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Old 11-28-2016, 08:57 AM   #15
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I would agree.

If the manufacturer installed a winterization kit you may already have a water heater bi-pass, and a valve that allows the RV anti-freeze to be picked up near the water pump instead of through the tank. If you don't have these I would recommend installing them as they will significantly reduce the amount of anti-freeze required for winterization, if you plan to use that method.

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+1 on this. Inexpensive and easy mods to make (be clear, this is two mods; one to by-pass the water heater and one to add a valve/line to insert directly into the antifreeze bottle and draw from it versus the freshwater tank).

Winterizing for that climate is pretty simple with these mods. Drain the black and gray tanks; drain the fresh tank; drain the hot water heater; switch by-pass to isolate water heater; switch valve to draw water from tube inserted into antifreeze bottle, run all faucets (hot and cold - don't forget outdoor shower), flush commode. Be sure to run enough PINK to fill the traps on all of the drains (means getting it into both sides of any double sinks).

Easily a 30 minute job tops; biggest pain for me was the hot water heater drain. After the first time with that, got a socket extension that now makes that simple too.
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I would be very surprised if a new Winnebago TT didn't have these 'gadgets' already installed. Even our long gone 2006 5er had them. But of course, stranger things have happened and as said previously, pretty easy DIY job and very reasonable cost wise for the gain.
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Old 11-28-2016, 12:31 PM   #17
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My Minnie had the HW heater bypass and the winterization line at the water pump from the factory. I'd be very surprised if the Minnie Plus didn't have this same feature standard.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:29 PM   #18
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Go to your Dealer

You got plenty of great advice on how to winterize and if you need too.

I don't want to get off topic, but if you live near the dealer who sold you this unit, I would go back and have them take the time to show you how to winterize it.

My new Jayco takes only 15 minutes, and cost me $8. I have a Low Point drain for the water heater, and two valves to bypass the water heater. Even have an antifreeze hose attached to the water pump to make life easier. All this was done before I got the trailer, and is stock for my unit.

Is so easy that even I can do it. Go to your dealer and make then do a good orientation for you. You paid for it when you bought your unit.
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Drain everything really well and blow it all out with 40 to 50 psi until you only get air coming out of all taps,toilet , shower, etc. Then run the pump 30 to 40 seconds. Dump 2 cups antifreeze down the traps and you will be good for any freezing cold weather.
Didn't mention that I live in Canada (Kamloops) we get down to- 30 or so and I have never had a problem yet with any freezing damage. Just be sure everything is well blown out.
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Didn't mention that I live in Canada (Kamloops) we get down to- 30 or so and I have never had a problem yet with any freezing damage. Just be sure everything is well blown out.
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Is that -30 Celsius or Fahrenheit, although they are almost the same at that number. Anyway, -30 is a bit nippy. That is almost cold enough to freeze the air in the tires!
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Our record low in town is -37F, but our record high is 107F, so we see both ends of the scale!
Always 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the hills
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Is that -30 Celsius or Fahrenheit, although they are almost the same at that number.
When it gets that cold, it doesn't really matter.
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