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Old 10-25-2017, 06:45 PM   #1
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Water Pump Winterizing Question

I have a 2014 SunSeeker 2300 that I recently acquired and the weather is turning cold this weekend. I got the antifreeze and went to put it in and discovered there was no line to put in the jug. Went to our local RV dealer and got the winterizing kit, came back and installed it in about 15 minutes. Iíve done three others over the years. I put the line in the jug and set the valve pointing to the jug and turned on the pump and nothing. It wonít pull the antifreeze into the lines. I checked all the fittings to be sure they were tight and they were so it doesnít appear to be sucking air. I put a few gallons of water back in the DW tank and tried the pump again and it works fine. The pump is a Shurflo 4008-101-A65 and the winterizing line is installed just below the strainer. Iím wondering if this pump is a gravity feed only with no suction to pull in liquids. Does anyone else have any experience with these pumps? Iíve never run into this before. Tia
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:43 AM   #2
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Check you valve to make sure it was connected in the correct direction. When you flip the valve to pump from the antifreeze bottle, the valve closes off the flow from one end of the three way fitting and allows it to only flow one way. This means the valve can only be connected with one side of it going to the pump. If you reverse it, it will not pump at all from your antifreeze jug. Take the valve back off and turn it around and reconnect it. It will likely work at that point. You can look down the valve and operate it to see what I am talking about.
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:45 AM   #3
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Check you valve to make sure it was connected in the correct direction. When you flip the valve to pump from the antifreeze bottle, the valve closes off the flow from one end of the three way fitting and allows it to only flow one way. This means the valve can only be connected with one side of it going to the pump. If you reverse it, it will not pump at all from your antifreeze jug. Take the valve back off and turn it around and reconnect it. It will likely work at that point. You can look down the valve and operate it to see what I am talking about.


I did not know this! That might explain why water will drain back into the jug! I will check this right away. Thanks!
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Check you valve to make sure it was connected in the correct direction. When you flip the valve to pump from the antifreeze bottle, the valve closes off the flow from one end of the three way fitting and allows it to only flow one way. This means the valve can only be connected with one side of it going to the pump. If you reverse it, it will not pump at all from your antifreeze jug. Take the valve back off and turn it around and reconnect it. It will likely work at that point. You can look down the valve and operate it to see what I am talking about.


Ok, I just got back from a fully winterized MH. I looked at the valve and the arrow definitely pointed in the right direction but it is really easy to take off so I took it off and removed the lines from the valve and you are absolutely correct! Water will only flow one way! The opposite of the arrow flow! I have never run into this before. If I ever take it apart again I will take a picture disassembled. What do you do with the big water filter full of antifreeze? What a mess to take that thing off! Iím thinking of removing it and pouring the antifreeze in the traps and BW tank. Here it is finished. Note the arrow direction going AWAY from the pump but it works. Thanks a million!

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might be a silly question but did you shut the valve which hauls water from the Fresh water tank off. if its sucking from that still it will not pull from the jug of antifreeze.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:24 PM   #6
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might be a silly question but did you shut the valve which hauls water from the Fresh water tank off. if its sucking from that still it will not pull from the jug of antifreeze.


Asrabbit had the solution. Read his post and my reply. We are all winterized now. Crazy! Thanks for responding as it was really confusing.
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The water filter is a pain in the butt for winterizing. Always spilled a couple of ounces getting it off. Put towels under it. Definitely reuse the anti-freeze in traps. I took my filter off and replaced it with a pressure tank so that the pump doesn't cycle so often. Make sure to put enough anti-freeze down the drains so that there is some in the waste tanks. There could be more residual water in the tanks than you might think.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:54 PM   #8
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The water filter is a pain in the butt for winterizing. Always spilled a couple of ounces getting it off. Put towels under it. Definitely reuse the anti-freeze in traps. I took my filter off and replaced it with a pressure tank so that the pump doesn't cycle so often. Make sure to put enough anti-freeze down the drains so that there is some in the waste tanks. There could be more residual water in the tanks than you might think.


Thanks for the response. I really dislike and donít use the filter so I am interested in what and how you put in a pressure tank in place of the PIA housing that doesnít hardly fit in the hole. I plan to go dump what water is left in the holding tanks and add more antifreeze in them and the traps.
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:07 PM   #9
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Some people put a full Snapple or equivalent bottle in the water filter housing to take up space. Some install a bypass for winterizing and some just remove the filter totally.
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:12 PM   #10
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I am curious as to why the winterizing valve was placed below the sediment filter? When I added ours, it was placed above so that antifreeze would fill the sediment filter as well.

Also, the 2500TS had caps under the RV for low-point drains which made no sense. I replaced them with drain valves to the right of the water pump. It was much more convenient.
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