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Old 12-30-2011, 05:35 PM   #43
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I just winterized the mh. All I did was drain water heater, and water tanks. Then blew everything out with air, I mean everything. Opened bypass valves, faucets, icemaker line, filter under sink. Did it in winterize mode, city water mode, tank fill mode, even blew tank wash system out. Then put a small amount of antifreeze in the traps. Also ran washing machine with air going to it. I hope this does it, its my first time. And yes it is depressing!
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:24 PM   #44
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You better bite the bullet and run antifreeze thru everything . You'll be trying to save about $30 worth of anti-freeze but come next year the big expense will hit you.

Do you know how expensive it is to fix it after it freezes? Wash machine will freeze.

All it takes is a small dip in a horizontal water line.

Please come back in the spring and let us know how it turned out.

And remember, insurance isn't any good on freeze ups.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:10 PM   #45
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I will let you know when we get it ready for our first outing in April! I think I was very thorough. I know most everybody uses antifreeze and its non-toxic, just don't like the idea of it in my water lines.
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You'll hate water inside your walls worse.
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I blew out all my lines before we had mid 20's overnight weather back in November, all was very easy with my compressor hookup down to 45 lbs and no problems.

I de-winterized for Christmas trip and it sounds like the water pump is noiser or more rattly than before. No leaks, all good pressure, but maybe I ran the water pump too long after it was empty. We havent been below freezing since Christmas and nothing forecast for the next couple of weeks either, so I have not re-winterized yet.

Any ideas on the noisier water pump?
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A GREAT thread no matter WHEN it was started...

My question,... How do you lube the 'knife valves'? Can it be done without taking then apart?
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Just did it yesterday. Lines blown out and pink stuff in the drains. Now the countdown begins till we leave for FL whick is 7 weeks from this coming Monday. YEA!!!!
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A GREAT thread no matter WHEN it was started...

My question,... How do you lube the 'knife valves'? Can it be done without taking then apart?
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I know this works on the toilet valves/seals and I was TOLD it also helps the black tank seals and knife valves.

So this may or may not help.
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I'll be looking into this. Sticky valves= NO FUN!
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The water system survived with what I did last winter but when I tried to start the coach this spring the batteries were DEAD!! I had switched the battery switch to "store" that killed the L.P. detector light from flashing and I was not able to turn the radio on. Any thoughts where I was still having a draw that I can do something about this year. Maybe just unhooking the batteries when leaving it. Would I have to unhook the coach and chassis batteries and what side would you unhook. I've read posts that recommend pos. and others that suggest neg. ????? Thanks All!
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I guess I should have mentioned I have a 2011 Baystar 2901 if folks have a more specific idea as to what fuses or any help you can give me with the batteries for storage. I'm NOT ready to put it away yet as I hope to get lots of fall camping in..........just planning ahead Thanks!
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I have been able to connect to the water pump inlet to run the "pink stuff" through all the regular lines until they emit the pink. However, the ice maker appears to be be Really stuborn! I have gone through 2 cycles so far and I am still getting clear ice cubes! Any suggestions?
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I have been able to connect to the water pump inlet to run the "pink stuff" through all the regular lines until they emit the pink. However, the ice maker appears to be be Really stuborn! I have gone through 2 cycles so far and I am still getting clear ice cubes! Any suggestions?
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Keep trying, that feed line is small but usually holds more than you think. We have a stand alone U-Line icemaker just behind the passenger seat and the feed line comes from just in front of the rear wheels on our 40' MH.
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I have been able to connect to the water pump inlet to run the "pink stuff" through all the regular lines until they emit the pink. However, the ice maker appears to be be Really stubborn! I have gone through 2 cycles so far and I am still getting clear ice cubes! Any suggestions?
Howard, The best advice for you in this regard is to NOT introduce RV anti freeze into the icemaker. You would rather want to disconnect the water line, trigger the ice maker to eject thereby opening the water valve and to blow out any water therein.

This is what I learned in my school.
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