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Old 10-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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New Forester owner -- a couple of winterizing and plumbing questions...

(From the cold country to the north of the US)

I'm just starting to winterize my Forester 3011DS -- I need some assistance in locating the low point drains. I really have no idea where to look for them.

As well, I'm putting RV Antifreeze in the system, but am confused about how to actually get it in there. Some people seem to use a system "near the pump", but in the manual it doesn't say anything other than to put the AF in and ensure that there is more than the minimum amount before turning on the pump.

Can anyone provide a little more specific info on this?

Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:13 AM   #2
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Low point drains are usually found under your trailer. Look for blue and or red plastic
pipe ends sticking down thru your underbelly. These will be capped. Remove the
caps to drain. Good luck keeping dry during this process! (Hint, open a faucet and
relieve all pressure first.)

Have a look at this great video on winterizing found in our FAQ section under
winterization!

Watch this VERY GOOD video.
It just about covers it all.



Then come back to the FRF forums and ask questions if you have any.

Good Luck!
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Alrighty - I've located my low point drains (not difficult at all - thanks KyDan - near the rear) but have a question. The hot (red) has a cap on it. The blue (cold) does not. It's just an open PEX tube.....

Would there be another valve somewhere? Doesn't seem likely, so wonder if the cap is missing (though what would happen to water in the system - wouldn't I lose it all?).

Now I have to also locate the fresh water tank drain.....
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NM - found the cold valve -- located just above the low point drain, and beside the water filter - hidden behind an access panel (why do they do that?).
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Continuing....as I work my way through this process:

I've now found the pump (at least I hope that's what it is).

Do I assume rightly that I can remove the white thumbscrew, attach a similar one and stick the end of the attached tube into the antifreeze to pump up into the system?

(This is a long journey for a decidedly non-mechanical accountant!)
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Continuing....as I work my way through this process:

I've now found the pump (at least I hope that's what it is).

Do I assume rightly that I can remove the white thumbscrew, attach a similar one and stick the end of the attached tube into the antifreeze to pump up into the system?

(This is a long journey for a decidedly non-mechanical accountant!)
I can't tell from the photo if that's the correct side or not.
You want to drain your freshwater tank and drain your water heater.
Then turn all the bypass valves on the back side of your water heater.
Some RVs have a single winterize/bypass valve and some have 2 and
some have 3. All need to be turned from their "summer" mode to
winterize/bypass mode.

IF the hose you show in your photo goes between the pump and
your fresh water tank, then YES that is the hose you remove from
the pump. Attach a new hose to the pump and place the other end
in a gallon of RV antifreeze. My pump pulses and the hose often tries
to come out of the jug. I've found a piece of duct tape will hold
the hose in the jug very nicely.

Also you need to locate your water filter and remove the cartridge.
Some have a bypass valve on the filter but most do not.

Once you've got all the above done you can turn on your pump.
It should pump several seconds and then stop. If it doesn't stop and it
empties the first gallon of antifreeze, you must have something open
or not correctly bypassed. IF the pump stops go look at the jug of antifreeze and see how much is left.
Turn on the faucet that is farthest away from the pump. Let it run until
you get pink antifreeze out. Then do each faucet both hot and cold and
the shower and flush the toilet and don't forget the outside shower.
You'll likely use 2 gallons of antifreeze.

Good luck!
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Thought I'd get back to the forum to update.

In the end I went and got a couple of adapters so I could use my compressor and blow out the lines. Even after draining, moving the rig around and re-draining there was a LOT of water still in it.

All gone now (I hope) though. I've put antifreeze in the drains, p-traps etc and closed off the outside accesses to the plumbing so mice won't decide they've found a nice new home.

I guess I'll find out in the spring if I missed something or did it poorly. I think with the instructions from all here I got it right though!

Thanks to everyone for the tips and assistance.
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