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Old 09-27-2014, 09:28 PM   #15
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If I winterize my trailer and decide to go somewhere do I have to flush it all or do you just not use any of the water?
Yes Pat, I don't see a way to get around flushing it out to re-use your water system. If you only have a few trips in the cold season, I would use jugs of water to avoid the hassle and expense of flushing your system out each time. Maybe some one will weigh in with a better way to do it, but I can't see how.

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Old 09-28-2014, 05:38 PM   #16
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If you're winterizing and live in Michigan as I do, dump all water. Lines, tank, traps, water heater.
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If you have used RV anti Freeze you do not need to flush out the system before you can use the trailer. I would drain any large amounts of anti freeze that is sitting in the water tanks but other than that it will not hurt anything to leave it in the lines as it is not toxic. The first time you flush the toilet or run water it will clear out most of it - fine for doing dishes etc. Will not taste good though so bring some bottled water to drink - which I do regardless of anti freeze in the system or not.
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If you have used RV anti Freeze you do not need to flush out the system before you can use the trailer. I would drain any large amounts of anti freeze that is sitting in the water tanks but other than that it will not hurt anything to leave it in the lines as it is not toxic. The first time you flush the toilet or run water it will clear out most of it - fine for doing dishes etc. Will not taste good though so bring some bottled water to drink - which I do regardless of anti freeze in the system or not.
This morning while camping , I was sitting at a picnic table eating my French toast and since I did not have a cereal box to read , I read the label on the margarine tub . Much to my surprise ,one of the margarine's listed ingredients was propylene glycol (RV antifreese) .
Supposedly it is added to enhance the flavor?
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Greetings Pat, I see you own a Parkliner so with that in mind i'll chime in. Cari & I run with a full fresh water tank (the stock 15 gallons) in our Parkliner #35 when we set out on an adventure. We do this as the places we typically camp have no facilities (and often no "Camp site"...) just a place on a forestry road in the hills. In addition to the 15 gal tank in the PL we carry an additional 15 gallons in 3 5-gallon jerry cans in the van. These are our "Drinking" water we fill from our Berkey Filter at home before setting out. We use the PL water for showers and such.

Our PL weights in at ~2300lbs at the scales with full tank and ready for a week of adventure.

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Much to my surprise ,one of the margarine's listed ingredients was propylene glycol (RV antifreese) .
Supposedly it is added to enhance the flavor?
Yes it is used in lots of foods as preservative.
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Thanks everyone, Thom when you camp with no electricity how long do your batteries hold, I know it depends a lot on how much you use but I am kind of wondering how hard it is to go a weekend with just battery. Carol thanks for that info, I guess I figured it had to really be flushed over and over to use it. Oh I have sooooo much to learn.
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Hi Pat, thx for the question(s)!
Well... Cari and my _style_ of camping is a bit rustic for some.
We look at our two rigs Van+TT as tents with wheels

Our rigs have no real _systems_ on board to hog up battery juice.
No Propane. We cook with a chef/restaurant quality 12,000 BUT Butane portable stove. A canister (~$1.75) lasts us from three to four days of cooking/heating water. Winter camping at State Parks we utilize the induction plate.

No AC. Our camping takes place primarily from spring thaw to fall freeze in mild temps (55 to 75). So we are able to keep comfortable without AC or Heat. (During winter camping we go to State Parks with electric and bring the ceramic heater.

All that to say...we use our battery bank (2x55ah Optima AGMs) to run the MaxxFan and charge all our tech-toyz...so...the bank can easily go 10 days draw-down to the ~55% area of bank.

When we ordered our Parkliner Chandler was actually suprised that someone out there would build a trailer just about the way he would...without all the _stuff_.

It's not for everyone, but we enjoy the simplicity of it.
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Thanks Thom, well I have to say I ordered my Parkliner with just about everything. I am too old to start this new endeavor without being comfortable in every way…..Thanks for all the info
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Hi Pat. You should have lots of fun adventures with all the _stuff_ onboard to add to your comfort! And we still pinch ourselves out in the middle of nowhere as we sit inside our little fiberglass egg cozy and safe from the elements looking out the dinette windows and a typical Pacific Northwest forest.

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Pat, I boondock without connections every time I go camping(well one campground I have gone to 3 times this summer had "very limited" electricity...enough to run my fridge on. I always travel with the full 15 gallon tank, the 6 gallon water heater and 1 or 2 7 gallon water jugs I carry in the forward bathroom. I have real good tasting well water at home and not ready to add any water that I am not sure about. I mainly do 3-5 day trips and that carries me along quite well.

I do have a 100 watt solar panel mounted on my roof and am planning on adding a folding portable one cause I do often end up camping in the tree's. I also do have a yamaha ef2400is generator for air conditioning (fortunatly i didn't need it this summer!) How long the batteries last depends on your energy consumption.

Use all led lights... not using the furnace and you should be good for a few days. The vent fan does use a fair amount of juice on high so keep that in mind if you really need to run it during the day. Add a voltmeter to keep track of battery levels. Soalr is helpful for keeping the batteries topped off but cloudy days or camping under the tree's your not going to get much of a return to your batteries. That is why I want to add a folding panel that I can move around to get it in the sun.
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We carry two gallon jugs of water and don't use the trailer water at all. Many food stores have Glacier or other brand of filtered water and for 25 a gallon, using the trailer water system just isn't worth the hassle. For the port-a-potty, we use an old quart detergent plastic bottle which does a better job of rinsing the bowl than the built-in flusher. Plus we can dump the unused water out and not worry about freezing the water tank on the PP. We dump the PP every morning.

If the weather is above freezing and you do hook up your water to shore utilities, be sure to run the water before hooking up. Some people keep a jar with bleach in it to sanitize the faucet. Don't forget that animals like water, too and may have just licked the faucet.Filling my half gallon jug at one park, a couple of insects were sheltering in the faucet opening and if I had just hooked it up to Homelet... Not to mention that many water faucets are just about the right height for a dog to lift his leg against. Also get a water pressure regulator. Luckily, we were sitting outside Homelet when we heard water running. Park water supply pressure varies greatly. Hooking up to water in the winter is not a good idea because your hose will freeze.

There are two excellent articles in this blog dealing with winter:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/winter.html

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/winter_camping.html

The first one is on winterizing and the second on winter camping.

Don't forget that heating the inside of your camper to keep things thawed will not work when driving to your destination. Your camper and tanks will be exposed to 50-60mph winds on the highway, and if the temperature is below freezing, well.

As for hot water for instant coffee, tea, etc, We heat a teakettle and then pour it into a Stanley 2 Quart thermos bottle which keeps it hot all day. We do this at home, too. Use a hot mitt or glove to protect your hand from the steam coming back out the mouth of the bottle.

Just a few hints from our experience. Welcome to FGRV. You are going to make many happy memories.
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