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Old 03-31-2013, 11:19 PM   #21
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Well, I spent an hour blowing snow away from my 197 so I could hook on and get it out of the snow! Does that count? Tomorrow, if I can scare up enough ambition, I will clean it up inside. My first "tour" will most likely be to Dauphin, MB, for the gun show. My buddy and will be vendors.

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:31 AM   #22
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Hello All,

I will be Dewinterizing for the first time ever this upcoming weekend. I plan on sanitizing the water system. My question is, after the bleach sits in for an hour or so, do you drain the fresh water tank right on the driveway?

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:44 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by LkptRvPilot View Post
Hello All,

I will be Dewinterizing for the first time ever this upcoming weekend. I plan on sanitizing the water system. My question is, after the bleach sits in for an hour or so, do you drain the fresh water tank right on the driveway?
I let mine set for about 12 hours and then drained it right in the street.
Not any difference than washing my car IMHO


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Old 04-01-2013, 08:59 AM   #24
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We bought our 26bh back in February and have been going crazy with this extended winter. This weekend was in the 60's so I sanitized the fresh water system. We are heading out for our first trip on Thursday. The whole family is extremely excited to start the camping season. We did sleep in the camper with the kids last Friday to try to get them accustomed to it before we hit the road.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:49 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by dougtoms01 View Post
I think most people sanitize at the beginning of each season.
There's a 101 video on YouTube that's pretty straight forward.
We hadn't camped our unit yet and planning a long trip.
I checked every system today, even had wife take a shower to check for any issues or leaks.

Since all the water was basically what I would have washing the car at the curb, I just let the water run into the gutter.
The anti-freeze is non toxic too.

Thanks Doug, I will check out the video. I was hoping that it was ok to wash the antifreeze down as I cleaned the trailer.

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Dan, Doug is correct. There shouldn't be very much antifreeze in your tanks to begin with. To start, [and you can do this at home or the campground] hook the TT up to a water source-fill fresh tank or hook up to city water connection. Turn the pump on if your using the fresh tank or turn the water on if using city connection. I like to use the pump the first time because it basically tells me if I have any leaks [by not pressurizing]. Important; make sure the water heater is in the bypass mode. It should be already if you bought the camper this winter from a dealer. Run all faucets until you see clear, don't forget the outside shower and toilet. If you're using the fresh tank, you really don't have to fill it all the way, just enough to clear the lines. If you want to sanitize at this point, add recommended amount of bleach to fresh tank and fill it all the way [this sanitizes the whole tank]. Pump the water/bleach mix into the lines and run faucets until you smell the bleach and let it sit for a while. Drain tank and fill with fresh water to rid lines of bleach smell-if you want. After this, you can open the water heater bypass to allow water into the heater. That's the basics-hope this helps, Terry
Thanks Terry, I guess I will try and give myself more time to do this incase I do end up sanitizing the system. The dealer did winterize it for me so if I remember right the water heater is still in the bypass mode. So much to learn, but it does seem easier the more I take care of it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:59 PM   #26
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Glad to hear it's finally warming up a bit for you guys. De-winterizing means you're closer to doing some camping.

I de-winterized once, a while back.
Don't remember exactly what year it was.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:23 PM   #27
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Great weather here in the Northwest, 60 degrees plus for the last several days. I de-winterized, sanitized, and we are ready to go! Spring shakedown trip in mid-April, can't wait.
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Dewinterizers please check in...

Don't get used to it, weather channel calling for more cold temps.
It was cold and windy here today
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:20 PM   #29
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Dewinterized 2 weeks ago, the dealer had added the antifreeze for their lot before I bought it. Then we went camping for the weekend, had a great time, when I got home, I blew out all the water with the air compressor, so it is essentially winterized, yet ready to go again at a moment's notice.

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:30 PM   #30
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TCNASHVILLE...... Where are you located? Nashville, Indiana?

I'm down here in Evansville. We are supposed to be near 70 this week-end and I'm seriously thinking of taking off the cover and de-winterizing!

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