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Old 10-04-2014, 11:36 AM   #1
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winterizing today NEED HELP

we are trying to winterize our x17z for the first time and have no idea what i am doing…have to do it today because it is going into storage….any help out there???

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Old 10-04-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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read the manual that came with it.

or google it

there are a lot of steps..

Dont forget your outside shower is one thing to tell you

first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with your trailer or anything anyone says will not make sense.

Find your low point valves. Mine are under my bathroom sink in the vanity. pull up on the "t''s

next you need to find the pump and Hot water heater. Mine was under a screwed piece of plywood under my dinette

can you delay storage and drop it off at a dealer to do it for you?

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Old 10-05-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
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This is copied from an earlier post I wrote:

Locate and check your water pump and see if has a valve and a loose piece of hose connected to it, them check the back of your water heater to see if it is equipped with a bypass valve. If so, it is a piece of cake.

Drain the entire system from the low point drains. Drain the water heater by removing the plug in the lower left corner and pull the pop off valve. You can also blow out the system with a blow out plug which requires an air compressor but this is not entirely necessary if you fill all the lines with the "pink stuff", RV antifreeze.

Once the system is drained and closed back up, you can close off the water heater with the bypass valves and suck the pink stuff up from the hose connected to the pump. Simply put the hose into the bottle, turn on the pump and it will pull the antifreeze through out the system. I put in enough so that each faucet, shower and toilet all flow pink. It takes only about 2 gallons. If you don't bypass the water heater, it will fill up taking up 6 gallons there alone.

The clear lines in the newer models make it easy to see if you are in fact bypassing the water heater and filling the lines.

After all the water outlets run pink, I put some in the drained black and gray holding tanks, and enough to fill the drain traps on each sink. I also put some in the toilet bowl, about an inch deep. This reportedly helps maintain the seal. Don't put any in the fresh water tank, just drain it to the extent possible.

This can sound complicated if you have never done this and it is hard to write a quick and easy how to, particularly when some one old and tired like me tries to!

If you have any neighbors with an RV ask them. Most are very willing to help out and lend a hand.

Ok fellow members, help out here in case I messed up!
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:43 AM   #4
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I was going to try but if they are not a little bit familiar with the terms I am sure they still won't know how to do it.

I was going to list the things to do but didn't feel comfortable as something could be missed and they end up damaging something.

The dealers have specials for winterizing. There are a lot of people who get them to do it.

there are lots of little things to worry about as well. My drain for my fresh tank has a bow in it so it collects water that if left will definitely freeze and bust the plastic fitting. I had to unscrew the hose clamp and muscle it off and drain it out.

There can be places where water will sit and you need to know where to find them
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:56 AM   #5
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Man, I'm feeling bad you have to winterize already.

I still have the whole month of October (3 more camping trips) to go to....

BTW, Thanks Boss for the pics and the write-up. I especially liked your "cheat notes"!!
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Old 10-13-2014, 08:50 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, just did it this weekend on my 17Z.

On extra step I was told was to remove the screen from the city water inlet and push the pressure relief valve inside. Sure enough, I got soaked when doing this (well only a little water came out but still was some lol).

Easy stuff.

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Old 10-13-2014, 02:38 PM   #7
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Yes you should open that "check valve" by the city water inlet. Better yet, You really should blow the lines out with air (from the city water connection) and including your black tank flush. BEFORE giving your RV a drink of of the koolaid. Because the air gets everwhere.

If you do blow the lines. FIRST-open all valves including low point drains, and keep the water heater bypass in "USE" position. Then the air will blow the rest of the water out of the water heater tank.
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Old 10-30-2014, 01:33 PM   #8
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I am also a newbie and I found a local dealer who only charges $78 for winterization everything included so I am going to use them this year. Also found a storage lot for only $30 per month.

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Old 11-01-2014, 12:21 PM   #9
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I have looked all over and cannot find any low-point drain valves with T-handles. Can anyone tell me where they are located on a Kiwi 18F?

I have looked under the seat in the dinette (I only see ball valves), under the bathroom sink, and up under the camper.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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There should be two white water lines under your camper some have valves and some just have plastic caps.


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