Trip from snow to sun - Fiberglass RV

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Old 12-11-2002, 02:50 PM   #1
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Trip from snow to sun

Hi all,
I will be taking a trip, my first in winter, from the St. Louis area to south Florida beginning Jan.16th.
My questions are these: When do I drain the rv antifreeze from my water system, is the anode rod necessary for this trip (I took mine out and replaced it with a plug), Approx how long can I run my furnace on the 12 volt supply. The trip will be about two weeks in duration.
Thanks for the assistance.
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Old 12-11-2002, 03:05 PM   #2
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Anode rod

Hi Pat.

You should be fine running without the anode rod for a couple week long trip. The rod is there for the "long term" protection of the hot water tank (i.e. minerals attack the rod and not the tank). Doubt if running two weeks without an anode rod is going to make much of a difference in the long run.

Make sure you take some RV Antifreeze with you so that you can re-winterize your rig for the return trip. Things can freeze up pretty quick at 65 mph.

Also, 12 volt furnace use ... if it's relatively mild, and you only run a couple of cycles at night and a couple in the morning ... you should be able to go a couple of days easy.

But if it's cold, and the furnace is cycling on and off all night ... it will drain the trailer battery overnight.

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.........and if you do run the battery down overnite, driving the next day will 'help' recharge it, but not fully!!!

You'll need to 'plug-in' (at least) overnite to get it charged back up.

........and unplug the tow vehicle when dry camping.
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