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Old 10-12-2015, 05:47 PM   #1
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Winterizing 2015 pinnacle

Just wondering how to winterized our pinnacle, I looked in the manual and tells you what valves to turn off and switch to the winterized to bypass water heater but wondering what to do about ice maker line and wash Machine water lines, we have never used the ice maker and do not have a washer dryer, but worried about water in those lines. And getting water out and anti freeze in,would love to hear from anyone who knows what to do.
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Old 10-12-2015, 06:11 PM   #2
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The easiest way to winterize these big fifth wheels is to pay the $89 the dealership charges for their drive thru winterization special.
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Old 10-12-2015, 06:45 PM   #3
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The easiest way to winterize these big fifth wheels is to pay the $89 the dealership charges for their drive thru winterization special.
Better yet, head South...
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Better yet, head South...
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:15 AM   #5
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Just wondering how to winterized our pinnacle, I looked in the manual and tells you what valves to turn off and switch to the winterized to bypass water heater but wondering what to do about ice maker line and wash Machine water lines, we have never used the ice maker and do not have a washer dryer, but worried about water in those lines. And getting water out and anti freeze in,would love to hear from anyone who knows what to do.
After you have bypassed and drained the hot water heater...

You should have a hose that will drop into a gallon of anti-freeze and also screw into your water inlet.

You have a water pump switch in the water hook-up cubby, put the siphon rig in a jug of anti freeze and turn on the pump - head to the bathroom (38FLSA) - or the farthest water outlets in the camper, and open them, one at a time until you see anti freeze - make sure to monitor the jug, as it gets low, turn pump off, and sap into new jug. - each water outlet needs to be flushed until AF runs out.

Shower - Toilet, Sinks, don't forget the outside shower....

Low point drains - once you have the inside done, go outside - see the "low point drain" stickers all around (I have 4 ) - use a pan, or tub, and open each one until you get AF... Lines are winterized...

Tanks...

Once this is complete - I drain my grey and black tanks, and then add about 2 gal to each tank, pouring down each drain.

Generator...
Fill fuel level, and use a stabilizer - I use Sta-Bil. I always change the oil and filter at the end of each season - maybe overkill, but I do it anyways.

Roof...
I use "BEST Roof Conditioner" - and scrub the rubber roof to condition it at the end of the season. - If I've been in the woods a ton, I'll do this mid-season in addition to just before winterization.

Tires/Axel...
Check the tires, inspect them inside and out. - Axels - repack if you put a ton of miles on them, if not inspect and ensure nothing is oozing, loose, or looks out of order.

Clean up, use Damp-rid buckets in all major areas, and we also use moth balls in zip lock bags with holes in them in our empty low spaces.

I do not have my checklist here, it's in the camper at the lake. I'll double check it this weekend, and if I missed anything major, I'll post back.

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Old 10-14-2015, 09:07 PM   #6
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I have the same question as the OP. I have a 375BHFS that the dealer just winterized for me last week. The tech let me walk through with him as I was concerned with the residential fridge.

First off, you can't run anything through the water dispenser on the door or the ice maker without the refrigerator water filter installed. So now I need to replace that come spring because I contaminated it with antifreeze.

I wanted to use compressed air but my dealer told me they only use the antifreeze method.
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The tech also said that as long as there isn't a "check valve" (like the city water connection) then there is no need to run antifreeze through it.

That was his answer when I asked about running antifreeze through the black tank flush lines. He claims those are simply gravity fed and the water just runs out of them.
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I found myself in the same position you are, how to protect the refrigerator. Certainly has me wondering if the residential refrigerator option is a good idea for those of us living in northern climes. I spoke with the dealer who recommended anti freeze and said to just plan on replacing the filter. A filter is 42.00 and I hate the idea of replacing it before ever using it. My next door neighbor winters in California and said that he uses air to winterize the refrigerator in his house. Claims he's never had a problem. So, I'm going to give it a try and hope I don't end up kicking myself next Spring. I ran air through the refrigerator until no more water came out of either the water dispenser or the ice maker. I had to manually operate the ice maker, but it seemed to do the trick. Once it was clear of water, I closed valves on the water supply to the refrigerator then used anti freeze on the rest of the trailer. I guess we'll see.

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Winterizing 2015 pinnacle

My buddy is doing the same thing with his as the last poster, mtdawg.
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Thanks guys. I will have to try that for next year I guess.

Off to shop for my new filters now. Blah
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