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Old 04-29-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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De-Winterized Today!

Winter is over. I retrieved our 16' CCD from storage last night, and dewinterized today. No water leaks, so draining, blowing the lines with compressed air, and leaving all the valves opened worked for me again. Next year I plan to pump pink antifreeze through the lines, but will still blow them out afterwards to minimize any problems with odor or taste.

All of the electrical and propane systems are in good shape. Parking for the winter in an enclosed garage is soooo nice. Just like I put it away last fall, except for some dust.

Tonight I will change out the 10w bulbs for the 5w bulbs, to improve our boondocking battery situation (got that tip from this board, thanks!)

In May, I plan a fishing trip at Flaming Gorge, and then a long weekend in Jackson Hole for the Memorial Day season opener.

Anyone else ecstatic about making it through another winter!?! I'm going to driveway camp tonight, just because I can!!

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Old 04-29-2006, 06:09 PM   #2
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Wah-hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are a little away from dewinterizing. . .mainly because we are flooded on high ground here in our midwest monsoons. From your post, we can see your joy Here's to a great opening day in a beautiful setting! ~G
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:28 PM   #3
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If I am industrious and lucky, I might just get to this tomorrow on ours. See if I got all of the water out of the lines!
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:13 PM   #4
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Got the Safari done two weekends ago....even got a wash and a walbernize in too.
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:34 PM   #5
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Wow! Seems weird to here all this. We have used ours 3 times since Jan 1st!!
But those memories are not from that long ago!
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:35 PM   #6
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I picked up my 30' Classic on April 7 from Jackson Center on my way from Canada to Florida. The trailer was in for winter repair at the factory. Got there at 01:30 in the morning, the trailer was already in the Terraport (thanks to the service department) and we stayed in the trailer, paid the bill around 8:30 and then I did the de-winterizing thing. Had amazing weather in Destin FL, came back home through the Carolinas and finally home just east of Toronto on April 24. Well on April 27 I rushed outside at 23:30 to blow out the lines and turned on the furnace as I noticed the temperature was approaching 33F. In the morning around 06:00 it was about 28F. I never expected that. Gee a week before I was sitting outside by the trailer in 80 degree weather. Always interesting...
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:38 PM   #7
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C'mon Pick! You aren't that long removed from Geauga County ....

Bet it's great there, eh?
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:34 PM   #8
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We were still getting snow and freezing temps here in Utah for a full week past Easter. That's a much later end to winter than we usually have, that's why is was excited to finally get the Airstream out.
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Old 04-30-2006, 12:21 AM   #9
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3"s of SNOW!!!!!

April 29th and we had 3" of SNOW on the ground this morning at dawn!!!!!

My daughters 1130 LL game was cancelled due to weather.

Of course, the 1430 game for my son was ON!

Field was GREAT and the weather was 70 and SUNNY! He pitched a 2 hitter! MOWED 'em down, 123, 1234, 1234, 123!!!!!!!!!! WOW, what a game!!!! 15 run slaughter rule.... YEAH BABY!

Sorry to sidetrack....

Weather here is peachy now that the SNOW melted....

Looking at 75 or so tomorrow.... Sorry, not trying to rub anyone's nose in it....We got MAJOR FIRE DANGER here in ABQ in spite of the snow.

It's great to be ALIVE! AND own an AirStream!

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Old 05-03-2006, 09:42 PM   #10
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Flaming Gorge NRA

Bob,
We were thinking about stopping off at Flaming Gorge NRA on our trip to Kansas in a couple of weeks. Have you been there before? We're not fisherpersons, but sounds like a scenic area!
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Old 05-03-2006, 11:03 PM   #11
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Flaming Gorge is scenic, and has some nice camping areas (mostly no hook ups). You can tour the dam, there's an elevator that will take you down the inside.

When I'm towing, I take the road on the east side, the access from the west side has a lot of steeper grades and switch backs.

If not fishing, I think you could pretty much see the area with half a day and an over night. If you like the boondocking camping, it's a pretty stop for as long as you have.

To me, the best thing is the blue ribbon fly fishing on the Green River below the dam. The first 5 or 6 miles the river flows through a narrow canyon, and lots of places to fish. There's a trail along the river, and it's a pretty hike, all along the river, if you like to hike. Often, you can see the fish in the river, eagles, etc - a neat place to be outdoors.

Let me know if you want more specific info, about roads and campgrounds, and I'll see if I can help.

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Old 05-04-2006, 03:55 AM   #12
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De-Winterizing

Hello -

We'll be de-winterizing our Bauxite Beauty this weekend. Got the LP tanks filled yesterday as we've still got a few weeks of mid 30's to mid 40's at night.
I'll give her a good wash and Walbernize and we'll be ready for the summer!

Don't know how much towing we'll be doing this summer with gas prices the way they are - we'll have to stay in OH, IN, PA. There are LOTS of places to go and things to do in those three states so it won't be bad.

Have a GREAT summer all!

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Old 05-04-2006, 11:35 AM   #13
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Normally I would have had at least one trip under my belt, but work just hasn't let up enough to get out, much less dewinterize. But the handwriting is on the wall and we will be out soon.

I'll bring the trailer home to dewinterize weekend after next. I need a tank of propane, and usually use one a year, so I'll be curious what the cost of that is. Picked up a Moen 601 filter over the Internet for the kitchen faucet and I need to get by Wally-mart to pick up the external water filter, some potty paper, and the consumables that we leave in the trailer for the season. Wash and walbernize also has to fit in, along with loading in all the liquids that we store in a big rubbermaid container in the basement.

