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Old 10-13-2010, 05:14 AM   #1
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I ran antifreeze though all my lines but there was still water in all lines. Yet on the antifreeze jugs it says to remove all water before you run antifreeze through or it will expand and damage lines. SO does everyone blow out lines first? Any help would be appreaciated.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:00 AM   #2
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open all you low point drains and make sure you empty the hot water tank, I then blow out all the lines to clear them of all the water, some guys quit there, I don't I then pump the lines full of anti-freeze, pretty cheap insurance, but there should be no water in the lines...watch the air pressure, I do mine at 40psi, then open one faucet at a time till all the water is gone, take your time, it's not hard to do....
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This will be the first year I personally winterize my Sunset Trail, and I will be blowing the lines out. The past couple of years it was in the shop for end of season warranty work and I just had them winterize, and they blew the lines out. Worked just fine.

RV Tech tells me it's okay to go to 50 - 55 psi but to watch the regulator.

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Old 10-13-2010, 06:50 AM   #4
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open all you low point drains and make sure you empty the hot water tank, I then blow out all the lines to clear them of all the water, some guys quit there, I don't I then pump the lines full of anti-freeze, pretty cheap insurance, but there should be no water in the lines...watch the air pressure, I do mine at 40psi, then open one faucet at a time till all the water is gone, take your time, it's not hard to do....
X2. I use 40 psi and it works great. Be sure to open the low point drains and get some anti-freeze to that point. This is often overlooked as is the outside shower if you have one. If you have a black tank flush option be sure to blow that out with air. Can not hurt to put some antifreeze in that line also.
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:18 AM   #5
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:48 AM   #6
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dont forget the outdoor shower and antifreeze in the drain traps
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:30 AM   #7
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Never thought about the sewer flush. Good excuse to go to the site this weekend.

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Old 10-13-2010, 02:34 PM   #8
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I drain the water heater, put it on bypass, then open all the faucets and the low point drains. Once the low point drains stop I close all the faucets and low points and drop the pump hose into the rv antifreeze and turn on the pump. Then open and close each faucet and each low point until the pink stuff comes out of each. Pour about a cup of antifreeze down each trap. This has worked for years and I have never used air to blow out the lines first. Don't really know if it matters. Edited by: dalemac377
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:46 PM   #9
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I'll second on dalemac377's process. I have owned RVs for 19 years and have never blown out the lines. I just put the pink stuff in and run each faucet (both hot and cold) and the toilet until each runs bright pink. This puts some in the traps also.
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:07 AM   #10
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Ditto to the above 2 posts. This method has worked for the last 2 trailers over 6 years. Good points to remember the outside shower and the toilet.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:36 AM   #11
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Like the previous three, count me as one who has never blown out the lines prior to filling with antifreeze. I've had no issues in ten years of Canadian winters.



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Old 10-21-2010, 02:35 AM   #12
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Does anyone know the thread size of the hot water tank drain? I'm going to winterize our TT today and would like to pick up the supplies on the way.

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Kenny, I believe it is a standard 1/2" pipe thread. I bought a short, male boiler drain hose bib (1/4 turn) and screwed it in. Works great and since it is short, the cover still closes fine.

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Old 10-29-2010, 06:42 AM   #14
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!st time winter storage outdoors. How should the battery be handled. Thanks
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:11 AM   #15
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On the battery you have a few options.



Mine I keep my trailer plugged in all winter so the converter keeps the battery charged. But I do have a 3 stage converter so if you keep yours plugged in and only have a 2 stage converter, you need to check the water in the battery once a month or so. If you have a 3 stage, like I have,I just check my water in the battery in the fall and then again in the spring. (it hasnt ever been low yet in the 1 1/2yr I have had the trailer.



The second option is to buy a good float charger and put that on your battery over the winter while on the trailer. Others will chime in about what ones they use I bet or do a search on it.



Third,You can remove and put the battery inside the garage and recharge it once a month or so or put a float charger on it.



I like keeping mine plugged in because I go out there once in a while and check on things over the winter and it is good to have lights on and I dont have to mess with taking my battery off the trailer.
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I remove the battery and store it in a heated garage on wood not concrete never had a problem and get good life on all my seasonal batteries,
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I have been camping for 15 years with different campers. I now have the 2011 Cruiser CF30ES. I agree with everyone. I don't usually blow out the lines. However, if you have a camper with the new black tank flush, you will need to hook a short piece of hose to the black tank flush input. Fill the hose with antifreeze. Then use 40psi to blow the antifreeze through the black tank flush into the holding tank. You don't want that to freeze. Deputydog
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