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Old 08-27-2015, 07:14 PM   #1
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Winterizing?

Not ready to pack it in yet for the season, but does anyone know where the pipe conections for winterizing is, on the Whitehawk 23mbh ? Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:46 PM   #2
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There should be an access panel to get to the rear of the water heater. There you will see the bypass valves. Under the main sink below the shelf there should be a panel held in place by two screws to allow access to the water pump. There you should have a bypass valve with an extra tube to allow you to suction RV antifreeze directly into the lines.
Make sure you drain everything (water tank, holding tanks, hot water tank, all the water lines) first. Outside the low point drains should be clearly marked. Make sure to drain them all. If you have the means utilize an air compressor (set at working line pressure not exceeding 50PSI) to blow out all the lines.
Close all the drains and add the RV antifreeze. Dont forget to dump some in the drains and in the toilet. There is no need to add any to the main water tank.
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One thing I do when possible is take the sink traps off and drain them before putting some antifreeze in.

After draining all the water, I use an air compressor to blow the lines out, then drain the traps, pump antifreeze through, and blow lines out again. Then pour antifreeze down the drains/toilet.
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Thanks for the information. I'll have a look when the time comes for the connections. The hint for the compressor is a handy one. Didn't know about that. Thanks again!
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Sad thing is before we know it the time will be here to winterize!!!

As for the air compressor, I usually take my time blowing the lines out. Going from faucet to faucet, letting each run for at least a few minutes. Then go back around again. My thinking is the less water in the lines, the less antifreeze it takes to reach a strong enough mix to protect from freezing. Not sure why I started blowing the lines out after pumping the antifreeze, maybe to have the much more in the traps/ holding tanks???


Guess that will mean it's time to get the sleds out shortly after! Lol
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Sad thing is before we know it the time will be here to winterize!!!

As for the air compressor, I usually take my time blowing the lines out. Going from faucet to faucet, letting each run for at least a few minutes. Then go back around again. My thinking is the less water in the lines, the less antifreeze it takes to reach a strong enough mix to protect from freezing. Not sure why I started blowing the lines out after pumping the antifreeze, maybe to have the much more in the traps/ holding tanks???


Guess that will mean it's time to get the sleds out shortly after! Lol
X2 on the above except I don't use the pink stuff. Just drain everything as described, then close up the drains and blow out the lines carefully going from fixture to fixture. Take the shower wand off at the faucet and drain the hose. Make sure to blow out the water line feeding the toilet and the outside shower. Then pour a cup or 2 of pink stuff in the sink and shower drains and onto toilet seal. Close it up and your done. You can still use your RV without rewinterizing as long as you don't put water back into the lines. If you do, the process to rewinterize only takes about 15 minutes.
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It takes me a good long afternoon to winterize, but that also includes cleaning out everything that may be of interest to the rodent population and giving everything a good scrubbing. I drain the plumbing the best I can, then blow out the lines with the air compressor. I then pump the pink stuff through it all, then blow that out as well. It's twice the work, but that way I know there's no water left in there. Winters around here can get to -30* for extended periods of time, so I'd rather spend the time in the fall to make sure everything is done properly, than spend the money in the spring to repair the damage from the burst lines. This method has served me well with our old hybrid, so I see no reason to do otherwise with the new trailer.
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Thank you again for the helpful information, I'll be sure to give the lines a good cleaning when the time comes.
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X2 on the above except I don't use the pink stuff. Just drain everything as described, then close up the drains and blow out the lines carefully going from fixture to fixture. Take the shower wand off at the faucet and drain the hose. Make sure to blow out the water line feeding the toilet and the outside shower. Then pour a cup or 2 of pink stuff in the sink and shower drains and onto toilet seal. Close it up and your done. You can still use your RV without rewinterizing as long as you don't put water back into the lines. If you do, the process to rewinterize only takes about 15 minutes.
Above is exactly what I do when the time comes.

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I do not have an air compressor so I simply drain all lines using the low point drains. I also drain the water heater using the plug. I then use the hose supplied to pump pink antifreeze into my lines....I make sure that all taps are seeing the pink stuff and then turn off. Same with the showers both inside and outside. I do the same with the toilet as I flush until the shows. I then pour antifreeze into the shower drain, sink drain and toilet.

I never took the battery out of the trailer as well, I simply ensured that it was fully charged and turned off all the power going to the battery and locked up my trailer.

This is in an area that has -40 below C temps during the winter and I had no damage and my battery was fine.

Just make sure that you empty the lines and that you by pass the water heater or you will need a lot of antifreeze.
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