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Old 10-30-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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I have a Sabre 36QBOK-7. I just winterized it this past weekend. I had to have my neighbor help me. I switched both my water heater bypass and the winterize levers to the correct positions. I opened my low point drains, then turned on all faucets in the trailer and blew all water out of the lines using approx. 45 lbs. of air pressure. I removed the anode rod from the water heater and drained it too.

After blowing out the lines I put the low point drain caps back on and closed all faucets in the trailer. I hooked up the hose to the winterizing port and stuck the other end of the hose into the pink antifreeze and flipped on the pump.

Here is where I had an issue. It wouldn't suck up the pink antifreeze from the bottle. I ended up having to have my neighbor hold the bottle up where it was higher than the winterizing port and then it started flowing. Is this normal? I thought I could drop a hose in the bottle and then walk through the trailer opening and closing faucets and flushing toilets and be done quickly. Not so much.

What did I do wrong. The hose was approx. 5 ft. long so that I could set the bottle on the driveway and the other end hooked to the winterizing port on the trailer.

Anyone have any suggestions for me. I will be using the trailer again right after Christmas so I will have to winterize it again and would like it to be a little easier next time.
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:13 PM   #2
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"The hose was approx. 5 ft. long"

Way too long...remember the water pump has to suck up all the air to make a suction before the water will start to get pulled.

My hose is only a couple of feet and I put the bottle of antifreeze on the paint tray of my 6-foot ladder so it's up as close to the inlet as possible.
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:36 PM   #3
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Make sure the end of your hose does not curl up in the anti-freeze jug otherwise it will not pull...end of hose has to be pointing straight down, I tape tygon tubing to an extra long screwdriver or a piece of wood......
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:41 PM   #4
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imo... the psi may be a little high when blowing out lines.


I do not use the pump to fill up the lines with RV anti-freeze. I use a gravity hose and pour it in.
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You didn't say anything about removing water filter...........

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Make sure the end of your hose does not curl up in the anti-freeze jug otherwise it will not pull...end of hose has to be pointing straight down, I tape tygon tubing to an extra long screwdriver or a piece of wood......
5 feet is kinda long, but otherwise should work. I would use a shorter hose just because of waste in the hose leading into your system vs what's actually pumped in the system. But I'm sure you would have noticed if the antifreeze was only being sucked half way up or not at all. Halfway means shorten your hose, not at all means you have something open...or closed. The only thing I don't remember you mentioning was turning the cutoff valve for your water tank to your antifreeze inlet.
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You didn't say anything about removing water filter...........

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Winterizing Question

I too have the 36qbok. Last year I had the same issue until I noticed I had the hose connected to the wrong inlet. There is one the just for winterizing. Then all will go fine. 2.5 will fill all to outside kitchen. :-) don't forget the washer/dryer lines
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I did take out the water filter, I also did bypass the hot water heater and I also got the washer and dryer lines. I was hooked up to winterizing connection.
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I had this exact scenario happen to me this year and once before as well. I assume it's something to do with air being in the lines but usually turning on a tap briefly to relieve the pressure will get things moving.

Note: This time I tried to get it going by opening the kitchen sink tap with no luck. I then moved around the trailer trying other taps and when I hit the outdoor shower BINGO the suction kicked in and the pink started flowing.
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