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Old 11-15-2019, 08:09 PM   #1
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First Winter / Winterization

I winterized my Beacon in early October. First I drained all water at the low point valves in the wet bay. Then I blew the remaining water out of all the lines and components using my Viair compressor kit designed for that purpose. Finally I pumped 5 gallons of RV antifreeze into the RV lines, including my on demand water heater and poured it into all the drains. I later drained it out of the water heater. This past week it dropped into the teens two nights in a row and didn't get above freezing during the day in between. So is there a way to tell if I did it right or do I have to just wait til next spring and find out?
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I winterized my Beacon in early October. First I drained all water at the low point vaclves in the wet bay. Then I blew the remaining water out of all the lines and components using my Viair compressor kit designed for that purpose. Finally I pumped 5 gallons of RV antifreeze into the RV lines, including my on demand water heater and poured it into all the drains. I later drained it out of the water heater. This past week it dropped into the teens two nights in a row and didn't get above freezing during the day in between. So is there a way to tell if I did it right or do I have to just wait til next spring and find out?
Hopefully, you remembered to open the low point drains and drain the water heater by pulling the anode.

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Old 11-16-2019, 08:31 AM   #3
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Hopefully, you remembered to open the low point drains and drain the water heater by pulling the anode.

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No I did not "pull the anode". Not even sure if it has one, but I did drain it according to the manufacturers instructions over the phone and all the antifreeze poured out. it has it's own drain system.
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Yup, no anode in an LP on demand system.

As far as if you did it right. The only way to tell is rest the system and since you do not want to be putting in any water now that it is winterized, you could do one of 3.

1, pressurize the system using more antifreeze to fill the system and then wait, with the pump on, and open nothing. If the pump does not cycle after a good while it is all sealed.

2. Blow out your lines with air, then pressurize with air and a pressure gauge and see if it bleeds off....be careful, this could cause leaks on its own at backflow preventers and seals.

3. Do nothing and wait for warmer weather.
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No I did not "pull the anode". Not even sure if it has one, but I did drain it according to the manufacturers instructions over the phone and all the antifreeze poured out. it has it's own drain system.
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Hope you did the washer if you have one, Beacons typically do.

The way I did mine was put about 1 quart of RV anti freeze in drum and hit the drain cycle.
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Hope you did the washer if you have one, Beacons typically do.

The way I did mine was put about 1 quart of RV anti freeze in drum and hit the drain cycle.
Yep, I did something like that but don't remember exactly which buttons I pushed.
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There is no way to know until you use it next spring. That is why I like to use anti freeze and would never think about blowing out the lines because I could never be sure.

I am sure when I see pink anti freeze coming out of the facets. Both hot and cold.

I saw anti freeze good to -75F at Wal-Mart. But the stuff I used was the standard -50F pink stuff.

One thing I also do is set a few mouse traps. If you have an outside cat you do not need any mouse traps. And if the trailer is on your property with the cat.
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There is no way to know until you use it next spring. That is why I like to use anti freeze and would never think about blowing out the lines because I could never be sure.

I am sure when I see pink anti freeze coming out of the facets. Both hot and cold.

I saw anti freeze good to -75F at Wal-Mart. But the stuff I used was the standard -50F pink stuff.

One thing I also do is set a few mouse traps. If you have an outside cat you do not need any mouse traps. And if the trailer is on your property with the cat.
I blow the lines out with compressed air then fill with antifreeze. Surprising how much water I get out with the compressor. No don't want a cat.
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It sounds to me like you did exactly what you needed to do to assure that you had antifreeze throughout your system. Regarding your hot water heater, I presume that since you have a tankless on-demand system that you don't treat that like those of us with hot water tanks would when we winterize. Those of us with a tank basically just empty the tank and don't put antifreeze in it, and that's fine for the winter. In fact we have a bypass valve to assure that we don't put antifreeze liquid into our tank. I am curious though why you drained your on demand heater after you had already introduced antifreeze to your system, and all the antifreeze that you had in it came out when you did so. I presume that you made the call to your manufacturer after you had put the antifreeze in to begin with. Sounds like that was just a lesson learned situation. And finally, the only other comment I would make on your washer would be to put it on both a hot and then a cold cycle briefly to make sure that those two lines get filled with antifreeze. And then for the drain cycle I personally introduce antifreeze directly into the drum just to make sure there's enough antifreeze to go through the drain pump so that it's protected from the cold in the winter. Overall though, it sounds to me like you did everything right.
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Residential refrigerator with water dispenser and ice maker? They have their own specific winterizing process. Includes blowing out lines, turning off supply, disconnecting lines below the fridge to siphon off water left in those lines, removing filter, dumping the ice.
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I winterized my Beacon in early October. First I drained all water at the low point valves in the wet bay. Then I blew the remaining water out of all the lines and components using my Viair compressor kit designed for that purpose. Finally I pumped 5 gallons of RV antifreeze into the RV lines, including my on demand water heater and poured it into all the drains. I later drained it out of the water heater. This past week it dropped into the teens two nights in a row and didn't get above freezing during the day in between. So is there a way to tell if I did it right or do I have to just wait til next spring and find out?


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He did state that he had put antifreeze in all his drains. You must have just missed it.
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It sounds like you did everything you could. I do the same and put it out of my mind and enjoy the off season. No problems yet.

You did a lot of research on your truck, hitch, shelter, and trailer. What are your overall impressions after your first season of use?
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It sounds like you did everything you could. I do the same and put it out of my mind and enjoy the off season. No problems yet.

You did a lot of research on your truck, hitch, shelter, and trailer. What are your overall impressions after your first season of use?
Overall, the equipment is all great. I'm very impressed with everything we have chosen. Towing on the interstates can be very intimidating however. My biggest fear is being involved in an accident with that much weight. I'm hoping I will get more comfortable as I gain more experience and confidence. So, we're planning on heading out for Mesa, AZ next month to stay the winter and return next spring. We live in Virginia, so this is a big one for us. Wish us well.
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