving trip. And my Christmas trip. And my New Years' trip. And my MLK Day trip. Maybe by my Mardi Gras trip, the weather will be consistently warm enough to "summerize" and leave it that way.

So, look at it this way… by living in a climate where you have to winterize and store your Airstream, you only have to do it once, and you're done.

Now doesn't that make you feel better about the whole ordeal?
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