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#10807 - 03/13/13 07:42 PM When is it reasonably safe to........
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When do most people in central PA consider UN-winterizing, ie opening the camper and using it? What would be a safe bet ? end of April ? End of March ? Probably not a good idea to use it for opening day of trout , huhh ??
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#10808 - 03/13/13 07:52 PM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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My boss unwinterized this past weekend. He races modifieds and this weekend is his first race.
We won't undo until our first trip near the end of April.
In my opinion, for damage to be done this late in the season, we would have to have a del freeze for a few days.
Trout opening day here is March 31. We've already camped un unpinked by then.
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#10809 - 03/13/13 08:00 PM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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Well I talked to hubby and he is a litte leary of using the camper for opening day,.....My birthday is March 29th, good friday...and I have off , so does he. Would be nice to get out on the road but I dont want to if its a risk, I wonder if lerch would advise me on this?
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#10810 - 03/13/13 08:04 PM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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You can still use the camper. Just don't use the water, or drains.
Most campgrounds open Easter weekend. Facilities should be open also.
If you would use them, just drain them well afterward.
Lerch probably has good info on this.
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#10812 - 03/13/13 09:27 PM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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not sure how you winterized but it sounds like antifreeze in the lines,I blow my lines out and can be winterized in 10mins.I would have no problem using my camper then rewinterizing if need be.
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#10814 - 03/13/13 09:33 PM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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I mentioned that to hubby and he said " well thats a pain, we would need to buy more antifreeze etc etc" ...he cannot have his cake and eat it too, right ? ha!!
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#10830 - 03/14/13 08:21 PM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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We blow our lines out with a compressor too...winterizes and unwinterizes in a few minutes! We are heading out for our first trip (Rehoboth then ferry to Cape May for Easter) next weekend, March 23nd - March 31st. Winterizing this way, our RV is always ready to go when a nice weekend presents itself!

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#10833 - 03/15/13 08:51 AM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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The best rule of them is to un-winterize when the temperature is going to stay above freezing. A night or two that dips below freezing, should not cause you any issues. As long as the day time temps are above freezing. We have customer who have already un-winterized and are ready to go camping. The units that we are sending out, are still winterized. This winter has been a cold one, and is still hanging on the back of Spring.

On a side note, when winterizing an RV that is still under a factory warranty. Please be sure to confirm with the RV's manufacturer if antifreeze is the required way to winterize. In some instances customer can void their warranty by using the compressed air method, which being compressed air has water moisture. So you are still introducing water into the lines. Plus utilizing the compressed air method, you are taking a remote chance of damaging your fittings. Just some things to think about.
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#10835 - 03/15/13 06:52 PM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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Thats really good advice, thanks! We use the pink stuff, its what Lerch recommended and sells so that is what we did....Last year we used the camper in late april for the first time after winter but that was because we had nowhere to go before then. This year, I was thinking on taking it out for first day of trout, but ...I dunno...
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#10840 - 03/15/13 07:12 PM Re: When is it reasonably safe to........ [Re: HappyCamper2]
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I have a question about the best way to get the antifreeze out of the hot water tank and the fresh water tank. The previous owners put it both places. I really want to get it out of there I know one of the older campers we had it came to us that way and I had a hard time getting the smell out of the lines.

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