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Old 10-11-2003, 06:08 PM   #1
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Cool Getting ready for the freeze-Winterize

that time of year again.

this time i added a little gadget to make adding antifreeze a little easier.

just a little three way valve....

i'll go through all the steps of winterizing for newcomers to cold climate airstreaming.

here are the supplies.....


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Old 10-11-2003, 06:10 PM   #2
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my existing pump setup

in the bottom of my closet
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Old 10-11-2003, 06:13 PM   #3
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make sure the valve...

is the right size and faces the proper direction.

otherwise you will not be able to draw antifreeze into the system.
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installed

here is what it looks like installed...

i used teflon tape on the threads, although not needed because of rubber o rings in the connections.

i used it anyway because of the plastic to brass connections.
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then i drained

the water heater
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then bypassed the heater

showing valves....
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low point drains

then i opened the two low point drains, one for hot one for cold.

not my wiring by the way.... factory original job!
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time for air

my home made adaptor, run at 60 psi.
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at this point...

i go around and open all the faucets and blow the water out.

after i am sure the system is purged, i shut off the air and close all valves and drains.

then i start the pump and again go around opening all the faucets and low point drains. not forgetting the shower wand and the hand spray on the toilet!
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don't forget the drains!

after the entire system has been filled with rv antifreeze i add a couple of gallons to all the drain traps.

i also wipe up any excess in the shower or sinks to prevent staining or collecting dust.

don't forget your outside faucet if you have one!
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that's about it, when finished i put the diverter valve to "normal" position, cap the opening, remove the hose and store in a zip loc baggie.

also i add a little antifreeze to the water strainer, there always seems to be a little sitting in there. the air cannot reach it because it is on the suction side of the pump.

also, the water filter element goes in a baggie too, stored in the house.

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Old 10-11-2003, 06:54 PM   #12
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Thumbs up Another excellent class!!

John,

Nice job! Since I've never had the need to winterize my trailer, I'll book mark this for future ref.

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p.s. How many "Miller's" did it take to complete this job????
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Noticed the High Life made another cameo!

Nicely done!

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p.s. How many "Miller's" did it take to complete this job????

three!



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