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Old 11-22-2019, 08:27 AM   #1
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2013 Journey 42e Winterize

I have always used rv antifreeze to winterize my motorhomes.

So following the procedure in the book that came with the motorhome.

I noticed a couple things
1. Water heater Bypass it is very clear in the book to not drain the water heater until you winterize i was kinda of thinking huh why well sure enough if you drain it it fills the water heater with antifreeze.

So I have not taken the cover plate off to really inspect but i am assuming the bypass open the T in the water heater line and uses the existing water in the water heater to no allow back flow. I kind of think this design sucks seems to work but i would rather have 2 valves and complete by pass.
Curious what other thing on this?

2. The procedure for the residential fridge, I would like to note when we picked it up the water valve in the fridge was leaking so the dealer replaced. I have the old one sitting in my compartment. I can see you can run antifreeze through the water dispenser and they have you open a bypass valve in mind there is no valve just a connection you can open and remove the line going to the ice maker. I however think the valve itself would likely still have water on the ice maker side that would likely freeze and is likely why this valve leaked when we picked up. Curious if anyone has had this issue. Trying to prevent replacing again.

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Old 11-23-2019, 12:18 PM   #2
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I did it that way my first year, froze. So I just leave the antifreeze under pressure and let the icemaker run a couple of cycles.

You didn't mention removing filters. Made that mistakes once, took all color out so got a mouth full. Y u c k.

Yes the water will backfill into the HW tank as only feed line gets closed. Makes sure to flush as some AF gets in and will taint the water off you don't flush just prior to filling.

Havent had any issues since,.

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I did notice the water in the door runs to a tank behind the drawers for cooling.

I made a bypass on this so i could drain that tank it uses 5/16 sharkbite type fittings if anyone is interested
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