Winter is coming and it apparently made an appointment this year.
As it turns out that it was a good thing that I went to Banff this last weekend as things are finally going to take a turn for the sub-zero.
So, sure I did go out to Banff and I made sure to BBQ while I was out there, partially for the tasty food, but also for the novelty of being able to do so (sans-parka) in November.
I have been watching the weather forecast like a hawk recently, looking for that time when the weather will finally dip below zero and stay there. That day is Wednesday.
What that means is that I am now in Full-Blow Winter Mode. What that means is that I can’t use any of my tanks meaning I can’t use my sinks or toilet.
This is a big shift for me, as now I can’t do my dishes in my sink or even have a jug shower standing in my bathtub.
Why? Because that water would go down to my Grey Water Tank just like any business that I do in the toilet goes down to the Black Water Tank.
Again, why is this an issue, after all I have been doing this all this time since I winterized, right?
Well, with the weather now about to dip below zero and stay there (as in the daytime highs will also be below zero) this means that my tanks and sewer connection will freeze.
When this happens, at best I can’t open the valves to drain the tanks, but at worst that water backed up there will crack the pipes, connection or rupture the tank.
In my books, that is not worth the risk so I drain my tanks just before it freezes and then not use those tanks until Spring. As in when the daytime high is consistently above zero.
Sure there are heat tape, skirting and other measures that you can take to minimize this freeze-up risk, but none of those work if you are mobile, as I am.
So, with that in mind I made sure to drain and flush my tanks, making sure that they are all clean, dry and ready for winter (as in totally empty).
I made sure to do this during the day yesterday, so sure I had to move and setup camp again, but it was worth it.
By draining and flushing yesterday afternoon I was able to take my time, and do so during daylight. When I dump at camp, I typically do so on my way out of the campground on my way to work.
This time I was able to flush it out and let it drain completely, as there was no line-up waiting to use the dup station.
I didn’t use the built in flushing nozzles that Wanda has, as I wasn’t sure how well or completely those lines would drain before the freeze-up.
So, what I did was use that spray nozzle, wand-thing that I bought to spray and wash the inside of the tank.
With the clear straight pipe that I attach to the sewer connection I can easily see when the process is done.
How is that? Well, when the water flows clean, clear and without chunks or floaties. Hey this is not a glamorous job, but a necessary one.
So, all in all it was a good weekend, and the best of all is that my favourite section of the campground should be open by the end of November.
Even better is that it should be available to be reserved online in early December. This means that I may be able to pay for and more importantly secure my spot for my Christmas break.
I hate going out there and not knowing that I have a spot, I much prefer to not only know that I have a spot but be able to pick it ahead of time.
Ah well, winter may be coming, but this is nothing that I haven’t seen before.
On a happier note, here are some pictures that I took this last weekend:
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!