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Old 10-09-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Hi, got a quick question. I have a Flagstaff Travel Trailer (bumper-pull) I'm winterizing myself for the first time. The owners manual says you can add the anti-freeze directly into the fresh water tank then use the on board water pump to move it through the lines. I want to make sure this is ok to do. Everything I read on-line says you should install a water pump kit when doing this but the owners manual doesn't specify to do that. Do I need the kit or not? I was just going to use a hand pump until I read the part in the manual saying to do it through the pump. Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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Hi, got a quick question. I have a Flagstaff Travel Trailer (bumper-pull) I'm winterizing myself for the first time. The owners manual says you can add the anti-freeze directly into the fresh water tank then use the on board water pump to move it through the lines. I want to make sure this is ok to do. Everything I read on-line says you should install a water pump kit when doing this but the owners manual doesn't specify to do that. Do I need the kit or not? I was just going to use a hand pump until I read the part in the manual saying to do it through the pump. Thanks.
Welcome to the forum!

I would NOT add it to fw tank.

May take up to 8 gallons just to get the pump to suck it up.

Get a winterizing kit from your dealer and pull right from the jug.

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Ok, thanks for the reply!
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:38 PM   #5
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remember the owners manual is has very little to do with your particular trailer.
it's a generic RV manual that only addresses RV systems overall.
do NOT assume that anything in it, actually applies to your particular RV.
most RV's don't come with the winterizing kit from the factory.
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If you have a small air compressor, it's much easier to blow the water out of the plumbing then just use a small amount of anti-freeze in the P-traps. I've done it that way for three winters with our current MH.

Drain the water heater, then put the valves into the by-pass configuration. Get a small connector (got mine at Wal-Mart for about $2) that has a garden hose male thread connected to a tire-valve size inlet. Hook that into your city water inlet and connect the compressor line to it.

Set your compressor to an output pressure of about 20 psi, turn it on and open the outlet valve, then go around opening each of the faucets. When they all are just blowing air (don't forget the toilet, outside shower - if you have one, ice maker - if you have one and washing machine - if you have one) then there's no water left in the rig to freeze.

About a cup of the pink stuff in each sink P-trap and down the shower drain will take care of things.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the responses. As it turns out my water pump has a winterizing kit pre-installed on the pump (like the one f1100turbo mentioned) and there's a connector for the anti-freeze on the outside. I turned the valve, pumped in the anti-freeze straight from the jug, after I blew the lines out with the air compressor, of course. I even went a step above and pulled the p-traps, drained the water then put them back in, a trick I learned from winterizing big boats, takes about 15 minutes and insures all the water is out. Camper is now done and ready for storage.
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Don't forget to make sure the pink stuff makes it through your toilet plumbing. Lost a water valve last year when I forgot to clear them.
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x2. before I run antifreeze throughout the system I like to blow out the lines before hand. Just like everything else, I like to go overboard. For me, it something is going to break it will. I want to make sure there is no water left behind to freeze and break something. Happy Winterizing..
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:02 AM   #10
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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??
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