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Old 10-22-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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Winterizing?

This is my first winter with the Scamp 13'. I've followed the instructions: emptied the fresh, grey and black water tanks, closed various valves, added RV antifreeze and run the pumps. Now I'm wonderin' about snow, 'cause she & I live in the frozen north.

How do y'all (okay, I've not live all my life in the north) Ö how do y'all brace the top? I've got a cover (one of the eBay $130 ones) that'll go on as soon as we get a sunny day or two. I've read 'bout the 2"x4" braces and I'll brush/shovel off most mornings, but sometimes we'll get three feet or more! Yes, I know - that's why I have a Scamp - to escape. Still, I want to put in a brace or two to be safe.

How do you (y'all) do it? Photos would be helpful!

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Old 10-22-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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Did you block up the frame and get most of the weight off the tires/axle?
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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Did you block up the frame and get most of the weight off the tires/axle?
Is that important because of extra weight from snow?
Or, even when it's under cover?
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:38 PM   #4
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Its just best to do when your down for the long winter months. The better you treat your axle the longer it lasts. Its also better than stressing the side walls of your tires in one spot for months on end. I just asked since he was new to these trailers. Not specific to snow loads but to the down time for the winter.
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Thanks........good info.

I remember the bias ply tires that got whompity when they set for spells.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:16 PM   #6
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I haven't blocked the frame yet, but I think that I will. I've read various opinions here about taking the weight off the axle, but I agree with you about stressing the sidewalls. Putting the Scamp on blocks seems like an admission that the season is over!

Thanks Steve.
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:05 AM   #7
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Here's some stuff I do when I leave the trailer in Alaska for the winter...

Bigfoot outdoor winter storage
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:28 AM   #8
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Thanks Mike! That's a helpful list and I especially appreciate the photos of the roof brace & padding.

I hadn't planned to bring in the propane tanks, 'cause I hadn't seen that mentioned in any other winterizing lists. Is it necessary - what's the benefit?

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If not already, put some wood under your tires.
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The better you treat your axle the longer it lasts. ... Not specific to snow loads but to the down time for the winter.
I believe Scamp suggests taking the weight off the axle for any extended period. If you think about it, a constant weight on the rubber would lead to premature distortion.
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Thanks Mike! That's a helpful list and I especially appreciate the photos of the roof brace & padding.

I hadn't planned to bring in the propane tanks, 'cause I hadn't seen that mentioned in any other winterizing lists. Is it necessary - what's the benefit?

Rick
Rick,

See the post by rick.a here...

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