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Oz

2020 Nov 30 20:21:57
 :D  :D  :D
 

LJ-TJ

2020 Nov 30 16:14:49
WOW! It did. Sometimes I never cease to amaze my self  :D
 

LJ-TJ

2020 Nov 30 16:13:57
Just Checking it to see if this works.
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 26 13:40:46
Wow hello Fredric, nice to see you again. Happy thanksgiving to you
 

Stripe

2020 Nov 26 12:51:53
Happy Thanksgiving!
 

ClydesdaleKevin

2020 Nov 26 12:26:33
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
 

Oz

2020 Nov 25 01:26:28
Thank you Joan!
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 25 00:42:41
Have a good and safe one Mark.  We already had ours last month but will be with you in spirit.  And drooling also. 
 

Oz

2020 Nov 24 16:29:55
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 

Elandan2

2020 Nov 22 13:31:55
Ah, that's better. Thanks for all the great improvements Mark. :)ThmbUp
 

Oz

2020 Nov 22 05:15:11
You're welcome!
 

TerryH

2020 Nov 22 03:48:06
Yes - seems to be up and running. Missed it while gone. Thanks Mark!
 

Oz

2020 Nov 17 03:32:58
I know, right?  The changes to the site are coming along, but not without its glitches, of course.  Always a learning curve...
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 16 18:01:10
This one is good also.  Just nice to chat again
 

Oz

2020 Nov 15 13:09:30
 :D
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 15 02:49:50
I am used to this one, but not to old enough to learn
 

Oz

2020 Nov 15 02:36:28
Do you like this way better, or the balloon box version?
 

Oz

2020 Nov 14 23:02:46
Thank you!   :)clap
 

Oz

2020 Nov 14 23:01:19
Not as compact with the text, but maybe a bit more "fun" and "chatty"?
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 14 23:01:18
carry on sir, you are doing a great job :)ThmbUp
 

Oz

2020 Nov 14 23:00:29
LOl!  :D
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 14 22:58:41
yes it is growing on me now :)
 

Oz

2020 Nov 14 22:58:06
I kinda like it.
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 14 22:57:57
And I wasn't going to say anything but your are special, not odd
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 14 22:56:46
It will work just have to get used to the layout
 

Oz

2020 Nov 14 22:55:53
Well, I'm odd.  So... yeah, kinda fits just right.
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 14 22:55:47
Funny layout I mean.  But nice to be able to chat again
 

Oz

2020 Nov 14 22:55:24
Just transitioned to the new portal system.  I have a lot to recreate yet, but it won't take long. How do you like the new chat room?
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 14 22:54:24
This is odd
 

Oz

2020 Nov 14 22:53:50
Hi Joan!
 

joanfenn

2020 Nov 14 22:52:54
Hello!!

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Offline Jamo

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Best way to winterize?
« on: October 13, 2020, 06:18 AM »
It's time to put the motorhome away and I'd like to know the best way to winterize. Is putting antifreeze in the lines good or is trying to blow out all the moisture from the lines the best? I have an '89 Winnebago 27' Chieftain. Where does one blow air into the water system?
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2020, 10:02 AM »
Drain hot water heater.   Bypass if equipped.

Drain fresh water tank.  Your RV may be set up with drain valve(s) located at low points in the plumbing.

Drain the hot water tank.

Dump the black and gray tanks.

Dump some pink antifreeze in the sink and shower traps.

That would be at a bare minimum and I think that's what the manufacturer says to do. They should be designed for an easy winterization.

I go a little further.  I connect a regulated air hose at about 20psi to blow the water out, then connect a hose direct to the pump and pump in pink antifreeze and run it out of all the faucets and toilet.  And then I blow the pink stuff out.   That way if anything is left in the lines it's maybe just a little pink stuff in the low spots. 
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2020, 10:33 PM »
I blow out the lines use the pump to get the pink anti freeze through every tap and the toilet and toilet rinse thing  and dump anti freeze in every drain costs me 15$ and gives me peace of mind in northern alberta
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2020, 11:19 PM »
Going to add a little more to this beyond winterizing the water system.
Here's a checklist I found useful for overall winterizing:

 https://www.classicwinnebagos.com/forum/index.php?topic=8452.msg40994#msg40994
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2020, 12:03 AM »
Ive found over the yrs air does not freeze. Open at create a low drain point. At the same time open the the faucets the high point.

It's all down hill from there.
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2020, 09:14 AM »
I assume adding the pink antifreeze, as previously advised, is a good idea, after draining and or blowing out as much water as possible.  I don't have an air compressor, so I drain as much as I could.  Of course, that leaves water in low areas of the plumbing and components, which could be bad news.  So I added the pink stuff.  You really don't want water alone in there, not just because of freezing, but during warm periods, having water and air in the plumbing could lead to mold growing in there.
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2020, 01:15 PM »
Too good to pass up:

It's getting to be that time of the year again for those of us in the Northern states of the USA.   Time to start thinking about winterizing.  Here's the best winterizing method available, imo.   It has only 2 steps!

Step 1:  Get in your motorhome and start driving South
Step 2:  Stop driving South when you see palm trees

Congratulations, you have successfully winterized your RV!  See you again next year.
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2020, 01:34 PM »
I think I've seen you post that before... lol!

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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2020, 03:35 PM »
LOL!!!  That's what we always did...so I wasn't able to offer any good suggestions on this thread.  In all my years of being a fulltime RVer, I have never ever once "winterized" our coach.

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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2020, 07:03 PM »
I think I've seen you post that before... lol!

 :)rotflmao

I probably stole it from you!
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2020, 07:03 PM »
LOL!!!  That's what we always did...so I wasn't able to offer any good suggestions on this thread.  In all my years of being a fulltime RVer, I have never ever once "winterized" our coach.

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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2020, 07:29 PM »
I use compressed air and blow the lines out.  I have a attachment that hooks to the city water line on the RV.   Drain hot and fresh water tanks.  Hook up to compressor and open valves one at a time. Even the pooper.   Just keep doing that until you have no water coming out.  It takes awhile but I dont want antifreeze being in the water I use.   I do it to my old rv and my Aunts 2019.  No issue yet.
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Re: Best way to winterize?
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2020, 09:24 PM »
Plastic is very forgiving. I fixed a lot of copper and steel in the day. A broken steel line behind the tub was fun. When plastic came available you could push it through those spots.
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