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Old 10-31-2017, 09:27 AM   #21
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I"m sure I go overboard, but here is what I do. I open all the taps, the cap for the fresh water tank, take out the water heater plug, bypass water heater and open the low point drains.

Then I connect two old washer hoses I kept from my last change which I feed to a Y connector and put the end in a bucket. I close the low point drains. I hook up my compressor to my city water intake with one of those air nipples and turn it on. From there I close the taps starting at the ones closest to the city intake working my way out ending at the washer hook up. Usually it's only blowing a mist. When I'm done, all the taps are closed.

I then connect the air nipple to the black tank cleaner and plow that out.

Because I use my fresh water tank, (it has come in handy when parks lose electricity and subsequently well water or pressure is low), I use a funnel and pour 2 gallons of RV antifreeze into the fresh tank. I turn on the pump and open all the taps starting at the washer and working my way backwards until I have pink coming out. Then I change bypass back and run the hot tap in the kitchen sink until I see antifreeze come out the plug opening. This put antifreeze into the intake pipe at the top of the tank.

After all that I open the taps the low point drains and the fresh tank drain. Then I split a gallon of antifreeze between sinks, shower and toilet. Once it's done draining, I close all the taps.

I know it is probably overkill but it only takes me a little extra time and it give me peace of mind. I also have a check list to make sure I get the washer hookup, outside shower, fresh tank etc. The extra 30 minutes I spend is far less time and effort than chasing down and repairing a split pipe.

Every year when I winterize I think to myself I'm going to disconnect the washer hook ups then time gets away from me in the spring.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:18 PM   #22
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I never put RV anti freeze in my fresh water tank!!!
It's almost impossible to get it all out. Plus it's not necessary. What water that's left in the tank has plenty of room for expansion when it freezes.
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I never put RV anti freeze in my fresh water tank!!!
It's almost impossible to get it all out. Plus it's not necessary. What water that's left in the tank has plenty of room for expansion when it freezes.
I'm not concerned about water in the tank. I'm concerned about water in the hose from the tank to the pump. For all I know there is a roller coaster of loops from point A to point B. I know there likely isn't anything in there and as I said, I probably over do it.

I only use the fresh water tank to supplement water pressure and flush the toilet if we lose water in a campground. Have bottle water for drinking. Actually this is the first camper I've had that has the hose and bypass at the pump.
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