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Old 09-08-2015, 01:05 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, 07:01 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, 09:21 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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