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Djrmar6 03-19-2018 10:09 PM

New at Rving
We just purchased a 2015 Thor Vegas from private owner. They gave us a quick tour on how things work. But don't remember everything. We are heading to Florida from Illinois. Can't have it dewinterized due to still freezing in Illinois. We feel we will need to have heat at night until we get closer to Florida. Is there anything special we need to do to be able to use heat. We don't plan on using any of the water until we get dewinterized. But we were told could still use toilet as long as we pour antifreeze and not water in it. Any one have any thoughts on any of this. Sort of nervous since we don't know much. Thanks for any thoughts.

JamieGeek 03-19-2018 10:34 PM

First of all congratulations and welcome.

Second: Make sure you download and read Ed's excellent crowd sourced owner's manual for Axis/Vegas units:

Which Vegas model do you have?

Third: Actually you can dewinterize before you leave if you want to. You'll be running the heat all the way down which will keep the water system from freezing (as long as you're warm the water system is warm).

We did this in our Axis one year when we drove from MI to FL and back over Christmas break. I unwinterized right before we hit the road (after running the furnace long enough to get the coach toasty warm) and then rewinterized immediately upon returning home.

To use the furnace you'll need to do three things: fill the propane tank, make sure the valve on the propane tank is open/on and turn the furnace on.

Bob Denman 03-19-2018 11:16 PM

Jamie's got all you all set up the important stuff: I'll just say "Howdy!" :D

Djrmar6 03-19-2018 11:16 PM

Ok. This might sound silly but we either read or was told that you don't want a full propane tank while driving. Is this true? Which would mean you wouldn't be able to run the furnace.

Bob Denman 03-19-2018 11:20 PM

Propane tank?? Fill it up!! :thumb:
You might not want to have your freshwater tank full: that's a lot of weight! :o

Djrmar6 03-19-2018 11:33 PM

Thanks for your reply. However I think they were referring more about safety and not weight. No our fresh water won't have water as we haven't dewinterized yet. May do that once we get to Florida.

axis earl 03-19-2018 11:54 PM

There are some comments on this in the different threads of this forum. Most would say that there is nothing more dangerous on the rig than gasoline and you start out with a full tank on trip normally. Fill up your propane tank. Fill up your water tank which will actually give you a bit more stability. We had our electricity go out at our home last year and were glad that we had a full propane tank and a full gas tank next to us. Gave us the ability to have a hot shower and run her blow dryer afterward. (our house has a tankless waterheater which needs the AC...)

16ACE27 03-20-2018 12:16 AM

Why would a full propane tank be "more dangerous" than a half-full one? Who comes up with this crap? Fill the propane tank and drive. Leave your fridge on too except when fueling.

gbrown 03-20-2018 12:59 AM

Have your propane tank filled. It is designed to only fill to about 80%. This is done because propane expands and contracts with temperature.

You can't fill it to 100%

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