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Old 09-24-2016, 09:06 PM   #1
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Winterizing Bypass Valve?

While checking out the underside of my new A213HW, I noticed this valve right next to the fresh water tank drain valve.
In the manual I received with the unit, it said to put 3 or 4 gallons of RV fluid in the freshwater tank and pump it through all the water lines to winterize it.
Is this valve used for allowing an intake line to be put directly into the bottle of RV fluid?
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:08 PM   #2
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:13 PM   #3
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That's exactly what it is. Attach a hose, turn the valve towards it and kick on the pump. Make sure the water heater is bypassed and you should be able to do it with less than a gallon on that trailer.
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While checking out the underside of my new A213HW, I noticed this valve right next to the fresh water tank drain valve.
In the manual I received with the unit, it said to put 3 or 4 gallons of RV fluid in the freshwater tank and pump it through all the water lines to winterize it.
Is this valve used for allowing an intake line to be put directly into the bottle of RV fluid?
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.
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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.
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That valve allows you to pump the antifreeze out of the bottle without putting any in the FW tank. Why they would tell you to put it in the FW tank is beyond me, ESPECIALLY since they gave you the 3 way valve so you don't have to.

You seem to have 2 more hoses attached to the bottom of your tank. I'm wondering why. I would assume one could be the fill line, but what's the other one for? You should trace these lines and make sure you understand what they do.

UPDATE: Looking again, I see the one on the right doesn't really have a hose attached; I believe it's your tank drain.
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You seem to have 2 more hoses attached to the bottom of your tank. I'm wondering why. I would assume one could be the fill line, but what's the other one for? You should trace these lines and make sure you understand what they do.

UPDATE: Looking again, I see the one on the right doesn't really have a hose attached; I believe it's your tank drain.
You are correct rockfordroo. The valve on the right is the tank drain.
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[QUOTE=rockfordroo;1325922]X2

"Why they would tell you to put it in the FW tank is beyond me, ESPECIALLY since they gave you the 3 way valve so you don't have to."

I completely agree rockfordroo. But the manual indeed says to pour a few gallons in the fresh water tank. To make matters stranger, when I picked up the unit from the dealership, the rep was very vague when I asked him if there was a RV fluid intake hose somewhere. He said if a customer winterizes the unit, it voids the warranty. Maybe it does, but I am not about to pay someone to do something that is so simple.
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Does anyone know what size hose will fit the valve? Please advise.
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Does anyone know what size hose will fit the valve? Please advise.
Most likely 1/2 hose or PEX, you should be able to find that at Lowes or a Home Depot.
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"Why they would tell you to put it in the FW tank is beyond me, ESPECIALLY since they gave you the 3 way valve so you don't have to."

I completely agree rockfordroo. But the manual indeed says to pour a few gallons in the fresh water tank. To make matters stranger, when I picked up the unit from the dealership, the rep was very vague when I asked him if there was a RV fluid intake hose somewhere. He said if a customer winterizes the unit, it voids the warranty. Maybe it does, but I am not about to pay someone to do something that is so simple.
This sounds like the salesman's lips were moving again (that's when you know he's lying!)
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