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Old 11-12-2005, 11:30 PM   #1
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Winterizing in Southern California?

Hi everyone!
This isn't truely a question about "freezing" here in So. Cal.!
Now that we won't be using our new trailer until mid February I can't find any information as to whether to leave the fresh water tank full or empty. Temperatures can reach mid 70's during the day, and I'm worried about algae. Does any one have suggestions for keeping tank fresh between trips?

Thanks for all your help, we've learned a lot from all the posts!
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Old 11-13-2005, 06:51 AM   #2
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Just one person's approach

I always drain the fresh water tank between trips AND sanitize it according to the "book" before filling it for the trip. We take a couple of gallons of fresh water for coffee and drinking until the chlorine dissipates.

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Old 11-13-2005, 09:57 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by fotobryant
Hi everyone!
This isn't truely a question about "freezing" here in So. Cal.!
Now that we won't be using our new trailer until mid February I can't find any information as to whether to leave the fresh water tank full or empty. Temperatures can reach mid 70's during the day, and I'm worried about algae. Does any one have suggestions for keeping tank fresh between trips?

Thanks for all your help, we've learned a lot from all the posts!
I had a 1971 Trade Wind in storage at the El Toro Marine Base for a few years, and never winterized. It just does not get cold enough for it to become necessary. You can simply drain the fresh tank if it is going to sit for a few month, and not worry about the water lines. We actually kept about a quarter tank of water, so we could periodically go to the trailer and perform cleaning duties etc and have some water available.
Water preservation tablets are available also, I just don't know where.
If between trips is less than a month or so, then the clorine in the water prevents nasties from growing. Especially since it is enclosed and does nto see UV radiation or lots of oxygen.
We only used the water from the storage tank for washing and flushing, since we always brough a few gallons of drinking water for consumption.
You should sanitize your fresh water system at least once a year. Here is how: http://www.airstream.com/product_lin.../faq.html#tank
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Old 11-14-2005, 01:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info! Plan on leaving water for utility purposed, and we'll drain, flush, and fill before next trip.

P.S. Uwe, sind Sie Deutscher by chance?

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Old 11-21-2005, 05:58 PM   #5
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keep tanks full between tows

We keep tanks and AS heated rather than winterize. Winters in this part of NC just not very severe and we are watching AS interior temperature closely from in the house. I read in either AS manual or elsewhere to maintain tanks full, rather than empty, when sitting. This avoids tank surfaces exposed to air. We are on very good city water (just ask the city, eh?) and know we are at approx 2ppm Chlorine at the tap. This provides low level protection against algae, provided the water is refreshed periodically. We drain the tank and refill partly before towing, then refill again upon return home. Only seventeen months into this, pull it at least monthly so getting good turnover on the water. Way too early to tell if problems, I guess.
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Hi Doug and Margit:

Sherry and I (Robert) will be down in San Elijo during Christmas from the 26th thru the 30th. San Elijo is just south of Carlsbad where you will be staying in Feb (saw your earlier post). We will be in 153 or 155, forgot which one, but to the right if you enter the campground. Anyway, if you happen to be traveling toward San Diego (or anyone else) and want to stop in and say hi, we will be there.

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