Saturday, March 28, 2009


This is copied from the NOAA Weather site for Overland Park, Kansas

Overnight: Periods of rain and sleet before 4am, then periods of snow and sleet. Low around 29. Blustery, with a north northeast wind between 21 and 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday: Snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet, becoming all snow after 1pm. Some thunder is also possible. Areas of blowing snow. High near 32. Breezy, with a north northeast wind between 20 and 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of around a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Saturday Night: Areas of blowing snow. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 25. North northwest wind between 7 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

This is the reason we went to storage this morning, and used two gallons of the Pink Stuff in our water lines.  I have a winterization hose kit on the water pump, and you stick it in the bottles and pump it right into the pipes.  Open each faucet until you get pink stuff and not clear water,

I then pour the blue windshield stuff down the drains and into the holding tanks. I use it just because it is so much cheaper and the drains do not need to be non toxic.   It doesn’t seem to bother the sewer gate valves either.

But then I contacted Chris, my oldest son and we made plans to go out to his storage lot and do his 27 foot Salem.  The only problem is that it is over an hour each way to the lot.

Once there, you are out on a farm, and have only the things you brought with you, so you had better anticipate all the problems ahead of time.  The closest town that has things is either Topeka, or Emporia and it isn’t a short run to either.

We had about 2 1/2 gallons of the pink stuff, and it wasn’t enough to get picked up off the bottom of the big water tank.  I’m sure his tank is at least 40 and maybe 50 gallons, so our 2 1/2 gallons was barely a wet spot on the bottom of the tank.  Go buy more?  More than an hour drive each way to anywhere?

So we stacked up a bunch of wood blocks under the wheels and tilted the trailer toward the side where the pump was drawing from the tank.  Worked like a charm, and the pink stuff came from every faucet.  More of the Blue windshield stuff down the drains and we were back on the road for home.

It was raining and cold about 34 last I checked.  But it looks like the freeze will be coming tomorrow and especially tomorrow night.

My other son Ben was headed over to his storage lot with 2 gallons of pink stuff to do his rig too.  Never heard how he came out, but perhaps the whole fleet is ready for this last shot of winter.

Retired Rod


  1. So are you wondering what the hurry to get home was yet.....LOL. The weather is beautiful down here in Rockport, even cooled down a little last night to make the sleeping easier. It was good to have a visit with you and we will look forward to the next time our trails cross.

    John & Brenda

  2. Shall we send you some nice weather from sunny Arizona????? !!!!!
    Doug, JoAnn & Fillmore


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