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Old 10-02-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Another Winterizing Question

1. I used my factory installed pump kit to get the antifreeze right from the bottle after turning the "T" valve to get to the jug of antifreeze. My question is should I leave the "T" valve where I just turned it to get the antifreeze or turn it back to where it was when I got the trailer, I guess that was for normal working conditions.

2. I poured antifreeze down each drain and left about a cup in the toilet. Should I put the sink caps in (like you would to fill the sinks) and put antifreeze there so it covers the caps? I hope you know what I mean.. So there is about a cup of antifreeze in the sinks because the caps locked it from going down the drain.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:26 PM   #2
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1: leave the T where you set it to load the anti-freeze

2: no drain caps in the sinks. but do dump some anti-freeze down the sinks to fill the P traps. don't forget the shower
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:22 PM   #3
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I'm not sure if I agree with leaving the "T" in the bypass position. If you put it in the original position after winterizing, all you have to do in the spring is fill the tank with fresh water and run the pump to clear out the lines of anti-freeze.

If you were to leave the "T" in the bypass position, you will pump air through your lines until you figure out that you forgot to switch the bypass back to normal.
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:22 PM   #4
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I'm not sure if I agree with leaving the "T" in the bypass position. If you put it in the original position after winterizing, all you have to do in the spring is fill the tank with fresh water and run the pump to clear out the lines of anti-freeze.

If you were to leave the "T" in the bypass position, you will pump air through your lines until you figure out that you forgot to switch the bypass back to normal.
I leave the "T" in the bypass position every year and promptly forget it in the spring when I de-winterize. Takes a minute or two to remember and then I switch it. I don't think it matters either way.
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:27 AM   #5
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I left mine in the bypass position this weekend after winterizing it at the campground. I figure that it's better to have antifreeze at the pump intake then to have what little water is left from the water tank flow back and sit at the pump.

This was my first time doing the bypass thing with the antifreeze bottle and i have to say, that was one pain in the butt. Keeping the hose straight and the bottle tilted without falling over so that I didnt get air in the lines was just a pain. Im half tempted to get one of those windshield washer fluid bottles and mount it under the seats by the pump and mount the hose onto it so that i can just pour the antifreeze into it and let gravity do the work. Has anybody done this or something similar? I think i had to stop the pump and prime the hose 3-4 times while i was doing it and Yea...i'm done with that method.
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:46 PM   #6
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Ok my trailer is all set for winter. I am going to leave the T valve set to the bypass position. The plastic container that holds the filter (which I took out before I added the antifreeze). However, the plastic container is still in place full of antifreeze... Is it safe to leave that in all winter or should I remove it and dump that canister down the drains?
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:51 PM   #7
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good to go as is. everything will get sanitized and cleaned out once spring hits anyway.

time to ready the firewood...
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:56 PM   #8
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I do mine differant, after I drain everything then I remove the cylinder and dump the water out and then reinstall it and blow the lines out with air then remove the cylinder again and dump the access water out then reinstall the cylinder for the final time with no filter, then pour anti-freeze in any sink and bath tub that has a trap and I leave all hot and cold faucets open a long with the out side shower. As far as your question about the anti-freeze in the cylinder, I would remove most of it if not all of it. I can not see why it would have to be full, but that's my opinion. I am sure that there is a member on this Forum that winterizes with anti-freeze and they my have a better reply.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:00 PM   #9
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I guess what I meant was, is it ok to leave the plastic canister in place full of antifreeze or will it crack during the winter? Wasn't sure if I can leave it in or should I just remove it and store it for the winter...
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Since antifreeze dose not freeze then it should not expand and crack the canister just like your water lines. I use air because i don't like the Idea of pink stuff in my water lines. RV antifreeze is nontoxic and safe and I use it in my pool but not in my drinking water.
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