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Old 05-15-2015, 07:38 PM   #11
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anyone know how to get antifreeze out of the hot water tank?
Hook up your city water connection and run water through it. As far as I know, it won't hurt anything to be in there and it's not toxic.

It's just expensive to fill the water heater with RV antifreeze when it can be bypassed and drained. I used to fill the entire water system, hot and cold, with RV antifreeze in my class-B. The water heater was virtually inaccessible so rather than struggle, I spent the money and filled it.
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Old 05-16-2015, 05:12 AM   #12
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You can also pick up an inexpensive water heater tank rinser for around $6.

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11691-Wa...er+heater+tank
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Very informative thread and some good advice given. One thing I notice in all of the information is to open drains and run water thru the lines until all the pink stuff is removed. IMO this is a totally waste of the pink stuff and money. Its been a long time since I wasted the pink stuff. For me the best procedure was to use Air and blow the lines out and at the same time have a bucket under the low point drains so I could recapture the pink stuff Thus saving the need to buy more for the next winter season.


But anymore the way I winterize is again using compressed air, is to blow out all of the water from the lines including the hot water heater after I have drained the heater. I then wait a few hours or even the next day and then blow out the lines again. I then make sure all water valves and low point drains are left open. I also try as much as I can to remove as much water in all of the drain taps after which I would use windshield washer solvent and pour into the drain traps. The cost of washer solvent is much less that RV antifreeze. Then when it comes time to de-winterize all I have to do is close all valves and low point drains and run water thru the lines until all the air is out of the system. This system has worked for me for over 35 years anytime I owned an RV. But also take into consideration that the winters here in PA may not be as harsh as in some other areas in the country.


I know there will be others that say the cost of a compressor. I have even used a bicycle hand pump to do the above (low cost)


Again just my opinion and what works for me.
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Old 05-16-2015, 07:04 AM   #14
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ohh this is great news and makes it sound so much easier than I am picturing. If you can get the ratios I would greatly appreciate it. what does the vinegar rinse do??? how does any of this effect the hot water tank??
My Jayco manual says 1/4 cup household bleach per 15 gallons of water. Let it sit in the entire plumbing system (except hot water tank) for three hours. Drain and refill will clear water and run that through entire system (except HWT), drain again. The vinegar step removes any left over bleach smell/taste. Do the same procedure but with 1quart of white vinegar to each five gallons of tank water. Let sit for a couple of days. Flush entire system as before, drain. Refill with fresh water and drain. Done.
I'll repeat the vinegar flush mid season to freshen the tank.
The HW tank is lined and should be ok if antifreeze got in, just flush it with fresh water. The thing I think folks want to avoid is degrading the heating element with chemicals like bleach or vinegar.
I think of the whole procedure as if it were a big plastic canteen that needs thoroughly cleaned once in a while. Just that there is the possible damage from freezing weather. Use air pressure if available to force out as much water before freezing weather and drop some rv antifreeze in each drain to protectvthe p_trap, make certain to flush toilet to get out any water, and get antifreeze into the pump.
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Ok now i have an issue. Got all of the antifreeze out of the camper...I haven't touched any switches, bypasses, etc at this point since I winterized it. I add the bleach water solution....filled my holding tank. Flip on my water pump to get the water into all of the lines and the pump just sounds like it is running and running but no water coming out of the sink once i turn on the faucet....what did I do wrong???
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Ok now i have an issue. Got all of the antifreeze out of the camper...I haven't touched any switches, bypasses, etc at this point since I winterized it. I add the bleach water solution....filled my holding tank. Flip on my water pump to get the water into all of the lines and the pump just sounds like it is running and running but no water coming out of the sink once i turn on the faucet....what did I do wrong???
Turn off the valve to the Antifreeze hose is my guess. Make sure the water lines valves are open as well.
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I tried flipping the valve for the antifreeze hose but still the same issue. I'm not sure what other valves to switch??? Any more info in that would be great
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Might help if you post a pic of your valves
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generally if the valves are horizontal they are open and if they are vertical they are closed. Put all the valves except the Antifreeze line horizontal. The Water Heater bypass can be off as well at this point.

Once you do this turn on a tape and water should come out from the tape. Also make sure that the city water line is not connected as well.
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look at this pic. My valves are all open. Yours should look like this only with plastic values. I changed all my valves last year!
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