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Old 12-15-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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What am I doing wrong? (an "off brand" winterizing question)

I have been winterizing my own campers (and familys) for years now, and have never had problems like im having with my buddies Class A Intruder. Last year was his first time owning a RV, so I helped him winterize it. It took some time to get the pump to prime, but once we did, it pumped out at least 2 gallons of antifreeze before we realized it was all going on the ground at the low point drains. After closing those, we managed to get the rest of the system winterized with no problems.
This year, I offer to have him store his motorhome at our place since I live in the country and have plenty of space, as he lives in the city. So he brings the motorhome out last Sunday and says, that he put antifreeze in the drains, but not yet in the lines. We tried to pump some in the lines while he was there, but were unable to get the pump to prime. So over this weekend, the temps warmed up, I figured I would at least try to blow out the lines, but even that didn't get much out of the system. With a decent leak at the city water connection, I turned up the pressure of the compressor and still had very little water/air coming out of the faucets.
What gets me, is I read the winterizing instructions near the city water connection, and it says to pour antifreeze in the fresh water tank, and allow it to run through the system. If I cant get it to syphon at the inlet side of the pump, how am I going to be able to get it to syphon out of the tank?
I'm stumped... Any ideas??? or do i just have a bad pump?
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:30 AM   #2
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Those switch valves have a tendency to go bad that could be the problem.. What is the temp there? it sounds almost like the lines are already frozen..
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Those switch valves have a tendency to go bad that could be the problem.. What is the temp there? it sounds almost like the lines are already frozen..
It was just below freezing the day he brought it over. I kind of thought the same thing, as we couldn't get anything to come out that day. We had temps in the mid to upper 40's this weekend, and thats when I tried to blow out the lines. Maybe I should try to pump some antifreeze through it tonight, its supposed to hit 50 today.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:32 AM   #4
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Thank you Seann45. You must have been correct on the frozen lines. After spending some time with it last evening to get power to the RV (a whole other problem), it took the antifreeze after just a couple minutes of trying to prime. I can sleep better now knowing that his lines aren't going to burst over the winter.
Now come spring time, I need to spend some time with my buddy to get things back ship shape. He has some electrical problems to figure out, but after looking at the battery connections (has 2 6V under the steps) I think I may have figured out part of the problem (corrosion at the terminals). I think he has everything running off the starting battery under the hood for now...
Thanks again for the support! Dave
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Happy to be of help Dave...
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I was getting ready to say (or type) frozen lines, closed valve or HW tank not bypassed. Good job!
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