Winterizing: Even though its almost spring?

Sunny San Diego

A week ago Saturday, I left warm San Diego and began a, sometimes, grueling drive to Newark, Ohio. I had a mission, I was on my way to help family out until the grandparents returned. It was an adventure. I drove through sagebrush Texas, into Arkansas (where there was a traffic jam in the middle of nowhere), into Tennessee and finally reached Ohio where the temperature was 29 degrees F and snowing. What the hey???

I always swore that if I ever had to winterize my vehicle someone was going to do it for me. With the encouragement of friends and fellow Roadtrekers' I decided to take on a new task. You would have thought that this was a major life changing event. I read all of the blogs on the, Roadtreking: Celebrating the RV Lifestyle site. I watched YouTube Videos. I read my manual several times. When I am on the road, the SS Agile manual remains a favorite read in the evenings.

I felt I was almost ready. I went to Walmart and got the RV antifreeze, the pink juice. Then I contacted Jeff and Mary Jane Curry. Oh great, one southern Californian helping another southern Californian winterize their vehicle. With one quick question by messenger, to the infamous Campskunk, I took a deep breath and dove in.

Funny everyone told me that this job would take me twenty minutes. An hour and a half later I was done. Jeff Curry gave me step by step directions which helped so much. Thank goodness for texting. Finally with a call to Jeff to confirm that my lingering concerns, at the end of the process were over kill, I was winterized. Whew, thank goodness that was a completed mission. I learned several new things and feel proud of myself for taking it on. And I have a new tool. How cool is that?

Now I am at my niece's, EmmyLou the Roadtrek is shivering, yet tolerating winter in the driveway. With continuing cold weather I am so glad I took the time to winterize. I have one less concern and I am content that everything will be OK.

The next major event will occur when I get ready to dewinterize. I don't think that will be as big of a deal as I am skilled enough to know that I can reverse directions pretty easily. Do I think it will take more than 20 minutes? YES! Being slower and being more comfortable with the outcome is fine with me.

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Since Jim's death and the purchase of this little dream machine, I continue to learn and grow. I grow. The cat grows and EmmyLou helps with the process. What an adventure it continues to be. What is that white stuff coming out of the sky? Snow!!!!