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Old 10-30-2015, 02:04 PM   #1
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Winterizing question

This is our first time winterizing. Getting ready to put in antifreeze and we're stuck. 2015 Rockwood Mini Lite 2109. The Antifreeze Inlet sticker says " Close the valve to the tank open the valve to the inlet." ?????? No idea if it means the fresh water tank and what valve inlet they are talking about or where any of it is. NOthing in the book on it.
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Old 10-30-2015, 02:24 PM   #2
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On ours there is a valve near the pump, when you move it to the other side the pump will draw from the antifreeze inlet instead of the water tank.

This is what they are wanting you to do, this avoids putting antifreeze in the tank. You also need flip the by-pass valve or valves on the water heater so you're not filling it with antifreeze. Be sure to drain it however.

Now you will just pull antifreeze from the inlet and run it out all the sink faucets, shower (inside and outside) and also the toilet.
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Ahhhhh, OK I thought the valve by the pump would bypass the pump. The hot water heater is already bypassed and empty. I'll give that a whirl.
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Whooo Hooooo! Thank you! That was easy!
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Finally figured out our problem. We never use the fresh water tank, and didn't realize there had to be pressure in that tank in order for the pump to run when in "winterizing" mode.
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Whooo Hooooo! Thank you! That was easy!
Your welcome, here is what I do:

1. Bypass the Water Heater and drain it.
2. Open the valves I put on the low point drains, and open all the faucets to drain the plumbing.
3. Close the drains and faucets, flip the pump valve, and hook up a short hose from the Antifreeze Inlet to a jug of AF.
4. Turn on the pump, and open each Faucet (Hot and Cold), Shower (Outside as well), and the Stool one at a time until they run red, then run a bit more down the drain. Press the city water inlet check valve in (stand to the side).
5. Drain the plumbing again like above.

The plumbing layout on our current TT is all on one wall, and very short so it doesn't take much AF.
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We never use the fresh water tank, and didn't realize there had to be pressure in that tank in order for the pump to run when in "winterizing" mode.
With the pump valve in one position it will pull from the tank, and in the other position from the AF inlet.

Turn the pumps power switch on, and it will run until pressure builds up.
You may have to bleed air out of the lines and fill the HW tank depending on whether or not you have it in Bypass or not.

No pressure needed in the fresh water tank.
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Your welcome, here is what I do:

1. Bypass the Water Heater and drain it.
2. Open the valves I put on the low point drains, and open all the faucets to drain the plumbing.
3. Close the drains and faucets, flip the pump valve, and hook up a short hose from the Antifreeze Inlet to a jug of AF.
4. Turn on the pump, and open each Faucet (Hot and Cold), Shower (Outside as well), and the Stool one at a time until they run red, then run a bit more down the drain. Press the city water inlet check valve in (stand to the side).
5. Drain the plumbing again like above.

Re: #5: After putting antifreeze into the lines, why drain the plumbing again. Wouldn't that drain out the antifreeze? Or are you referring to something else?
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Re: #5: After putting antifreeze into the lines, why drain the plumbing again. Wouldn't that drain out the antifreeze? Or are you referring to something else?
Yes, that drains out the antifreeze.
You only need the AF to wash out any water that's left after the first drain.

After the second drain, the only thing left in the lines is a bit of antifreeze and air which won't freeze. It makes flushing the remaining AF quicker either in the spring, or if we get a warm weekend and decide to go camping again in the winter.
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