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Old 01-09-2014, 10:23 AM   #15
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My wife and I just purchased our first rv as well, 2000 Beaver Patriot Thunder, and it too was already winterized. This is great information and I now feel better about how to de-winterize it. Thanks to everyone on this forum!!
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:14 AM   #16
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I gave up on the pink stuff about 25 years ago. I use my air compressor at about 50 PSI on the water input and keep flushing until there is no spitting of water left. I get about 2 years out of a gallon of pink stuff for the drains. My 2 Fleetwoods would drain from the low point drain very easily. I haven't tried that on the Mountain Aire yet. I have no strange taste in the Spring.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:43 PM   #17
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I gave up on the pink stuff about 25 years ago. I use my air compressor at about 50 PSI on the water input and keep flushing until there is no spitting of water left. I get about 2 years out of a gallon of pink stuff for the drains. My 2 Fleetwoods would drain from the low point drain very easily. I haven't tried that on the Mountain Aire yet. I have no strange taste in the Spring.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:53 PM   #18
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Not to mention that pink stuff stinks for a while until a lot of water
flushes through. It's the hot water mostly or when the weather is warm
out. We are in Arizona. Took a week of use when we were on the road last
year to get rid of the stink...I'm stuck with it as there is no good way to do a blowout on this one. The 94 Vectra had low drains so there was no problem
blowing it out. Cheers!
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:21 PM   #19
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Run a tank of water with about half a box of baking soda in it, Start by disloving the soda in warm water, a few gallons of water and perhaps a quarter cup of soda at a time,, And adding it to about half a tank of water You need a cup to cup and a half.

Then flush the soda out with fresh water.


NEXT YEAR:

DO NOT put antifreeze in teh fresh lines, Open all valves INCLUDING THE LOW POINT DRAINS and like Gabriel BLOW, Regulated air, 50 PSI, till it stops spitting water.. Then stop for like 3-5 mintues and blow again, Do this at least 10 times.. Close all valves (you may leave low points open or closed epically if they have spitter things on 'em, I like to close 'em to keep critters out). and pink up drains and toilets only.

You don't need to worry agout a taste of pink, in the waste lines.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:39 AM   #20
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Since like most I winterize as mentioned below, drain HWH, turn to by-pass, drain fresh tank, and introduce antifreeze via intake to pump. So, at that point I do not have any antifreeze in the fresh water tank. I usually hook up to water source, leave by-pass on, and flush system. Seems by this method a few minutes of flushing should remove the 1 1/2 gals of antifreeze pretty quickly. I have never noticed smell or taste. I am curious how you are putting the water/bleach mix in the fresh water holding tank, as the only source of input on mine is the hose inlet fitting, perhaps a piece of hose with a funnel on the end?

I don't worry about the fresh tank since I only use it for water to flush and wash hands while traveling, we never use it to drink as we hardly ever dry camp, and if we do we carry bottled water for drinking and making coffee, etc.

Would appreciate the tip on getting solution into fresh tank, as it probably would be good idea to flush occasionally.
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we have 100 gallon fresh which we use for drinking and bathing.

1st how we winterize ,we dump the bottom gate valve and factory install winterization kit, put in two gallons of pink in the winterizing tank, push the HWT bypass switch and drain HWT, push the winterize switch (bypasses the main tank and sucks pink from special tank). remove water filter and insert a temp bypass tube.(allows us to run pink to the refer ice maker) now turn on water pump and run each faucet until pink shows.

nowto summer water: return both the bypass switches to normal, fill main tank with fresh water, (we have a top fill for direct hose and entry of bleach on the side of the MH) I use a gallon of bleach with a full tank and put a quart in at a time while filling water. this helps mix the tank well enough. the run the pump and open each of the faucets with mixture. leave the bottom of the HWT open for a while to drain any old water out. then plug tank and open air vent to fill tank.

fill water tank to the top again and leave overnight but not more than 24 hours.
again, drain the main tank completely and refill, then run water until bleach odor is gone. replace under sink water filter and enjoy the rest of summer

vinegar or baking soda help but after two tanks water every thing is good. we always use the tank only for water supply and rarely hook up to camp water. this keep our tank water always fresh.

Not mentioned was getting rid of air in the lines. we run the faucet full and slowly close as all air is expelled while running very slowly.
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nowto summer water: return both the bypass switches to normal, fill main tank with fresh water, (we have a top fill for direct hose and entry of bleach on the side of the MH) I use a gallon of bleach with a full tank and put a quart in at a time while filling water. this helps mix the tank well enough. the run the pump and open each of the faucets with mixture. leave the bottom of the HWT open for a while to drain any old water out. then plug tank and open air vent to fill tank.

fill water tank to the top again and leave overnight but not more than 24 hours.
again, drain the main tank completely and refill, then run water until bleach odor is gone. replace under sink water filter and enjoy the rest of summer
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OK, that all makes sense BUT, I have no way I know of to get water into the fresh water holding tank other than by city water inlet, turn valve to tank position and it fills tank. Couple of things I am not sure about is, what happens when it is full, is there an overflow somewhere, and secondly is there any other way to get water into holding tank? I see no way other than some hose mixing apparatus to get bleach solution into tank.

In case it is pertinent, I have a 2004 National RV Seabreeze.

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We drained our lines completely, but just put water back in and found that the small line to the ice maker had frozen. We are taking it in to be fixed tomorrow, but is this something we should have known to drain? And how should we do so?
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water lines are water lines and if there is water in it ; well --
When winterizing the lines, remove the filters and bypass the assembly.
with the pump on, relieve the connection to the water valve to allow the antifreeze to fill the line. after all the lines are filled and the pump is off, I open all the valves and let the drain.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:26 AM   #25
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We drained our lines completely, but just put water back in and found that the small line to the ice maker had frozen. We are taking it in to be fixed tomorrow, but is this something we should have known to drain? And how should we do so?

I air blow my coach opening the ice maker bale wire inside the freezer and then I come back and disconnect the little tube from the Electric solenoid valve and blow clear again. I leave it disconnected and put a note on my pre start up sheet. I froze the electric solenoid valve last winter at a cost of $109.
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I just blow out my lines with an air compressor. I just don't like that yukky pink stuff in my water lines. Of course it only gets 22 below zero in Wyoming. If you live where it gets really cold maybe the pink stuff is a good thing.

BTW after blowing out my ice maker line I leave it disconnected and the valve open. The washer requires about a half gallon of the pink stuff, then put it on spin so the washer trap gets filled. I do take the filter off the water pump and I have a internal water filter when connected to city water I have to remove. Finally pour pink stuff in all my drains. Works for me.
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Damn! Just realized after reading this thread that I forgot to winterize the H2O line in the fridge to the ice maker. I ran antifreeze through the water dispenser but not into the ice maker.
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Best way to avoid antifreeze taste is not to drink the water from the fresh supply and only use for toilets, shower and dishwashing. We always carry a jug or 2 of water refilled from a fresh water tap from home or other permanent source.
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