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Old 04-16-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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de-winterizing tips...

Hey everyone this is my first time de-winterizing my 26BH Jayflight I was wondering if any of the veterans had any tips? Thanks
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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Make sure the water heater by-pass is reversed to normal and make sure the water heater is full before you turn it on.

Turning on a water heater that is empty in the gas mode will ruin it and turn it into scrap metal very quickly. Turning it on in the electric mode will toast the heater element causing a repair that is a PITA as a minimum.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Also follow the fresh water system sanitizing instructions in your manual after you have flushed the antifreeze out of the system.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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Purge the propane system. start w/ the stove, then the heater....lastly, try to light the pilot on the HW Heater (if it's gas ....and your sure it's full of clean water)
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dont forget to purge the antifreeze from the outside shower also.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:45 PM   #6
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X2 on all of the above. For me, I doubled the bleach to water ratio (just like the manual suggested) so your sanitizing time frame is shortened to 1 hour.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:03 PM   #7
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This has nothing to do with de-winterizing but when you winteriz your TT I read somewhere that you are not to put antifreeze in the water heater. How do you make sure that the water heater is sanitized?
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This has nothing to do with de-winterizing but when you winteriz your TT I read somewhere that you are not to put antifreeze in the water heater. How do you make sure that the water heater is sanitized?
You need to open your by-pass valves so that you can fill the water heater with bleach water when you bleach the rest of your water system. Shower hoses, toilet water line, etc. all have to have bleach in them to sanitize the water system.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:33 PM   #9
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To add another thought, I dewinterized and then sanitized and then decided to blow out all mine lines because I might get a 30 or 31 degree night from time to time.

Having learned from last year, when doing this - if you first trip is without city water, make sure you turn on your pump while filling your fresh water tank so the water heater and lines are full or you won't have as much water in the tank. Learning from experience.
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Hi The way that I de-winterize my trailer is, I first fill my water tank with a bleach (unscented) water mix I the allow it to sit for a couple of hours to sanitize the Whole tank then I open up my hot water by pass and start the pump by turning on the breaker while keeping the breaker to your hot water heater off. Then I open up the farthest out let which is for me is the outside shower HOT FIRST this will draw water into the hot water tank. As soon as all the air is out of the line and it stops sputtering then the tank is full I then open up the cold and all the rest of the lines until they run clear Now all lines have bleach water in them. I then shut of the pump close all the lines and let it sit for a couple of more hours Finally its drain and rinse till all the bleach is gone PS a little bleach water won’t hurt you if you look at most health department rules you will see that to hand wash dishes in a restaurant you give a second rinse to them using a mild solution of bleach water.
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