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Old 01-04-2014, 09:40 PM   #15
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New airstreamer here... I erred on the side of caution and drained all the tanks, blew out the lines, and filled with rv antifreeze. It gets pretty cold at night, and at least you don't have to worry about it freezing up.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:00 AM   #16
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Just around the last week of November / first week of December we had a crazy cold snap in the Puget sound that pretty much froze everything. So if your TT wasn't either winterized or well heated, it was probably gonna need repairs. We don't get a lot of below-freezing temps that last long enough to matter, but those snaps take many by surprise when they come, and that's when the fun begins.

Thus, as a new owner anxious to protect the investment, I opt for choice #1 (winterize and weekend camp in our aluminum tent from time to time until the spring). No water anywhere inside the TT's plumbing until then - and that includes the tanks. I don't want a cold-snap surprise while it's in storage between trips.
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We winterized right after I started this thread. It was a good decision for us.

Thanks everyone for all your advice. Maybe next year we'll do some winter traveling.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:07 PM   #18
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I winterized with antifreeze for the first time in Seattle this year as well and glad I did. I previously had a Argosy Minuet and did not winterize and had a leaky water tank. After a couple hundred dollars in repairs I learned my lesson.

I installed a antifreeze intake between the water tank and pump and it makes the process simple and quick.
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:30 PM   #19
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Glad you winterized, and good idea on the antifreeze intake. Maybe we'll add that one day. For now, we'll just have Covington winterize it. Meanwhile, for those playing along at home, we just had another overnight cold snap, down to 27F. The snaps keep coming. We see nothing like the temps you'll find east of us at the same latitude, but it sure gets cold enough to damage pipes and tanks if there's water in them and the trailer isn't heated.
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