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Old 10-12-2015, 05:50 PM   #11
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Winterizing conundrum

DO I WINTERIZE OR NOT....... We live in NE Texas so we do get some hard freezes. The problem is that we will want to go south and camp out in Jan or Feb for a week at a time. Could I simply blow out the lines with my air compressor??? Would that we sufficient??
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Old 10-12-2015, 06:50 PM   #12
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I live in Eastern Canada & just winterized today.
I used a small compressor to blow out all the lines. I then added antifreeze but I think the air would have been enough.
We are heading to Galveston Island some time after Christmas for about 3 months.
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Old 10-12-2015, 06:59 PM   #13
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I would just blow out the water lines, drain the fw tank. If you have a air compressor set your regular to about 45 lb. and get an quick release coupling and fit to a cut off garden hose then you can attach it to your city water connection and bleed out all the water from the sinks and shower, toilet. Then just dump a little pink stuff in the drains and you will be good to go. Good luck.
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Old 10-12-2015, 07:16 PM   #14
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I thought he was asking about winterizing not filling the FW tank. You don't want to put any RV antifreeze in the FW tank. Just close the valve for the inlet to the WH and if you have a valve on the outlet close that one also (some RV have a check valve there) and open the valve between them so you don't put 6 gallons of antifreeze in the WH. There will be a valve on the inlet side of the water pump and a short piece of hose connected to it with a cap on it. Turn the valve so the pump will draw from the hose that you put down in the antifreeze jug. Run every faucet, toilet, shower until you get a good flow of antifreeze showing and that's it. Don't forget to drain your black and grey tanks and drain the fresh water tank of any remaining liquid. Also put some antifreeze in your black and grey tanks and any "p" traps in the drains. If you aren't sure how to do it take a look at a number of "You Tube" videos on the subject.
Did mine yesterday just like BooBoo said. This is my first RV with the winterizing port and it was super easy. I have the in line water filter so I removed the element prior to winterizing. Did not blow out the lines only because I do not own a compressor.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:11 PM   #15
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If your owners manual is like mine, it still refers to dumping antifreeze into the water tank and pumping it through the waterline from the tank. This is the process that I have used for years. Our new 2016 trailer has the antifreeze port. First, you will need to turn a valve that will keep the pump from trying to suck from the empty water tank. Connect a short hose to the antifreeze port and put the other end into the antifreeze jug. Open one of the water valves and turn on the pump. When the water stream turns pink, turn it off and open the next valve. The nice thing about our MiniLite is that the water pump is located under the bathroom sunk in a cabinet that also has an access door from the outside making it very easy to get to the By-pass valve.
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If your owners manual is like mine, it still refers to dumping antifreeze into the water tank and pumping it through the waterline from the tank. This is the process that I have used for years. Our new 2016 trailer has the antifreeze port. First, you will need to turn a valve that will keep the pump from trying to suck from the empty water tank. Connect a short hose to the antifreeze port and put the other end into the antifreeze jug. Open one of the water valves and turn on the pump. When the water stream turns pink, turn it off and open the next valve. The nice thing about our MiniLite is that the water pump is located under the bathroom sunk in a cabinet that also has an access door from the outside making it very easy to get to the By-pass valve.
I appreciate your response the most because you specifically address the original question. I too have a 2016 Micro Lite with the external antifreeze port. Decals on the exterior wall near this port read "Close the valve to the tank. Open the valve to the inlet". My confusion has been around how you perform this specific set of winterizing steps. I have attached a couple of pictures of the valve I think you are refering to. I would like some specific feedback from others if the valve in the upper right of my photo is a "3-way" valve, and by changing the direction of this single valve, I am accomplishing both closing the valve to the FW tank and opening the valve to the antifreeze inlet. I am also wondering what you mean when you say "open one of the water valves". Do you mean a faucet? Does anyone have specific knowledge of the need to change the orientation of any other valve in the viscinity of the water pump?
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I appreciate your response the most because you specifically address the original question. I too have a 2016 Micro Lite with the external antifreeze port. Decals on the exterior wall near this port read "Close the valve to the tank. Open the valve to the inlet". My confusion has been around how you perform this specific set of winterizing steps. I have attached a couple of pictures of the valve I think you are refering to. I would like some specific feedback from others if the valve in the upper right of my photo is a "3-way" valve, and by changing the direction of this single valve, I am accomplishing both closing the valve to the FW tank and opening the valve to the antifreeze inlet. I am also wondering what you mean when you say "open one of the water valves". Do you mean a faucet? Does anyone have specific knowledge of the need to change the orientation of any other valve in the viscinity of the water pump?
Yes, the black handled valve in your pic is the 3-way. Turn it 90 degrees and it will isolate the FW tank from the pump and line up the AF connection to the pump. You'll need to open all the faucets one at a time to fill the lines with AF. If you leave them closed, the pump will fill the lines until the pressure rises, then shut off.
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:47 PM   #18
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I agree with rockfordroo's answer. It worked for me. The sticker on the outside by the port is confusing because it implies that there are two valves when I could find only one.
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