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RE: What To Do With the Sticks & Bricks

We have our house professionally winterized, simply because we live in the boondocks and losing power is a possibility (and we've seen temps hit 20-below). We leave the furnace on 50; and I can monitor the interior and exterior temps via an internet-connected weather station. I also bought a housekey lock-box (like Realtors use) - so if I wanted my kids to check on something (like the weather station no longer reports) - they can get in. Just curious, why not just give the kids keys (that's what we did) instead of a lockbox? ... Eric
PackerBacker 12/06/16 04:34am Snowbirds
RE: What To Do With the Sticks & Bricks

DW worries about the house here in Mid-Missouri. .....Stop the mail,lock up and leave. What am I missing? Your wife who's staying behind. :) Have a great trip!! Maybe the best option yet! LOL:B Wouldn't work for me! My wife drives all the way, I just steer! :E
PackerBacker 12/05/16 01:16pm Snowbirds
RE: Planning 2017 trips(Northeast)

We camp at Ausable Chasm; lots to see & do, http://ausablechasm.com
PackerBacker 12/05/16 11:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What To Do With the Sticks & Bricks

That's essentially what we do. I shut off the hot water heater but don't drain it nor do I drain any pipes. I also have several timers for lights throughout the house. I leave the heat around 60F. I also have a neighbor across the street with several vehicles who leaves one in my driveway. It's in & out during the day. I also have a snow removal service for the driveway & walks.
PackerBacker 12/04/16 11:02am Snowbirds
RE: Are RVs delivered winterized in cold environments?

We've bought several new rv's over the years, they have all been delivered winterized and have had a sticker identifying such.
PackerBacker 12/03/16 05:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Possible snowbird next year.

We've spent several winters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at Myrtle Beach Travel Park. November is nice month with lots of 60-70 degree days. Typically December/January are in the high 40's and mid-50''s. Things start to warm up in February with some 60's and March can be 60's and some 70's. Nights can freeze throughout the winter with most temperatures being 30's & 40's. We've experienced lots of sun but typically windy. Winds can be cool off the ocean even on very warm days. We can usually wear shorts but often need a sweatshirt or light jacket. Sure beats winters in Montreal. Because of the cooler weather as compared with Florida there is not usually an issue getting into any of the big parks.
PackerBacker 12/02/16 02:59pm Snowbirds
RE: Solar roads are coming

In theory, with heating elements incorporated within the system, there should never be a need for road salt and snow should melt as it comes down. One of my friends has a heated driveway that stays clear all winter but that is on a small scale. Blowing snow during storms would likely still need plowing. Sure be interesting to see how it all pans out.
PackerBacker 11/27/16 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: How much did I mess up?

My fresh water tank in my Prowler 24C is just below the sofa. The drain fitting is on the side and as close to the bottom as could be made. Even after draining, there is about 1/2" of water in the tank, so I have had to add the pink antifreeze to it to prevent the residual water from freezing. I suspect many tanks are like mine, and you've actually helped yourself in the long run... It doesn't much matter if it freezes. I don't think I have ever had one that drained to nothing. As long as it is 'empty' for the most-part, there is lots of room for freezing water to expand.
PackerBacker 11/23/16 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing tip.

I avoid opening the pressure/temperature relief valve on any water heater. I have seen too many problems when they are again closed, displaced o-rings, bad seating, spring issues. Opening a hot water faucet valve accomplishes the same when draining. Opening the valve flushes out any crud that could be building up. I have done this on all my RV's No different than opening a faucet. Same here, many years of doing this with several rv's, I've never had an issue.
PackerBacker 11/21/16 05:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Seems odd..

From what I can see it's been on the forum since Nov 17th and as of earlier today it has 23 posts.
PackerBacker 11/20/16 06:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing toilet??

My experience is that the pink will displace the water. After pumping anti-freeze thru the lines, I open the low point drains again and the first to come out is usually some water. Same at the fresh water inlet, when I push in the relief valve button, I typically get some water first. ... Eric
PackerBacker 11/20/16 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing toilet??

I run pink thru the toilet system and leave some in the bowl. I also pour a little olive oil and flush it to help the seal.
PackerBacker 11/20/16 05:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Storing TT with waste still in tanks

Many municipalities have dump stations. Call your local town and see if they have one. Where we live, it is free to dump if you are an resident. That's no longer the case here in Ontario where dumping at municipal facilities is no longer offered. That's a shame! ... Eric
PackerBacker 11/17/16 07:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Storing TT with waste still in tanks

OP poster here. Sounds like I will be draining the tanks before the winter sets in. The challenges of finding the place to dump it are a much cleaner option to the repair job in the spring. Many municipalities have dump stations. Call your local town and see if they have one. Where we live, it is free to dump if you are an resident.
PackerBacker 11/17/16 05:15am Travel Trailers
RE: winter camping in the carolinas/florida?

We've spent several winters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at Myrtle Beach Travel Park. November is nice month with lots of 60-70 degree days. Typically December/January are in the high 40's and mid-50''s. Things start to warm up in February with some 60's and March can be 60's and some 70's. Nights can freeze throughout the winter with most temperatures being 30's & 40's. We've experienced lots of sun but typically windy. Winds can be cool off the ocean even on very warm days. We can usually wear shorts but often need a sweatshirt or light jacket. Sure beats winters in Montreal.
PackerBacker 11/16/16 06:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Keep Sliders Open in Storage?

We've had several units over the years with slides open up to 8 months a year without any issues. I do however cycle the slides in & out every few weeks and spray dry silicone lube on gears/hydraulic rams etc... to exercise the seals. Likely unnecessary but do it anyway.
PackerBacker 11/12/16 09:06am Travel Trailers
RE: I RV radio problem

We've had two rv's where the radio disc player was audio only and not video. Our current trailer does play dvd's and it is identified as such in the manual. In the rv's that did not have dvd capability, I just bought a Walmark cheapie player and that served us well.
PackerBacker 11/10/16 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Rv bootcamps?

I think 'rv boot camp' might have been really relevant for zero experience campers/rv'ers prior to the internet days. Today's virgin rv'er has such an enourmous amount of information available with the push of a button.
PackerBacker 11/09/16 10:42am Beginning RVing
RE: To Alaska by ferry from Washington State?

Or maybe . . . . . just maybe, I want to buy some gold bullion for investment purposes and not have to pay any duty entering into and out of Canada. There are two cities in Alaska where one can buy small ("old motel style soap size gold bullion') without paying any taxes, even Alaska taxes. Makes for a good rainy day fund. Next question? ? ? ? ? ? (smiling) Robt65 I always thought that you can transport your personal property through Canada while on route to the US providing you declare it when entering Canada. I know that for money you have declare any amount in excess of $10,000. You can travel with whatever amount that you want provided it is declared at customs.
PackerBacker 11/01/16 01:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: vent pipe for fresh water

What I have found is that the vent system is often too small to offset the volume of water being pumped in thru the fresh tank fill. You end up with water coming back out the filler port and the vent hole. When this happens I use my air compressor and force air thru both the vent and filler holes. This clears both lines and I can start filling again. I might have to do this a couple times when filling the tank. Using lower pressure to fill the tank also helps.
PackerBacker 10/31/16 07:55am Travel Trailers
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