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Old 04-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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"De-winterizing" my 184bh

I had my trailer winterized. It wasn't cheap. I want to open it up and flush the lines. My problem is that I remember the guy who winterized it told me something about some valves he had opened or closed. I remember him showing them to me. The are under the bottom bunk. I jst don't know which ones to open or close or when in the flushing process to do it. If anyone has any idea what I'm talking about I would appreciate some help. I would rather do it myself.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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My guess is the valves are the water heater bypass. There are different bypass set ups with different number of valves. Most common are 3 valves. The valve on the water line going into the water heater and out of the water heater should be closed for the winter. A closed valve crosses the water line. Those 2 valves need to be opened...turned so that the valve handles are parallel to the water line. There is another line that crosses between the 2 lines before the valves mentioned above. That valve should be open for the winter and you will need to close it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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X2. The other possibility would be valves on the water pump that are used to suck antifreeze into the system. Normally, there is a valve between the pump and the FW tank, which is closed for winterizing, and another valve and short plastic line to go into a jug of antifreeze, which is opened. It is then closed after the system is full of antifreeze. The other valve needs to be opened at dewinterization, to allow the pump to pull water from the tank.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:35 PM   #4
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X2. The other possibility would be valves on the water pump that are used to suck antifreeze into the system. Normally, there is a valve between the pump and the FW tank, which is closed for winterizing, and another valve and short plastic line to go into a jug of antifreeze, which is opened. It is then closed after the system is full of antifreeze. The other valve needs to be opened at dewinterization, to allow the pump to pull water from the tank.
Good catch.:hihi: Forgot about that. I revers them after I pump the antifreeze, so I don't have to do them in the spring.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:49 AM   #5
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I had my trailer winterized. It wasn't cheap
No....It's not cheap. And when I found out the hourly rate at my local dealer was over $100hr....I realized I was going have to do for myself.

Assuming you were able to get lines flushed - you may still want to sanitize the entire water system. I sanitized my 154BH this weekend - it's not much work, but it takes 4-6 hours (most of which is waiting).....Keep the thread here going, or check out some previous threads on the topic. Good luck.
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Thanks everyone for your help. The responses I got here really helped. I was able to flush out and sanitize everything. I gave all systems a test run and am now ready to start the new season.
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Nice!....Gratz!
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