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Old 09-08-2015, 02:05 AM   #21
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I use about a gallon and a half on my 17B. I was surprised how little it takes to fill the lines, using the hand pump and city water inlet. Rest goes into the traps.

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Old 09-08-2015, 08:01 PM   #22
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On our 19' it takes less than a gallon with the 3 way valve using the onboard pump and the pump gets winterized too.

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Old 09-13-2015, 10:21 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by elongest View Post
If you are talking about this item it is a fairly easy modification. If you have a Shurflo pump it has an adapter that lets you screw it directy to your pump input line.
You must ensure the pick up valve is installed so when the pick up port is selected it connects to the pump input. If not paying attention it can be put it on backwards and it won't work. The other issue is where is your pump strainer is located. If it is located in the middle of your tank pick up line (Like Casita does it.) your strainer can freeze and crack if you don't drain it. If your strainer is located on the input of your pump with a hose barb connector it will be infront of your winterization valve when you done. You will have to remove the bowl to drain the strainer to keep it from freezing.
You can buy a strainer to install after the pick up valve but you will have also by a hose barb fitting for the valve.
Bottom line it works great. Hope this helps.
I liked the idea of a brass valve and ordered this. When I went to install it into my 19' Escape, I found out that there isn't enough clearance due to the wheel well. If you have a 19, consider the plastic valve listed in this thread. Available from Amazon as well as ebay.
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:22 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by escape artist View Post
Hi: All... I'm vary wearisome of pink stuff in my water!!! I'd rather just blow down the entire system and leave it dry. IMHO it looks better that way. I save the pink stuff for the drains... it's cheaper that way!!! Alf
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We have done both the anti-freeze method and the air compressor method this winter. Keep in mind this winter is our first time with any trailer & we have winterized & de-winterized our 15B 3 times now, and our 19 once, so we consider ourselves pros. First time we used antifreeze, next three times we blew out the lines. We have a small one gallon air compressor I bought 15 years ago for minor work at home, not really what you want to use, it worked fine to blow out the lines, it just took a while both times. Our very next purchase will be a larger compressor that can hold at 80 psi longer and help us winterize quickly.
Of the two methods we really like the air compressor method best because we don't have to buy as much antifreeze and don't have to flush the lines or worry about chemical residue that didn't get fully flushed out when we use the trailer. Since we use the trailer all winter - we either go south or go local if we get warmer weekend weather (26 F for a low), we winterize more than once a season. Plus when we dry camp there is no place to flush out the antifreeze except at the dump station, and that takes more time away from camping. With the compressor we don't have to keep much antifreeze on hand, just enough for the traps, and with multiple winterizations the new compressor will pay for itself in a few short years. We just remove and replace the hot water heater anode with teflon tape, and so when we dry camp we just fill up the fresh water and are ready to go!

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