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Old 03-22-2019, 07:55 PM   #1
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Cruise Lite (De)Winterizing

Hi all. New to the forum and will be starting our third summer with our 2018 Cruise Lite 197BH. I have been having our dealership winterize and dewinterize our camper, but am interested in possibly doing it myself. It really is pretty cheap for them to do it, but just a pain go drop it off and pick up again.

Are there any instructions on this forum or web specific to the Cruise Lites? It seems every camper has their own quirks and tricks for this.

Also, I've seen using an air compressor and the putting antifreeze in the traps and toilet or draining and pumping antifreeze in the system.

Any help is appreciated. Glad to be here.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:16 PM   #2
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Tons of YouTube videos on this. No Cruise Lite-specific instructions.
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:04 AM   #3
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Yeah, I've watched a ton. I wish there was one that matched my camper more closely. Or that Forest River had better specific instructions.

Mostly concerned about the hot water heater bypass (I see a valve on each line, but not sure what position they should be in). I also see people taking a water line off the pump to draw the antifreeze into the system.
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Not much to do except flush out your water lines and then un-bypass the water heater. If you can post pics of your bypass valves we can help your there. Cruise Lite has used both three valve and two valve setups, possibly even one valve on newer units. I believe there are photos in our library section.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:23 PM   #5
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Not much to do except flush out your water lines and then un-bypass the water heater. If you can post pics of your bypass valves we can help your there. Cruise Lite has used both three valve and two valve setups, possibly even one valve on newer units. I believe there are photos in our library section.
Here's a couple pics of the bypass valves, pump, and anode rod.

Is that rod still good for another season?

It doesn't look like they pulled antifreeze in through the pump, so did they just blow the lines out and put antifreeze in the traps and toilet?

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It appears the water heater is bypassed. Turn the valves 90 degrees and see if water flows into the heater. The anode looks good for another season.
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It appears the water heater is bypassed. Turn the valves 90 degrees and see if water flows into the heater. The anode looks good for another season.
To flush, hook up to the city water and run water through or fill fresh tank and pump? The pump looks to have pink in it (assuming antifreeze), but can't figure how they hooked into the pump to draw it in. Any thoughts on that?
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Put some water in fresh water tank and run the pump to flush it. Hook up to city water to complete the flushing if you wish. Be sure the hot water tank fills with water before you turning it on.
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Thanks for your help on all of this. Much appreciated.
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That anode rod is probably good for two or three more seasons.
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That is a great reference. Thank you bedubya!
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To flush, hook up to the city water and run water through or fill fresh tank and pump? The pump looks to have pink in it (assuming antifreeze), but can't figure how they hooked into the pump to draw it in. Any thoughts on that?
Hopefully you have a winterizing port where antifreeze can be sucked into the pump and plumbing and hoping they DIDN'T put antifreeze in the fresh tank.
With a winterizing port, you simply turn a valve and the pump draws from the valve rather than the fresh tank. Another option many dealers will use is simply removing the suction side line temporarily and adding a hose to draw the antifreeze in. Once winterized, they will re-connect the suction line to the tank.

Open the drain for the fresh tank and see if any antifreeze comes out.
If it does, you will need to flush the tank with fresh water MANY times as typically the drain will not allow all the water (antifreeze) to drain out so you are going to have to dilute it best you can by flushing MANY times.
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