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Old 01-20-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Getting antifreeze in for winterizing?

Ok- I sometimes forget how much of a newbie I still am. For the pop-up, we only blew out the lines. For the fifth wheel, I did that, but I did also want to pump antifreeze into the system but I'm not sure how to get the antifreeze from the bottle into the water system. Sounds dumb, I know.

My water connections outside have:
- City water inlet
- Freshwater tank inlet
- Antifreeze inlet
- Hot water heater bypass switch
- Antifreeze bypass switch

Now, I did try looking at the book. But it said, if you use antifreeze, put it into the tank- but didn't indicate which tank. I really didn't want to put it into freshwater tank.

I bought a short 6' piece of hose for sacrificing. I thought I'd be able to connect the hose to the camper and take the other end (cut if off) and stuff it down into the gallon of AF. But, I wasn't sure what would magically pull it up into the camper.

Nor did I have any idea what the antifreeze bypass thing did.

Shrugs. Right now it just has its lines blown out.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #2
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You should have a FW tank bypass and a hot water tank bypass. Close both and stick the antifreeze inlet hose directly in the gallon jug of antifreeze and turn the pump on. Depending on size and number of faucets you have, you'll need 2-4 gallons. Once pump is on turn each faucet on, hot and cold, one at a time, until bright pink flows through.
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Don't forget outside faucets and washer hookup, if so equipped.
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Don't forget outside faucets and washer hookup, if so equipped.
We've got both and have blown them out.
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You should have a FW tank bypass and a hot water tank bypass. Close both and stick the antifreeze inlet hose directly in the gallon jug of antifreeze and turn the pump on. Depending on size and number of faucets you have, you'll need 2-4 gallons. Once pump is on turn each faucet on, hot and cold, one at a time, until bright pink flows through.
What pump? The regular water pump? (Like if I were running off of my FW tank?)
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I have a 365saq and it took a good 4 gallons to winterize mine, you should probably need the same. I blew all my lines, then pumped antifreeze throughout, 5 faucets, 1 shower, 2 stools, washer hookup, and outside hose connection.
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What pump? The regular water pump? (Like if I were running off of my FW tank?)
Exactly, the antifreeze bypass valve will make the pump suck from the antifreeze jug, instead of the freshwater tank. Make sure your HW tank is bypassed! It may take a couple gallons before the pump builds pressure in lines to shut off. Then start opening faucets until air and any remaining water is gone and the pink flows. Keep an eye on your antifreeze jug and place hose in new jug when empty.
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Wow, it's that easy? Thanks!
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Wow, it's that easy? Thanks!
Another little trick to help save antifreeze, is to put an empty disposable water bottle in the water filter canister, if you have one. Simply remove the filter, through the bottle in, screw the canister back on.
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Don't forget outside faucets and washer hookup, if so equipped.
Dang! I forgot the washer hookup! I think I'm going to have to plug that off at the source. I'm never going to use it.
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