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Alpena Jeff

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Re: Winterized RV question.
« Reply #30 on: February 22, 2018, 07:01:37 PM »
4 gallons of non toxic anti freeze for me. Total cost $20. I know I'm safe I think!🙈
First ever road trip starts tomorrow! I'll let you know.
Peace.
Jeff & Judy
2016 Newmar Ventana 3427
2018 GMC Canyon All Terrain toad
Blue Ox Aventa LX - RVi3 - EEZRV
Retired to "the lake" in north Michigan

Old_Crow

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Re: Winterized RV question.
« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2018, 04:48:31 AM »
Wally,   That is an astounding number as PEX very cheap to buy the pipe and fittings themselves probably less than $100 for the whole coach.  I have plumbed 3 new houses for less than $200 each and that was running separate lines for each fixture.  It is super easy to run during new construction.   Through the bowels of a MH would be much more complicated, but not $9K more complicated. ;D ;D

My tongue in cheek comment was just that, as I live in very rural and dumping a little water on my lawn does not do as much as the grass roots reaching down to the septic fields in the yard.  Remember Erma Bombeck's book "The Grass is always greener over the septic tank" 8) 8)

I  understand rural.  17 miles from town, 3/4mile off the pavement, on 9 acres of woods.  Even my S&B house dumps the gray water on the ground.
As far as the coach, well, there was the whole "disassemble the wet bay" thing to get to part of the lines.  Then they had both tires off one side and had to come up through the wheel well to get to the lines under the vanity and shower.    The rear furnace had to come out for access also, as did 1/2 the bathroom floor.
The adjuster made a mistake and approved the claim(apparently not supposed to cover frozen pipes, just broken ones), he told my guy to make sure the estimate covered every possibility.  Said they would not approve a supplement if he missed something, so he put everything he could think of on the estimate. New water pump, w/heater check valve, and water heater also figured into the estimate.
Since it turned out the water heater was okay, instead of that, we got a fancy new kitchen faucet, a nice porcelain toilet and new fixtures in the shower and bathroom sink.  The black water flush lines were also cracked.  That was a pretty fun project to get to them, I tell you. 
I owned a shop restoring old cars for the last 10 years of my work life, and I wouldn't have wanted to do this job for any amount of money.  Oh, and he waived my deductible, so I was out of pocket exactly nothing.  The RV park I was staying at even pro rated my stay so I was able to pick up where I left off after the coach spent 3 weeks at the shop(6 days waiting, the rest being worked on).
Overall I was pleased.  I visited the shop several times(usually to get more my wife more clothes)and both guys were busy with the coach every time I showed up.  The coach is better than it was, heck, I even got to fix the dryer while they had it out of the cabinet to replace the plumbing behind it. 
We're in our second week of being back in the coach and everything is just about back to normal.  Now...if it'd only quit raining.  Going on the 3rd day straight and I'm parked about 50 yards from the Arkansas River.
Wally Crow
Retired 30 year ASE Master Auto Tech
Y2K Bounder 36S F53
'03 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Kemo

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Re: Winterized RV question.
« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2018, 05:43:05 AM »
   Kemo,  Living in an area with temperatures similar to yours....I probably “overkill” a little bit. I blow it with air, but don’t spend a lot of time doing so. THEN...flush with the antifreeze. My thought....eliminate most of the water, minimizing dilution of the antifreeze. Once you get a good flow of antifreeze... you’ve taken care of the traps. I run antifreeze thru everything, shower hose, toilet (including the spray nozzle), and each and every faucet. “If” you have a washing machine....be sure to flush some antifreeze thru pump to displace any water. I’d rather spend a little more time “flushing-out” the antifreeze, than repairing damage!  Hopefully this will continue to work for us... it was -21 F yesterday morning. But today, the big inning of a heat wave....only a -18 F.

One additional comment is that my 5th wheel is a Four Seasons rig that's pretty well wrapped up underneath and is extra insulated.  Would that help lesson the possibility of the shower plumbing getting froze?
Kiltie Kemo
2018 Montana 3720RL 5th Wheel
2017 F-350 Lariat Superduty

Memtb

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Re: Winterized RV question.
« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2018, 08:05:53 AM »
One additional comment is that my 5th wheel is a Four Seasons rig that's pretty well wrapped up underneath and is extra insulated.  Would that help lesson the possibility of the shower plumbing getting froze?


Only “if” it is in use and heated!  Without heat....”everything” reaches ambient rather quickly!
Todd and Marianne
Home Base: Winchester, Wy.
Miniature Schnauzers - Sundai, Nellie and Maggie Mae
2007 Dodge Ram 3500,  6.7 Ram 6 speed manual, 4x4
2004 Teton Grand Freedom
2007 Bigfoot Class C

Kemo

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Re: Winterized RV question.
« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2018, 09:14:20 AM »
Thanks Todd.  Makes sense.
Kiltie Kemo
2018 Montana 3720RL 5th Wheel
2017 F-350 Lariat Superduty

Kemo

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Re: Winterized RV question.
« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2018, 11:12:40 AM »
Update: Weather finally got nice enough to open up the slides and check the plumbing.  I was glad when I opened up the shower faucets and let it hang down pink came out.  So I had AF in the shower plumbing and everything looks good.  Left the faucets open to let drain back down.  Thanks all for the responses.  Camp On!
Kiltie Kemo
2018 Montana 3720RL 5th Wheel
2017 F-350 Lariat Superduty

Memtb

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Re: Winterized RV question.
« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2018, 12:06:09 PM »
    OK....now you can take a breath!    ;D
Todd and Marianne
Home Base: Winchester, Wy.
Miniature Schnauzers - Sundai, Nellie and Maggie Mae
2007 Dodge Ram 3500,  6.7 Ram 6 speed manual, 4x4
2004 Teton Grand Freedom
2007 Bigfoot Class C