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Old 03-05-2017, 09:02 PM   #1
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"Where" to De-winterize

We bought a new 312BHDS in spring 0f 2016 and are getting ready for our first trip of 2017 on March 10th. We have to store the new TT in a secure lot because it is too long to get down the two switchback turns right in my neighborhood to get to the house like we used to with our Jayco. The issue is we need to de-winterize it somewhere ahead of time so I can drain it and disinfect it, etc.

The state park we are going to is electric only but has a nice dump station but we aren't too excited about trying to do it as we arrive in a short period of time.

Anyone else have this problem? Are there any places you might go in suburban/rural suburban areas where you can do it? The draining of the pink stuff and rinsing it out is always the problem. Any ideas are appreciated.
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:25 PM   #2
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We just got back from camping and I de-winterized ours at the state park where we stayed. I filled the fresh water tank and reversed the valves on the water heater. Installed the anode rod, turned on the water pump and opened the faucets and simply let the pink stuff run until clear. When it was time to go home, I used the dump station to empty black and gray tanks. The CG we stayed had a frost free spigot so campers could fill their tanks. Maybe your CG does as well.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:02 AM   #3
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Did you skip the water/bleach disinfect step?
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We bought a new 312BHDS in spring 0f 2016 and are getting ready for our first trip of 2017 on March 10th. We have to store the new TT in a secure lot because it is too long to get down the two switchback turns right in my neighborhood to get to the house like we used to with our Jayco. The issue is we need to de-winterize it somewhere ahead of time so I can drain it and disinfect it, etc.



The state park we are going to is electric only but has a nice dump station but we aren't too excited about trying to do it as we arrive in a short period of time.



Anyone else have this problem? Are there any places you might go in suburban/rural suburban areas where you can do it? The draining of the pink stuff and rinsing it out is always the problem. Any ideas are appreciated.


Pink RV antifreeze is nontoxic, you should be able to dump it any where
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:17 AM   #5
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Yes on non-toxic. No on dumping anywhere.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:41 AM   #6
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We take ours out at least once a winter for "go south, get warm" trips.
I often just connect to city water at the 1st place we stop.
After making sure my anode/drain plug is back in my water heater and
bypass valves are all in summer mode I flush the lines and make sure
the water heater is full and we're ready.

We use filtered city water out of a blue jug for a couple of days for drinking
but wash dishes and shower normally. After a couple days we just flush
the line a minute before making coffee or filling water bottles.

If you're using your fresh water holding tank and on board water pump
you need to sanitize the tank at least the first time you use it.
Or don't sanitize it and just use blue jug as above until you can sanitize it
later..... Don't make this harder than it needs to be!
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Did you skip the water/bleach disinfect step?
Yes I did not go thru that process. We bring drinking water and only use the FW tank for washing dishes, showers, etc. Normally the CG has water hook-ups but are closed for now.
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We only use bottled water for drinking
As far as dewinterizing I purchased an adapter, take off the drain cap and instead of putting on the hose
A garden hose hooks up. Fill a bucket a few times and done. Walmart $7.00
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We only used bottle water as well. I guess i will skip it and just run clean water through the system in storage and dump as we arrive. Some of our local parks are all open year round and the rest reopen march 1 down here. The trout season opener already happened here.
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Is it a must to use bleach after draining the anti-freeze? I was never told that during my walk through. Watched many youtube videos and most don't do it as I saw. Any drawbacks for not.
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Is it a must to use bleach after draining the anti-freeze?.
I never do.
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Is it a must to use bleach after draining the anti-freeze? I was never told that during my walk through.
Never have. And this is my 4th trailer in over 20 years.

Haven't died yet.

I will use the sanitizer if I let the fresh water sit too long during the season or the water heater makes a batch of rotten egg water.

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