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Old 10-08-2010, 10:12 PM   #41
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

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Old 10-08-2010, 10:33 PM   #42
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I like the famous Tom Waits quote, "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:57 PM   #43
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Two things I noticed missing in this thread is THE DRAIN LINES. and the EXTERNAL WATER LINE direct to the sink. I take care of them this way: I open the drain line removing as much water as possible,(blowing?) and then I run antifreeze through the faucet and down the drain until I see pink at the outlet..Then I rotate the faucet to the up position before stopping.Then I open the external water supply and reaching in, push the anti reverse flow valve so as much water as possible drains out. Then I open the external water supply valve on the faucet and some pink should show at the inlet. If not, I fill the faucet again and repeat the process.

Now you have ALL your water lines antfreezed.

Note, if you have a toilet, and or another sink in the head, you may have to devise more methods to treat all those lines, including the holding tank(s).
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:35 PM   #44
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Re: How To Un-Winterize a Trailer

I know, I'm ahead of myself.

The previously posted instructions say:

Preparing your RV for use in the spring:
Flush fresh water tank and water lines thoroughly before using.
If you used Method 1 to winterize, turn the bypass valves to the normal position (see diagram on previous page)
Prior to operating the water heater, confirm it is full of water by briefly opening the relief valve. There should be no air present.

So...how do I know there is no air present? I can't remember if water will come out of the relief valve if I'm hooked to city water and the heater tank is full. Anybody recall how I know that my tank is full?

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Old 10-09-2011, 08:49 PM   #45
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

This is probably not the factory-recommended process, but I simply open all the hot water valves (kitchen, bathroom and ext. shower) until I get free-flowing water with no sputtering. I may be setting myself up for a problem, so I'm open to suggestions.

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It is the correct process

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Old 10-09-2011, 11:28 PM   #47
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

That makes sense to me. And after making sure water is coming out of the hot water tap, open the relief valve to release any trapped air.
I just can't remember if water will come out of the relief valve. I've only had to prep the trailer for the season three times now...

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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

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This is probably not the factory-recommended process, but I simply open all the hot water valves (kitchen, bathroom and ext. shower) until I get free-flowing water with no sputtering. I may be setting myself up for a problem, so I'm open to suggestions.

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Same thing I do with no problems. Actually I think it is better than opening the pressure/temp relief valve as it leaves a bit of air in the hot water heater. According to the WH instructions that is desirable - prevents dripping out of the valve as the water heats up and expands.

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Old 10-10-2011, 12:31 PM   #49
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

We use method two.
Low point drain, then blow out the system with < 40 P.S.I.
One tap at a time. Followed with RV anti freeze in all drains.
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Re: How To Winterize a Trailer

Escape is the smartest to tilt the hot water heater toward the outside of the trailer. All the other trailers I have owned the WH sits flat making draining difficult. I like the low point drain another smart idea.
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