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Old 09-30-2015, 12:43 PM   #1
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winterizing XLR

Hi folks,

I have a 2011 XLR and I'm trying to winterize it before storing it for the winter.

I've drained the hot water tank and have bypassed it using the valves.

The issue I'm having is getting the antifreeze into the system. I,ve noticed on other posts here that some units have a valve in the input line feeding the water pump, but mine doesn't. In my case the line goes directly from the pump to the fresh water tank.

On another post here someone suggested that they were putting antifreeze in to the system through the city water connection. Will that actually work. Under normal conditions you don't need a pump when connected to the city water supply, do you?
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:48 PM   #2
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You can put it in the fresh water holding tank too, but I would buy a winterizing kit and install to where you have a three way valve and hose before the pump and do it that way.
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:52 PM   #3
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I think you are on the right track. If you check your RV Strore or the Internet for a Water Pump Converter Winterizing Kit it will make winterizing your lines easy. Just attach the converter brass bypass between your fresh water tank line and the pump. Turn the bypass valve so when you turn on your water pump it will draw from the antifreeze versus your tank.

Keep a few bottles near your pump as your system may consume 1/2 a gallon just purging the system. Once your pump stops you are set to go around opening/closing water valves till pink stuff appears. Don't forget to do any outside faucets/kitchens/showers. Hope this helps..
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:57 PM   #4
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Its overkill but before I run antifreeze thru the system I blow out the lines using a portable compressor at 30psi. they make a blow out connection that screws into your city water connection so you can connect your compressor and blow out all the lines with air first. Some use Air, some use just the pink stuff and some like me do both. as long as pink stuff comes out of all the lines you are good. Don't forget any low point drains under the trailer. Open up the caps and let the water drain out then reconnect and you should be good to run antifreeze.
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:31 PM   #5
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Its overkill but before I run antifreeze thru the system I blow out the lines using a portable compressor at 30psi. they make a blow out connection that screws into your city water connection so you can connect your compressor and blow out all the lines with air first. Some use Air, some use just the pink stuff and some like me do both. as long as pink stuff comes out of all the lines you are good. Don't forget any low point drains under the trailer. Open up the caps and let the water drain out then reconnect and you should be good to run antifreeze.

Why go to the trouble of blowing them out and then add antifreeze? If you blew them out... You're done. Then just add pink to the traps and call it a day.
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:41 PM   #6
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Why go to the trouble of blowing them out and then add antifreeze? If you blew them out... You're done. Then just add pink to the traps and call it a day.
Why not blow them out? I do all the time just to ensure that it is pure antifreeze and not a diluted mix. I seem to use less antifreeze that way. Maybe I am just too picky.
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:42 PM   #7
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Why go to the trouble of blowing them out and then add antifreeze? If you blew them out... You're done. Then just add pink to the traps and call it a day.
Depending where you live, it can freeze pretty hard. I like to blow out the lines so as not to dilute the antifreeze and I don't trust to simply blow out and not use antifreeze in case of water sitting in low spots. Just takes a few more minutes and I can rest assured when our 35 below weather hits that I am covered...everyone has their way of doing it.
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Just differing opinions... If you blow the lines out, there shouldn't be any water to freeze. We don't see 35 below. We do see single digits down here. I've never had a problem simply blowing out the lines. To each his own.
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hello all, hey first time tt owner and I will be winterizing soon, I plan on using the blow out system also, question do I blow out the system while my bypass valves are in the position they are in now ( camping position ) or move the valves then blow out the system. thanks joe I have a 2015 24fqsl
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Just differing opinions... If you blow the lines out, there shouldn't be any water to freeze. We don't see 35 below. We do see single digits down here. I've never had a problem simply blowing out the lines. To each his own.

You may think you'll get all the water out with air . but most likely won't ' There;s always enough moisture left to cause issues in places like faucet valves , toilet valves etc . adding the rv antifreeze is a sure thing air is not
I would recommend buying rv antifreeze that is mostly polypropylene glycol and not ethyl alcohol . the Alcohol will evaporate out drying out seals
the super tech brand is ethyl alcohol . the prestone brand is mostly glycol
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