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Old 03-23-2016, 11:53 AM   #1
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Winterize question

This might be a stupid question but have to ask. Going on or first trip next week. We only go place that have city water connection, so on our older trailer I always used air to clear water. Are trailers shipped from manufacturer dry or are they winterized.? Is there anything I need to do before first time hooking up water?... Other than looking for leaks.

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Old 03-23-2016, 12:02 PM   #2
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Did you or your dealer winterize the unit when you bought it?
The factory doesn't perform winterizations.

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Old 03-23-2016, 12:04 PM   #3
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I have not touched anything plumbing yet. I will call the dealer and ask them. Thanks for the quick reply.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:18 PM   #4
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Couple things to do; Read up on your equipments features (i.e. does it come with winterization plumbing) On the Q. Is it winterized. Easiest way to find out is to look around sink basin, toilet bowl for pink residue (color of anti-freeze) means they did it already.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:28 PM   #5
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It would have been shipped dry from the manufacturer, but I would certainly hope your dealer wet it when they did their PDI to check for leaks and to check all systems. Whether they winterized after that is what you need to find out from them but as Still Kickin said, normally pretty easy to see if there any pink RV antifreeze residue around plumbing fixtures and drains.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:01 AM   #6
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Or open a low point drain (might as well find them now) and see if it runs clear or pink. For first usage you will need a water pressure regulator such as this to prevent excessive line pressure from damaging your internal water system (which could cause leaks in visible or non-visible locations that are quire hard and costly to repair):

Camco 40055 Brass Water Pressure Regulator by Camco

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Secondly, you will need to sanitize the water system before using it even if not drinking from it. Instructions are here:

Help Sanitizing fresh water system


Then you need to drain all the chlorinated water out of the tank and the lines, refill and flush it out thoroughly until you can't smell or taste it in the water. You can use the city water connection to clear the lines (rather than the pump) but you will need to fill and clear the fresh water tank and also clear the pump and its lines by using the pump at least for that. Also be sure to clear the external shower and any other special water lines you may have within the unit. Make sure your hot water heater is online (not bypassed as it is for winterization, and drain plug in place) when sanitizing, but you should have the heat switch(es) off.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:17 AM   #7
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he factory does thier "water" test with air,sorta like you would test a gas line. They never have water or AF from the factory.

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