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Old 12-22-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
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Winterizing our rig

Just picked up our 2012 36b4 and were wondering about your prefered method for winterizing. On our previous Montana we always drained all the water, blew the lines and let it be as we always camp a few weekends during the winter and felt it would be a waste of antifreeze if we choose that route. We are basically looking for your thoughts and if you drain the water only, the easiest way to do it on our new rig. Thanks!
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:50 PM   #2
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I prefer to use the pink stuff. Running it through the lines until it comes out all faucets/toilets/petcocks helps to ensure that any "resting" water is displaced with antifreeze. Have a friend who forgot his "P traps" and even though he blew the lines, the traps still had water in them and they burst.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:00 AM   #3
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You donít mention where you are from or whether you have used the water system yet.

I live in northeast PA & up until the end of Dec I just drain & blow the lines between trips.
After that I run the pink stuff.
In the Carolinas & south I wouldnít waste the money on the antifreeze. Just drain & blow.

If you havenít even run any water through the system yet there would be no reason to do anything really.
The factory uses air pressure to test the system. If thereís no water, thereís nothing to freeze.
I would however open all the faucets & leave them open all winter.
This will protect them from any freezing damage to the seats in the faucets.

What it boils down to is you have to do what is going to make you feel secure & sleep at night.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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We are from the Charlotte NC area and took the camper out last week. Plans are a trip to Charleston next week and probably to Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head in early Feb.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #6
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dewinterize and use before/during trip to warmer weather

I had my GT337 winterized at an RV center here in Sioux Falls. Now we are leaving for Texas then over to Arizona. What do I need to know/do about using the system during the trip and after we get south to warmer weather?
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:20 AM   #7
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I blow my lines out then use 1/2 cup of antifreeze for each trap in the sinks. I used the antifreeze 1 time to see how much it would take. It only took 1 1/2 gallon to run through all the lines. If you use antifreeze, just run your lines for awhile to get the taste out of it.
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I blow my lines out then use 1/2 cup of antifreeze for each trap in the sinks. I used the antifreeze 1 time to see how much it would take. It only took 1 1/2 gallon to run through all the lines. If you use antifreeze, just run your lines for awhile to get the taste out of it.
I was told by my dealer during the PDI NOT to use air to blow out the lines, said it could damage the check valves in the pump, or system. They even inserted a warning in all the paperwork stateing this. I had always done it with the past two campers without any problems using about 30 PSI.
When picking up your new Forest River product, has anyone else been told this?
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I mentioned this during our pdi. They said as long as you have all your lines opened and stay under 30 psi, you will be fine. I only blow the lines out after the water heater is drained and the plug is out. I been doing this for 10 years and never had a problem.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:47 PM   #10
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The FR dealer where I bought my trailer never uses the antifreeze, they blow out the lines.
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