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Old 11-18-2005, 06:38 PM   #43
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Unhappy Help: Winterizing with Dead Water Pump

I just got a 31 Soverign and when I went to winterize the water pump was DEO. The trailer is on an island near Seattle Washington and I had to go back home to the Midwest. I opened the drains and tilted the trailer as far as I could but I did not put any anti freeze in. Does anyone out there have a trailer in the Northwest? How cold does it have to be to effect the pipes. I did not remove the water filter also. I have only battery power.

Should I make a special trip out there to install a water pump? Or does anyone know anyone who wants to earn some extra bucks and do the work?

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Old 10-15-2006, 05:29 PM   #44
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John, Just viewed your photos. GREAT. My question our GT is not like your photos. Sorry to be so "dumb" but how should we proceed. This is our first Airstream and we need direction. Ours is a 1967 Globetrotter. Can you walk us thru? Do you have a by pass unit? Should we have one? How is our GT different? Sorry to be so stupid. But better safe than sorry. Thanks Anne
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Old 10-15-2006, 07:48 PM   #45
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Thanks John

I just winterized my 92 and it looked just like yours! Only I forgot about the outside drain - I'll have to open it and let some antifreeze out. I too attached the handy three way gadget. Worked great. For my first time I think I did pretty well. Two Miller's only. Bill
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John, Just viewed your photos. GREAT. My question our GT is not like your photos. Sorry to be so "dumb" but how should we proceed. This is our first Airstream and we need direction. Ours is a 1967 Globetrotter. Can you walk us thru? Do you have a by pass unit? Should we have one? How is our GT different? Sorry to be so stupid. But better safe than sorry. Thanks Anne
anne,

my bypass was factory installed, do you need one? perhaps, they save about 6 gallons of antifreeze on a average trailer. are they absoulutely needed? no, just plan on buying enough extra antifreeze to fill your water heater.

your GT should be similar to most trailers, there may be minor differences in the position of valves.

go ahead and ask away, i'll be glad to help walk you through it!

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Thanks John, Will view your photos again since most trailers you say are the same. We just need to locate the same valves you have.

Would you install a hot water heater bypass valve system? Thanks again Anne
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if you can get to the back of the water heater without much trouble it would be a good investment.

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Old 10-16-2006, 07:45 AM   #49
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John, Can you tell me what I'm suppose to do with the inline water filter under the sink...I do not have a bypass on it. Do I winterize the system with it on and then toss it in the spring and get a new one?? Seems like the right thing to do..just not sure what everyone else does. Also, I'm going to look for the valve kit today...Do I look at an autoparts store for this, plumbing or hardware?

Your post is great and I have had it bookmarked for the last year...now it's time to use it. Thank you!
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you should have a plastic cap with an oring on it to blank off the filter.(it is about the same diameter as the filter) you remove the filter and put the bypass cap in it's place. then run antifreeze thru it. i just drain my filter and put it in a ziplock bag in the house for next year. saves some money since the cartriges are about 40 bucks.

i think the winterizing valve and the bypass kit would be best found at a well stocked rv dealer.

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No go on the plastic cap for the filter, I know I don't have that..I'll check with the RV dealer for that part also. I just checked with our Napa and Aubuchon stores..no go on the 3 valve kit. Guess I'm off to the RV place...Thanks for your help John
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Old 10-16-2006, 03:08 PM   #53
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Hey Michelle,,, best idea for non winterizing if i do say so myself,, wish i could ,,, maybe next year,,, donna
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:18 PM   #54
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Winterizing older vintage coaches

OK ya'll, I'm concerned. My Tradewind hasn't even had a chance to be winterized since it is still at a service center getting an electric jack. I don't know if its indoors or out right now. The Chattanooga forecast just changed tonight to a low of 29 degrees. Days will remain in the 50's-60's, but how likely is pipe damage with 2 or 3 hours of freezing temps? Somebody just pat my hand and tell me everything is going to be OK.

Here's the 1958 Airstream supplement sheet from the VAC website. I have the same in the papers that came with my 1960 TW. 1958 supplements (VAC).pdf
Have any of you early vintage owners followed this same procedure for winterizing? The only modifications I have to my plumbing over the original that I know of is a Sealand Traveler Lite toilet, a new bath vanity faucet, and a new blackwater outlet fitting. I have an aluminum FW tank and copper plumbing with a few PEX repairs by the PO. I've read lots of posts discussing antifreeze in the fresh tanks and supply lines, but Airstream only mentions this for the shower drain line and traps. If I choose clear alcohol, what type is appropriate . . . denatured, isopropyl, moonshine?
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Somebody just pat my hand and tell me everything is going to be OK.
you'll be alright, i have left mine until temps at night hit the teens.

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John, thank you! I've been holding my breath hoping to hear something like that. Especially from you, the seasoned winterizing veteran. Many many thanks for a quick response.
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