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Old 10-23-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Just bought 40' DP, need help winterizing

Hi All! Just joined here...newbie Bought a 40' DP and trying to winterize. Mechanically inclined...restore classic cars as a hobby


I found the water heater byass valve under the bathroom sink and have bypassed. Drained water heater and opened relief valve.

Not sure why, but I needed to leave the water pump on to drain the rest of water in tank. At first I though all the water was out and followed directions on disconnecting the washer hoses. What a surprise when I turned on the water pump to suck the antifreeze into the mh and water flooded area behind the washer


When I connect the host to the "winterize" connection, it doesn't suck the antifreeze into the RV. What am I missing? Instructions on the water compartment state that there is some other valve that needs to be open, not sure which one they mean. Any tips? Should 2 gallons be enough (that's what they said at camping world). Seems like this should be a simple 10 min process Thanks!
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Of coarse yours could be different from what I said,

But even with mine and having a 3 foot hose to suck antifreeze through it takes a few seconds.

Also it helps to open a facet while sucking antifreeze through the bypass hose.
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Hi All! Just joined here...newbie Bought a 40' DP and trying to winterize. Mechanically inclined...restore classic cars as a hobby


I found the water heater byass valve under the bathroom sink and have bypassed. Drained water heater and opened relief valve.

Not sure why, but I needed to leave the water pump on to drain the rest of water in tank. At first I though all the water was out and followed directions on disconnecting the washer hoses. What a surprise when I turned on the water pump to suck the antifreeze into the mh and water flooded area behind the washer


When I connect the host to the "winterize" connection, it doesn't suck the antifreeze into the RV. What am I missing? Instructions on the water compartment state that there is some other valve that needs to be open, not sure which one they mean. Any tips? Should 2 gallons be enough (that's what they said at camping world). Seems like this should be a simple 10 min process Thanks!
Welcome to IRV2 ChasA,

Not sure which configuration you have but one thought is the city/tank fill valve.
You should have a valve that when hooked up to shore water it will either pressurize the system or fill the tank. Do you have that valve set to pressurize the system?

Tip: Get a good clean 5 gallon bucket and put all of your antifreeze into one bucket. That way you do not have to man the jugs as the system is filling. I always buy extra and make sure the bucket is full. Any left over product can be poured back into the 1 gallon jugs for next year.

Don't forget the windshield washer fluid. Be sure to run the w/s washer long enough to get w/s antifreeze through the lines.

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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Welcome to IRV2 ChasA,

Not sure which configuration you have but one thought is the city/tank fill valve.
You should have a valve that when hooked up to shore water it will either pressurize the system or fill the tank. Do you have that valve set to pressurize the system?


Thanks for the Welcome! The diagram in the basement area says to check that Valve, (I think they call it #2), but I can't seem to find it the same compartment you mention. There are two other valves not labeled in the basement on the other side, so maybe they are the valve(s). I will check again in the owners manual. Should it be set *not* to pressurize? Thx!
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we're gonna need to know what model and year coach you have, they are all so different.

Mine has a specific winterize connection where you attach the suction hose. there is a valve upstream that must be turned on. follow the pipe a lil further and there is another valve between the pump inlet and the tank that needs to be turned off.
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we're gonna need to know what model and year coach you have, they are all so different.

Mine has a specific winterize connection where you attach the suction hose. there is a valve upstream that must be turned on. follow the pipe a lil further and there is another valve between the pump inlet and the tank that needs to be turned off.
Jim, thanks. Sorry, I should have pointed out MH brand is in my signature below Here's some more pics (sorry a little dark). The two blue valves on other side of basement are unknown.
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Jim, thanks. Sorry, I should have pointed out MH brand is in my signature below Here's some more pics (sorry a little dark). The two blue valves on other side of basement are unknown.
Couldn't figure out the #1 and #2 valves on pic so went into RV dealer (not Fleetwood BTW, local a few miles away) to winterize. Unbelievably, the valves are actually *behind* a panel in the compartment and screws need to be removed to access the valves, then remove panel...really Fleetwood??? Tech at RV dealer found them.

FYI, the two blue valves are add'l drains. Called Fleetwood and got through today (no answer all day yesterday) and they explained they are just two add'l valves to help drain, but aren't documented. I asked too why there is no documentation on removing the panel...and they said they assumed people would know...(they guessed)...the lady was unsure (nothing in owners manual or pics on RV). All were very nice on phone BTW

Happy though that the MH is now in indoor storage and all is good Hopefully my info may help others. Thx all for the tips!
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