Friday, November 3, 2017

Winterizing

Since we are staying home this year, it was in the back of my mind that the motorhome had to be winterized at some point. Last night made up my mind as it dropped to below freezing and stayed there. I ran the water and it worked but today was obviously the day!

I opened the drain on the fresh water tank and opened the "low point drains" on both the hot and cols water lines after turning on both hot and cold water taps inside. I will give it a couple of hours to drain and then run downtown for a few gallons of RV plumbing anti-freeze.

That should do the trick.

WINTER!

Further to the "It's bloody cold out there", I am noticing the gas furnace is running more than I am comfortable with. I have decided we will use the airtight heater in the fireplace this year. Searching Craigslist, I see dry, split firewood if $200 per cord this year so I will invest in a cord.

My firewood bin at the back is about a quarter full of old wood from several years ago when we last used it and is not really burnable unless I am starting from a very hot bed of coals. I will remove all that old wood to be burned in the outdoor fireplace to make way for the dry wood. The bin will not hold a full cord but will take at least half of it and the rest will stack beside it, maybe under a tarp.

It will keep us as warm as possible this winter.

11 comments:

  1. Maybe it will cost more to stay home than to travel to a warm destination. I'll bet we'll get a cost comparison next spring. Presently in Yuma and heading towards Mazatlan tomorrow. It is freezing at home and is supposed to snow over the next few days. Stay warm!

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  2. Don't forget to empty hot water tank.

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    1. The low point plumbing drain got it. I checked.

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  3. Pile in the wood. Winter sucks.

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  4. How can it be cold with all the global warming?

    ;)

    Hope you stay warm Croft!

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  5. Just a bit late on the Firewood purchase? Stay warm and dry, and remember the advice you gave Kelsi a couple of years ago.

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    1. Yes, they were a little chill on Vancouver Island!

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  6. I give you till January 5th 2018 when you wish you were here.....les

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  7. Missed this one while we were on the road.
    Purchase or make firewood racks to keep it off the ground and the rodent population down.
    Cover your existing wood stock and since it should be dryer then the new stuff. Use it as a means of creating the base under the greener wood so you don't just have smoke. Mixing it that way will truly heat your home.
    Sorry we won't be seeing you in Quartzsite this year. See you in the future.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I have a covered wood bin that holds just under a cord if it is packed tightly and is covered with a proper roof to keep things dry. The old wood will burn as long as it is split into nice small pieces and is mixed with nice dry new wood.

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