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Old 10-16-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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More winterizing questions (sorry)

I plan on getting the water out of the lines with low pressure air and leaving all the faucets / toilet valves open. But what about water in the lines to the fridge, clothes washer and water pump? How do I make sure nothing is left in those to freeze ?

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Old 10-16-2014, 03:48 PM   #2
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I have been wondering the same thing as several posters have ask the same question.

I wonder if a wet/dry shopvac would suck the water out with out hurting anything?

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Old 10-16-2014, 04:11 PM   #3
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I have a residential frige so when I blow my lines out, I leave the ice maker on while I am doing so that it cycles and it blows the water our of the ice maker. I also use the water option on the door until air comes out. Also, we run the washer/dryer through a cycle to make sure that the water is blown out of the lines. As a secondary safety measure, I pump the pink anti freeze through as well.
Just the way I do things.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:23 PM   #4
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tmmar: Just wondering about doing the air and anti-freeze? I have only pumped AF thru all the lines but you have me thinking I may be missing a step. Are both steps necessary?


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Old 10-16-2014, 05:01 PM   #5
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RKC02- no, both steps are not necessary, it's one or the other. You can do both if you want, there is no harm done, but that is duplication. Up here in the north country, I think more of us use AF to make sure there is no water in any lines because we know we will be below freezing for months.

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Old 10-16-2014, 05:34 PM   #6
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Thanks GlacierGus - I will just continue with the pink stuff (works do far)!

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Old 10-17-2014, 05:33 AM   #7
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tmmar do you run the pink stuff thru the fridge also ,, ice maker and drinking water spout ?
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:03 AM   #8
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On the use of air, I do suggest for those units equipped with a black tank rinse connection, to blow that system clear of any residual water that may lie in the check valve. That will help mitigate any check valve failure next spring.
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On the use of air, I do suggest for those units equipped with a black tank rinse connection, to blow that system clear of any residual water that may lie in the check valve. That will help mitigate any check valve failure next spring.
I would have never thought of that! Thanks. I'll put it on the list.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:58 AM   #10
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Regardless whether you use the AF, Air or both method; you must not forget the drain traps. I pour a glass of AF into the sink(s) and shower drains. When using air, all the appropriate valves need to be exercised such as faucets, toilet, toilet spray, outside shower, etc., etc.
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I use air and a/f .
You have to sanitize in the spring anyway so no biggy.


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The reason I use air and anti freeze is because I want to get as much water out of the system as possible so as not to dilute the anti freeze and make it less effective. Everyone has their own method but the is just the way I do it.

As for the refrigerator, I make sure that the anti freeze gets into the ice maker and comes out the cold water tap in the door. This is just to make sure that the anti freeze has made its way through the water line to the refrigerator. If there is water in that line it could cause a problem that I wouldn't want to try to fix.

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The reason I use air and anti freeze is because I want to get as much water out of the system as possible so as not to dilute the anti freeze and make it less effective. Everyone has their own method but the is just the way I do it.

As for the refrigerator, I make sure that the anti freeze gets into the ice maker and comes out the cold water tap in the door. This is just to make sure that the anti freeze has made its way through the water line to the refrigerator. If there is water in that line it could cause a problem that I wouldn't want to try to fix.

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How do you get the antifreeze into the lines? Run the pump with a hose dropped into the AF jug ?
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Kenny,
On my Berkshire, there is a compartment on the passenger side of the coach that has the water pump in it. There is a hose that area that is attached to the pump that you can put into the jug and when you turn on the pump, it will suck the anti freeze into the pump and pump it through the water lines. Just be aware that there are a couple of valves that need to be turned in order to suck the anti freeze out of the jug and not try to take water from the fresh water tank.
When you look at it you will see how this works.
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Haven't read the book yet, but is there any action needed for the on demand hot water heater?


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Old 10-17-2014, 01:52 PM   #16
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I just turn the switch off at the the water heater


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On the tankless water heater there is a drain valve at the back of the heater. To access pull off the wood panel that covers the area of the heater. You should see a small white valve that should be opened to drain any water from the heater chamber as part of the winterizing process.


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I found the best way to winterize is to take the coach to Florida. Jim
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I second that one!!!!!


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I found the best way to winterize is to take the coach to Florida. Jim

That's what we are doing this year except we are heading for Texas. Won't be back to Michigan until it's warm.


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