Should you move to Flagstaff?

By Josh Meacham and Anthony Marangon | Updated Dec 7, 2021, 9:43am EST
Thinking about moving to Flagstaff? The first thing you should know is that it’s a a city of dreamers, artists, mystics, and scientists.

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Flagstaff is a small city, but it has the feel of a cozy mountain town. The population is around 65,000 people, and students make up a large percentage of that number. Even though some people might not love all the college students walking around and partying, there are definitely benefits to having a university in the community. One of the biggest advantages is the variety of additional cultural activities, entertainment, and extra-curricular educational opportunities that institutions of higher learning provide.

 Another great thing about having a university in the community is that it brings in more people who are interested in cultural activities, athletics, and learning. This makes the community more vibrant and diverse. 

In Flagstaff, we have both Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. Both schools offer a variety of plays, concerts, lectures, and other special events that add to the richness of our community. Another great thing about Flagstaff is that there are always festivals going on downtown or at one of the parks in the area. These festivals offer a unique opportunity to experience the culture and heritage of our community.

Beautiful Forests & Mother Nature Surround Flagstaff

Flagstaff is a haven for those who love nature and the outdoors. Surrounded by expanses of National Forest land, wilderness areas, and other public lands, Flagstaff has plenty of places to explore.

 The largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world is found in Flagstaff, making it the perfect place for camping, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities. 

Thanks to its location between mountain peaks and canyons, Flagstaff has a buffer zone between it and the rest of the world. Flagstaff is a unique place, separated from other communities by expanses of National Forest lands, BLM land, and other areas where you're free to wander and enjoy nature. The Coconino National Forest surrounds Flagstaff on all sides, making it one of the most pristine places on earth.

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3. Bypass the Water Heater

When adding anti-freeze to your restroom trailer, it's important to bypass the water heater first. Anti-freeze making its way into the water heater can cause some serious problems down the road so you want to avoid that at all costs. 

Some restroom trailers will have a bypass already installed, but if yours doesn't or you're not sure how it works, keep reading. To find the water heater on your restroom trailer, look for where the water heater service door is on the exterior of the unit and line that up with where it feeds into inside. 

More often than not, there's an access panel inside that you will need to remove in order to adjust the valves properly and bypass the water heater. So using your drill and square tip driver bit, remove the panel to access the valves and adjust them accordingly.

4. Drain the Fresh Tank and Low Point Drains

Make sure the water pressure is turned off before removing the plug and draining the freshwater tank. When finished, close all of the faucets and make sure to plug up any low point drains that may exist in your restroom trailer's plumbing system. Doing this will help to insure that your tanks empty completely, which is necessary for proper restroom trailer maintenance.

5. Locate the Water Pump

To properly winterize your restroom trailer,  you will need a siphoning kit or alternatively if your restroom trailer is equipped with one- find the siphoning hose and place it inside of your gallon jug of antifreeze.  Next, open the valve and turn on the water pump in order to allow the antifreeze to start flowing through all of your restroom trailer's water system taps and hoses.

6. Open External Faucets and Valves on the Outside of the Restroom Trailer

One of the most important steps you can take to winterize your restroom trailer,  is draining the water from the low points in your pipes.  Drain the water by opening the low point valves or loosening the drain plugs until it runs pink, then close them again. 

Once all of the water has drained out, turn on any outside showers or exterior faucets and let them run for a few minutes until they turn pink as well.

7. Open Internal Faucets, Showers, and Toilets

Repeat the process starting with step 6. Run the faucets in the restroom trailer and showers (if you have a shower trailer combo unit), starting with one side until it runs pink then closing it and running the other side. Do the same for all toilets until you see the antifreeze.

8. Pour Antifreeze Down P-Traps

Drain antifreeze from sinks, showers, and toilets in the restroom trailer to prevent exterior pipes from freezing over winter. 

Turn off water heater's heating element and close all faucets to prepare for winter storage for your restroom trailer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Restroom Trailer Winterization

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What is the best way to winterize an restroom trailer? Simple Steps to Winterize your restroom trailer 1. Drain and flush the black and grey water tanks. 2. Drain and flush the water heater. 3. Bypass the water heater. 4. Drain the fresh tank and low point drains. 5. Locate the water pump. 6. Open external faucets and valves on the outside of the restroom trailer. 7. Open internal faucets, showers, and toilets. 8. Pour antifreeze down p-traps.

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As a general rule of thumb, even if your restroom trailer is in use, you should probably winterize if: Temperatures are consistently at 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. You can't insulate and heat your restroom trailer's underbelly, or you don't have heated tanks.

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You'll need at least 2 to 3 gallons of restroom trailer antifreeze depending on the size of your restroom trailer. b) Use your restroom trailer's internal water pump. If you use the water pump, you'll need to install a pump bypass kit if it's not already equipped since it draws from the restroom trailers's fresh water tank and you don't want antifreeze in there.

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If you want to store your restroom trailer in cold climates with the use of your holding tanks, you can use antifreeze to prevent your holding tanks from freezing. You can buy non-toxic antifreeze that is specifically made for RVs but works great for restroom trailers as well. ... Add a couple of quarts to your black-water holding tank by pouring it down the toilet.

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