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Old 09-16-2016, 06:07 AM   #1
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Winterzation help

I am looking for winterization instructions without a water bypass valve or air compressor. Anyone's help appreciated.
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:25 AM   #2
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Got a particular unit you want to winterize like that?
Do you intend on adding antifreeze?

About the only thing you can do is open all the low point drains and the water heater plug or anode, and then open all the faucets as well as holding open the city water check valve, and hope everything drains well enough.

It would also help if we knew your location.
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:33 AM   #3
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Give us a few more details.
Does your unit have an onboard pump?
You could remove the suction side hose and install a temporary line to pull antifreeze in that way.
Are you saying to have a water heater but no valves whatsoever to it?
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:35 AM   #4
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I live in New England, so gets cold. I planned on buying RV antifreeze. I cannot find the bypass valve so I assume there was none installed on my new RV. ( I'm a rookie RV owner)
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:55 AM   #5
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I assume you pulled any inside panel where the back of your HWH is located. If you have winterizing valves they would belocated there.
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:57 AM   #6
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Haven't seen a new trailer in years that did not have a set of bypass valves installed. Having said that I owned a 1977 Layton 220 for about 20 years that did not (at first anyway).

I found that if I added antifreeze to the fresh water tank, I would have antifreeze smell and taste for half the summer. Therefore I would disconnect the inlet water hose from the tank to the electric pump, and hose clamp on a length of hose (maybe 4') which would allow me to insert the other end into a jug of antifreeze.

Without a bypass kit, the hot water heater takes gallons of antifreeze to fill, but I would do that. Turn on the pump switch, then start at the farthest hot water tap from the water pump and run it until pure antifreeze is coming out. Turn it off. Do the same for the furthest cold water tap. Work your way back through the taps until you have pure antifreeze coming out each tap.
Pour a little antifreeze in each P trap under sinks and shower, and you are good to go. I would always buy -50 degree antifreeze in case a little water is still mixed in. You are good to go. I never had a problem in the past 42 yrs. of RV ownership.

You may still get a bit of antifreeze smell from the hot water for a while. If your unit definitely does not have a bypass kit, I would certainly have a dealer install one. It will save you gallons of antifreeze and a couple of weeks of that sickening sweet smell.
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I am looking for winterization instructions without a water bypass valve or air compressor. Anyone's help appreciated.
You are allowed to tell Members your unit is a 2017 Wildwood! Youroo!!
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:15 AM   #9
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We posted this "elsewhere" here in Forest River Forums, but it shares our trick for "cheating" with a small SHOP-VAC etc ...
Winterization time approaching
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