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Old 10-22-2015, 12:54 PM   #1
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Greetings, trying to winterize my '13 Chaparral 280 RLS 5er for the first time. Can't access the hot water heater as it is totally enclosed on the inside so therefore can't get at the bypass valves. Of course when I start pumping in the pink stuff, it pours through the heater tank. Don't want to fill the heater with 6 gallons of pink stuff. Any other way to bypass the water heater? Thanks....
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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It depends on where your heater is located. In our 282 RK, it's hidden under the wardrobe closet in the bedroom. The only way to get to it is take out the wardrobe and dresser drawers.
I sometimes wonder if the engineers of these things ever use them!
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. The heater is under the shower in the bathroom. I figured it out by crawling into the outside storage area and removing the wall and was able to get at the rear of the heater. Thanks again.....
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Old 10-25-2015, 05:58 AM   #4
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It depends on where your heater is located. In our 282 RK, it's hidden under the wardrobe closet in the bedroom. The only way to get to it is take out the wardrobe and dresser drawers.
I sometimes wonder if the engineers of these things ever use them!
Often wondered that myself, and I doubt it.
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Old 12-18-2015, 04:43 PM   #5
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I'm not a great DIYer but I think I can do the basics. Should I pay to have someone winterize for me or is pretty easy to do myself?
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Old 12-18-2015, 04:53 PM   #6
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You can winterize for <$10 if you have a winterizing valve on your water system. <$30 if you need to add one. No special skills required and you know it was done right. Many Videos will show you how do do it yourself ( One link below). Should take you less than 45 mins first time.

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Old 12-18-2015, 05:02 PM   #7
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I'm not a great DIYer but I think I can do the basics. Should I pay to have someone winterize for me or is pretty easy to do myself?
I do not know what type unit you have but IF you miss just (1) thing it will cost you more than what the Winterizing will cost to have done by a Proper person! If you are allowed to watch while it is being done and (Take Notes) next time you should feel comfortable doing it! Your call! Youroo!!
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