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Old 07-29-2015, 04:41 PM   #1
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Winterizing Flojet

The interstate has a Flojet water pump with quad port connections behind the drawer under the microwave.

I was going to install a 3-way Camco winterizing valve on mine for pumping antifreeze.

The valve is kind of low quality and the 'internet" is "disappointed" that it is not 'full flow' and reduces the 1/2" flow to less than 3/8" all of the time.

When examining the actual pump location it appears that installation would be extremely difficult (if not impossible) because of lack of space and an unfortunate waste pipe that obstructs the inlet hose.

I thought how about this.
The quad-port is a sliding collar and push quick connect fitting.
Maybe it would be easier just to get a quad port elbow, put whatever length of hose on it that I want and switch it out with the inlet fitting once per year.

OK, that was long winded....
Has anybody ever done this? Does it work?
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Old 07-29-2015, 06:53 PM   #2
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Why not just pour a couple of gallons of the red stuff in the fresh water tank and run the pump? That works for me.
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:10 PM   #3
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The elbow and 2' of tubing is exactly what I did....works great.
Got the fittings on Amazon.


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Why not just pour a couple of gallons of the red stuff in the fresh water tank and run the pump? That works for me.
Brilliant!
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:19 PM   #5
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antifreeze in fresh water tank

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Why not just pour a couple of gallons of the red stuff in the fresh water tank and run the pump? That works for me.
Well, currently, a lot of people think that your method wastes too much antifreeze and contaminates the fresh water tank so that it needs excess purging in the spring. They may or may not be right.

Draining the tank and treating only downstream of the pump has become standard practice. That's why Camco makes the bypass valve.

I was just interested if anyone had just eliminated the bypass valve and filled directly from the inlet using a quad port connector.

Apparently that's just what Toskeysam did...thanks for the info Toskey.
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The only downside of the elbow/tube method is the location of the pump makes the task a real knuckle-buster.


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I really liked one person's suggestion to use a couple bottles of cheap vodka in the tank, but haven't tried that 😊.


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Never been a problem in 8 years so far....at a couple of bucks a gallon, it's not going to break the bank. In the spring, I just do the normal sanitize, flush and repeat. Never had a problem with that, either.

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Well, currently, a lot of people think that your method wastes too much antifreeze and contaminates the fresh water tank so that it needs excess purging in the spring. They may or may not be right.

Draining the tank and treating only downstream of the pump has become standard practice. That's why Camco makes the bypass valve.

I was just interested if anyone had just eliminated the bypass valve and filled directly from the inlet using a quad port connector.

Apparently that's just what Toskeysam did...thanks for the info Toskey.
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I really liked one person's suggestion to use a couple bottles of cheap vodka in the tank, but haven't tried that 😊.


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Where you live in Tennessee you can probably get away with that— as long as you don't take your Airstream to a dry county while it's winterized… 80-proof vodka freezes at -16°F and as far as I know Tennessee doesn't usually get that cold.
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Could add a new dimension to "Spring Break" when I dewinterize 😎


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