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Old 10-08-2016, 08:22 PM   #31
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I am excited about this as well - getting ready to winterize and had never really considered what all the valves down there were for!
Must have been a right fine PDI.....
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:06 AM   #32
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Must have been a right fine PDI.....
Well that's because only the dealer can winterize under warranty, right?

It's such an improvement from my last trailer that I never even thought about a drain/bypass until now. That one didn't even have a drain at the bottom of the fresh water tank. Dumping antifreeze in the tank was the only way to winterize without mods.
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:29 PM   #33
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Ha! Thanks to the OP, I just discovered I have one of these on my 2016 A213HW.

Oh well. I think I'll continue to use the one I added in the cabinet next to the pump.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:01 AM   #34
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Ha! Thanks to the OP, I just discovered I have one of these on my 2016 A213HW.

Oh well. I think I'll continue to use the one I added in the cabinet next to the pump.
Don't you love it when that happens?
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:22 AM   #35
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Absolutely, positively under ANY circumstances do NOT add RV antifreeze to the FW tank, you will smell and possible taste it for a long time.
My camper has the same system as the OP. I just winterized it. It was a breeze. The problem is, that valve only has two positions. If I leave it in the "sucking AF from the bottle" position I'm afraid my AF will all drain out. So I put it back into the "sucking water from the FW tank" position. I'm afraid that if I accidentally open a faucet the AF is going to drain back into my FW tank. Should I just open the valve so that it drains out onto the ground if that happens?
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:27 AM   #36
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There are check valves installed. It shouldn't be an issue.
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There are check valves installed. It shouldn't be an issue.
Do you mean backflow prevention valves?

My initial thought on Kilgore's question was that drainage of antifreeze onto the ground would not be a problem winterization-wise, because drainage due to gravity would take any water along with it, leaving the lines empty and thus not subject to freezing.
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Do you mean backflow prevention valves?

My initial thought on Kilgore's question was that drainage of antifreeze onto the ground would not be a problem winterization-wise, because drainage due to gravity would take any water along with it, leaving the lines empty and thus not subject to freezing.
I don't believe there would be any drainage (or not enough to worry about). I'm not completely positive about the antifreeze inlet..I'm assuming it's like the city water connection. On the city water, there should be a spring loaded valve to keep the water pump from shooting water out that connection (there may be one on the antifreeze port as well). There is also an internal one in the water pump to keep city water out of the tank.

I hadn't thought of it like you but, the draining of a winterized line should not hurt anything for the reason you stated.
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Does anyone know what size tubing will fit on the valve. My guess would 1/2" ID
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Does anyone know what size tubing will fit on the valve. My guess would 1/2" ID
Correct, Pex type with some Shark Bite fittings, buy some extra and carry them in the trailer at all times.
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