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#1 M&K

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:21 PM

First winter with Casita, is stored outside, presently do not have a cover. Is it foolish to use the short cut method and only put anti-freeze in shower, sink trap, waste tank and toilet trap . We drained the water tank plus blew out the lines. If anyone has tried this would really like to know how it went. We live in Queen Creek and it is usually a few degrees colder here than metro area. Marilyn

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

I live in Georgia and the only thing I do is blow out all the lines.

Don't forget to drain the hot water tank.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

I live in Albuquerque and just drain the tanks and hot water heater and blow out the lines. Haven't had any issues in two winters. I have replaced the kitchen and shower traps with hepvo valves.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:29 AM

Marilyn - You've taken care of the essentials, just in case. Since your Casita is outside the sun will warm it up daily. It's those rigs that stay in freezing weather day and night that may require more preventative care.

Meanwhile, there are Casitas, and other trailers and RVs, that are actively being used in this neck o' the woods, uh, desert. I am visiting Casa Grande at the moment, and have no plans, nor feel the need, to winterize while I'm aboard.

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#5 M&K

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:13 AM

Sorry for the delay in responding, could not sign back in. Thank you all for the real life advice, it was just what we needed to know. Being new at this can be overwhelming!! Now to tackle the "which cover" issue.....

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#6 ArizonaEileen

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

Marilyn --

I've had my Casita for coming up on six years now and I've never winterized and have never had any problems.

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#7 M&K

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:32 PM

Thank you Eileen. Do you have a cover or inside storage to help protect from the elements? Marilyn

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:13 PM

Marilyn -

No, I don't have either one.

However, I do drain the tanks.

It just doesn't get cold enough here for that many days in a row to bother blowing out the lines and winterizing.

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#9 M&K

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

Thank you, interesting you do not use a cover. The summer heat is so brutal, have you had issues with sun damage.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:10 AM

Yes, of course, but the heat is going to affect the trailer and dry things out no matter what since there's so little humidity.

However, my Casita looks infinitely better since I applied the Red Max last spring. It's still shiny and the dirt comes off with just a wipe.

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#11 sandyb12

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

I have to admit I am a little confused, do I apply the marine wax and then apply the Red Max? or do I just apply one or the other?

#12 ArizonaEileen

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:30 AM

Sandyb12 --

Use wax if the gelcoat is still shiny.

If it's dull or chalky, use the Red Max (which is now Zep Wet Look Floor Finish #3).

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