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Old 11-26-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Winterized today

I winterized today. First time doing it to the Jayco 17Z. Jayco sure made it easy with the water heater bypass. I was surprised to find the easy way to run the RV antifreeze through the lines. Jayco didn't note it in the manual but the the valve and feed hose on the pump under the rear dinette seat made it a snap.

Why the heck don't they tell owners about that in the book?
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Old 11-26-2010, 09:07 PM   #2
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Question Are you sure it's not in the manual?

I find it interesting (and sad) that there's nothing in your Jayco Owner's Manual about the hose for the antifreeze bottle. In the manual for my 10 year old Jayco, there's a page and a half devoted to the subject of winterizing and includes two diagrams on how all the valves (including the one for the hose that gets inserted in the antifreeze bottle) should be set for winterizing vs. normal operation.

I guess times have changed.
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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I agree, the manual we got with our 17Z wasn't very clear about the valves and hose under the seat for winterizing. Luckily our dealer went through all of that at our delivery inspection and I recorded it on camcorder.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:29 PM   #4
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Winterizing really is a relatively easy process especially after you`ve done it a time or two. No need to pay a dealer big bucks to do it like some do.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:15 AM   #5
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Although I do the winterization "drill" every fall, my TT doesn't see any severe cold weather because I store it inside a limestone mine from November through April. The temperature in the mine is a constant 52 degrees so, in my case, winterization just provides insurance should the temperatures dip below freezing when the TT's sitting outdoors. Here in western PA, I've seen the thermometer drop into the teens during the spring and fall months.
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Although I do the winterization "drill" every fall, my TT doesn't see any severe cold weather because I store it inside a limestone mine from November through April. The temperature in the mine is a constant 52 degrees so, in my case, winterization just provides insurance should the temperatures dip below freezing when the TT's sitting outdoors. Here in western PA, I've seen the thermometer drop into the teens during the spring and fall months.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:23 PM   #7
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Bottom line here is that with the valve and feed hose on the pump and the w/h bypass, I am tempted to pull the 5'er out of winter storage and use it one warm weekend, then re-winterize it. Spring seems so far away at present. The first fall that I had the trailer it took me 1 1/2 hours to do it (as I followed the manual and learned)...last month, 10 minutes max.
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:45 PM   #8
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I agree. Not only does Jayco not tell you about the pump and hose under the dinette the manual states that you should hook a hose to the city water connection and put the other end in the anti-freeze jug. What should have taken a half hour took me 3 or more by the time I dug around the internet, this site, and called some friends. Now I know.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:27 PM   #9
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I lost faith in the pink stuff when I found that my water pump was forzen and the lines had thick slushy of water mixed in...

I created a blow out plug for the compressor and now there is nothing but air in the line... Really kind of hard to freeze air...
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To be on the safe side I blow out the lines and also run the pink stuff , you can blow all the air you want and impeller on the water pump may still have water in the housing . For the 5 bucks a gallon cost why risk it ?
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