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Old 10-28-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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280DS New Guy Question ....

My wife & I bought a 2012 280DS in July trading in our 15yr old Winnebago.
I always did the winterizing myself and got comfortable working on it.
But then we bought the 280DS and it had less than 6K miles on it & smelled like new carpet & leather.
I have to admit to being lazy and simply using and enjoying it right up till last week when the nightly lows dropped into the upper 20s.
I had been having so much fun with the "new to us" Georgetown that I kept putting off getting on here and finding what I need to know to winterize it this month.
It's currently at the dealership ready for pick up having been winterized.
So my shame is complete! But I still want to know if there is anything else different from the Winnebago.
I say anything else because where the "low point drains" are labled on the exterior I see colored lines exiting below the coach with plastic color matching plugs in them but I didn't see any valves for the low point drains.
Our Georgetown has the Article Pak so when I opened the exterior access panel all I saw was the black sealed panel with two access ports.
Also, given the location of the water heater, how do I access the W/H bypass valve , remove some drawers and reach it from inside?

Any tips or help is appreciated. I plan to spend the winter getting this sorted out so I can de-winterize it myself as opposed to paying the $80 the dealership wants.



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Old 10-28-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Georgetown family!
We have a 335, so it's not the same as yours, but there are similarities. On ours open the inspection ports and you'll have access to the water heater by-pass valves. The low point drains work fairly well, just take the caps off and the tank contents will flow. If there is a 3rd hose it is probably the water tank vent. On the 335 there is an access port to the water pump. Turn the valve, stick the hose into the antifreeze, and the pump will pull in the antifreeze winterizing the pump in the process.
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