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Old 10-09-2015, 08:43 AM   #1
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Winterizing a Berkshire Motorhome

How do you winterize your Berkshire?

How do you do the washer and the residential fridge with icemaker?
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:18 AM   #2
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did you trade your fifth wheel for a berk?
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:29 AM   #3
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In the preliminary stages of buying a used one. I need the payload for Laura's dialysis supplies.

The Flagstaff is up for third party sale (it is listed in the classifieds here and on Philadelphia, PA Craigslist). The truck will follow or be included.

I know, a terrible time to list it, but I have clear title, it's winterized, and is in awesome shape. I can wait for Spring if needed.

Most likely the Berk will not be winterized when I get it and I will need to do it myself before the freeze comes; thus my thread.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:45 AM   #4
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OK. I use 6 gallons of pink. I do not have a residential fridge but a buddy does and the important thing is to remove the filter and insert the bypass plug (looks like a baby bottle top) When you pump the pink in you will also be filling the cold water reserve if you have one. That is about 1/2 to 1 gallon. You winterize the washer by pulling pink through using warm setting on spin. Look at the lines behind to be sure pink draws through both cold and hot. I do not go through full cycle. only enough to fill lines. Then poor more in drum and let spin flush down drain.

Of course the above is done while water heater is in bypass. Water heater is the same as your fifth wheel

Pink goes in at what I call the wet bay. Will need to extend the factory hose. This is the bay on passenger side in front of the back wheel. Latches are under the coach. Look under and you will see them. In that bay is the pump, valve and location to pump in pink, water tank drain and on my 2008 low point drain. On newer coaches low point drains are over on the driver side by the water connections

I like to blow the lines out with air prior to putting in pink so pink is not diluted as I live in north east (cold winters).

Of course go one fixture at a time and do not forget toilet and hand sprayer.

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Old 10-09-2015, 09:48 AM   #5
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In the preliminary stages of buying a used one. I need the payload for Laura's dialysis supplies.

The Flagstaff is up for third party sale (it is listed in the classifieds here and on Philadelphia, PA Craigslist). The truck will follow or be included.

I know, a terrible time to list it, but I have clear title, it's winterized, and is in awesome shape. I can wait for Spring if needed.

Most likely the Berk will not be winterized when I get it and I will need to do it myself before the freeze comes; thus my thread.
If you have not followed the threads the 340 HP Berks do not have much payload. 360 have more. Check this as you do not want to end up undersized. Other than that my 340 HP Berk has been great.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:50 AM   #6
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I would suspect it's pretty much the same as your 5th wheel.

I use antifreeze in the traps (sink, shower, toilet).

I use air to blow the water out of the lines. While the compressor is attached, I turn the ice maker on and wait until I hear air escaping. Same for the water dispenser. I remove the fridge filter.

I haven't done the washer/dryer yet, but will have to do it this year. I see an access panel in the closet. I am hoping I can access the trap from there. I will try to run it with the air attached to get that water out.

Other than that, I drain the fresh water tanks. (the gray and black tanks are already empty0.

For the jacks, I make sure the air bags are inflated, then I build four towers of pressure treated wood so each just fits under each jack. I then dump the air bags so everything settles on those four towers.

Hope this helps.

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I would suspect it's pretty much the same as your 5th wheel.

I use antifreeze in the traps (sink, shower, toilet).

I use air to blow the water out of the lines. While the compressor is attached, I turn the ice maker on and wait until I hear air escaping. Same for the water dispenser. I remove the fridge filter.

I haven't done the washer/dryer yet, but will have to do it this year. I see an access panel in the closet. I am hoping I can access the trap from there. I will try to run it with the air attached to get that water out.

Other than that, I drain the fresh water tanks. (the gray and black tanks are already empty0.

For the jacks, I make sure the air bags are inflated, then I build four towers of pressure treated wood so each just fits under each jack. I then dump the air bags so everything settles on those four towers.

Hope this helps.

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Ken, yours is the model we are buying. (2015 400QL).

You might enjoy the comedic walkthrough.



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Lou that's a great video. With that MH you should have lots of cargo capacity.
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Ken, yours is the model we are buying. (2015 400QL).

You might enjoy the comedic walkthrough.



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Thanks Lou..... I can't watch it until I get home because my place of employment blocks videos.

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Good to see you coming to the darkside. I can't wait to see the mods you come up with for the Berkshire.
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