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Old 10-14-2014, 01:41 AM   #1
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Water pump winterization

Just did my first winterization on the TT. I used the air compressor blow out method from you tube. I think all went well but I have a question about what to do with the water pump in these units (226 rbds) ? I opened / removed each line off of each side of the pump to blow out and hopefully get the residual water out but should I take any other precautions. Anybody else have any issues with the pump?

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Old 10-14-2014, 05:51 AM   #2
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I haven't had any issues, but we don't have really hard winters where I'm at. If you have an antifreeze inlet, you don't have to disconnect anything from the pump. Just blow it down through that inlet and it goes into the pump. I'll pull just a little antifreeze into the pump just in case, but otherwise I won't fill the system unless it's going to be freezing for several days. That was easier than flushing it out if I took it anywhere during the winter then winterizing again when I got back.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:00 PM   #3
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Our winters are not the worst up here in the Seattle suburbs by far but we can get several weeks of below freezing temps. Right now my thinking is I need to get some anti-freeze into the pump at least.
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I'm not a fan of the "blow out" method. It doesn't take much moisture to wreck a pump. I just use RV anti-freeze and fill the whole system with it. Then no worries of residual moisture. It takes me 2 gallons and ten minutes.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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For the very low cost of rv antifreeze, I would just use it...plus it will help to keeps seals lubricated so they don't dry out and crack...plus put some in the toilet to keep that seal lubed as well as down your sink drains into the p-traps...then you wont have any issues if you get severe winter weather.
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:07 PM   #6
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Thanks guys i believe you've helped me make my mind up. I need to get a by pass kit for my water pump and fill the entire system with Anti freeze. I do not want any pipes issues and believe this is the best method to insure proper coverage in the lines.
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Thanks guys i believe you've helped me make my mind up. I need to get a by pass kit for my water pump and fill the entire system with Anti freeze. I do not want any pipes issues and believe this is the best method to insure proper coverage in the lines.
Well not quite your entire system! You will want to by pass your hot water heater, otherwise you will be filling it up with 6 gal of antifreeze, and you don't need and probably don't want antifreeze in your fresh water tank. Just wanted to clarify the "entire system" wording.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:51 PM   #8
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One last question my water pump doesnt have an RV adaptor on it for hooking in the jug of AF. I want to make sure i get AF in the pump. I think this is the unit I need for the conversion.

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That'll do it. I used the same one on my popup since it didn't have the antifreeze inlets built in. Works pretty well.
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