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Old 10-09-2012, 09:33 AM   #11
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

Thanks, Paul, I saved it.
I guess it would help to make the trailer higher in the front while draining.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:39 AM   #12
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

Jim,
If you turn on the pump during the winterizing process will it pump the water from your accumulator also? There may be some residual in that tank, is that possible?
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:03 AM   #13
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

I too do what Paul does, drain the water heater, but I only run the pump for a few seconds, as that is all I find it takes to clear the water out of it.

have not yet winterized my trailer, as I just got back from a long trip yesterday, but the accumulator tank really does not hold much for water with no pressure on the system, and I installed it so the water will just drain right out anyway.

I did once try to blow out the lines as well, after I did the draining, but found I only got a wee spit of water anyway, not near enough to hurt the water lines when freezing.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:11 PM   #14
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

Jim,
I think a level trailer would be best. My understanding is Reace designed all the lines to make this process easier, looking at the fresh water tank (about the only thing one can visually see water) it seems to be designed to drain best when level.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:43 PM   #15
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

Hi: cpaharley2008... Don't forget to release the one way valve behind the sediment screen in the city water hose hookup. Take out the screen then look up the connection for a little white plunger. Push it in with your finger and water will surely come out and down your arm!!! Alf
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:21 AM   #16
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

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On my winterizing list I have some additional steps, perhaps you are already doing these:

- Remove the hot water anode rod, inspect, drain, flush with hose and reinsert with teflon tape.
- Run pump for 30 seconds with low point drain open.

I do not beleive the hot water tank will drain without removing the anode rod.

I have attached my complete instructions in .pdf, the source is Reace and the instructions describe the second of two methods.
Thanks for that Paul

One step I would add would be to flush out the hot water heater. Each year I have done that has washed out a significant amount of what i assume is precipitated calcium. I just stick the 1/2" clear plastic tube with a hose adapter on it (that I use on the end of my hose to fill the fresh water tank) into the tank after removing the anode rod and blast it out.

Speaking of the anode rod, I am attaching a couple of pictures of how mine looks like this year. With the steel inner rod still intact I assume it is safe to keep using? Any thoughts on that?
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:33 PM   #17
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

My anode looks like that. I took it to my local RV shop to see if I should replace it ( after four years with the trailer ) and was told it had plenty of life left.

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Old 10-19-2012, 06:36 PM   #18
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

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My anode looks like that. I took it to my local RV shop to see if I should replace it ( after four years with the trailer ) and was told it had plenty of life left.

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Thanks Glenn - I assumed that would be the case as the steel inner wire seems strong still and there is a lot of sacrificial material left on it.

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Old 10-20-2012, 01:28 PM   #19
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

One other change I forgot the mention, that I make to Paul's excellent checklist is with the RV antifreeze, since it needs to be in the drains and toilet anyway. After doing all the draining etc., I pour 1.5 US gal of antifreeze into the fresh water tank; close off the flow to the hot water heater; then use the pump to put the antifreeze into the toilet and sink drains. That way I don't worry that any water is trapped anywhere, especially in the pump.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:14 AM   #20
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Re: Winterizing question and unknown hose hookup

Oh, and don't forget to winterize the generator with some fuel treatment.
Then run if for about 10 min.
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