Well after many years of tent camping, we decided to step up to a TT and bought an 08 Wildwood LE 26TBSS about two months ago. After reading, reading and more reading on the best way to winterize, I took the plunge last night and everything went really well....almost.
I had already drained the water heater, emptied the fresh water tank and blew the water as best I could with the my air compressor a couple of days ago and went to finish the task since we will be getting into the mid 20s for the next couple of nights here in Atlanta.
I bought a winterizing bypass valve to allow me to pull straight from the antifreeze containers without having to fill the fresh water tank with the pink stuff and that install went without a hitch. I then flip the bypass to the water heater to keep it from filling up and begin to think that I might actually pull this off the first time with no problems.
I then screw the hose onto the fitting and flip it to bypass and insert the tube into the antifreeze jug. I then flip the switch to turn the water pump on, squint, plug my ears and turn sideways to help absorb any sort of shock wave that may hit me from the work to the tubing and pump and then just hear the nice low hum of the pump...whew. It pulled about 1/3rd of the jug into the system and then turned off once it was pressurized. Now I am feeling really confident and turn to the next task of going to the kitchen sink and doing the old, turn them on and wait for the pink for the cold and hot.
I do that sink, the bathroom sink, the shower and then the toilet and everything ran pink. Feeling like I have all but mastered this, I go to the last thing that I read to do, which is to go out to the city water connection, remove the screen, stand to the side and give it a tap to "pink" it as well. Keep in mind that it is dark and I have a small flashlight, so I give it a tap and a quick jet of liquid shoots out briefly. Not exactly sure if it was pink or clear because the flashlight was aimed away from the connection, I figure one more tap for good measure and I will call it done.
I tap it the second time and it lets loose and will not stop. While spewing, I tried my hardest to press and release the valve over and over hoping that it would reseal, but to no avail. About two gallons of pink make the nicest rooster tail arc out the back of my camper until there is nothing left except for a very upset owner with more pink on me than there is left in the camper and looking from side to side hoping that nobody saw what just went down.
I tried a couple of times to reseat the seal in the check valve, but it just wasn't happening. So, I begin to pack things up, lick my wounds and head back to the house uttering some words that many people would find slightly offensive in hopes of getting online to see just what happened.
I have since found that there are a couple of camps regarding the old "pink the city water connection" thing goes. One camp says to press the little release button to pink it, and the other camp says they used to do that until what happened to me happened to them. Apparently, those little buggers aren't really designed to handle that much pressure very well. I still learned a lot from the experience and feel that it was, for the most part a success. Had it not been for that last, second tap, the water lines would be full of the pink stuff and everything would be buttoned up for the winter.
This leads to my question. Since I watered the gravel with my antifreeze, should I still call this winterized since all of the faucets were pinked before the blowout. I am thinking that between blowing out the lines with about 20psi and then pinking each of them, there should be no water left in the lines to freeze. There is also pink in each of the traps and in the toilet as well, protecting the seal. Also, living in the Atlanta Metro area, winters do not get near as bad as further north, although there still are plenty of days and nights well below freezing.
Second question is how easy is the fix to the City Water check valve? So far, from what I have read, it seems as though it is not tough. I've just never had to do this before. I have the connection capped currently, so nothing can get back in.
Thanks for the great forum here. I have learned so much and have found everyone here to be so helpful. I just thought that I would share my experience being a new TT owner. I know that everyone is new at first and I am really enjoying the experience and learning new things. I hope that as I gain more experience, I can then share with others in need of help.