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Old 02-08-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Ready to de-winterize the 5th wheel...

OK, this is a first for me after almost 3 decades of RVing I need to de-winterize the Wildcat and flush out all of that pretty pink fluid from the system.

And words of advice, secrets, tricks or knowledge you can share with me? Is it as simple as hooking up the water with a pressure regulator, turn on the water, open all of the faucets and let it run until it is clear?

Is it best to open the faucets one at a time or do them all at the same time?

Our Wildcat has the tankless hot water heater, I assume I just need to run the hot water line open also until the water runs clear with the tankless heater turned off?

Is pink RV antifreeze nature friendly as in can I let it drain out of the holding tanks into the driveway? I am assuming that it is since it was placed in drinking water lines used for human consumption and use.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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I usually drain most out of the low point drains. Then, open the furthest faucet from the hookups and run till clear. Sane at each water source. Then, you should sanitize the system so it's ready for the year. Do tankless wh still have bypass valves?

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Old 02-08-2014, 01:15 PM   #3
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Do tankless wh still have bypass valves?

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I' don't know, but I will be looking for an answer or be digging in deep to find out.
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Do tankless wh still have bypass valves?
no they do not, and I should know since I have worked on mine for hrs trying to get the bugs out of it. All good now. when I flush I just hook up water and let water run a long time with all the faucets open, then I put bleach in fresh tank, let sit in pipes for a day and do it all over again. I drain my tanks when I flush them on to the driveway but I live in the woods and have no neighbors, and dont mind the small poop left in it that hits the driveway
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:13 PM   #5
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no they do not, and I should know since I have worked on mine for hrs trying to get the bugs out of it. All good now. when I flush I just hook up water and let water run a long time with all the faucets open, then I put bleach in fresh tank, let sit in pipes for a day and do it all over again. I drain my tanks when I flush them on to the driveway but I live in the woods and have no neighbors, and dont mind the small poop left in it that hits the driveway
I appreciate your feedback. We are in the city limits but not by much. Our lot is 3 acres so I feel pretty good draining the antifreeze out to the driveway since the trailer has never been used....yet!!!
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:10 AM   #6
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When you have the water running don’t forget to flush the toilet, open the outside shower faucets and if your trailer is pre-plumbed for a washer open those faucets too.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:23 AM   #7
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I am also going to remove the faucet water save disc from each location to allow better flow when doing the de-winterization

Thank you all for taking the time to teach this old dog how to take on something new.
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