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Old 09-04-2015, 08:11 PM   #1
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Winterizing T Valve - What, how, why

Trying to plan in advance. I see that the Winterizing T Valve is an option that the former owner did not take advantage of. Where is it installed and how does it help with the winterizing process? Would it be possible to install one myself, or is it too late once the trailer is completed?

-40F is not uncommon in Northern Ontario!

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Old 09-04-2015, 08:16 PM   #2
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I'll be interested, too. The Winterizing T Valve was not offered when I got my trailer in May, 2015. I was assured by ETI that I could winterize just fine with the standard equipment.
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If you are talking about this item http://www.amazon.com/Camco-36543-Pu.../dp/B0006JJ588 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.
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Eddie!
Thank you for the explanation! I've ordered one and will install before freeze-up. That way I don't have to have any pink stuff in the fresh water tank and know that places that need the antifreeze (like the toilet flush thing) will get it. Thanks very much!

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I use RV anti-freeze and none of it goes in the fresh water tank. That tank is simply drained. The anti-freeze is pumped in through the city water inlet, with the water heater drained and bypassed.
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Are you using a hand pump to pump it in?

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Are you using a hand pump to pump it in?

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Yes. It's from Camco ( like everything RV ). I do have a 6 gal. compressor and connections to blow out the lines, but I feel more secure when I see pink coming out of the taps. I can't see air.
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Yes. It's from Camco ( like everything RV ). I do have a 6 gal. compressor and connections to blow out the lines, but I feel more secure when I see pink coming out of the taps. I can't see air.
Are you blowing out first, then pumping in the antifreeze second? I see that the antifreeze I bought today is good to -50 "if it is not diluted with water in the lines"

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I don't bother with the compressor.
I just keep pumping until I hear a shout from inside the trailer. That's my wife saying pink is coming through.
She's in there opening one tap at a time, starting at the sink, until she sees pink.
Don't forget the shower hose, the toilet and outside shower.
If you use the Google search site here and look up winterizing, you will find step-by-step instructions for various methods.
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Buy one of these and cut the line before the pump and install it. Add a piece of tubing to the branch outlet long enough to extend out of the cabinet and reach a gallon of antifreeze. Then use your pump to winterized. Total install time was about 5 minutes. Works great.

Flair It RV Water Line 3 Way Valve All Are 1 2" PEX | eBay

In this picture it does not have the branch tubing on it. I leave a cap on it when not in use which you can buy at the same place but it's not necessary.

Flair It RV Fresh Water Line Fittings 1 2" FPT End Cap | eBay

Parker gets the credit for the idea not me.
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