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Old 09-09-2010, 01:24 PM   #11
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OK, that's new to me. In all the winterizing docs I've read - I cannot remember reading this.

Remove screen washer push something - I guess it's spring loaded and prevents water from gushing out?

Now would pink antifreeze gush out? should I guess.

Thanks for the tip.
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:39 PM   #12
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OK, that's new to me. In all the winterizing docs I've read - I cannot remember reading this.

Remove screen washer push something - I guess it's spring loaded and prevents water from gushing out?

Now would pink antifreeze gush out? should I guess.

Thanks for the tip.
A neighbour up that street that has a TT mentioned this tip to me when he dropped in to check out my trailer.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:24 PM   #13
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Well, this very embarrassing story may save someone else from a similar fate. My first (hopefully last) winterizing disaster resulted when I tried to do it alone as the DW was on the West Coast visiting the kids.

The book said to remove the filter when winterizing, so I disconnected the water and tried to remove the casing. It was impossible. No amount of struggling would free the canister container. Finally, I opened a faucet and water spurted under pressure and then the clear plastic holder spun right off!

I was SO proud I solved my problem.

I proceeded to install the winterizing kit I bought in the suction lines; switch the fill valve on the pump from the fresh tank to the anti-freeze fill hose; stuck it into the gallon jug; and proceeded back into the camper to "prime the pump" with the wall switch.

Expecting a brief run, then stop when the pump primed with RV antifreeze; I was very confused when the pump continued to run. I immediately shut off the pump and went under the basement of the 5th wheel to see what the problem was.

Well, imagine the horror when I first saw the 3/4 empty jug of anti-freeze; the pink gooey mess all over the floor of the compartment; and finally the clear filter holder sitting in the grass where I had left it after dumping out the water and the old filter.

My 15 minute winterizing took most of the afternoon cleaning up the huge mess I made and finishing the process.

The only thing that would have made this lesson worse was if the DW had been home to witness her brilliant (IMHO) DH's idiocy.
Heh...yeah, thanks for sharing that. Indeed I will remember it when I get out there. While I don't really have to winterize mine, I sure don't want to have to clean up a big mess in the garage there! I'm too old for that!
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Okay, finally got out to work on this. Y'all aren't gonna believe this. I loosened the fitting going into the trailer (figured I'd have less water leaking on that side), and put the wrench on the casing, and holy cow. I barely had to use any strength at all. It just came right off. I understand how pressure works and all, but that is a bit ridiculous. Anyway, got the filter changed and put back and all is well!
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Glad you got it solved Ed.
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