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Old 11-19-2017, 01:20 AM   #1
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Winterizing in Little Rock

Novice question: I live in the Little Rock AR area where the winters are usually very mild. My question is would it be necessary to winterize my Ď17 Vegas using anti-freeze or would just draining the water system be sufficient in this climate?

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Old 11-19-2017, 01:23 AM   #2
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I would just drain.
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Old 11-19-2017, 01:36 AM   #3
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Hi Jerry, I've had an RV in LR last winter kept in indoor storage and just drained the lines and blew them out with a compressor. I didn't have any problems when we got in the teens and twenties last winter. My father-in-law in Batesville has been doing this for years and has not had any problems either.
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Old 11-19-2017, 01:49 AM   #4
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It's possible you might be ok draining the lines and blowing them out really well with an air compressor as others have done, but for my own peace of mind, I put the RV (pink) antifreeze in when temps drop down much below freezing. There are just so many areas that won't drain well and may retain some water even at an attempt to blow them out. The fresh water pump, traps and dump valves are critical points also.

It only takes a gallon or so and very little time to do it. Personally, I feel much safer doing it this way, especially if I will be storing it during some of the colder winter months when the temps get down in the 20s or teens.
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Old 11-19-2017, 01:57 AM   #5
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Hi Jerry, I've had an RV in LR last winter kept in indoor storage and just drained the lines and blew them out with a compressor. I didn't have any problems when we got in the teens and twenties last winter. My father-in-law in Batesville has been doing this for years and has not had any problems either.


Inside storage would make a big difference in making a decision on this. Mine is kept outside under a covered top shelter.
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Old 11-19-2017, 03:38 AM   #6
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Inside storage would make a big difference in making a decision on this. Mine is kept outside under a covered top shelter.
Out of curiosity, do you store it all winter, or do you winterize/dewinterize multiple times during the winter?
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Winterizing in Little Rock

I have winterized and de-winterized a couple of times in the past during early winter, but when it looks as if itíll be freezing temps over a month or so, Iíll usually just leave it winterized (January/February and maybe early March).
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I have winterized and de-winterized a couple of times in the past during early winter, but when it looks as if itíll be freezing temps over a month or so, Iíll usually just leave it winterized (January/February and maybe early March).
As a newbie, I'm trying to find my way.

As Arkansas often has very mild winters, that can have many weekends in the 60's, I want to take advantage of those weekends and get out in my RV.

However, we can have stretches of sub freezing temps pretty much any time from November to March, obviously with the worst normally in Jan/Feb.
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As a newbie, I'm trying to find my way.



As Arkansas often has very mild winters, that can have many weekends in the 60's, I want to take advantage of those weekends and get out in my RV.



However, we can have stretches of sub freezing temps pretty much any time from November to March, obviously with the worst normally in Jan/Feb.


I completely understand what youíre saying. We enjoy RVing more in the cooler months than the hot and humid summers. Just wouldnít want to get caught in a really cold freeze unprepared.
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Here in super cold North Indiana. My unit is fully winterized already. When we take out in winter, skiing,sledding etc. we bring bottle water for drinking & cooking, use nothing but toilet keep gal antifreeze in bathroom pour in bowl when used. Use sanitized wipes for hands. Dump black tank and pour more antifreeze in toilet. Been doing that way in winter 20 yrs.
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:42 AM   #11
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In milder areas, and especially if winterizing/dewinterizing multiple times, I would use a compressor and blow out the lines.... Drain fresh water, gray and black tanks and water heater - water heater in bypass. Insure the pump gets drained.

Not necessary to get 'every drop'.... Any water left will have plenty of room to expand.

Antifreeze in drains / traps is still needed... Certainly for those longer stitches.

I used that method after late winter/early spring trips in Michigan.
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Old 11-19-2017, 02:11 PM   #12
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In milder areas, and especially if winterizing/dewinterizing multiple times, I would use a compressor and blow out the lines.... Drain fresh water, gray and black tanks and water heater - water heater in bypass. Insure the pump gets drained.

Not necessary to get 'every drop'.... Any water left will have plenty of room to expand.

Antifreeze in drains / traps is still needed... Certainly for those longer stitches.

I used that method after late winter/early spring trips in Michigan.
How do you drain the water pump? I read one place (or maybe watched in a video, possibly even the Thor video), that after draining/blowing out the lines, and working your way through all but the last faucet (they used outside shower), turn on the pump to have it move any water it has in it. They cautioned about not running it long without water, however.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:55 PM   #13
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It cost me less than $12.00/year for antifreeze....my opinion that's cheap insurance
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:59 PM   #14
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It cost me less than $12.00/year for antifreeze....my opinion that's cheap insurance
I doubt it's the cost of the antifreeze that has some people blowing out the lines instead.
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