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Old 09-27-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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Winterizing?????

Now that the cold weather is coming (eventually anyway), I have a few questions regarding winterizing. My camper is a 2011 Jay Flight 26BH. There are a couple of drains on the driver side where the two freshwater tanks are. Do these only drain the freshwater tanks or are they the low point drains for the plumbing system? On the side of the camper it has low point drain labels for them. But if they are low point drains, how do you drain the freshwater tanks?

Needless to say I am a little lost here. I want to be able to blow my lines out with air so I don't have to use so much antifreeze (only the P traps). Or should I just use antifreeze in the lines always (by using the pump)?

Anyone got some pointers for me on the best way to help a newbie winterize?

Thanks so much for all the help everyone!! This forum has been most helpful.

Brent
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:12 AM   #2
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He Brent - glad to help - I have the same trailer (2009) so only 1 freshwater tank - but should be similar.

On the drivers side is the low point drains for the fresh water tanks only. I usually open mine for a while and let it all drain out, then close it so bugs dont crawl up there. Next I run my pump for a while and get as much water out as I can from the suction line, etc.

Next I pull the hot water heater plug and let it drain, but do not turn the bypass yet. I attach my air hose to the city inlet and set it on about 35-40 lbs. The air will then go into the water heater and blow even more water and junk out the drain hole. Now I set it in bypass mode. Next one at a time I turn on the inside shower, outside shower, sink, kitchen and blow most of the water of of them. I also pop each low point drain for a second which are located under the rear bunk - center rear of the trailer on mine.

Next I pull all the air line off the city connection and fill the system full of anti-freeze by turning on everything again one at a time - takes just over a gallon using this method. I also pop the low points for a second to put some down those lines.

Why do I use the air AND anti-freeze method? (Because I am anal!) ok - there are a few other reasons. I started with the air only method, but found small pockets of water still existed around the pump, water heater, low points, etc. Probably would have been ok - but for a couple of dollars worth of antifreeze I feel much more confident I am protected.

Why not antifreeze only? Well that works just fine, but it seems to takes quite a bit more antifreeze, plus I like to blow out those lines that go into the water heater.
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snip......Next I pull all the air lines and fill it full of anti-freeze by turning on everything again one at a time - takes just over a gallon using this method.....snip
Terry,

May just be the terminology, but what do you mean by "pull all the air lines"? Of course I haven't had a cup of coffee yet today so that may be the problem

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My fingers were going faster than my brain...happens all the time....I think I restated it better....what I meant was pulling the air line off the city connection.

And you were thinking I added some kind of super mod to that thing!

I really need to just take a few videos of winterizing and post them here and get someone to do the same on a 5er. That is a pretty common question and seems fairly complicated - but actually really easy.
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Don't forget to pour some antifreeze down the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and tub traps too.
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snip.....And you were thinking I added some kind of super mod to that thing!........snip
With all the mods going on around here, one never knows!

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Good explanation Terry.

When I had to winterize I would drain everything, bypass the heater, pour two gallons in the tank and run the pump going from the farthest to the closest faucet.

Before we left home I helped my son winterize his new Caliber and it had 5 valves to turn plus the drain valves. I never saw so many valves on a trailer before.
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Try searching Youtube, there are many videos on winterizing your camper. I find visual instructions work better for me than the ones written down. There is a guy on youtube who shows you how to winterize a Jay Flight.
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Don't forget to pour some antifreeze down the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and tub traps too.
Good point! Forgot to mention that. Isnt it easier to do than explain?

Actually the idea is if you run the lines and let anti-freeze come out - just make sure you let a little extra come out to fill up the traps. You dont have to worry about getting both sides of most kitchen sinks because they share a trap (but verify). Also dont forget to poor a little in the toilet.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:13 PM   #10
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I learned this the hard way... After you have antifreeze in all the lines, you need to release the pressure in city hookup to get final water out. Before you push the button make sure you have a faucet open, or else you'll be wearing half gallon and have to replace the inlet valve!!!
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