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Old 10-20-2013, 06:05 AM   #1
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Winterizing 2014 34 RLSA

My previous Sabre only had two knobs to turn in order to bypass water heater and start pumping pink stuff. After four 5th. wheels without having to ask questions about the by-pass and winterizing, I am a little confused on this one.

On my CC there are 5 knobs, first picture is the way my CC came from the dealer ready to go this summer and currently operating. The second picture is the diagram on how to winterize. I understand all the positions of the knobs for winterizing but looks like to me the center knob (labeled water heater by-pass) is already in by-pass position. Looks to me by shutting off the hot water and cold water supply lines based on my current set up, and turning the by-pass knob to vertical position, I will be ready to pump pink stuff (but the diagram shows to turn the by-pass to the horizontal position, which it already is). Just a little confused on the position of the by-pass knob.



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Old 10-20-2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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Valves in diagram all shown in the closed position. For winterizing the center valve by-pass needs to be open.
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Valves in diagram all shown in the closed position. For winterizing the center valve by-pass needs to be open.

To be a bit more clear, Fonzie is referring to the paper diagram (which is incorrect as he states).

The Antifreeze valve should also be open when you are sucking "RV antifreeze" out of the gallon jug. Then closed when you are done.

Always a point to mention; NEVER use automotive antifreeze as it is a deadly poison. Always use RV antifreeze ("Pink" is the most common color). There is an orange one I once used, but it is very close in color to my winter windshield de-ice fluid and I am always afraid I will mix them up one day; so I no longer buy anything but "pink.
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Your valves are set correctly for normal use. For winterizing, you must close the the hot and cold to the W/H and open the bypass. This keeps you from filling it with pink stuff. You must also close the valve to the tank. Some folks do squirt a bit of pink into the FW tank as well. The 5th valve is strictly for the suction hose which by the way, goes into the top hole in the panel when not in use.
Hope this helps.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:55 AM   #5
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I too thought the diagram was incorrect in that it shows the by-pass valve in the closed position for winterizing. When it should be in the vertical position. Correct? I know the antifreeze (pink stuff-propylene glycol-I am a chemical guy, I sold the stuff to food processing plants) valve is turned vertical to pump. So Cedar Creek's diagram in the bay is not entirely correct?
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I too thought the diagram was incorrect in that it shows the by-pass valve in the closed position for winterizing. When it should be in the vertical position. Correct? I know the antifreeze (pink stuff-propylene glycol-I am a chemical guy, I sold the stuff to food processing plants) valve is turned vertical to pump. So Cedar Creek's diagram in the bay is not entirely correct?
Certainly appears that way to me...
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I can see where the confusion comes in. The diagram is simply a diagram of the valve set up. All the valves are closed in the diagram. Nothing will work except city cold in that configuration. Also notable is that there is no mention of the city/tank valve. The good news is that there are many step by step winterizing guides posted which include how to use hose connection to get water into the tank from an outside source.
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I was very confused, so this discussion is helping a great deal. If you we're going to blow out the lines rather than use antifreeze would the valve positions for winterizing be the same as you guys have explained other than leaving the fifth valve in the horizontal position since you are not pumping antifreeze? Thank you very much.
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I was very confused, so this discussion is helping a great deal. If you we're going to blow out the lines rather than use antifreeze would the valve positions for winterizing be the same as you guys have explained other than leaving the fifth valve in the horizontal position since you are not pumping antifreeze? Thank you very much.
Yes, you would still bypass the water heater. But the 4th and 5th valve would remain as you have them now.
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