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Old 10-22-2018, 05:57 PM   #1
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Winterizing problem

Hello All. I have a 2018 Redhawk 26XD. I tried to winterize it today - didn't work, not sure what the problem is. I followed the directions in the manual so I'm pretty sure I did it correctly. I emptied the water heater, drained the tanks, removed the water filter and bypassed the water heater, closed all the drains. I set the dials on the control panel for Sanitize/Winterize and connected the hose to a gallon of RV antifreeze. I turned on the water pump and it drew in about 1 quart of antifreeze and then stopped siphoning anymore. I opened up the bathroom faucet and nothing came out but I could hear the water gurgling, I tried other faucets with the same result. About 30 minutes later water and antifreeze came out of 1 faucet. I kept it running for about an hour and only a few additional ounces of antifreeze were drawn in but no more water/antifreeze came out of the faucet. The RV is fairly level - 2 or 3 degrees off. I kept checking the water pump and it continuously ran and did not get hot. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:44 PM   #2
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Sounds like your water heater wasn't bypassed correctly. Are you sure all the valves are in the proper position? Mine has three.
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:52 PM   #3
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Thanks Isaacs. Pretty sure I have them right; Hot and Cold valves are perpendicular to the hoses and the bypass is parallel. I did keep the water heater plug out for about 1/2 the time while I was doing this as well.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:06 PM   #4
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Lift the jug of anti-freeze at least 2 ft above ground level, and crack open a low point drain valve. Start your pump and it should pick up a suction, then shut the low point drain valve.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:12 PM   #5
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Turn the inlet washer around, point facing in to open the check valve, try again.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:44 PM   #6
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Last year on my 26 xd I had to turn the inlet filter around to get mine to suction the antifreeze. also raise the jug.
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:18 PM   #7
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Honestly, it sounds like the water heater tank, got your antifreeze. I would check the bypass valves, and open the drain plug.

I have accidentally done this. Just need another jug, once the valves are set.

Also make sure, to flip the screen around, which pushes a valveopen to allow the antifreeze to be drawn in.
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Old 10-23-2018, 01:28 PM   #8
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Turn the washer screen around to open the valve
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:20 PM   #9
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Thanks All. Flipping the screen did the trick. I know I didn't see that in the manual and I can't see how it would work without flipping the screen. How did everyone find out about that?
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:42 PM   #10
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jdux, it's not in the manual. Why? Who knows. I had the same issues and learned the answer on here by asking the same question. I'd like to take these recurring issues every owner has to a board meeting and smack some engineer / manual writer in the noggin.
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