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Old 11-01-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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Faucets open or closed

after winterizing your RV. I have a '08 GH 31ss and did the winterizing today, but I wonder whether you should leave the inside water facets open or closed, or does it even matter. I used the air compressor version for winterizing and poured AF down all the drains and toilet, etc., Wife helped me today and she said she closed them all after opening each one while I was running the air compressor side of things. Thanks.
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:52 PM   #2
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If you only blow out the lines then I would leave the valves open, just incase there is a little bit of water left in the valve seats. If you used AF then in reality it does not matter, but I always leave my valves open.
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IMHO it doesn't matter.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:15 AM   #4
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I agree with Jagiven. If you blow out air, leave faucets open. I've had freeze damage to faucets when it got really really cold. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:24 AM   #5
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Filling the system with anti-freeze (after blowing out) requires having the valves closed and then opening them one-at-a-time until the pink stuff fills all lines.


I just relieve the pressure from the pump and then make sure all valves are closed.


**No surprises when de-winterizing in April.**
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:32 AM   #6
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I leave them closed.
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:12 PM   #7
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I have used the RV anti-freeze for years and after all pump pressure is relieved, I open all faucets. In the event there is some residual water in a line somewhere, it allows for expansion that could break a line if the faucets are closed. I just want to be doubly sure, but I probably don't need to do it.

While on this subject, here's a few things you do not want to forget when winterizing:

- Be sure to bypass the water heater BEFORE pumping the pink stuff through the system

- leave the water heater drain valve out for the winter (nothing is gonna crawl up in there)

- When all done winterizing, and before you turn off the pump, be sure to push IN on the little check valve stem on the city water inlet - there is water trapped between the pump and the check valve that needs to be purged (but stand aside if you don't want a pink shower)

- Be sure to open the outside shower faucets until the pink stuff flows out

- Pour some anti-freeze down every drain to fill the traps - bathroom and kitchen sink, shower drain

- Pour some anti-freeze in the toilet, to keep the ball seal moist throughout the winter

- Open the black tank and grey tank valves, but make sure the exhaust tube has the cover in place after all liquid has drained (don't give mice any opportunity to crawl up there and build a nest!)

- Remove all cans, bottles, etc so nothing can freeze and break

- Remove all paper products, linens, dry foods, etc - don't provide mice with food or nesting material

- And I put a Bounce dryer sheet in every cubby, underneath and on top of matresses, on and under chairs/bench seats, and a few on the carpet. (Some say this doesn't work, but I've never had a mouse problem in 15 years - and the trailer smells fresh in the spring!)
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:32 PM   #8
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Scoutr2 (Mike),

Nice list, good check list to follow.

The only thing I would change from your list, is to make sure you pump pink stuff through the toilet. Just pouring in the bowl does not protect the plumbing portion of the commode. You sure don't want water left in the plumbing portion of the commode to freeze.

Leave all valves open to allow for expansion and to allow air to encourage draining.
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Ric, your comment about toilet also applies to those who use air to blow out lines. Don't forget to blow out the potty!
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Yes. I do that, but forgot to mention. Good catch!

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