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Old 03-10-2019, 06:30 PM   #1
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Winterizing

This may sound premature but with this crazy winter I donít think so.
We have a 2004 Fleetwood Bounder, which is new to us. Does anyone have a similar model? We would like to winterize without putting the antifreeze into the fresh water tank, as the Bounder manual suggests. Does anyone know how to bypass this method. Thank you!
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I had a rig that I used a small electric pump to send the antifreeze in thru the city water hook up. I just drained the water from the tank and then pumped it in to the system with out using the motorhome pump. Be sure to unhook the pump when you are done and let the water out of it. I then opened all the drains and let the antifreeze run out.
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This is one way of doing it. YouTube offers many videos on this process.

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You should be able to remove the inlet line from the pump and connect a hose to the pump to pump the fluid through the lines. You do not want to put antifreeze in the fresh water tank. It takes forever to get it out.
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what soppy said! you do not want to put antifreeze into the fresh water tank. you may already have a valve in the fresh water pump inlet line that will divert the pump suction from the fresh water tank to an antifreeze suction line. if not there are kits that have parts to allow add this valve. simply switch the valve so that the pump is sucking from an antifreeze jug rather than the fresh water tank.
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You should be able to remove the inlet line from the pump and connect a hose to the pump to pump the fluid through the lines. You do not want to put antifreeze in the fresh water tank. It takes forever to get it out.
X2 That's my routine as well. One more point. As you get to know your rig, you may find that the fresh water tank is not exactly level in the coach. Therefore,you will have to leave the fresh water drain valve open and using the leveling jacks, raise and lower the rear to ensure the tank empties out completely , all the while ensuring the drain valve side is tilted down. Fleetwood's advice (to add antifreeze to the tank) is probably their admission that the tank will not completely empty unless you tip the coach as I suggest. Certainly mine will retain water until I perform the above maneuvers.
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