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Old 09-15-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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Getting ready for COLD weather

We have not had a Cedar Creek product through a winter. We winterize and de-winterize 3 or 4 times during the cold season. I know where my low point drains are for the water system, both city and fresh. I know to drain the hot water tank.

On my Keystone, I added a kit to my water pump and it was a simple process to drain and run RV anti freeze through all systems.

This Silverback has a few questions to be asked:


* Is there a hot water fill by pass valve located on the back of the tank?
( I assume you have to remove a panel to get to it?)
* Do I need to buy a kit and place it on my pump?
* If not, once water is out of the system, HOW does one get anti freeze into all lines?
* How do you empty and by pass that built in water filtration system?

Going to the mountains this coming weekend and plan on doing a "dry run" winterization. Unfortunately, all of my mfg manuals are up there in the RV.
If I need to install a "pump kit", I would like to go and purchase one and ensure I have all necessary tools for the job before getting 60 miles from home

All advice and experience welcome. We will be going to Fort Wilderness at Disney for Christmas and leaving the RV in storage someplace down there. Florida can have below freezing temps in Dec and all winter. We live in Atlanta and we have reservations for Feb in SE Florida.

Thanks in advance for your insight....
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:09 AM   #2
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There are three valves on the back of the water heater for winterization. To access the valves the panel covering this area doesnít have to be removed but simply pushed out of the way.

No you donít have to buy a kit for the water pump. You should have a diagram in the driverís side storage compartment showing the winterization process including the line for drawing anti-freeze into the system.

Your Silverback should have come with a water filter wrench to remove the filter housing to empty the water. Donít lose the rubber ďOĒ ring in the top of the filter housing when you empty it. After emptying reinstall it and fill with anti-freeze.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:33 PM   #3
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There are three valves on the back of the water heater for winterization. To access the valves the panel covering this area doesnít have to be removed but simply pushed out of the way.

No you donít have to buy a kit for the water pump. You should have a diagram in the driverís side storage compartment showing the winterization process including the line for drawing anti-freeze into the system.

Your Silverback should have come with a water filter wrench to remove the filter housing to empty the water. Donít lose the rubber ďOĒ ring in the top of the filter housing when you empty it. After emptying reinstall it and fill with anti-freeze.
Why fill it with anti-freeze if it's empty ??
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:17 PM   #4
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Cause u have to pump antifreeze thru the lines which means it will be filled up any way. The way I do. But another camper dumped his out on SOB similar setup. Must have got enough residual water or condensation cause this summer it stayed damp and moist till he removed the canister. We think it had just enough water to crack the bottom or side but not to see.


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Old 09-30-2014, 06:18 AM   #5
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Wintering in Florida......no covering, no filling, no draining, no freezing
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:06 AM   #6
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Wintering in Florida......no covering, no filling, no draining, no freezing
lol. Lucky.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:55 AM   #7
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Wintering in Florida......no covering, no filling, no draining, no freezing
Indoor, heated storage north of the 49th parallel; no covering, no filling, no draining, no freezing....except

Service person in this area (who was way later than promised getting other necessary roof/floor work done) 'did me a favour by winterizing it...no charge'.

Arrrgh! Not helpful..way too much of my (and DW's) time to UN-winterize (de-winterize?) at the start of this season, which was shortened to begin with.

I'm sure you've had times where you don't want people to do you any favours.
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