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Old 10-26-2012, 12:50 AM   #31
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

Cathy, sounds like you did everything fine. I would add a the antifreeze to the sink drain too, as the trap there has water in it.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:03 AM   #32
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

Okay, Jim, will do. Couldn't remember if someone said that the sink trap was down with the shower trap which is why they left out the sink lately but then I might be imagining that. Also, our bath vent leaks so tried covering it with plastic but don't know if that will keep water out. If not, it will go down the shower drain with the anti-freeze.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #33
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To add to the above posts on what is needed to winterize:

We had the toilet valve crack from having water in the bottom of the valve. We are not the only ones who have had this happen. The toilet leaked like crazy in the spring when we were about to leave on our first trip of the year. We could not go anywhere until it was fixed because any water in the fresh water tank went to the toilet and down the shower drain. Cost us over $100 to have the valve replaced.

We were told that none of the instructions would have addressed that. We now have the kit with tube and will close the valve to bypass the hot water tank before running anti-freeze into the lines. We will not put anti-freeze into the fresh water tank, however, as that is supposedly not needed. We'll see.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:26 PM   #34
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HI All! Started the winterizing process for Bailey today.... bypassed and drained hot water tank, no problem, reinstalled plug with new tape. Had ETI install a valve and hose to water pump for easy winterizing.... but I think they put the valve in backwards... all my antifreeze is going into the fresh water tank not to the pump - isn't it supposed to go to pump? Help!
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Picture of Bailey's winterizing valve

The pink antifreeze going from bottle to tank not to pump!
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If you position the lever so it points toward the right, does that shut off the flow from the antifreeze? Hopefully someone who has one of these that works correctly can have some input here for you.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:32 AM   #37
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It may be in backwards, my valve is on the inside and it pulls from the bottle to the pump. Is it accessible to reinstall?
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:24 PM   #38
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.... but I think they put the valve in backwards... all my antifreeze is going into the fresh water tank not to the pump - isn't it supposed to go to pump? Help!
Yes, a quick winterizing connection is normally between the pump and the tank, and the antifreeze is supposed to go to the pump. I think you have this figured out.

Those diverter valves usually have just two positions:
  1. in one position, flow goes straight through the valve, and the right-angled connection is shut off (this is usually used for normal operation);
  2. in the other position (shown in the photo), flow goes between the right-angled connection (on top in the photo) and one side of the straight run (left in the photo), while the other side of the straight run is shut off (this is usually used to suck up antifreeze, or in the water heater case to bypass the heater).
If we have this right, it is backwards and re-installing the valve with the two straight-through connections reversed will fix it - reverse left and right as shown in the photo. Unfortunately, those look like crimped connection, (which are light, compact, and reliable... but are a pain to change. My guess is that it would be easier to cut out and discard the valve than to fix the installation. This means replacing it with either the same design crimped in the right way, or with a valve that has screw-on fittings that don't need a crimper.

I do have a question, though...
The pump wouldn't draw in the antifreeze if the valve isn't connected right. You can push the antifreeze in with an external pump, but you wouldn't need that external pump if you have this connection to the plumbing on the intake (tank) side of the pump. How are you getting the antifreeze in? (hand-pumping?)
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FishBioGirl,
Under normal condition, are you able to pump water from fresh water tank to faucets? If you can, you may be able to go a long route to winterize your pumbing system. Let two gallons of the pink antifreeze going from bottle to fresh water tank, shut off the valve to the bottle, and then pump the pink antifreeze from the fresh water tank through the pump to all water outlets.

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Old 11-10-2014, 05:30 AM   #40
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Tommy LR -
That maybe the route to go for this year as I don't have time to fix it now. I will talk with ETI today.
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