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Old 10-10-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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Winterizing Camper....What the Heck Am I Doing Wrong????

I by-passed and drained my hot water heater, then I went to run my antifreeze through the lines. I shut the valve coming from the fresh water tank and turned on the valve for the hose that the pump sucks the antifreeze through. I turned on my pump from the wall switch and I heard water hitting the ground outside. My wife yelled out the antifreeze was pouring out of the city water connection. What the heck? Any ideas? I was able to get antifreeze through all my lines. I just had my wife hold a jug under the city water connection and ai would keep running it through till all the faucets and commode ran pink, but the whole time, antifreeze just kept pouring from the city water connection. Now I know this isn't right. I winterized the camper myself the last 2 seasons and didnt have this issue. Help!!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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It sounds to me like the check valve in the city water inlet is stuck open, allowing the antifreeze to come out. That`s my best guess, because I`ve never had that happen or saw it reported here before.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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It sounds to me like the check valve in the city water inlet is stuck open, allowing the antifreeze to come out. That`s my best guess, because I`ve never had that happen or saw it reported here before.
Is that the little push button valve behind the screen on the city water connection? I did push it in and out and it seems to be running freely......
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:10 AM   #4
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Sounds like the check valve is stuck open. I have read several threads where it is mentioned how/why it gets stuck in the open position.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:51 AM   #5
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There is an o-ring inside the city water connection. Remove the water fitting from the inside and pull the whole city connection out of the camper. Once it's out, you can disassemble it and put the o-ring back on the seat. If you press the center push button valve in while the system is under full pressure, it'll un-seat the o-ring.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:32 PM   #6
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Today I winterized my new Jayco Eagle Super Light for the first time. All seemed to go well. The last thing I did was push in the little push button in the city water connection and sure enough, the pink stuff squirted out. Now the push button is loose, giving no resistance when I push in on it. Will it reset itself when I pressurize the system with city water next year?
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I by-passed and drained my hot water heater, then I went to run my antifreeze through the lines. I shut the valve coming from the fresh water tank and turned on the valve for the hose that the pump sucks the antifreeze through. I turned on my pump from the wall switch and I heard water hitting the ground outside. My wife yelled out the antifreeze was pouring out of the city water connection. What the heck? Any ideas? I was able to get antifreeze through all my lines. I just had my wife hold a jug under the city water connection and ai would keep running it through till all the faucets and commode ran pink, but the whole time, antifreeze just kept pouring from the city water connection. Now I know this isn't right. I winterized the camper myself the last 2 seasons and didnt have this issue. Help!!!
Just curious Villain...did you push in the little push button before you started the winterizing procedure? I'm no expert for sure, but if you did start that way, then the antifreeze will continually run out the city water connection when the pump is on. My dealer was very clear in telling me that releasing the pressure was the last thing to do.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:40 PM   #8
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Just curious Villain...did you push in the little push button before you started the winterizing procedure? I'm no expert for sure, but if you did start that way, then the antifreeze will continually run out the city water connection when the pump is on. My dealer was very clear in telling me that releasing the pressure was the last thing to do.
Interesting thought. Thanks for your input. I didn't push in the valve before I started the process. All I can figure is that the valve, for some reason is stuck. I have not been back to my storage area to look further in to it. I will report my findings when I do.
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There is an o-ring inside the city water connection. Remove the water fitting from the inside and pull the whole city connection out of the camper. Once it's out, you can disassemble it and put the o-ring back on the seat. If you press the center push button valve in while the system is under full pressure, it'll un-seat the o-ring.
It won't reset itself. It is spring loaded and if the o-ring is unseated the whole thing is loose. Very easy fix once you pull the city connection apart.
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[QUOTE=LiftedAWDAstro;100972]It won't reset itself. It is spring loaded and if the o-ring is unseated the whole thing is loose. Very easy fix once you pull the city connection apart.[/QUOT Thanks for the info. Could you go into a little more detail on how to carry out the disassembly. My city water connection is at the very back of the trailer. Can you pull the connection apart from outside the trailer, or do you need to get to the back side of the inlet?
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