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Old 02-25-2014, 05:06 PM   #323
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What does the first photo indicate? In the second photo, is the valve the mustard color item that is parallel to the pipe located on the floor? Finally, is the 'Winterized' graphic located on the water heater Styrofoam?
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You are correct in your assessment of the second photo. When you are ready to winterize, simply empty your hot water tank, then turn the yellow handled valve so it is perpendicular to the water line, effectively isolating the hot water tank from anti-freeze if you are filling your lines.
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:47 PM   #324
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Great information but still have a couple of questions --

1. Is it necessary to blow out everything with air? What about draining everything as much as possile, bypassing the hot water heater, and then drawing antifreeze through the system until you see pink coming out of all faucets. Then add antifreeze to all traps.

2. Is there any reason not to leave the gray and black water valves open after draining and flushing just let any residual out?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:53 PM   #325
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Great tutorial John. I am new to the winterizing process and have a 2007 Safari 25. I can get to the pump but it is tight and not really very accessible. Camco also makes a hand pump device where you pump antifreeze into the lines from the city water intake on the outside of the trailer. It takes two people with one pumping while the other is opening faucets until pink runs out. Is there any reason why this wouldn't work? I presume that the pump is running while you are doing this so that you get antifreeze though the pump. Does that sound right? Would appreciate any input on this method. Also, the Camco video with another model RV does not show them blowing out the lines with air just draining, bypassing the hot water heater, and then filling the lines with antifreeze. Are Airstreams any different in terms of having to blow out the lines with air. Thanks.

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I do the drain and blow method with good results. Lots of people pump the antifreeze through and are happy with that method too so it's pretty much your choice. If you have an air compressor available you have a choice to make on which way to go but both work well. In either method don't forget to add antifreeze to the drain traps and throne bowl to keep the seals lubricated. If you have a black tank flush I suggest blowing that one too. I don't think there is any way to pump antifreeze through it though.

PS: If you have a water filter in the system I recommend removing it and plan to replace it after pumping pink stuff through it. I have a whole house filter and replace it each spring anyhow.
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Thanks, I have a compressor and may blow the lines out and pump antifreeze through just to be on the safe side.
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I've finally read this entire thread. Thanks for the wisdom.

A few remaining questions:

1) I have a Viair 12v compressor. It's not like your garage type compressor - you can't set it at X psi you just use the gage as it's filling the tire. Would that work for blowing out the lines or could it be too much?

2) when used for camping, we'll put a few gallons of water (and a pack) in the blank tank after flushing it out. I'm assuming after our last trip of the season, we don't want to do that. Rather, once flushed out, we want to leave it dry and only run some pink stuff in when winterizing (and out some in the bowl too) - is that correct?

3) didn't see one on YouTube but has anyone done a video of all this - including installing the kit for the pump (hopefully in a 2012 27FB Flying Cloud) ? :-D

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Old 09-22-2014, 11:52 AM   #329
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I've finally read this entire thread. Thanks for the wisdom.

A few remaining questions:

1) I have a Viair 12v compressor. It's not like your garage type compressor - you can't set it at X psi you just use the gage as it's filling the tire. Would that work for blowing out the lines or could it be too much?

2) when used for camping, we'll put a few gallons of water (and a pack) in the blank tank after flushing it out. I'm assuming after our last trip of the season, we don't want to do that. Rather, once flushed out, we want to leave it dry and only run some pink stuff in when winterizing (and out some in the bowl too) - is that correct?

3) didn't see one on YouTube but has anyone done a video of all this - including installing the kit for the pump (hopefully in a 2012 27FB Flying Cloud) ? :-D

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1) I have a Viair 12v compressor. It's not like your garage type compressor - you can't set it at X psi you just use the gage as it's filling the tire. Would that work for blowing out the lines or could it be too much?
Your freshwater system should be capable of withstanding at least 45psig, since that's about the pressure it withstands when you're hooked up to municipal water. As long as your gauge doesn't show higher, you should be okay— and as long as the faucets are open, it never will show higher, because you've left a path for the air to escape.
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2) when used for camping, we'll put a few gallons of water (and a pack) in the blank tank after flushing it out. I'm assuming after our last trip of the season, we don't want to do that. Rather, once flushed out, we want to leave it dry and only run some pink stuff in when winterizing (and out some in the bowl too) - is that correct?
Exactly so. Toilet chemicals mixed with RV antifreeze yields a slimy mess best described as "goop." Add RV antifreeze to keep the valve seals moist; do not add water or other chemicals.
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A how-to link from the motherland should help...

http://www.airstream.com/wp-content/...terization.pdf
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Do you put the hot water heater plug back in or leave it out for storage?


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Do you put the hot water heater plug back in or leave it out for storage?
I put it back in, to keep bugs and dirt out.
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