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Old 08-24-2007, 09:14 PM   #1
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I suspect there are several ways to winterize the water system. But I am wondering if I drain the hot water tank and switch to bypass, then divert the pump input into a 5 gallon RV antifreeze container, couldn't I simply turn on the pump and run one faucet at a time until the red/orange antifreeze comes out? Do I really have to drain and blow out the lines first? Just how much will the antifreeze mix with the water in this scenario? Oh, I would probably open the line drains and all the faucets first to let any free water run out, but some may remain in the lines somewhere.
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I suspect there are several ways to winterize the water system. But I am wondering if I drain the hot water tank and switch to bypass, then divert the pump input into a 5 gallon RV antifreeze container, couldn't I simply turn on the pump and run one faucet at a time until the red/orange antifreeze comes out? Do I really have to drain and blow out the lines first? Just how much will the antifreeze mix with the water in this scenario? Oh, I would probably open the line drains and all the faucets first to let any free water run out, but some may remain in the lines somewhere.
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:29 PM   #3
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How can you think about winterize when it was 101 today.

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TallPaul, your post bring to mind cool thoughts and for that I thank you. If your winterize as you say you should be fine. Don't forget about the city water inlet line, ice maker, toilet and washer fill lines, water pump and drain hose when ou do winterize. Be sure to drain the holding tanks too. Got any more cool questions?!
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TallPaul, that is the method I used for years. If you have low-point drains on your hot and cold water lines, open them (open at least 1 faucet first to relieve pressure) and then open all faucets and operate the toilet flush valve to allow water to drain. You are correct that a small amount of water may remain, but if you draw in antifreeze and run each faucet and the toilet until everything is very pink you should have no problems. If you want to run a test, collect a little antifreeze that comes from the tap in a small bowl and place it in the freezer in your house to make sure it doesn't freeze. Most freezers should be running down around zero. Running the faucets will also put enough antifreeze into the drain traps to prevent them from freezing. Don't forget the second drain if you have a 2-bowl kitchen sink.

If you don't have one, they make a 3-way valve you can install before the pump to be used to draw in the antifreeze.

Using this method, I could winterize our 26' travel trailer with 1 gallon of RV antifreeze. Our 37' motor home with washer/dryer and icemaker took a little over 2 gallons. I always had an extra jug on hand in case.
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Thanks a lot. Yes I have a valve to switch from the water tank to a hose for direct RV antifreeze input. Right, have to remember the line to the city water input. No ice maker.

I just want to keep it nice and simple. Water system maintenance always was my least liked chore on the motorhome. While not winterized I sanitize the whole system about once per month, just to prevent bad things from happening like biological growths in the lines or something.
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I've winterized that way for so many years, I can't remember when I didn't. It requires 2 1/2- 3 gallons for our 40' 5er, including clothes washer, all drains/P traps, a little in each holding tank to sit against the valves and keep them wet.
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