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Old 11-01-2011, 07:00 PM   #15
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I guess I'm another dufus.

I been told that once you become a senior you can use that in place of dufus. I resort to that from time to time.


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Old 11-01-2011, 07:13 PM   #16
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I been told that once you become a senior you can use that in place of dufus. I resort to that from time to time.

I think "elder" sounds better.

Now what was I looking for when I came into this room and saw the bright shiny thing?


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Old 11-01-2011, 07:55 PM   #17
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Bob, Lynn, Twinkie, Kevin, Don, w7, Gene, thank-you for your help. That plastic thing-a-ma-jig wasn't the easiest to work with. A metal plug would have made it so much easier. Anyway, I got it open and the water poured out like Niagara Falls. Then I lifted the pressure release valve - nothing much happened there - don't know if this is how it's supposed to go.

Then I drained the grey/black water tanks - not much in them - have only been using the toilet for occasional wee-wees since coming home from trip. Opened up all the taps - a few sputters - I figure this is normal, since I haven't hooked up to city water or filled fresh water tank since returning home either.

Gene wrote.....You can run the furnace tonight set at 40˚ F. Tomorrow you can finish winterizing. Don't let the dealer scare you. Do it yourself and save some money. RV Antifreeze (it is pink) is available lots of stores. Ours took 2 gallons—I guess that's about 9 liters. There's also a bypass kit for the water pump which makes it all a lot simpler.

The dealer does scare me...and I do a pretty job of scaring myself too. Still intimidated about wrecking something. I have drained all the tanks, opened taps.
Not sure about that bypass valve you mentioned. Furnace is on; I'm set 'til morning. will study John's link, thanks.

I will still take trailer in on Nov. 21. Needs some warranty work - tail-light has been flickering on and off since purchase for one thing.

Can't thank you all enough for helping me through this. One day I hope I'll know as much as you guys, then I can help someone else.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:26 PM   #18
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According to Robert Cross' post you can put the AF directly into the freshwater tank and then use the pump to pull it through all the lines once you have blown the lines out rather than messing with bypass kit for the water pump. here's the link to his post
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:03 PM   #19
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Make sure that you read some of the winterizing threads. Keep in mind that there are fools like me among us that get along fine by just blowing the air out of the lines VERY thoroughly with an air compressor as per the manual. I only use antifreeze in the sink traps. But then again I have always lived on the edge (not).

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Old 11-01-2011, 10:38 PM   #20
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Hi, you should only use a six point socket on this plug unless you plan on replacing it everytime you remove it.

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Old 11-02-2011, 04:56 PM   #21
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You could save yourself the aggravation next year by replacing the plastic plug with a brass plug or even better with a valve ( already mentioned I think). Then you just have to open the valve to drain. Best would be a quarter turn valve. A typical twist valve has a seat and rubber gasket that will go bad in time. The qrtr turn valve I think have a teflon ball and are less prone to trouble. I to have had good luck with draining the system and blowing it out and using antifreeze in the traps and WC bowl. Real simple if you have an air compressor available.
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Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS View Post

Use a socket or crescent wench...

Here is a great thread to help.....Start a the beginning and follow John's directions.

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