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Old 10-09-2015, 11:01 PM   #1
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Winterizing Port on 2016 models

What's the method of using the winterizing Port on new trailers. Do you pump antifreeze through that port or compressed air? Ty
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:07 PM   #2
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This port connects to the suction side of the pump. I believe you need to switch a 3-way to use the port, so it draws from this port instead of the FW tank. Simply connect a hose to this port, place the hose in your RV antifreeze container, open the 3-way valve, and open fixtures inside to winterize your water lines. The owners manual will give you more information.

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Old 10-11-2015, 11:31 AM   #3
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Owners manual is not updated.
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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The winterizing procedure hasn't changed in many years, that information is never out of date. Plus, all the do to update the information is change the date on the first page.
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:09 PM   #5
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This port connects to the suction side of the pump. I believe you need to switch a 3-way to use the port, so it draws from this port instead of the FW tank. Simply connect a hose to this port, place the hose in your RV antifreeze container, open the 3-way valve, and open fixtures inside to winterize your water lines. The owners manual will give you more information.

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Some trailers have a 3-way valve; some have two valves, one in the line from the FW tank and one in the line to the AF port. (My Roo had 2 valves, my Mini-Lite has a 3-way.) If you have the 2 valves, close the one to the FW tank and open the one from the AF port.

(Also, if you've got the two valves, you've got a handy way to fill the FW tank with a hose. Hook the hose to the AF port (instead of the city water connection), and open both valves. That will put water from the hose into the FW tank. Open one valve SLOWLY so you don't fill the FW tank too fast and blow it up.)
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If you open the gravity fill while filling with the antifreeze line the FW tank will just over flow out the gravity fill preventing ballooning the FW tank.


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If you open the gravity fill while filling with the antifreeze line the FW tank will just over flow out the gravity fill preventing ballooning the FW tank.


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In theory, you're correct. But if you are filling with the hose faster than the gravity fill can handle it will balloon the tank. There are threads here where people have done it. Best to fill slowly.
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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.
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Is it absolutely necessary to remove my filter element from the inline "whole house" water filter before filling the system with antifreeze? I only need to winterize for about a month before we head down to Florida the end of December. Is there an issue with the non-toxic plumbing antifreeze attacking the filter or won't it just flush out like the rest of the system when I hook up to a water supply?
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Remove the filter

The whole house water filter is pretty easy to remove with a spanner tool. If you don't have one, most home improvement centers carry them. If you haven't replaced the filter recently, it may be a good time when you get ready to go. We use carbon filters that we purchase at the home improvement store. Having just winterized, I removed the filter. It is not worth your family's health for a few turns of the filter housing.
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