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Old 10-23-2009, 06:56 PM   #1
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winterizing kit problem?

This is my first time running antifreeze thru my RV. After reading through this forum I set out to tackle the job. First, I emptied my fresh water tank. Then I ran my pump to remove as much water as I could from the lines. Next, I purchased the kit that attaches to my pump. Although I did get the pink stuff through the lines and out the faucets, it had a terribly low flow rate with lots of sputtering and the pump ran constantly. It seemed as if my Shurflo pump lacked the sucking power to get it out of the bottle. I am wondering if this is normal to have the pump run long and inefficient, or is it suppose to suck up the antifreeze at the same rate as it would from my fresh water tank. Or maybe I should not have forced the water out (and air into) my lines when I initially ran the pump. Anyone out there willing to share how it is supposed to work/look? Thanks for your time.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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Mine came with the kit already attached and my pump had no problems pulling the antifreeze out of the bottle.

It looks like you followed the proper procedure. As long as you have antifreeze in all of the lines you should be fine. Be sure to check the outside shower faucet if you haven't already. That one is easy to overlook. Be sure to pour some in each trap and into the toilet.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:04 PM   #3
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It sounds like your pump might have had air in it? Especially if you pumped it dry from your fresh water tank. (That is unneccesary, just open your drain for the fresh water tank) Your pump should easily re-prime itself and suck the anti-freeze from the bottles. Could you have a leak somewhere allowing air into the the system? You need to take the filter out of the water system. You need to bypass your water heater. you need to run every faucet until pink; as well as the shower (inside and outside if you have one) and the toilet. the typical trailer takes about 3 gallons.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:05 PM   #4
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and drain your water heater. take out the anode rod.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:16 PM   #5
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Here's a bit more info. When I first turned the pump on, the antifreeze did not budge. After scratching my head for a minute, I slowly loosened the hose connection on the opposite (outflow) side of pump. This created a vacuum that sucked the pink immediately up and around and into the water filter (cartridge removed). I quickly retightened the connection and thought I had adequate pressure. When I went into the trailer to open the faucet, it did lots of sputtering and the flow was very slow and the pump kept running. So . . . Im a bit confused. Any more tips, suggestions????
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:20 PM   #6
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How exactly do you add water to the toilet? Do I pour it in and flush it, or let it sit there in the bottom of my bowl - and if so, will that stain, or evaporate?
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:35 AM   #7
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It's hard to tell what your problem is if any.....
It might just be that you have air in the lines.
My pump won't build pressure and shut off until all the air is
purged out of the lines in the spring.
As long as you got pink stuff out of every faucet and shower
and flushed the toilet to get pink out of it you should be OK.
The pink won't stain the toilet.
Be sure and pour some down each sink and shower drain
to protect the drain traps underneath.
You can always sponge the antifreeze out of the toilet bowl
when you finish if you want to but we never do.

Good luck!
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Excellent advice everyone. Thank you for your time.
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Sounds like you might have a leak in one of the fittings or the valve of the kit you installed. Pump is sucking air from some wheres in the intake side.
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This year, I took the hose off of the pump to the fresh water tank, and then blew through it to make sure all water was out. To my surprise, I felt resistance, even though I had drained the fresh water tank. I ran the camper up on blocks on the opposite side from the drain, and got a bunch more water out of the tank. Blowing through the lines the next time, I felt no resistance, confirming that I had gotten as much of the water out as possible. I did not use antifreeze in the fresh water tank this year, although I did in my lines.
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