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Old 11-06-2017, 09:35 AM   #1
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Sheepish winterizing question

18 months and this is my first attempt at winterizing. I've tackled big things on this unit, but somehow winterizing gives me the bejeebers. I don't know why.

Here is my silly question.

I got a 'plug' to attach to the incoming water line and to my air compressor. Actually two questions. The plug is just a plug........if I stick it on the compressor hose, and turn compressor on, pressure will build but there's no 'trigger' to shoot air upon demand. I am going to Lowe's and see if I can find a piece with a trigger to stick between the compressor hose and the plug connected to trailer. But surely I can.

The real question...........is........when I shoot air into the system, do I open EVERY faucet, leave all low point drains open? Seems they'd all have to be open to get water out of all of them. Yet, seems I read that someone said do them one at a time.

So, as I shoot air, which water faucets are open?

OK, a third question........sorry. The one thing that I am having trouble grasping, and giving me pause, is turning on the pump with the hose stuck in the antifreeze bottle. Bottle and hose is outside, pump is inside. I can't see what it's doing. What if the antifreeze runs out?

Sorry to be a dufus on this. I've spent a year getting things on this camper fixed and it's all great now. I don't want busted pipes. I have res. refrig., washer, icemaker, etc. Lots to go wrong. I only have 9 weeks to worry about it, I'm headed south 12/30........but dewinterizing is not a worry, just turn water on.

Thanks for help. Laughing at me is ok.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:55 AM   #2
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18 months and this is my first attempt at winterizing. I've tackled big things on this unit, but somehow winterizing gives me the bejeebers. I don't know why.

Here is my silly question.

I got a 'plug' to attach to the incoming water line and to my air compressor. Actually two questions. The plug is just a plug........if I stick it on the compressor hose, and turn compressor on, pressure will build but there's no 'trigger' to shoot air upon demand. I am going to Lowe's and see if I can find a piece with a trigger to stick between the compressor hose and the plug connected to trailer. But surely I can.
If you have a quick-connect on your air compressor, get yourself one of these:



I picked one up and used it for the first time this year and it worked beautifully.

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The real question...........is........when I shoot air into the system, do I open EVERY faucet, leave all low point drains open? Seems they'd all have to be open to get water out of all of them. Yet, seems I read that someone said do them one at a time.

So, as I shoot air, which water faucets are open?
When I did it I opened the low point drains, let all the water drain out, then put the caps back on. Then I hooked up the compressor and went through each faucet one by one. You should get a little bit of water out of each one.

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OK, a third question........sorry. The one thing that I am having trouble grasping, and giving me pause, is turning on the pump with the hose stuck in the antifreeze bottle. Bottle and hose is outside, pump is inside. I can't see what it's doing. What if the antifreeze runs out?
I just get a clean bucket, dump a few gallons of AF into it and put the hose into the bucket. You are less likely to run out that way. Even if you have a little left over after you've gone through all the faucets, you can either dump it into the toilet(s) or pour it back into one of the jugs.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:01 AM   #3
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Like Iwritecode said, get that blow out plug that connects to your compressor quick connect. After I drain the low point drains, I set my compressor working pressure to around 40 psi, attach it to that blow out plug, go in and open all the faucets one by one.

Most winterizing hoses are right near the pump, I added mine myself as my unit didn't come with one. I turn off the line coming from the FW tank, open the valve to my clear line and put the clear line in the gallon of AF. All inside the camper so I can see what's going on.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:04 AM   #4
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If you have a quick-connect on your air compressor, get yourself one of these:



I picked one up and used it for the first time this year and it worked beautifully.

That's what I have. But plugging it to the compressor hose via quick connect results in constant air going through line. No 'trigger' to shoot air in. What do you do, turn compressor on and off?

When I did it I opened the low point drains, let all the water drain out, then put the caps back on. Then I hooked up the compressor and went through each faucet one by one. You should get a little bit of water out of each one.

So, don't open them all at once, then?

I just get a clean bucket, dump a few gallons of AF into it and put the hose into the bucket. You are less likely to run out that way. Even if you have a little left over after you've gone through all the faucets, you can either dump it into the toilet(s) or pour it back into one of the jugs.
Having too much wasn't a concern really. It was what happens if pump is on and it runs out.
see above.
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I do like those industrial ball valves off the water pump. Beats the hell outa the cheap plastic ones found all too often by the manufacturer.
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That's what I have. But plugging it to the compressor hose via quick connect results in constant air going through line. No 'trigger' to shoot air in. What do you do, turn compressor on and off?
I just set it at around 30 - 40 psi and leave it on the whole time.

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So, don't open them all at once, then?
Nope. Go to each one individually. Open hot side for a few seconds, then close it. Open cold side for a few seconds, then close it. Repeat as necessary. Then move to the next faucet.

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Having too much wasn't a concern really. It was what happens if pump is on and it runs out.
That's why I use the bucket. It's unlikely that you'll go through all the AF in the bucket before you've gone through each faucet. At least I never have.
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I just set it at around 30 - 40 psi and leave it on the whole time.



Nope. Go to each one individually. Open hot side for a few seconds, then close it. Open cold side for a few seconds, then close it. Repeat as necessary. Then move to the next faucet.



That's why I use the bucket. It's unlikely that you'll go through all the AF in the bucket before you've gone through each faucet. At least I never have.
Got it. Seems simple when you type it out. You have to type real slowly for me.
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they also make a plug that screws into the water hose input and has a tire valve stem on the other side. I have one and I can screw the compressor tire hose end onto it. even if you only use a gallon jug of antifreeze it will stop being pumped when it runs out. if you are at a faucet and trying to get antifreeze out of and the jug runs out you will know. go out and put the hose into another jug and continue.
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they also make a plug that screws into the water hose input and has a tire valve stem on the other side. I have one and I can screw the compressor tire hose end onto it. even if you only use a gallon jug of antifreeze it will stop being pumped when it runs out. if you are at a faucet and trying to get antifreeze out of and the jug runs out you will know. go out and put the hose into another jug and continue.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:49 AM   #10
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Can you have a helper? My wife and I always winterized together.
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