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Old 09-28-2009, 11:02 AM   #15
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It is that time again...

I found this old post and thought it would be OK to bring it forward at this time. It REALLY will save some big trouble and expenses. Thanks to Tom the author....from Canada where it really matters.
Trailer winterizing procedure

1 Wash, dry, and Walbernize exterior of trailer
2 Have LP tank re-filled if one is empty.
3 Buy 1 gallon of potable anti-freeze.
4 Store load distribution bars and sway control in storage slot.
5 Ensure trailer tire pressures are 50 psi
6 Fit wheel covers for UV protection.
7 Store outside chairs and table inside.
8 Lower aerials.
9 Remove all clothing, food, bedding, and "stuff", that will
not be kept in trailer.
10 Fit sun protection cards in front and rear windows.
11 Turn off water heater in rear outside compartment and drain.
12 Remove battery from water heater re-lighter and store in
13 Turn off refrigerator, empty, and wipe interior clean.
Carton of baking soda on shelf, leave door ajar.
14 Fit bug screen to outside refigerator access flap.
15 Turn funace thermostat (on wall) to "off", and remove
batteries. Furnace has permanent bugscreens.
16 Turn off both gas bottles on A-frame by turning knobs
17 Fit sun screen round gas bottle cover and A-frame.
18 Ensure batteries are fully charged, topped up, and clean on top,
then remove to where they can be charged once a month.
19 Drain black water tank, half fill with clean water and dump
again. Close dump valve.
20 Drain grey tank. Close dump valve.
21 Put a gallon of clean water in black tank via WC, and add a
capfull of Eco-Save.
22 Remove sewage hose, wash out, and store in rear bumper.
23 Turn off mains water supply at outside tap, remove hose from
source and trailer.
24 Empty hose,clean exterior, join ends together, store in
rear hatch.
25 Drain cold water tank by removing drain bolt in kerbside
wheel arch.Replace drain bolt. Or, pump all water out.
26 Add table-spoon of baking soda in a pint of water to tank.
Insert plug in air vent by filler cap.
27 Press on valve on WC spray head for a few seconds to drain
this line.
28 Open drain valve in rear roadside locker.
29 Turn water heater bypass taps to their bypass position.
30 Open pressure-relief valve at top of water heater, remove
nylon drain plug (box wrench), drain tank.
31 Replace plug, close valve.
32 Tank water filter is under flap at base of curbside wardrobe.
Remove top, drain, clean, and replace top.
33 Retract corner scissor jacks.
34 Lower front of trailer using front power jack until water
ceases to drain from valves.
35 Lower rear of trailer using front power jack until water
ceases to drain from valves.
36 Level trailer, and support with corner scissor jacks.
37 Close all valves and faucets, WC, spray head and shower.
38 Hook up Air Compressor with home made attachments.
39 Open all faucets and shower head, starting furthest from water
inlet and working to closer taps, doing the toilet last.
40 Open cold water faucet in kitchen till air runs without water.
41 When water stops coming from faucet, open another, then
close the first.
42 Continue with all valves, faucets, spray head, and WC until
all have been blown through.
43 Ensure one of these is always open, so as not to risk a
burst pipe through excess pressure, unless you have a forty pound
pressure regulator set on the compressor.
44 Stop the compressor. Close the final open valve/faucet.
45 Between the tank filter and the tank pump is a T-joint with
an either/or switch. Switch to T supply if you are going to fill the
pipes with antifreeze. (I don't)(if not, skip to 50)
46 Connect the attached pipe into a gallon of potable anti-
47 Switch on the pump via the rocker switch in the kitchen or
48 Open one faucet, drain valve, WC, spray head at a time until
pink anti-freeze runs steadily out.
49 Replace the anti-freeze containers as necessary.Return T
switch to normal position.
50 Pour a cup of anti-freeze into each drain trap (3) and a
capfull of cooking oil to prevent evaporation.
51 Dry all surfaces of sink, shower and WC.
52 Open WC bowl valve, apply silicon grease to dry valve
surfaces, then close valve.
53 Place containers of drying agent at both ends of trailer,
and one in sink.
54 Remove batteries from smoke detector and carbon monoxide
55 Switch off LP gas detector by exit door near floor.
56 Switch off all interior and exterior lights and radio.
57 Disconnect city electric supply,store cable in rear hatch.
58 Turn off electic master switch behind sofa.
59 Disconnect cables from battery. Connect solar battery
60 Clean interior and sweep floor.
61 Close windows, curtains and lower blinds.
62 Close all roof vents, and extractor vent in bathroom.
63 Lock all exterior storage lockers, water flap and battery
locker. Put these keys where they can be found again.
64 Lock exit door and raise step

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