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Old 11-03-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Water Pump - re: winterization

Hello all, i am in the process of winterizing my rockwood popup. After draining the water i have put 2 gallons of rv anti freeze into the fresh water tank. I have moved the valves to bypass the hot water tank, but when i go to turn on the pump, no water or air is going through the faucet. I hear the pump running, so im just curious if its the simple fact that i don't have enough anti freeze in the tank or something else? I thought i would still hearair even if the fluid levels were not high enough? Help!
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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Remove suction side fitting and place tube for drawing A/F into F/W system,then turn on pump. Then drain F/W tank A/F back into A/F jugs. Youroo!!
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:39 PM   #3
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Give this thread a read on how to retro-fit a valve for feeding antifreeze into your system without using the fresh tank:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...mco-17570.html

If you try to do it with the fresh tank, you will end up using 8+ gallons of antifreeze - you probably only need 1 or 2 with the valve attached to your pump.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:45 PM   #4
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So pretty much you are both saying i did it the hard way and need to add quite a few more gallons for the pump to pick up the anti freeze?
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:18 PM   #5
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If you have a drain for your fresh water tank you can drain/capture the antifreeze and start over using the pump.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:40 PM   #6
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my camper takes 5 through the pump but I have an outside kitchen and an outside shower.

pouring through the fresh tank is double expensive and double time consuming !



going through the fresh water tank can use up to 12 gallons just to get it to go through pump !
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:22 AM   #7
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If yours is like mine, the pump pick-up line ot he fresh water tank is about 2 inches from the bottom of the tank, which is probably 2 or more gallons still in the fresh water tank when the pump runs dry.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:26 AM   #8
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If yours is like mine, the pump pick-up line ot he fresh water tank is about 2 inches from the bottom of the tank, which is probably 2 or more gallons still in the fresh water tank when the pump runs dry.
You are correct, it looks like the pink is in level with the pickup line but i only put 2 gallons in so i assume i need a little more
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:31 AM   #9
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The FR handbook states that 4-6 gallons are needed if using the FW tank, so it makes sense that 2+ will be used in the system and 2 stay in the tank.
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The FR handbook states that 4-6 gallons are needed if using the FW tank, so it makes sense that 2+ will be used in the system and 2 stay in the tank.
Kim,

Does your FR manual actually recommend adding AF to the FW tank or are they just saying ..."if you choose to do it this way"?
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