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Winterizing Suggestions

Roof snow

If you live in a part of the country where it snows, you'll want to take care to protect your Scotty. The roof seams are fragile and snow weight can cause them to come apart and then you get leaking problems. Here are some suggestions to help keep your Scotty safe!

  • If you live in an area where the temps fall below freezing, make sure you drain any water sources--the water tank, toilet holding tank, etc.
  • Consider moving your cushions inside if you think you might have mice problems. Purportedly, adding dryer sheets (instead of moth balls), will help prevent critter damage, but personally, I would rather move the cushions to a secure location rather than counting on the dryer sheets!

If you have anything to add, please e-mail me.

If you can't park it in a garage or barn over winter in heavy snow areas, consider something like this: (courtesy of Nancy Kroes)

building a snow cover

I used 7 1x4's 10' long, 5 for the rafters, which were cut in half at 45 degree angles (very steep, but Michigan gets a lot of snow and I wanted a steep pitch to keep that snow sliding right off). I used plywood gussets on each side, 6 screws each side.

building a snow cover

I notched the ends to fit on the Scotty's edgestrips

building a snow cover

The assembled frame

building a snow cover

Added chicken wire to support the tarp that would go on

snow cover

The finished project. It worked very well. Snow slid right off and never accumulated!

Ted & Amy's solution for lesser snow areas (drape a tarp over it)

Water lines

  • Many thanks to Robert Hiebeler: There are adapters that screw on where the water hose goes for blowing out the lines. Keep the air pressure no higher than 40 psi.
  • I ordered Camco 36143 and 36153 blow out adapters from Amazon. Also check out Camco 11691 water heater flush tool.
  • After blowing out the lines I only put the RV antifreeze in the sink and shower traps. I read on another forum that it will not harm the water heater. By putting air into the system it blows the heater out too if the drain is open. Then I put the plug back in the water heater, blew the lines to faucets and toilet, opened heater drain again to double check for water. Opened the dump valves last to drain the waste water tanks.
  • Also if your camper has an electric water pump you should get some antifreeze through it.
  • You do want to flush the system good in the spring. Some campers have a bypass valve for the water heater, you don't want to put 6 or 8 gallons of antifreeze in just to flush the hot water lines


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