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View Poll Results: Who winterizes your RV?
I do my own winterizing 610 87.14%
I get a dealer or RV service center to winterize 42 6.00%
I never winterize because I fulltime 7 1.00%
I get a friend or relative to help me because I`m cluless 4 0.57%
I never winterize because it never gets that cold here. 32 4.57%
I enjoy having frozen pipes, never think about it 5 0.71%
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:03 PM   #91
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Hey everyone I was wondering how to winterize the hot water tank after you by pass it? Do i just drain all the water and let it dry out for a while before winter or is there something more that I should do? Also are covers worth the price when storing in winter outside? Sorry for all the questions but if the trailer is plugged in should I still take the battery off in the winter and hook it up to a low charge?
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:32 PM   #92
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Hey everyone I was wondering how to winterize the hot water tank after you by pass it? Do i just drain all the water and let it dry out for a while before winter or is there something more that I should do? Also are covers worth the price when storing in winter outside? Sorry for all the questions but if the trailer is plugged in should I still take the battery off in the winter and hook it up to a low charge?
Drain the hot water heater tank, that`s all I do with that. I do not use a cover myself, some love them and some hate them.
If the trailer is plugged in no need to take off the battery to charge it, the converter will keep it charged. But I have no experience with extreme temps so not sure what brutal cold could do to the battery.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:04 PM   #93
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I am a fan of stabilizers down...JMHO. I winterize my own. Its just to simple not to...
1) Drain water heater and holding tanks completely...also fresh water tank...if you use it.
2) Open your low point drains and blow the water lines out with compressed air. (use the little water connection thread-in nozzle sold at Wal-Mart or RV places)
3) Pour about 1 cup of RV anti-freeze down each drain (sinks, showers)...not the toilet.
Done! Oh and remove the battery and maintain charge or trickle charge.
Did I miss something?
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:14 PM   #94
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Oh, I also forgot to mention something about leaving the RV plugged in all winter. Take a look at your converter and make sure it is capable of trickle charging when the battery is at full charge. Otherwise, you'll end up overcharging the battery which just causes the water inside to break down into hydrogen and oxygen and vent off. The hydrogen off-gassing can cause explosions if not dissapated and if it ignites. When the battery is fully charged, the extra juice that is being pumped into it by some converters that are not "smart" or charge sensing will go into seperating the water until the lead plates are exposed to air (provided it doesn't go boom first) ruining the battery. Leaving it plugged into a trickle charger is ideal.

Funny; one person voted in the poll that they do not winterize and enjoy frozen burst pipes....Ha. Not me.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:00 PM   #95
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Ok, just got done winterizing the new 33BHBS. Went well except for dumping a few cups of antifreeze on the ground since I forgot to close the low point drains. Now......I forgot to blow out the city water connection before I started. Do I need to worry about this or can I just blow out the city water connection with air and let what water might be left in the system mix with the Anti-freeze? I did open all the valves with the low point drains open. I did notice some water still left in the system before the pink stuff started coming out.

Any advice would be appreciated. Worst case I need to go and buy 2 or 3 more gallons of anti-freeze and start all over :-(

I might post this as a separate post if I don't get replies here. Light is fading and I need to finish it off today.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:11 PM   #96
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Ok, just got done winterizing the new 33BHBS. Went well except for dumping a few cups of antifreeze on the ground since I forgot to close the low point drains. Now......I forgot to blow out the city water connection before I started. Do I need to worry about this or can I just blow out the city water connection with air and let what water might be left in the system mix with the Anti-freeze? I did open all the valves with the low point drains open. I did notice some water still left in the system before the pink stuff started coming out.

Any advice would be appreciated. Worst case I need to go and buy 2 or 3 more gallons of anti-freeze and start all over :-(

I might post this as a separate post if I don't get replies here. Light is fading and I need to finish it off today.
I wouldn't worry about it as long as you've pumped rv antifreeze through the pump your good. I don't even blow air through my system at all in the northeast. Strictly antifreeze. The only other thing I would do other than running it through the water pump, is hand pump some antifreeze into the black tank flush. And don't forget about your outside shower.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:22 PM   #97
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Thanks jdorant.

I used 2.5 gallons of AF.

Drained the Hot water heater (pulled the plug and pressure relieve valve to empty).
Bypassed the HW heater.
Opened all the facets including the shower and the toilet with the low point drains open.
Disconnected the inside and outside shower hoses to make sure they were empty.
Hooked up the 1st gallon of AF and like I said dumped a little because I closed all the faucets, but forgot the low point drains.
Then went one by one to each of the fixtures starting with the cold @ Kitchen sink, Tub, bathroom sink, toilet and then OS shower.
Order of closest to the pump to farthest.
Then did the same for the Hot water.

The system is nice and pink.

I was going to blow some air through the BT flush. I made sure I ran enough AF to put a little in each GT and the BT.

BTW, I drained the fresh water tank, but do I need to worry about any small amount of water that might reamain? Mostly concerned about the drain valve.
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Thanks jdorant.

I used 2.5 gallons of AF.

Drained the Hot water heater (pulled the plug and pressure relieve valve to empty).
Bypassed the HW heater.
Opened all the facets including the shower and the toilet with the low point drains open.
Disconnected the inside and outside shower hoses to make sure they were empty.
Hooked up the 1st gallon of AF and like I said dumped a little because I closed all the faucets, but forgot the low point drains.
Then went one by one to each of the fixtures starting with the cold @ Kitchen sink, Tub, bathroom sink, toilet and then OS shower.
Order of closest to the pump to farthest.
Then did the same for the Hot water.

The system is nice and pink.

I was going to blow some air through the BT flush. I made sure I ran enough AF to put a little in each GT and the BT.

BTW, I drained the fresh water tank, but do I need to worry about any small amount of water that might reamain? Mostly concerned about the drain valve.

I think you are good to go. In regards to your BT and GT, I usually pour a little AF down the drains and toilet, and i'm sure that makes it down to the drain valves.
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I think you are good to go. In regards to your BT and GT, I usually pour a little AF down the drains and toilet, and i'm sure that makes it down to the drain valves.
I was referring to the drain valve on the fresh water tank, not the GT or BT. I guess I could just leave it open, but I don't want dirt or creepy crawly's geting in the tank. Maybe I'll leave it open and then when I get to the storage facility, close it then. That way any water in the FWT should find it's way out the drain valve.

While getting access to the pump for winterizing it was interesting to find out the floor of the White Hawk is just a 1/4" of ply top and bottom with 1-1/2" of styrofoam in between. Can see it where all the tubes come through the floor from the FWT to the pump. Makes for a kind of SIP. Just reinforces my telling the kids not to jump up and down in the trailer or jump off the top bunk!! All to save weight, but it should be strong, after all they build houses with SIPs.

I think I'll stick a rag in the hole to keep any critters from gaining access to the interior through the hole.

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