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Well being that time of year and trying to keep BCR full of info I thought I would throw up some pics and info on how I prep the camper for its winter slumber....

Not sure about how others prep but this is my story and has worked pretty dang well for the last 15 yrs or so.

I use an air fitting to blow the water lines out. Some use a pump to fill the lines with RV anifreeze and it may be better and all but in the spring I can fill the fresh water tank and immediately drink from the faucet... ie no pink chit in the water. I do spend over an hour making sure all the lines and faucets are clear of any water before I use the antifreeze. I normally use about a half gallon or so in each sink, shower, right down the drain. Fill the pee traps FULL. Any excess just sits in the holding tanks. Chitter tank takes another gallon or two, just to make sure nothing freezes solid if there's a chunk of chit still in there
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:21 PM
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Next is drain the hot water heater and remove the anode rod. Nothing special but if the water has been in there over 2 months....... BE PREPARED FOR A STINK LIKE NO OTHER!!!!!!! lol
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Then clean out all the cupboards and stuff that can freeze.
HOLY CHIT we have a ton of food packed in here....filled the whole bed of the Ranger Also found a case and a half of beer to add to the shop fridge
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Now in the cleaning process is where you find some weird chit!!!!

We have these totes that hold the paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, etc..... Well on the last trip...(Sept. 23rd weekend), the kids forgot to put away the leftover dogs and cheese burgers in the fridge, and left them in the tub.
Kinda like in the fall when you find chit in your sled from last spring lol
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:36 PM
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Last is pull the batteries and store them in a warm location with a trickle charger on them and wipe down the counters and final cleaning.
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blow mine out too. instead of a valve stem i screwd in a air chuck fitting and just put the airhose on it, pull the plug on the pump for extra insurance and pull the plug on the water heater too. seems like you can never get that antifreeze out of the system
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What kind of trickle charger do you have?

I have a little 750mA Battery Tender Jr. for the motorcycle battery... I like that it's a 3-stage charger/maintainer, but I don't like that it's only 750mA.

Ideally I'd like something that can pump out 3-5A to charge a big-ass battery, but smart like the Batt Tender to pulse the current in a float-charge state.
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What kind of trickle charger do you have?

I have a little 750mA Battery Tender Jr. for the motorcycle battery... I like that it's a 3-stage charger/maintainer, but I don't like that it's only 750mA.

Ideally I'd like something that can pump out 3-5A to charge a big-ass battery, but smart like the Batt Tender to pulse the current in a float-charge state.
It's a Battery tender 4-bank. I alternate the charge from the camper batts to the wheeler/lawn mower batts throughout the winter. Seems to work good so far...( 2nd yr with the charger). http://www.eastwood.com/4-bank-battery-tender.html
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Learned and interesting trick when we bought the new trailer. The guy at the dealership told us to just dissconect the sucking side of the pump and attach a short piece of hose and run it directly into the gallon of antifreeze. Thus keeping antifreeze out of the holding tank and just in the lines. Seems simple enough.

In the spring just hook her up to water, flush the lines and away you go.
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Nice write up there Bull Frog...

We use the camper all winter, so no 'winterizing' here. But I did let the propane run out two years ago. That was a big fail... I'd been leaving the hot water tank on because of the deep cold we were having (deep relative to here..). Split the tank wide open. Cost me a bit of labor and a weld. Lesson learned.
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