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Old 12-11-2013, 12:37 PM   #11
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Thanks! I'm starting out a notebook on how to be a better RVer! But just to make things straight, after draining the tank, place the anode back in right?

Yep, and I always tighten mine to operational standards when I replace it. Afraid that if I just hand tighten it, I'll forget about it when it's time to de-winterize.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:44 PM   #12
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Don't forget to put some Teflon tape on the anode threads before you re-install it. No spring leaks then.
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:43 PM   #13
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I should have mentioned the Teflon on the plug.

Glad to hear it was useful. In the spring I'm going to service the generator and probably do the same unless the owner's manual covers it.
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Ok got it! Ohh I got a lot of reading to do! Thanks!
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:12 PM   #15
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You know if you get really bored maybe you can re-do one of those cables on the accuslide. Hope I never have to tackle that. Lol
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What is an accuslide?
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:05 AM   #18
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Fantastic job, Al. This is indeed something that Forest River should provide - they owe you one. I'll tell them so.

What you have outlined is a very thorough winterizing routine. You've done such a great job, I hate to be critical about any of it, although I'll offer just a couple thoughts from my experience.

If you plan on using antifreeze in the lines, it's not really necessary to blow out the lines w/ air pressure. Pulling the antifreeze through the lines will displace any water that was previously in the lines. Any water remaining in the low-point drain lines will drain out by gravity.

Alternately, if you *don't* plan on using antifreeze in the lines, thoroughly blowing out all water from the lines with air pressure will adequately winterize the unit.

Does it hurt to do both? Absolutely not, and both processes are quite easy, it's just a little extra time. I've done both over the years but usually opt for simply blowing the water out of all lines w/ compressed air. Kudos to Forest River for installing the antifreeze winterization line in the water compartment - a quick twist of the valve and you're on your way toward pulling antifreeze through the lines.

Again, great job putting this together!
I agree with this input and just blow out my lines. One other thing is I just use a foot operated bicycle tire pump and operate by hand to clear lines of water. Have never had issues.
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I know this is an older post, but don't forget to blow out the black tank flush system or else the one-way valve will freeze.
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I know this is an older post, but don't forget to blow out the black tank flush system or else the one-way valve will freeze.
I have to check, but I thought it was included in the procedures.
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