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#384 - 09/22/09 07:37 PM Winter is coming!!!
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what do yall do with your campers? Tarp them? buy special covers for them? store them somewhere?

This is our first year of owning a camper, would it be fine just sitting out in the snow? Should i at least buy a big tarp to put over it?

what do you do?

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#389 - 09/22/09 07:55 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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I don't cover mine. I've read some scary stories about using a tarp. Primarily because a tarp doesn't breathe, therefore doesn't allow the moisture under it to evaporate, causing mildew to develop on the roof.

IMO, winterize the plumbing, give it a good bath (including the roof), check all seems on the roof, close the door and dream of next season.

A couple other things I do are:
1. Put foil on the inside of all vent openings (refrigerator and hot water tank). Helps to keep pests from squeezing through and building nests.
2. Put down stabilizer jacks to take some of the weight from the snowfall off the tires.
3. Keep tires covered. Age and exposure to the sun are the worst enemies of trailer tires.

These are the steps I take. I'm sure others do things differently and I'm curious to see what they are.
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#390 - 09/22/09 08:04 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Washpa Randy]
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I winterize mine like Washpa Randy said.
I stored it indoors two winters ago and left it outside this past winter with no cover on it and had no problems.
That is a good idea with the foil and vent.
Do you guys do anything with the fresh water holding tank?
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#391 - 09/22/09 08:05 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Washpa Randy]
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nice, sounds easier than i thought

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#399 - 09/22/09 08:12 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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I don't do anything extra to the fresh water tanks except to make sure they are drained.

Also, don't forget to drain the hot water tank. Know a guy that forgot to drain his one winter. Expensive mistake!
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#400 - 09/22/09 08:14 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Washpa Randy]
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yeah, mine actually still needs drained from last camping trip. just keep forgetting to do it. i never remember when i'm outside

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#411 - 09/22/09 08:37 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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Originally Posted By: jcharne
yeah, mine actually still needs drained from last camping trip. just keep forgetting to do it. i never remember when i'm outside


You don't have to do it every trip... Just for winter !

I store mine at the cambria county fairgrounds, cheap inside storage, like $30 month... Works out good !

Just make sure you use enough anti freeze and get all of the water out of the lines...

I have seen small amounts of water here and there cause fittings to crack!
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#413 - 09/22/09 08:40 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: CampingPA Ranger]
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i left water in the fresh water tank between 1 month trips, and boy did it ever stink like heck. i had to go drain and refill at the campground cause it stunk so bad.

now this may be why but not sure. u know those hoses out there at glendale, that have the hook type deal on the end. does anyone else put that in the fresh water tank? i did not notice to last time that there was a sign that says not potable water do not drink. they have a seperate one there that you have to screw a garden hose too.

could that be why?

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#418 - 09/22/09 08:45 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: CampingPA Ranger]
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I asked about the fresh water tanks because i would pour antifreeze in the tank because it is hard to be sure all the water had drained out. The problem is you have to flush it about 10 times in the spring to make sure you got it all out. It is a real pain, but it sound like all I have to do is just drain it.
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#419 - 09/22/09 08:51 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Fire Side]
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fire side, that's why i dont want to use the antifreeze either. when i bought this one, it had antifreeze in it and it took forever to flush out

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#420 - 09/22/09 08:55 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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i haven't been to glendale since i have had a camper so i am not sure.
I always drain my fresh water tank as soon as possible because the water gets stagnant and stinks like you said.
One tip that i also found out about, make sure you let fresh water run through the hose before sticking the hose in the fresh tank.
Old water lays in the hose and boy does it stink and you don't want that in your tank
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#423 - 09/22/09 09:02 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Fire Side]
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I drain both fresh water and hot water tank after every trip. Forgot to drain hot water tank one time, three weeks later water had developed a bad sulfur smell. Flushed tank for about 20 minutes at campground and all was well.

I've been on other sites where this has become debated almost as much as whether you travel with propane on or off. (before we get started, I run with propane on and refrigerator running, except when going across bridge tunnel in Hampton Roads. That is what the system is designed to do.)
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#425 - 09/22/09 09:04 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Fire Side]
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it was bad. i ended up putting a couple ounces of bleach in the tank, let it sit for awhile then flush like crazy

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#431 - 09/22/09 09:14 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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You must use the antifreeze... There isno way out of it...

If not, dont call me when you are trying to replace fittings, they are the first to go..

All I do is fill the fresh water tank and drian it out, the do it again and again, then fill it up and keep pumping it through, then when I get to the campgrounds I got and dump on the way in.

Not that bad... !
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#432 - 09/22/09 09:16 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: CampingPA Ranger]
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i have a well, nuff said

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#434 - 09/22/09 09:20 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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Oh... When you are ready to flush then do it at the campground dump station!

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#435 - 09/22/09 09:22 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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I have only been taking short camping trips so I ran with the propane off. On the long trips I run with it on.
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#438 - 09/22/09 09:40 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Fire Side]
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hmm, i never ran with the propane on. i wasn't sure if it was good or not. i will now though

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#1092 - 10/24/09 05:43 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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What do you do with your batteries over the winter?I have heard 3 diffrent things to do The first is do nothing with them except store them where they wont freeze and recharge in the spring.
The second was keep them on trickle charger all winter long
And third wat to keep it on the charger for a while take it of then put it back on after a while.I have just always stored it on the shelf and recharghed it up in the spring and that charge has always been enough for the entire season.We always have had sites that had power except once we had a non-electric site had to recharge after that trip.
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#1093 - 10/24/09 06:27 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: campinfamily]
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i would definitely not leave the battery connected to the camper. take it out and keep it inside or at the least disconnect it fromt he camper.. also do not leave them sit on concrete. put a couple 2x4s under them.

not sure about the charging.

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#1094 - 10/25/09 12:18 PM Re: Winter is coming!!! [Re: Crash]
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I don't keep a charger on over the winter. Fully charge them in the fall and put in basement. Reconnect in spring. Don't leave them outside for winter. They will freeze, then you will be buying a new battery in the spring.
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