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Old 10-19-2013, 03:07 PM   #11
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I opened all the valves (sink and tub) including the low point drains then used the air compressor to drain the lines. The bypass on the water heater does just that, it bypasses the water heater, otherwise you'd end up filling it with anti-freeze. That can get costly as most are 6 gallons. Make sure you pull the drain plug on the water heater to drain the water. I just cleaned the anode rod then put it back in for the winter after it was drained. After the lines were cleared with the air compressor then I closed the valves (and the low point drains) then pumped in anti-freeze. Once the anti-freeze gets pumped in you can open each valve, one at a time, starting with the highest point, open the cold water side first then the hot, until it runs pink. I got lucky because my on-board water pump already had a bypass kit installed so I was able to use the water pump to get the anti-freeze in the lines, otherwise you can buy a hand pump or a water pump bypass kit sold at most RV stores or at camping world on-line. Make sure you open the toilet and let the water turn pink and also pour anti-freeze down the drains to fill the p-traps. I went above and beyond and pulled the p-traps out, drained the water then re-installed them, took about 15 minutes to do the 3 p-traps in my unit.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:40 PM   #12
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Anyone have any insight on winterizing the "Black Tank Flush" inlet on a TT? I'm not really sure how I can ensure there is no water left in that system.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:03 PM   #13
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Anyone have any insight on winterizing the "Black Tank Flush" inlet on a TT? I'm not really sure how I can ensure there is no water left in that system.
See if this thread helps- I asked the same question!

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ush-49415.html
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:30 PM   #14
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That was very helpful! Thank you!!!
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:31 PM   #15
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I've never winterized a camper before the low point drains is this also a good place to blow out the water?? Also the bypass valve on my water station that says water heater bypass what dose it do??
Just what is says! Bypass the water heater valve. When winterizing you need to drain the waterheater. You need to bypass the waterheater during the winterizing and storage process. In the spring you would reset to normal.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #16
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:14 AM   #17
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I'm not sure how to turn the knob on the bypass valve, it seems hard to move, is there a trick?
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:42 AM   #18
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In response to my last post, I was able to turn the bypass valve. It was a little hard to turn, I was afraid initially I'd break it but I got it done.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:50 AM   #19
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I had the same problem. It was the first time it was used, so that may have something to do with it!
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:26 PM   #20
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One thing my Dad the plumber has me do is use a wet/dry vac on the sink and shower drains. Just wrap a towel around the nozzle and the drain and remove any standing water, then pour pink down so it isn't diluted. I thought it was overkill until he said -50 antifreeze maybe diluted to half, -25 won't cut it here in MN, where we can see -40 for days on end. Simpler to listen to him than ask him to help me fix shower drain when it's cracked, leaking and extremely hard to access. =)
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