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Old 12-03-2018, 09:23 PM   #1
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Want to winterize my abandoned Casita.

How do I winterize my Casita SD17? 9 months ago I had to move to across the country, and left my Casita in a friends driveway near Augusta GA. I assume the battery is dead, and probably the new tires I had put on it. I never drained the hot-water tank, maybe it froze last February and cracked it. I have no idea what condition it is in, other than it hasn't been stolen. I want to prepare it for another year of sitting in their driveway. Do I drain everything, blow out the water with an air-pump, and disconnect the battery? Or maybe I should try to power it up on house power, and run some water through it, then blow out the water. No idea. I left the manuals with it, so I have some googling to do. Next week I will have about 4 days to do everything I need to, so I am trying to plan what to do.
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Old 12-04-2018, 01:04 AM   #2
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If you have a small air compressor that's the easiest way, you can get an adapter that fits on the water connection with an air fitting just for that.

Don't use more than 30 pounds of air.
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:48 AM   #3
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+10 take a compressor with you, along with a fitting to hook air up to the water inlet. Will also need to pull the hot water heater anode. You will need a 1/2 inch ratchet and the appropriate size socket. You might have gotten lucky weather wise.

The coldest weather during your timeframe was last week where it dipped to 30F overnight.

Google weatherizing Casita, you will see plenty of good threads.
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Old 12-04-2018, 12:10 PM   #4
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! 1/16th inch socket for anode.
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Old 12-04-2018, 12:44 PM   #5
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Disconnect the battery and check the water level, add if needed, charge it and if you can put it in their garage or take it with you. Put RV antifreeze in all the traps and toilet.
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Old 12-04-2018, 02:40 PM   #6
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In Augusta GA I wouldn't do a thing. It doesn't get cold enough for long enough to freeze solid enough to cause damage. Annual temperature chart for Augusta, GA https://www.visitaugusta.com/plan/weather/
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:52 PM   #7
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Averages always look good. It’s when you get that cold snap that things don’t look as good. Still the last nine months have looked good. No guarantees this winter.
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If you have a small air compressor that's the easiest way, you can get an adapter that fits on the water connection with an air fitting just for that.

Don't use more than 30 pounds of air.
no stay around 15#'s that is enough air to get the water moving and out, maybe pull the HWH and check it out to see if you did freeze it up last year, sometimes you can weld the tank but find a good Aluminium welder if cracked.
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Old Yesterday, 04:28 PM   #9
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I disconnected the battery, and am able to remove it. Is it safe to put in the back of my pickup and take cross country?



I know anything about it, other than it is probably dead, and can explode. It sat for 9 months, probably powering the propane detector, until it died. If it is salvageable, I could get a trickle-charger, and keep in my apt until I need it again. I just don't want to carry around something that might be hazardous,
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You may want to lift it up and put it on blocks or jacks to protect your axle and tires.
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I live a little north of Augusta and I have never winterized my campers. Once when it was going to be below freezing for more than 24 hours I put a small heater in it. It would be best to empty the water out of the water heater but otherwise it will usually be fine.
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