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Old 10-08-2018, 05:31 PM   #1
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Pump Won't Prime to Winterize

I have always had a friend help me with winterizing my TT each year but today decided to try by myself. I have a somewhat better than general idea of the whole process but have never done it from start to finish myself. I watched a couple of videos on YouTube as a refresher and then talked to my friend on the phone. We went over my written list to be sure I wasn't missing any steps.

Long story short, the pump would not prime so I could not get the RV antifreeze pulled through the plumbing system. I tried turning the knob both ways on the bypass that should have allowed the pump to suck the antifreeze directly from the bottle but no luck. I turned all 3 handles going to the water heater to the opposite of what they were. The bypass handle in the middle is in line with the water lines now (pointing up/down).

My friend is going to come over and help me since I seem to be at an impasse but I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions.

I have a 2015 Rockwood 2608 WS. I had no trouble until it was time to turn the pump on and then no prime.

Please keep the tone of any responses nice. I am a lone female RVer trying to learn to do some of the routine stuff on my TT myself. I'm not stupid but nor am I a mechanic or an RV whisperer (what we call my friend because he can fix pretty much everything on our RVs!).

Thank you!
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:42 PM   #2
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I have had the same problem before....
First, a lot of times, you have to open a faucet to get the pump to start drawing the antifreeze up, if you have a outdoor shower use that.

Secondly, I have had to pour antifreeze into the line using a paper cup, fill it with antifreeze, pour into hose until it is full, stick the hose back into the gallon bottle and turn the pump back on.

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Old 10-08-2018, 06:06 PM   #3
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Try setting your jug or pail on a table or ladder rung about the same height as your afternoon port so you aren't lifting the column of fluid 4 ft
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:16 PM   #4
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Start with a full gallon sitting on the same level as the water pump. I am sure you have done this, but make sure you take the cap off the end of the antifreeze inlet hose. I have seen that forgotten. Open a cold water faucet. Sounds like your water heater bypass is correct. It may take 30 seconds to get a good prime.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:18 PM   #5
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Make sure the tube going into the anti-freeze jug is straight and does not curl up inside...
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:25 PM   #6
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I have always had a friend help me with winterizing my TT each year but today decided to try by myself. I have a somewhat better than general idea of the whole process but have never done it from start to finish myself. I watched a couple of videos on YouTube as a refresher and then talked to my friend on the phone. We went over my written list to be sure I wasn't missing any steps.

Long story short, the pump would not prime so I could not get the RV antifreeze pulled through the plumbing system. I tried turning the knob both ways on the bypass that should have allowed the pump to suck the antifreeze directly from the bottle but no luck. I turned all 3 handles going to the water heater to the opposite of what they were. The bypass handle in the middle is in line with the water lines now (pointing up/down).

My friend is going to come over and help me since I seem to be at an impasse but I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions.

I have a 2015 Rockwood 2608 WS. I had no trouble until it was time to turn the pump on and then no prime.

Please keep the tone of any responses nice. I am a lone female RVer trying to learn to do some of the routine stuff on my TT myself. I'm not stupid but nor am I a mechanic or an RV whisperer (what we call my friend because he can fix pretty much everything on our RVs!).

Thank you!
I had the same problem last week when I winterized (first time I did it). What I found was that because my pump was already filled with water, I had to open up a faucet for the pump to be able pull the antifreeze in. Otherwise it is a closed system .
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:32 PM   #7
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basically, turning on any Faucet, the Shower, or the outside 'shower', will then PROMPT or TRIGGER the water pump to 'prime'.... it will not do it without a faucet on, because it doesn't 'know' you want any water, or in your case, 'antifreeze'... : )

and, since you want the pink stuff in all of your faucets and water lines, you have to open all of them anyway, but probably one at a time is best. When you see the pink stuff, close the faucet, and open another one, or the shower.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:56 PM   #8
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I would think your missing turning a valve off somewhere, on my Rockwood I had the 3 water heater valves and 2 others, 1 was on the fresh water line between the pump and tank, my pump wouldn't prime until I closed that one, happened every year. Once you get to be a pro at it please come do mine, even if's it's only practice for you.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:00 PM   #9
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Had the same issue this past weekend, lifted my gallon of antifreeze more level to the intake outside and it started pulling the antifreeze right away
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Old 10-09-2018, 03:44 PM   #10
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I agree with those telling you to lift the jug. I found that if its above the inlet it starts drawing immediately. I usually have my wife hold it on a ladder step.
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