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Old 03-08-2016, 07:57 AM   #1
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De-winterize trailer

Picking up trailer from storage next week. It was winterized at the dealer. Is there anything I should do besides flushing all systems with water to get it
ready to go ?
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Picking up trailer from storage next week. It was winterized at the dealer. Is there anything I should do besides flushing all systems with water to get itready to go ?
IMO no
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Picking up trailer from storage next week. It was winterized at the dealer. Is there anything I should do besides flushing all systems with water to get it
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In addition to flushing the antifreeze, you should probably sanitize the water lines. Do you have an owner manual for the trailer? Best to follow the manufacturer's de-winterizing instructions.

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In addition to flushing the antifreeze, you should probably sanitize the water lines. Do you have an owner manual for the trailer? Best to follow the manufacturer's de-winterizing instructions.

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I agree.... it's always "best to follow the manufacturer's de-winterizing instructions".

However because my manufacturer's instructions do not recommend sanitizing the waterlines as a necessary step in the de-winterizing process I don't sanitize my fresh system often.
(In fact my water system has only been "sanitized" twice in the 14 years, 118k miles, I've owned my coach.

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I agree.... it's always "best to follow the manufacturer's de-winterizing instructions".

However because my manufacturer's instructions do not recommend sanitizing the waterlines as a necessary step in the de-winterizing process I don't sanitize my fresh system often.
(In fact my water system has only been "sanitized" twice in the 14 years, 118k miles, I've owned my coach.

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Wow, Mel - twice in 14 years? Kinda leaves me speechless!

FWIW, both of my Jayco TT manuals have specified "De-winterize and sanitize the fresh water system" as part of the startup process for each new season. Obviously I don't know what other manufacturers say, but there you have it.

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Thanks for the useful info......
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Wow, Mel - twice in 14 years? Kinda leaves me speechless!
FWIW, both of my Jayco TT manuals have specified "De-winterize and sanitize the fresh water system" as part of the startup process for each new season. Obviously I don't know what other manufacturers say, but there you have it.
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That's interesting.
Can you post a link to one of those Jayco TT manuals.
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FWIW Ask the dealer to have a tech walk you through the process then take it home and do it. There are valves that need to be closed or their setting changed and possibly a missing drain plug in the hot water heater and/or fill plug by the pump.
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The Owners manual for my Flagstaff says to flush and then sanitize flush again.
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That's interesting.
Can you post a link to one of those Jayco TT manuals.
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Here you go, Mel. The quote I picked out is on page 14-1 under "RV Start-Up". Sanitizing instructions begin on page 8-12, but they will be somewhat specific to the Jayco trailers.

http://www.jayco.com/files/downloads...s%20Manual.pdf

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Here you go, Mel. The quote I picked out is on page 14-1 under "RV Start-Up". Sanitizing instructions begin on page 8-12, but they will be somewhat specific to the Jayco trailers.
http://www.jayco.com/files/downloads...s%20Manual.pdf
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I see that your Jayco manual does state that you should.
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De- winterize and sanitize the fresh water system.
, before RV start up.

All I can tell you is mine does NOT ....and that my freshwater system has been "sanitized" only twice in the 15 years I've owned, (and used). my coach..(once in the spring of '01... and again in 2012).

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All I can tell you is mine does NOT ....and that my freshwater system has been "sanitized" only twice in the 15 years(from WI... currently in Salt Spings, FL).
Totally up to you - I think it's probably a good practice.
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My suspicion is that sanitizing is an addition in the last few years to cover the Manufacturer for Liability reasons.
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My suspicion is that the paragraph was added because somebody did not do an obvious step in opening any water system.

FWIW - I am fine drinking from the garden hose after it has run enough water through it to get the hose load changed out once. I also have seen some of what grows in cold wet places over the winter. The first time when I was around 12 so ~60 years ago in a Scout camp. Cleaning and sanitizing is nothing new or magic. OTOH we seem to have lost a lot of tribal knowledge about how to avoid making ourselves sick by following what used to be basic hygiene.
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