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Old 10-29-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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Help! Winterizing issues

So I'm trying to winterize my 5th wheel. I have the valves in the winterize position, and the pump will not pickup the antifreeze from the bottle. This is my first time winterizing this trailer. Any suggestions?

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Old 10-30-2012, 04:44 AM   #2
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Open one of the sink faucets. Sometimes that will help.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:31 AM   #3
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Open one of the sink faucets. Sometimes that will help.
Tried that, I had all the faucets open. I even put more water in the holding tank to see if the pump was primed. It worked fine pulling water from the holding tank, but it will not pull water from the antifreeze bottle in winterize mode.
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There are two valves involved here. One closes the line to the fresh water tank and one opens the line to the antifreeze suction hose. If the pump can pull water from the fresh water tank I cannot fathom any reason it would not pull from the anti freeze bottle. Given the valves are correctly positioned.

Beyond that you might try taking a funnel and filling the suction hose with anti freeze while the pump is running and quickly insert it in the bottle.
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My antifreeze hose just lays in the floor near the pump and has a push-in rubber end cap on it. Check to see if you have one on yours. Also check and make sure you have an open path for the antifreeze hose. Mine also has a valve just for the hose. The oblong valves will tell you whether the valve is open or closed.

Some folks have added alot of antifreeze to their fresh water tank so it will pump up - I certainly would NOT want to do that with my fresh water tank. I also would not want to get antifreeze inside the hot water heater...

Let us all know what you find out... New things are a challenge sometimes.

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I had to lift my antifreeze bottle up and then tilt it a little in the direction of the pump and then it took right off and sucked like a pump..
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #7
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just winterized mine today and had to hold the hose just off the bottom of the bottle otherwise it would get stuck to the bottom and starve the pump. sounds like the valves are not open correctly from what you described in your situation.
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just winterized mine today and had to hold the hose just off the bottom of the bottle otherwise it would get stuck to the bottom and starve the pump. sounds like the valves are not open correctly from what you described in your situation.
That is was I was going to say, same thing happened to me once. Now I use the 'extra' that is left on the bottom to pour in my traps.
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I do this every year. RV antifreeze will not get sucked out of the bottle. Every year I scratch my head and then realize I forgot to shut the valve to the water tank. The pump just sucks air. Not sure why I brain fart it every year, but I do! Guess I'm getting old, lol.
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Until you said that the pump pulls water from the tank, but not the antifreeze hose, I was going to suggest that the rubber diaphragm inside the pump was bad. Now . . . if the pump works OK on the tank, the valve positions have to be the culprit, unless there is an air hole or leak in the pick up hose. Had to replace the diaphragm last year (pump had the original from 2004), and it now picks up just fine, first time, every time, no special procedures needed.
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