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Old 06-25-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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De-Winterize

Hi Folks,

I'm sure this has been covered before, and I apologize for asking, but we just bought a used Surveyor 186SP, which came winterized. What are the hopefully simple steps to de-winterize so that we can hit the road asap?

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:38 PM   #2
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Here is what I would do.

-Make sure water heater element is turned off before plugging in trailer if it has an electrical element.
-Install plug with anode rod into water heater. Use teflon tape to seal threads.
-inspect input line to water pump and make sure it is attached or if it has a winterizing suction line that the valve is in the proper position for suction from your tank.
-Hook up to water supply and flush out all the antifreeze from all outlets hot and cold.
-operate valves on back of water heater for normal operation. There may be 1, 2, or 3 valves. (Most likely 3)
-Open hot water tap at one of the faucets to allow the hot water tank to fill.
-Operate both hot and cold taps at all outlets to get all the air out of the line. The hot water heater will have trapped air in it unless the trailer is level.

Not knowing how old the trailer is or how the water tank was used in the past I would be sanitizing the tank and your water system in that trailer before your 1st use. If you don't plan on using the water from the trailer for drinking then it is not as big of a deal but I would still sanitize.
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Thanks Todd! Trailer is relatively new--2009--and basically unused. I don't think they ever used the water system at all, believe or not. We intend to use it all: gray, black, hot, etc.
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Just a couple thoughts in case whoever winterized the trailer did it wrong...

In case they didn't flip the valves correctly/in time during winterizing, I would flush out the water heater before putting the anode rod in just in case they got some antifreeze in the water heater. It would be much easier to flush it out leaving the anode rod/plug out, rather than flsuhing it through the system. You might as well put a new anode rod in, they're cheap.

Also, I would hope they didn't put any antifreeze in the fresh water tank. But if there is, find the tank drain plug and flush it out through the drain rather than forcing it through the system as it would take a long time that way to get it out.

In addition to openeing the taps, I like to open up all the low point drains to completely flush out the pink from the lines.

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The one point about this I don't fully understand is why you don't just hook up to city water to start with...is it because you need to flush the antifreeze from the pump and related pipes/tubing and that filling the fresh water tank is the only way to get it done? And after that you can then hook up to city water for the final flushing? Do I have it right? Thanks!
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Once the antifreeze has been flushed from the pump and all lines then yes it is ok to hook up to a direct water connection. I would drain all remaining water out of your fresh water tank.
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Thanks Todd, do you know why there is no ground wire to the battery...is the electrical system grounded in some other way? Also, red to positive, blue to negative on the battery terminals?
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Without being there and seeing the wiring myself, I can't confidently answer that question. Our Surveyor is in our seasonal site but I will be there tonight and can check what colors our trailer is wired to and let you know tomorrow. If this can wait until next week You could give the reps at Surveyor an email.
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Thanks, note reply above. While I'm not an electrical maven, I think I can follow the wires. If I still have no luck, I will contact the Surveyor folks--I have their number. It's really good to learn how the trailer works--I don't like not having a clue.
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When you figure it out, make sure to label the connections so you don't make a mistake the next time you have to figure it out. I like to wrap black electrical tape on the negative wires and red electrical tape on the positive wires.
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