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Old 01-22-2014, 07:52 AM   #1
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de winterizing

I am a new Jayco owner and I am unable to find any videos or step by step instructions on how to properly de winterize the trailer. I have 2014 22FB. Any help ?
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:32 AM   #2
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Here is what I do each spring. I fill my fresh water holding tank about halfway and then addd a cup of bleach and then fill the fresh water holding tank the rest of the way until water runs out of the fresh water tank overflow hose. I then drive my TT around a little to swish it all up. Using the onboard pump I then run each tap, bathtub, shower, sink and outside shower until the water looks clear. ( since I use pink antifreeze to winterize). I then tighten the water heater drain plug and turn the bypass valves to allow water to fill up the water heater. I then open the hot water faucets to allow water to run through the water heater. Once I feel enough bleach mixed water has run through the water lines I then open my fresh water holding tank drain to empty it out. I then close the drain and refill the fresh water holding tank with just water and then run water througfh each tap until the bleach smell is gone. Sometimes I needed to refill the fresh water holding tank a few times and run the water through until the bleach smell is gone, but those times I had help and I think my helper poured in more than one cup of bleach.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:46 AM   #3
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I do pretty much the same as Joe but I leave the mixture in the tank for 3 or 4 hours before draining.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:56 AM   #4
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Yes I too let the bleach water mix sit for a few hours after I run it through the water lines. I do this to ensure it cleans as well as kills any bacteria, mold, spiders etc that may of found their way in over the winter.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:28 AM   #5
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I agree. Bleach, let it sit for two or three hours and then rinse well.
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:45 AM   #6
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My Jayco owners manual has a winterizing and dewinterizing procedure in it, along with the proper bleach ratio for the water tank. 1 cup bleach to 50 gal water, run through pipes 'till bleach smell is evident, let sit for 4 hrs, then drain and refill water tank and flush pipes.

I don't winterize my trailer with anti-freeze. I blow it out with my compressor (set at 60psi). no issues for the past 5 years.

the pink stuff was a pain to put in and flush out.

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Old 01-25-2014, 07:52 AM   #7
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Don't forget to open the bypass valves for your water heater, you don't want to have to replace it if you start it with no water in it
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Old 01-25-2014, 03:56 PM   #8
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Ditto... except. I always pour a little extra bleach down the toilet and sink, then I will fill the black and grey tanks all the way up and let it sit for a couple hours too. I try to use just enough bleach in the fresh water tanks in case I actually do have to drink it.

I am always trying to find a way to get the black tank a little cleaner without actually touching it :-)

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so its safe to let bleach into the water heater tank?
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so its safe to let bleach into the water heater tank?
Just don't heat it and drain and rinse it until it is clean of bleach.
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