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Old 03-03-2020, 01:40 PM   #1
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SOLVED-Newbie -Did not Winterize Properly (see post 54)

In the fall we tried several times to winterize our new Forest River Salem 27DBUD. We drained the hot water tank and used the air compressor to blow out the water lines. We just couldn't figure out how to get the anti freeze in...soooo. it has gone through the winter without it. I put some down the sink drains, shower drain and into the toilet. Now that spring it approaching I am terrified to find out how much damage was caused to the water lines. If I had known about this forum back then I am sure I could have had plenty of help. What are my chances that there is no damage?
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Old 03-03-2020, 01:46 PM   #2
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A lot of people only blow out the lines and have no problems at all.
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Old 03-03-2020, 01:49 PM   #3
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if you blew the lines out well you might be ok. I charge my compressor several times and blow out lines several times with different faucets open each time. If you had everything open and only blew out once air might not push all the water out and you might have issues.
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Old 03-03-2020, 01:51 PM   #4
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We are in Massachusetts..it gets near 0 degrees. Is the only way to know if there is damage is when we hook up the water?
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Old 03-03-2020, 01:55 PM   #5
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that's the easy way. and be around looking when you turn the water on being ready to turn it off.
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Old 03-03-2020, 02:20 PM   #6
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You could get your air compressor and hook up the air like when you blow out the lines. And you could look at, and listen to all of the fittings and such (assuming you can find and access them). If you find one leaking air, you could fix that and continue on. Other than that, hooking up water is really the only thing I can think of.

I would suggest, if you go the water route. Have someone help you. Preferably more than one. But at least one other person that can turn on the water when you tell them to, and then shut it off if you start yelling. If you have multiple people, you can put someone at the kitchen sink, someone in the bathroom, etc, to get a quick look at the plumbing when the water turns on...


Side note, might be able to get two birds with one stone in this discussion. And get the answer to your questions from someone with a similar trailer while you are here, for next year.
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Old 03-03-2020, 02:24 PM   #7
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When using compressed air be sure to regulate the pressure to 50psi max!!
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Old 03-03-2020, 02:25 PM   #8
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Shut all the faucets and pressurize with air from the compressor set at about 45PSI. Let it sit for a while and check to see if it is holding pressure.
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Old 03-03-2020, 02:48 PM   #9
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Where could we expect water to spew from? The ceiling?
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Where could we expect water to spew from? The ceiling?
Under where the fixtures are. I have never heard of a RV water line in a ceiling.
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Old 03-03-2020, 03:30 PM   #11
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In the fall we tried several times to winterize our new Forest River Salem 27DBUD. We drained the hot water tank and used the air compressor to blow out the water lines. We just couldn't figure out how to get the anti freeze in...soooo. it has gone through the winter without it. I put some down the sink drains, shower drain and into the toilet. Now that spring it approaching I am terrified to find out how much damage was caused to the water lines. If I had known about this forum back then I am sure I could have had plenty of help. What are my chances that there is no damage?
fair to middling . i'd wager your toilet valve is cracked other then tht you may fair well . let us know the outcome so we can collect on the wagers
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Thank you for all replies...we will hope for the best and let you know...what is the prize on the wager?
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Old 03-03-2020, 03:43 PM   #13
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Is the toilet valve expensive/easy to replace?
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Be calm.

If you blew it out fairly carefully you will be ok.

Many folks use antifreeze only in drains. Air for the rest.
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Old 03-03-2020, 05:03 PM   #15
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You should be fine if you blew it out until there was no more liquid.
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Is the toilet valve expensive/easy to replace?
They are easy depending on space and type. This is dometic replacement....
https://youtu.be/o6gIzm1c6I8
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Old 03-03-2020, 05:13 PM   #16
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I have been doing it the way you did since 2012 and I'm in South Jersey. I do blow it out 3 times and bypass the water heater when I do.
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It gets almost as cold in NJ. I don't use antifreeze, because the dealership didn't. I was thorough as hell blowing lines. Took my time. I will find out in Spring if I did it right! I also only use antifreeze in drains and toilet. I blew my toilet valve out so thoroughly, not even a micro drop of moisture came out on my final pedal push.
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Before hooking up to city water I'd definitely leak check with compressed air. If you blew it out before winter you should be good and if you did have a problem any leak points will "whistle" at you without the mess. Possible problem areas are water pump, water filter (if one is installed).

Before running water in sinks or shower I'd just pour a small amount of water down the drain to see if the P-Traps have cracked. Better to check with only the amount of water you want to mop up if you have a leak
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He did winterize drains. Only thing I'm concerned with is the water pump strainer, I did not remove that. hopefully the compressed air emptied it. I did bump my pump several times.
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He did winterize drains. Only thing I'm concerned with is the water pump strainer, I did not remove that. hopefully the compressed air emptied it. I did bump my pump several times.

When I winterize I run the pump for a minute or so with a faucet open and after I've drained the tank. This gets a lot of water out of the line from the tank to the pump, takes most of the water out of the inlet strainer, and about half of the water out of the onboard filter canister. Makes for less spillage when I remove each to dump them out.

THEN I blow the system out with air.
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