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Old 11-12-2013, 06:43 AM   #57
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I guess you are being silly...
Not silly......it's called being humerus while being dead serious.

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Old 11-12-2013, 06:49 AM   #58
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If you are close to the bath house...
I usually shower and do #2 at the bath house any way, but i cook, wash dishes, brush teeth, wash hands and do #1 in the trailer.
I will shower and do #2 in the trailer if it is raining or freezing.
My wife showers in the trailer sometimes while I am showering at the bath house- we get ready at the same time-
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:52 AM   #59
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I think you are being "humerus" again...
Or maybe humorous-
Humerus is a big ole bone in the leg- I think-
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:27 AM   #60
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Staying on topic, though, last year I was fortunate to not need to winterize at all, but there were a couple of nights when I was camping during a freeze over Christmas weekend, at Chicot, State Park, LA. Which is how I managed to avoid having to winterize, in fact.

With a light freeze already predicted for tonight (~30įF just before dawn, but warming up before my pipes could freeze), this year I may not be so lucky. Light freezes now mean colder freezes are likely later even here along the Gulf Coast. I regularly check the 10-day forecast on the Weather Channel webpage, and if a freeze is predicted for anytime in the ten-day period it's time for me to winterize.

But that doesn't keep me from planning trips for the winter holidays, either. I've only got limited time off from work, so if I have time off for a holiday, best to make use of it. Winter boondocking would be more an ordeal for me and less of a good time, so I go to year-round campgrounds with hookups.

My Interstate has tank heaters, but the heaters are such energy hogs that they can only be used while on shore power or generator power. So when I arrive at a park for a winter camping trip, I fill the fresh tank when I arrive, then coil up and store my fresh hose, rather than remaining hooked up to municipal water. Then I turn on the tank heaters, which keep the tanks around 40įF. Waste tank capacity (between the black and gray tanks) is slightly more than my fresh tank capacity, so at the end of the trip as I'm packing up for the return trip, I empty whatever water remains in the fresh tank into the gray and/or black tanks before hitting the dump station. At the dump station, I also drain the water heater.

That way, all that's left when I get home is to blow out the lines and add antifreeze to the waste tanks, and I'm good until the next winter trip.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:28 AM   #61
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not being silly or humerus...
I thought Lake Chicot was in Arkansas- just west of Lake Village-
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not being silly or humerus...
I thought Lake Chicot was in Arkansas- just west of Lake Village-
Yeah, well, I've been to Lake Claiborne twice this year, too, once in Alabama near Monroeville, and once in Louisiana near Ruston.

No reason why there can't be a Lake Chicot near Ville Platte in Louisiana and another near Lake Village in Arkansas.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:32 AM   #63
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I guess so-
Like Chickasaw Lake or Choctaw Lake or Legion Lake or what have ya...
Or like Mississippi has 2 towns by the same name or there is a Greenwood or Greenville in every state...or Lodi or Bowling Green or whatever...
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Mississippi has 2 towns by the same name
Really? Which towns? I'm sure it doesn't bother the postal service since they would have different zip codes, but it must be confusing when looking up the place(s) on Google Earth.
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The first one that comes to mind is Bogue Chitto. There is one near Philadelphia, MS and one near Lucedale, MS- maybe the reason ZIP codes were invented?
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Ok, so I went to the lot today to remove the batteries for winter storage at home and noticed this on the side of the trailer:



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So it seems clear to me that water with antifreeze was coming out of the water heater on my drive home from the dealer (I parked it and haven't gone back to it until this morning).

That MAY explain why water and antifreeze was dripping from the point behind the propane tanks if it was running along the bottom trim and the nose is slightly down on the lot.

However, if that is the explanation, does this mean they didn't use the shutoff to prevent antifreeze from entering the hot water heater??? I looked in the bathroom and if the water line runs east to west,, the shutoff knob runs north to south. That means the shutoff is engaged doesn't it?

What do you all think?

Alumaholic is righter by the minute - I should have winterized myself before sending to the dealer for warranty service.
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Are the by-pass valves open or closed?
Take a hose shoot some water into the open drain see if it comes back out a little pink....it shouldn't if they did it ryte.

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Hi SteveSueMac,
My water heater has a slightly different arrangement than the one Bob set out above. Mine has a check valve on the outlet side of the HWH that is supposed to prevent the antifreeze from flowing into the HWH when you are winterizing. Sometimes the plunger in the check valve sticks in the open position so antifreeze enters the heater. This, of course is not supposed to happen. You will know if your system has a check valve if it only has one gate valve to operate in order to bypass the heater. Mine stuck this year so I have antifreeze dribbling out just like you do. Apparently the fix is to tap the thing and it is supposed to fix itself. Right. The correct fix is to replace it. On my unit, this means taking apart the dinette seat, unscrewing the top of the seat, exposing the HWH and plumbing and then going at it with an assortment of tools. Some how, I'm not in the mood for this so I will do it when other stuff in there requires fixing. (And it will since I have been in there once already to repair a leak) my guess is that we have similar systems so this may be your problem as well. Jim
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Thanks Bob and Jim. Much more to learn!
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