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Old 09-23-2013, 05:00 PM   #11
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I'm trying to avoid lifting and removing the permanent mattress to get at the bypass valve.
If it is too much of a struggle, could you not get a helping hand? Too bad you were not close here, I would be glad to help.

Besides, I can't imagine trying to get the residue of the antifreeze out of the water heater.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:03 PM   #12
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once you have antifreeze in your fresh tank and your water heater, it is very hard to rinse and eliminate the effects the following spring. You should perhaps cut an access hatch under the dinette full time bed to gain access to the water heater bypass valves. In addition the water pump is there and you should install an ez winterizing kit and you will only need about one gallon to winterize, all this from your access hatch. here is link to kit
Camco 36543 RV Pump Converter Winterizing Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:04 PM   #13
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Jim, If you re-read my thread, you'll read that I would like to NOT remove my PERMANENT mattress to get at the bypass valve (as it rubs against walls, window shades, and the collapsible shelf. If this method can work I would like to try it. Do you think it will work?
Im with the idea that RV antifreeze is potable.
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If you have the dinette open space in the middle of the permanent bed then you can cut an access hatch crawl under and yes this system works, I'm having it installed by Escape in my 21'
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wont the RV antifreeze rinse out with a normal spring flush?
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it will take a lot of water to rinse out your fresh tank and water heater......
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You'll also be using more than $50 worth of antifreeze (38 litres? ) and still not be sure that it got everywhere it should.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:17 PM   #18
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I am just thinking here, but if you were to remove the drain in the water heater and leave it out while draining the water lines by through the low-point drain, why would you need to bypass the water heater at all. It really should all flow out. This would both eliminate the need for antifreeze, or getting at the bypass valves.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:27 PM   #19
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Jim, do you mean just add a bit of RV anti freeze in the p traps? All the water is drained out of the system at this point.
The anti freeze is so cheep, I'd rather use more of it than risk tearing the mattress or blinds.
I'm okay with flushing out in the spring, I do it every year. This is the first year we've had the perm mattress.
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that will work Jim, and that is the way I did my 19 last year, but there is that sneaky valve in the toilet area that seems vulnerable to freezing, I kept a heater in my bath last year, but others had a surprise this spring.
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