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Old 10-19-2016, 02:38 PM   #1
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I admit I haven't looked very long but I can't find any info as to how to winterize without using an air compressor. I purged the water using the water pump. Now where do I put the anti-freeze? Do I pour it in to the water fill of fresh water tank or the water fill when I hook up to city water? Also, not clear as to what I need to dissconnect from the water pump. Also, not sure as to how to turn off the electric heating element on the hot water heater.

I own a 2015 23D Serenity. I owned other Airstreams but luckily never had to winterize. Please help.
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Old 10-19-2016, 02:57 PM   #2
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Pretty detailed and well made video,

https://youtu.be/pm2hTs3Nmoc

Check list,

http://rvservices.koa.com/rvinformat...-checklist.asp

Glad I do not have to currently worry about it Camping year around. Are you heading north for the winter?
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:21 PM   #3
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Drain the fresh water tank....put in 3 or 4 gallons of RV anit'freeze open the faucets and turn on the pump run until you see pink.

When I blew my lines with an air compressor the next spring the water pump diaphram was busted.

Next spring drain the tank....fill and re-drain a few times and let the water pump pump the lines clear.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:36 PM   #4
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I've never had the water pump freeze. My last step is to disconnect both lines and run the pump a few seconds with a absorbent towel to sop up any water that discharges. This past summer I wired my pump with push connections and plan to simply remove the pump entirely.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:51 PM   #5
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I use compressed air. The Floject pump installed in my Airstream has clip in connections. I remove them and like the previous poster run the pump after blowing out the pipes. I keep the faucets, low drain point and water tank drain open. So far, after a couple of 0F winters, the plumbing system hasn't had any issues. I drop a couple of gallons of antifreeze in the black and grey tanks, shower and sink traps. If my pump was more accessible and I could get to the pipes easier I'd install a diverter valve between the pump filter and pump so I could pump in antifreeze.

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Old 10-19-2016, 05:58 PM   #6
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Anti freeze in the FW tank is a bad idea.
Your coach may have a winterizing kit already installed. There will be a 3 way valve with a piece of hose (not connected on one end) which is meant to stick into a bottle of AF. You rotate the valve handle to the point where AF will be drawn from the bottle when the pump is started. Pump required amount of AF into the system. When done the pump will have AF in it and will not freeze.
If you don't have the winterizing kit in your coach. It is a simple matter of disconnecting the hose from the intake side of the pump. Attach a length of hose long enough to connect the intake of the pump to a bottle of AF. When done remove the temporary hose, then connect the tank hose to the pump.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:08 PM   #7
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Like to add 1 thing to Twinkies post. Put cup of AF in each drain other wise he is spot on, also he stated do not put AF in FW tank odors and taste all most imposble to get out
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:19 PM   #8
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Anti freeze in the FW tank is a bad idea.
Your coach may have a winterizing kit already installed. There will be a 3 way valve with a piece of hose (not connected on one end) which is meant to stick into a bottle of AF. You rotate the valve handle to the point where AF will be drawn from the bottle when the pump is started. Pump required amount of AF into the system. When done the pump will have AF in it and will not freeze.
If you don't have the winterizing kit in your coach. It is a simple matter of disconnecting the hose from the intake side of the pump. Attach a length of hose long enough to connect the intake of the pump to a bottle of AF. When done remove the temporary hose, then connect the tank hose to the pump.
Why is it a bad idea? It's not poison.
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I admit I haven't looked very long but I can't find any info as to how to winterize without using an air compressor. I purged the water using the water pump. Now where do I put the anti-freeze? Do I pour it in to the water fill of fresh water tank or the water fill when I hook up to city water? Also, not clear as to what I need to dissconnect from the water pump. Also, not sure as to how to turn off the electric heating element on the hot water heater.

I own a 2015 23D Serenity. I owned other Airstreams but luckily never had to winterize. Please help.
Didn't know it got that freezing in Florida !!
I'm in the Santa Cruz area, about 7 miles inland and we can get to freezing point for sure but not much below. My local RV place says they've never had an issue with burst pipes but my '72 has copper of course and most RV's would have plastic right ? He told me not to worry, but I'll drain my tank and blow out best i can ... not too sure what to do residual water in my on-demand water heater. I put a bunch of foam around the pipes last year... Good luck .. !
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Winterize? What's that?
It's when I don't see my DW naked from Sept to May.
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Old 10-20-2016, 01:06 AM   #13
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I've never winterized here in north Florida, of course im plugged in all the time and use heat on the very rare occasion that it gets into the low twentys or teens..
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Old 10-20-2016, 08:16 AM   #14
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Sorry, forgot to change my profile address. I just moved back to New Jersey. Yep, don't ask me why I thought it was a good idea. So, for the first time I am winterizing and since I am not mechanically inclined, I am on here asking stupid questions. One such question is which end of the pump, pictorial would be helpful, do I stick in the AF bottle?
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