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Old 01-02-2016, 09:07 PM   #1
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One more question

I think I understand winterizing.

I am considering winterizing my RV for a few days. We live in it full time and there are two 8 to 14 degree nights ahead.

If I bypass my hot water heater, since it is located inside (where it is warm), is it necessary to drain it (take the anode out and all that)?

Keep in mind we'll be here and the inside will be warm.

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If you keep the water in the heater and on everything should be fine. Unless you lose power or run out of propane.
Why empty it ?


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Old 01-02-2016, 09:13 PM   #3
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Think it's fine if it's inside. usually not the case.
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Old 01-02-2016, 09:27 PM   #4
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Maybe I'm not looking at my water heater. Big white foam enclosed tank under my sink?
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Maybe I'm not looking at my water heater. Big white foam enclosed tank under my sink?

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Also, now I'm confused. My manual pretty much says drain fresh tank then put antifreeze in it. Then turn on water pump to pump it through out. I've seen mentioned that you should suck in the antifreeze from outside the fresh line? I'm so confused. Can I just drain the fresh tank and do it from there or not?
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Also, now I'm confused. My manual pretty much says drain fresh tank then put antifreeze in it. Then turn on water pump to pump it through out. I've seen mentioned that you should suck in the antifreeze from outside the fresh line? I'm so confused. Can I just drain the fresh tank and do it from there or not?

You would need a lot more antifreeze. My trailer has a hose like your taking about and I use a 1.5 gallons to treat all my pipes and drains.


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Since forest river evidently gives a generic manual, how do I get instructions for my model?
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You should have a winterizing valve just before the water pump. (if not I would add one easy and about $20). The valve will either draw water from the FW tank or a hose in a antifreeze jug. You bypass the water heater then run the water pump and open each faucet until pink stuff comes out. Don't forget the outside shower and the low point drains. Never put antifreeze in the FW tank, not only will you need many gallons of antifreeze but it is next to impossible to get all antifreeze out. Drain FW tank and leave drain open. a little water in bottom of FW tank will not hurt if drain open.
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All RVs are about the same, YouTube has a bunch of great videos on how to winterize.

If you winterize you will not have water to anything, toilet, shower and sinks. You need to drain all your tanks grey, Black , fresh and Hot water.


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