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Old 06-30-2012, 06:38 PM   #11
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Good suggestion, thanks.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:10 PM   #12
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Ok, finally got around to looking at the water pump. There are three valves as was suggested above: one for hot, one for cold, and one in the center of a tube connecting the hot and cold. The hot and cold valves are in the off or closed position; the connector valve is on or open. When I complete dewinterizing or draining system of anti-freeze, how should these three valves be positioned to fill the hot water tank? Thanks, RM Drifter
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:58 PM   #13
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My guess would be that once anti-freeze is purged from the system, close valve that connects hot and cold lines, and open hot and cold line valves. Cold water can then fill hot water tank, be heated and go to faucets. Also, whoever mentioned that anti-freeze might be in fresh water tank was correct: I drained fresh water tank and then refilled, but I have not pumped yet pending confirmation of how to set valves around pump. --RM Drifter
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:22 PM   #14
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My guess would be that once anti-freeze is purged from the system, close valve that connects hot and cold lines, and open hot and cold line valves. Cold water can then fill hot water tank, be heated and go to faucets. Also, whoever mentioned that anti-freeze might be in fresh water tank was correct: I drained fresh water tank and then refilled, but I have not pumped yet pending confirmation of how to set valves around pump. --RM Drifter
You are correct. Open a hot water tap a bit when filling hot water tank and the tank should fill. If your trailer is not level, it may be hard to get all the air out of the heater so don't worry about a little air in the tank until you get to your site and start camping.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:49 PM   #15
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Another caution: You should make sure the hot water heater element switch is OFF (this switch is accessed from outside in most trailers) as the heater element wont last more than a few seconds if you connect AC to the trailer before filling HW tank. A breaker is also on the AC distribution panel in series with the HW switch. There is also a HW heater switch on a control panel inside the TT but this is only for propane.

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Old 07-03-2012, 12:39 PM   #16
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Interestingly, had a conversation with a couple of friends last night, both of whom have travel trailers, and they winterize differently from how I understand most folks do. They level the trailers, hit the bypass on the line to the water heater and then drain it, open the faucets, open the drains, turn on the pump. When no more water comes out, they pour a little anti-freeze in the sinks and toilet, and that's it. We all live at 8000' and can have some very cold winter days as in -30, and they have been winterizing this way for years without a problem. This simple method sure beats putting several gallons of anti-freeze in the fresh water holding tank. Anyone else out there do it this way?
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At the very least they should blow out the lines with compressed air.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:28 PM   #18
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You do not need to put antifreeze in the fresh water tank. Drain the water out of the tank and make a suction hose to fit on the intake of the pump or better yet, install a 2-way valve with a suction line and suck the antifreeze out of the jug to winterize your trailer. This will take less than a gallon to winterize
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No, they don't use compressed air...maybe they've just been lucky so far. As to your idea of for the pump, it's a really good one...hadn't thought of it although I did use that very method on our old popup.

Here's another one: I've been gone the past week fishing in Durango and we go heavy rains back here during that time. It turns out the the bathroom skylight leaks like a sieve. What's the step-by-step procedure for fixing this problem and what potentially related issues should I investigate? Thanks, RM Drifter
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Seems to be a common problem with Surveyors. You'll need to drop the inner skylight( it's 2, inner,outer) dry out and check for any water damage. On the outer skylight check the sealant for cracks. Use dicor self leveling sealant to reseal. Check Forums for skylight leaks for additional info. Good luck, and Happy Camping.
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