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Old 10-09-2015, 08:32 AM   #1
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Anti freeze syphon connection

I have a 2015 Forester and we love it. Do I have the connection to winterize that picks up the antifreeze and where is it located? We live in south Louisiana and very rarely need it, but would like to know where it might be on the rare occasion that I may need it. Thank you in advance.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:59 AM   #2
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Mine is in the small compartment where the water pump and water filter are located. There should be a T off the water pump with the siphon hose attached. There's a valve on the T to activate the siphon.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:00 AM   #3
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Winterizing your coach is a bit of a hassle and not something you do to survive a 3-day cold spell. In extreme situations you'd simply need to heat the coach with the onboard propane heater for a few hours every day if something really unusual happened.

I doubt you need to winterize your coach if you live in south Louisiana. You only need to winterize your unit with anti-freeze if you are somewhere the coach will see sustained below freezing temps - 24 hours a day for weeks and months in a row.

We live in San Antonio and do see as many as 5 to 10 days of sub-freezing temps some winters. But in the 30-years I've lived here there has only been one occasion of sub-freezing temps lasting more than 24-hours straight for more than 2-days.

The water in your coach is not out in the open, exposed to the freezing temps. It is routed through the flooring and walls of your MH. This alone provides more than enough shelter from the freezing temps to survive 20 degree weather for a day or two. And, in the south even when there is a 18 degree night... it's nearly always followed by a 35 degree day.

You haven't said how far south you are in LA, or what Forester you have, but I'd suggest you speak with other motorhome owners or dealers in your area and ask them what they recommend.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:04 AM   #4
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If you have the connection it should be between the water tank and the pump usually just before the pump. Look for a brass tee with a cap on the tee and valve handle. Looks like this one from Amazon Amazon.com: Camco 36543 Pump Converter Winterizing Kit: Automotive
If you don't have one they are easy to install
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Thanks for the responses. I probably won't need it, but good to know where it is if I need it. I live in Lafayette, La., not real cold, but once every so often it does get in the mid twenties for a few hours.
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Old 10-09-2015, 12:57 PM   #6
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Down there, I would just blow out the lines with air when needed.
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Blowing out with air is the way to go. Do not have to deal with purging anti freeze out of lines. We go to -20 with no problem. I do put anti freeze in all drains to protect the traps.
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:29 PM   #8
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If you have the connection it should be between the water tank and the pump usually just before the pump. Look for a brass tee with a cap on the tee and valve handle. Looks like this one from Amazon Amazon.com: Camco 36543 Pump Converter Winterizing Kit: Automotive
If you don't have one they are easy to install
Could look like this. Hose on left goes to the fw tank, on right to the pump.

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I added one of those Winterizing Kits to our old Flagstaff TT,,,
Worked Great,,, sucked straight Anti Freeze right in to the lines !!!
I do not find room in our Sunseeker 2500TS for one !!!
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I added one of those Winterizing Kits to our old Flagstaff TT,,,
Worked Great,,, sucked straight Anti Freeze right in to the lines !!!
I do not find room in our Sunseeker 2500TS for one !!!
It does not take up much room, just cut the line and add a valve and a couple feet of hose. I used an old water hose so I can suck water from a 5 gallon jug when "dry" camping and may need an emergency supply of water. If you are only going to use it to winterize then a short piece of any hose will do.


To winterize I stick the hose in an antifreeze jug, turn on the pump and open my faucets till they run pink. I had two shut off valves added to my outside shower. sometimes I just do that to the shower then shut those valves off. This winterizes the shower but I can still use everything else till I decide to do the whole trailer.


You could blow air thru this line if that is what you prefer.

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