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Old 10-05-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Winterizing question?

Since this is the first time winterizing an RV with A/C I was wondering if I should cover the rooftop A/C unit? With the amount of snow that we get in central Ontario it would cover the A/C unit and when it melts in the spring it seems like a spot where water could enter my unit. Does anyone have any advise?

Also, I blew out the lines with a compressor and added RV antifreeze to the toilet and all p traps. Should I leave the faucets open or closed?
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Old 10-05-2014, 10:37 PM   #2
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I'd say leave the faucets open. One place where I got a little damage last year was water in the shower hose going to the shower head. Unscrew that, and drain anything in there. Sounds like you're doing fine! I'll defer to others on the AC... ours is wall-mounted.
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:07 AM   #3
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Since this is the first time winterizing an RV with A/C I was wondering if I should cover the rooftop A/C unit? With the amount of snow that we get in central Ontario it would cover the A/C unit and when it melts in the spring it seems like a spot where water could enter my unit. Does anyone have any advise?

Also, I blew out the lines with a compressor and added RV antifreeze to the toilet and all p traps. Should I leave the faucets open or closed?
We all have different conditions that we deal with during the winter. It sounds like you have a concern over the amount of snow that might pack into your AC shroud. If so I'd cover it up. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:19 AM   #4
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It certainly won't hurt to cover the AC unit(s). They shouldn't leak, but with today's current crop of poorly engineered crap who knows.

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Old 10-06-2014, 02:59 AM   #5
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I've always covered my AC for the winter just for the peace of mind that things aren't blowing up and inside the unit. Last year when I winterized my Kodiak I almost forgot to do the outside shower. The day after winterizing the trailer I walked by the shower and remembered that it needed to be done. Not sure what your snow fall levels are like but for the past few years we have been getting plenty. I've started to lift my trailer up onto 4X4's so the tires and springs don't have to hold up the trailer and additional snow.
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:19 PM   #6
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Don't forget to drain your hot water heater. Faucets should be open. Personally after living in Alaska for thirty years we always covered the roofs and ac units. We also had to remove excess snow and ice a couple of times each winter which frequently meant replacing some of the sewer vents and an occasional roof vent, because you can't see them through the tarp or cover, and they don't like a snow shovel.

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