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Old 10-05-2018, 11:53 AM   #1
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We live in Michigan and winterize our unit in late October since we won't be going anywhere. Well, now we're retired and are thinking of heading south only for a month then returning in late November or early December. What do people do when you're coming from warmer temps to cold or freezing temps? I'm thinking that I'll have to winterize while we're on the trip back. What have others done! I know the wise thing to do is stay south until it warms up, but we need to come back.
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Old 10-05-2018, 12:11 PM   #2
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Bring a jug of anti with you and winterize on the way home ...it is a 10 minute project..keep water in jugs for dishes etc.
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Old 10-05-2018, 12:17 PM   #3
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When we use to winter in AZ. I would winterize on the way back home. Depending on the temps, usually about one or two nights from home.
Like harley stated, it is a 10 minute project.
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Take along a blow out plug and blow out lines at a gas station if you don't have a small compressor.
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Old 10-05-2018, 12:33 PM   #5
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Thanks. That is what I thought I would need to do.
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:55 PM   #6
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Take along a blow out plug and blow out lines at a gas station if you don't have a small compressor.
What is a "blow out plug"?
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:13 PM   #7
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This video will help;




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What is a "blow out plug"?
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:02 PM   #9
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I’ve used a blow out plug to get most of the water out of the lines. However, I’ve always been a little nervous about just blowing out the lines. It doesn’t take much water to freeze and crack a joint in a line. For the cost of a couple gallons of RV antifreeze; it’s a small price to pay for piece of mind and not having to worry about (“Did I really get all the water out and none drained back to a low spot”)
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We have mild winters here in SC. I use the blow out method for the water lines, making sure to open low points, and also disconnect indoor and outdoor shower heads, and blowing those fixtures in both the down (tub) and up (shower) positions. I now only use the pink for the P-traps in the drains, and the above-the-gate-valve in the toilet. You can guess why I'm so specific about the showers - yes I cracked one once!
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