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Old 11-16-2015, 12:12 PM   #1
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Residential Frig Winterizing

I have a 2015 377 flik with the residential frig. I cannot find any steps for winterizing in the frig manual or the Forest River manual. Do I pump antifreeze into the ice maker? Do I just blow the lines out with a compressor? Will the water pump in the frig freeze and bust? I've called Forest River, they won't return my calls. Maybe they don't have the foggiest idea. Does anyone have any input I can use?
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:51 PM   #2
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Hey,

Here is how I winterized mine. There is a drain outside the slide near the fridge; I opened that up when I did the other low points. Take the water filter out of the fridge. Then just leave your water pump on for a few hours with the plumbing antifreeze hooked up until you get pinkish ice cube. Took mine two cycles of cubes.

It's my understanding that if you don't remove the water filter it will take a lot longer.

Here is a pic of how my cubes came out. Hehe.

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Old 11-17-2015, 12:39 AM   #3
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So... Antifreeze will freeze


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Old 11-17-2015, 12:47 AM   #4
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Yep.
I put some in my freezer at home (probably about 0 to -5F ) to see what it would do last winter, and it froze. It wasnt rock hard, you could still kinda mush it with your finger, but it was in a much more solid state than i had anticipated.
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Yep.
I put some in my freezer at home (probably about 0 to -5F ) to see what it would do last winter, and it froze. It wasnt rock hard, you could still kinda mush it with your finger, but it was in a much more solid state than i had anticipated.

Different anti-freezes freeze at different temperatures. But, how it differs from water is that it does *not* expand when it does so. So, even if it freezes in your lines- they won't be damaged.
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I was told that in our residential fridge ( French door, Georgetown), the water filter must be in place in order to allow water to flow to the ice maker and water spigot. This ruins the filter, but the dealer gave us an extra and said to keep the one as a "winterizing" filter. Some residential fridges (my home fridge has this) have a "dummy" filter that simply replaces the filter and allows the water to flow, but ours in the Georgetown doesn't have this feature.
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I was told that in our residential fridge ( French door, Georgetown), the water filter must be in place in order to allow water to flow to the ice maker and water spigot. This ruins the filter, but the dealer gave us an extra and said to keep the one as a "winterizing" filter. Some residential fridges (my home fridge has this) have a "dummy" filter that simply replaces the filter and allows the water to flow, but ours in the Georgetown doesn't have this feature.

I was told by our dealer to take the filter out of the residential fridge. As you can see from my results, the water just bypasses the filter. Taking the filter out makes the process a little quicker. This is on the whirlpool fridge that came with the sandpiper RV; other fridges may be different.
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It did freeze but it was more like slush and I'm sure there was still some water mixed with it.
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How did you rinse this out in the Spring? Did you taste antifreeze in the new cubes?
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I put the fridge filter back in and make a couple full trays of ice and threw them out.

Ice cubes tasted fine.
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