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Old 02-06-2007, 06:34 PM   #1
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Airstream Motorhome - Need of winterizing while driving


I am in the process to buy an airstream motorhome classic 36' from 1994. It is located in Texas; I leave in Cincinnati, OH, where it is freezing.

Do I need to winterize while driving?

I have been told that the Airstream is built like a turtle, with an under layer that keeps the tanks and lines warms, as long as there is some heat inside. Is it correct?

Or should I winterize to avoid all lines and tanks to freeze?

Thank you for your help.

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Old 02-06-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
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Wow - the last of an era. You should be ok unless the temp gets really cold. I would keep the bottom cabinet doors and drawers open on the wet side - normally the drivers side and when parked, have a small fan blowing into these areas. keep the water heater on. Run a trickel to make sure everything flows. keep the coach warn inside - 60 to 70 is good.

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Old 02-06-2007, 07:20 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by philippes

Do I need to winterize while driving?

Thank you for your help.

Hello Phillip, and welcome to the forums and to Airstream ownership.
As for the winterizing, as long as you are using your unit, and you are keeping it warm by using the furnace. The furnace does indeed have outlets that go into the cavity where the tanks are located, so that will keep them from freezing. As for the -30 degree weather that is going on up there, I would not try my luck on anything that has to do with an Airstream motorhome. If you completely winterize it before getting into the cold then you would be sure, not just hoping.
Airstreams do pretty well to a way low temp, but I'm not sure the engineers even began to try to design it to stay warm in such frigid temps.
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:28 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums and congratuations on your new Airstteam Moho. If you are using the moho, winterizing is academic. If you are runninr the furnace, you should be OK.
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:41 PM   #5
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MOHO's are different from trailers. On MOHO's the black and gray water tanks are out in the open under the coach.
They are NOT heated. Do not use them without adding antifreez each time you add liquid.

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Old 02-06-2007, 08:52 PM   #6
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Welcome to the Aluminitus Ward!! The Classic you're buying is one of a kind, er the last of it's kind. In '94 only a small handful where actually 30 or so. I hope you've found a low mileage hanger queen but regardless of how you find it we'll all be waiting with baited breath to see and hear more about it.
You got all the benifits of the Classic AS look and the updated chassis with diesel power and economy.
If you are driving it home with the propane furnace on you'll be fine if you give the waste tanks a little antifreeze and keep them moving from time to time. Just dump your tanks prior to parking at home and give 'em a shot of antifreeze before you leave it unattended.... search winterizing here and you'll have plenty to read.
I like the idea of using cheap vodka to do the job. No worries about antifreeze aftertaste.
Oh, we want more photos.... we're very visual here.

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