Hopefully everything is dry and the antifreeze did its job. I've been doing this for over 20 years without a problem but I still hold my breath when I pressurize the water lines for the first time each spring.

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Old 05-04-2006, 11:57 AM   #14
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Canoe stream, it's going on 3 years now, how time flies! I usually make it back every year, havn't been back yet this year. Need to make sure all the snow is gone, so I don't get any road salt on my chassis
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:13 AM   #15
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Well we did our dewinterize on Sunday. Only one issue internally which was the rinse hose on the toilet which loosened up over the winter. Went to flush the toilet only to get a spray out the back. Apparently the screw clamp connector that holds the hose to a fitting on the back of the toilet, wasn't screwed tightly. Nice to find though that the entire toilet seat assembly lifts off the toilet base (nothing to unscrew), giving you access to the valve and flushing assembly.

Externally I found that one the lower bolts on the curb side Equal-i-zer sway bracket that attaches to the A frame had worked its way loose. When I got the trailer home I found that the bracket had moved and had shifted the bracket off of its perpendicular setting with the A frame. This cause a small scratch in the gas bottle cover where the bracket contacted the back of the cover, nothing major. I was glad I caught it early. I checked the other bracket and its lower bolt needed snugging up also.

It's interesting to see how some things loosen up over time and cold weather.

I hooked up the water and pressurized the system. When done flushing it out I went back to unhook the hose from the city water inlet. It was about 45 degrees, cloudy and nippy so I noticed a wasp on the grass just below the city water inlet. He obviously was cold too since he wasn't moving too quickly. Hmmm I wonder....., I bent down and looked into the compartment and found a new wasp nest that obviously was being constructed. It was right above where my hands were unscrewing the hose from the city water intlet but out of my sight. Thank goodness it was too cool for these guys to be in their normal mode.

Still lots to do. I need a tank of LP, a wash and walbernize job, bring back the stuff removed for the winter, pressurize the airbed topper, and put the bed linens back in place.

Heat pump, furnace, water heater, and fridge all in working order. So hopefully no surprises coming.

Best of all, many of you remember last spring I had a small area where the clear coat popped (up high near the refrigerator vent on the side of the trailer) which has about half the size of a dime. I bought some auto clear coat and dabbed it over the spot. I'm happy to report that the applied clear coat is holding with no further sign of deterioration. Hopefully we nipped that in the bud.

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Old 05-15-2006, 09:29 AM   #16
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We've been de-winterizede since mid-March when we drove down to Mammoth Cave NP to enjoy what should have been temps in the early 60's, but never got above 40-45!!!

Upon waking up the first morining, we opened the curtains to a blizzard....

Jack: Interesting you mention that the L-bracket on your EQ hitch was loose. One of ours was too. The trailer seemed to be making more creaking and moaning than ussual, and I thought that it just needed hitch grease.

The curbside L-bracket was very loose, so I gave that a yank and tightened, and checked the other bolts and nuts as well.

The only wrench I had with me was a medium size crescent, so I did the best I could temporarily.

I also found that the nuts on the part of the hitch where the bars go in and pivot needed some tightening. I was not sure just how tight to make these since they affect the stiffness of pivot.

This made me think a yearly go-over with all things that have bolts and nuts be checked and tightened. The hard part would be the ball, which even the dealer had a hard time find the right size "bit" to tighten that giant nut.

I might have a look at the receiver connections as well.

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Old 05-15-2006, 09:56 AM   #17
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I installed my Equal-i-zer with Lock-Tite on all bolts... it seems to be working.

My 2005 F150 hitch is a bit lower than my 2002 Ford Explorer's hitch so now my trailer rides a little nose low. I measured the height of the trailer frame above the ground and the front is about 2.5" lower than the rear (2.5" across 25' is a small angle though, about .5 degrees if my trig is right). My hitch draw bar is as high as it will go, so I ordered a shorter one. I'm thinking that raising it 1 notch should do it.
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I also found that the nuts on the part of the hitch where the bars go in and pivot needed some tightening. I was not sure just how tight to make these since they affect the stiffness of pivot.

This made me think a yearly go-over with all things that have bolts and nuts be checked and tightened. The hard part would be the ball, which even the dealer had a hard time find the right size "bit" to tighten that giant nut.

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In my case the bolts that were loose were the lower bolts that support the link plate brackets onto the A frame. You have an upper and lower bolt. The middle bolt is used to support the level you choose for lift to the trailer.

Those two nuts, one on either side of the ball need to be checked and torqued. I normally do it twice a year. They should be set to 45 ft lbs. to provide proper tensioning of the sway system. I checked mine yesterday and it only took a small amount of movement to get them to 45. This is very important component to maintain. When the hitch is new, the initial torque is about 60 ft. lbs. That setting is intentional and once the hitch breaks in, you will find that it will fall below 45 ft. lbs. and will need torquing.

Yes that ball nut is extremely difficult to tighten since the clearance for the socket is so small that many sockets will not fit. My dealer has a specially ground socket. I normally go up once a year with the hitch on and let one of his guys torque that ball nut.

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Pulled the FC out of the cover today and immediately clipped one of the teardrop marker lights. Dang! A quick trip down to the RV dealer and he had one in stock (whew). Everything checked out fine so I did an afternoon 1-hour snooze just to test out the mattress and it works perfectly so I guess with a tank flush we're ready to go camping. Life is pretty goshed darned good.....
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