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Old 11-09-2021, 05:55 AM
RV12Pilot RV12Pilot is offline
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Default Winterize RV-12

Im a new owner of RV-12. What do yall do during the winter months for/to your -12. Mine is in a hangar. TIA
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Old 11-09-2021, 06:48 AM
DBRuth DBRuth is offline
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Default Winter Ops

I just fly mine 😁. You should have some type of antifreeze/ coolant in the radiator. The sport plus oil is good to a low temperature range that rarely occurs in our part of the world. Drain the gas out, if you use mogas, if it gets over a month old. With some blockoffs on the oil cooler and radiator you can keep some cockpit heat going and oil temp up during the colder flights.
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Old 11-09-2021, 09:28 AM
RV12Pilot RV12Pilot is offline
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Thank you.
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Old 11-09-2021, 09:37 AM
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Blocking off the oil cooler and radiator doesn't have to be elaborate.
Just put some heat tape on there and adjust the amount to get the temperatures that you want.
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Old 11-09-2021, 10:31 AM
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One option is to reference Notification 17-03-01 on our web site. It describes using the Winterization Kit that is available from us (details below) which allow for quick (ground) adjustment which is helpful in changing conditions (very common from one day to the next in our part of the world)

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