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Old 01-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #41
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I cant get the plug out of the hot water heater. I bought the 1/2 ratchet with the 1/16 bit but I cant manuever the ratchet into the heater, not enough room. Its to long. Any ideas?
I use a short (3 inch) 1/2 inch extension for the 1 1/16th inch socket.

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Old 01-23-2013, 07:45 PM   #42
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I have always blown my system out with air similar to what you describe and add anti freeze to the traps and toilet. A couple places that can be problems are the toilet valve and shower head. I always double check them. This method has worked for me in Wyoming where we can see 20 to 30 below zero at least once every winter!
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:49 PM   #43
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Oookay so I DID turn the HW bypass
....I could not get any pink fluid to come out of the hot water faucets...

Hope I don't have a problem come spring or the next time I go camping.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:18 PM   #44
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My guess is the valves was rotated in the wrong direction and the hot water is being shut off and not bypassed.

If the two lower valves are closed, there will be no hot water going to the hot water faucets. To get RV antifreeze to flow to the hot water taps the upper and lower valves must be closed and the middle valve OPEN.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #45
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I cant get the plug out of the hot water heater. I bought the 1/2 ratchet with the 1/16 bit but I cant manuever the ratchet into the heater, not enough room. Its to long. Any ideas?
Umm, an extension??
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Dang Herk! Just what i thought! You are good!
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #48
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I cant get the plug out of the hot water heater. I bought the 1/2 ratchet with the 1/16 bit but I cant manuever the ratchet into the heater, not enough room. Its to long. Any ideas?
Use a 4" or 6" extension to the ratchet, this will allow you to reach the plug.
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I personally like to avoid chemicals when my body and food comes into contact with the water and even more important if you are drinking the water! Blow the lines out but add antifreeze to your waste tanks by pouring down all drains. It is a reliable and completely appropriate way of winterizing. Most importantly, however, is to do what helps you to sleep at night. There are two ways of winterizing. People have their preferences but blowing out your lines and flushing antifreeze through the system sounds like overkill.
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I personally like to avoid chemicals when my body and food comes into contact with the water and even more important if you are drinking the water! Blow the lines out but add antifreeze to your waste tanks by pouring down all drains. It is a reliable and completely appropriate way of winterizing. Most importantly, however, is to do what helps you to sleep at night. There are two ways of winterizing. People have their preferences but blowing out your lines and flushing antifreeze through the system sounds like overkill.
small amount of water NOT blown out can and will cause damage..i would not want to drink rv anti-freeze either ...flush out everything and dont drink the water.. if... you dont trust it being safe
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