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Old 09-16-2016, 06:07 AM   #1
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Winterzation help

I am looking for winterization instructions without a water bypass valve or air compressor. Anyone's help appreciated.
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:25 AM   #2
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Got a particular unit you want to winterize like that?
Do you intend on adding antifreeze?

About the only thing you can do is open all the low point drains and the water heater plug or anode, and then open all the faucets as well as holding open the city water check valve, and hope everything drains well enough.

It would also help if we knew your location.
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Give us a few more details.
Does your unit have an onboard pump?
You could remove the suction side hose and install a temporary line to pull antifreeze in that way.
Are you saying to have a water heater but no valves whatsoever to it?
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I live in New England, so gets cold. I planned on buying RV antifreeze. I cannot find the bypass valve so I assume there was none installed on my new RV. ( I'm a rookie RV owner)
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I assume you pulled any inside panel where the back of your HWH is located. If you have winterizing valves they would belocated there.
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Haven't seen a new trailer in years that did not have a set of bypass valves installed. Having said that I owned a 1977 Layton 220 for about 20 years that did not (at first anyway).

I found that if I added antifreeze to the fresh water tank, I would have antifreeze smell and taste for half the summer. Therefore I would disconnect the inlet water hose from the tank to the electric pump, and hose clamp on a length of hose (maybe 4') which would allow me to insert the other end into a jug of antifreeze.

Without a bypass kit, the hot water heater takes gallons of antifreeze to fill, but I would do that. Turn on the pump switch, then start at the farthest hot water tap from the water pump and run it until pure antifreeze is coming out. Turn it off. Do the same for the furthest cold water tap. Work your way back through the taps until you have pure antifreeze coming out each tap.
Pour a little antifreeze in each P trap under sinks and shower, and you are good to go. I would always buy -50 degree antifreeze in case a little water is still mixed in. You are good to go. I never had a problem in the past 42 yrs. of RV ownership.

You may still get a bit of antifreeze smell from the hot water for a while. If your unit definitely does not have a bypass kit, I would certainly have a dealer install one. It will save you gallons of antifreeze and a couple of weeks of that sickening sweet smell.
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I am looking for winterization instructions without a water bypass valve or air compressor. Anyone's help appreciated.
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We posted this "elsewhere" here in Forest River Forums, but it shares our trick for "cheating" with a small SHOP-VAC etc ...
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ml#post1318189
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We live in Colorado and it also gets very cold here. I have never filled all my lines with antifreeze because a compressor is much simpler for me. After draining everything per Bama Rambler above and blowing out the lines, I put a cup or so of antifreeze in each drain trap (kitchen and bath sinks and shower) and on top of the toilet flapper. I have never had a freeze problem doing it this way and have also never had to smell or taste antifreeze the next time I use the trailer.

However, I do it this way mainly because we take several RV trips a year during winter and spring, so I have to winterize it multiple times each year. That many winterizations a year could get pretty expensive if I did it only with antifreeze.
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It is quite aggravating that Forest River does not have specific "blueprints" or "guides" to give new owners exact locations of items such as the water bypass valve. I don't get it.???
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You mean like having the service technician at a Flagstaff RV dealer just laugh when I asked him if he had a factory electrical circuit diagram for the Flagstaff twin of my trailer? He said Forest River has never given him a circuit diagram for any RV and suspected that even the factory doesn't have them. Curious! So I called the factory service tech and he said "No, every trailer is different because different options are on it. So how could we afford to prepare a circuit diagram for each one?"

Apparently the factory has no idea which wires and fuses are put where and really don't care to know!
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It is quite aggravating that Forest River does not have specific "blueprints" or "guides" to give new owners exact locations of items such as the water bypass valve. I don't get it.???
Actually it's pretty much the norm, in the RV industry, not just FR.
Generic owners manuals are the industry standard now.
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It is quite aggravating that Forest River does not have specific "blueprints" or "guides" to give new owners exact locations of items such as the water bypass valve. I don't get it.???
What did your PDI technician tell you when you asked him/her for the location of your bypass valve?
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I have to put a call into my service center at the dealership.
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