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Old 07-06-2018, 06:19 PM   #1
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Winterizing steps for 2018 Classic 33

I have only found bits and pieces as for as Instructions. Winterizing my 2015 FC 28 was simple, but the addition of the Alde system is confusing. Has anyone got a step by step guide for the entire process?
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:01 PM   #2
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Still hoping someone will reply. Airstream Classic manual makes no sense. It says to close water heater shutoff valve. Alde doesn’t
have a water heater!
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From a friend with a 2017 Classic:
Winterizing the Airstream:
My last years system for winterizing with the Alde:
I drain every conceivable bit of water from the system and fresh water pipes. The dump in the rear water connection area. the two valves under the trailer and the dump valve (Yellow) on the Alde. It takes a while.
Then I close all valves and hook up the compressor to the fresh water (shore) connection and build up pressure to 60#. Then start opening facets. This too takes a while and no matter how much I did this I still got some spray. So, I gave up and bought three bottles of RV Anti-freeze and a Camco water pump by-pass kit. Installed the kit, had to buy extra clear hose as the supplied hose is not long enough for our pump location way back under the refridge. Then with all valves closed started pumping in the anti-freeze. Opened each valve until the pink came out. Including the toilet and outside shower and Alde hot water jacket, but opening the yellow valve a bit. With all this it took just about three bottles. Then the normal small amount down the drains.
Now the trick with the Alde is the system cannot be on with Anti-freeze in the hot water system or jacket. So, I decided before we left for FL last winter that I would simply dump the anit-freeze out, and then blow it out with the compressor. Which I did, then turned on the Alde system to heat the trailer three days prior to our departure. I won't go into the fact we ended up leaving three weeks later than our planned day and did not make the change until the day prior to our original departure date.
Then at our first stop, seven hours south of us, I hooked up the fresh water, at 19F and flushed the remaining RV fluid out of the system. Not much at all and no taste in the water when I tried it.
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By the way, the Alde does have a “water heater” or by definition you would not have hot water...ever.
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From a friend with a 2017 Classic:
Winterizing the Airstream:
My last years system for winterizing with the Alde:
I drain every conceivable bit of water from the system and fresh water pipes. The dump in the rear water connection area. the two valves under the trailer and the dump valve (Yellow) on the Alde. It takes a while.
Then I close all valves and hook up the compressor to the fresh water (shore) connection and build up pressure to 60#. Then start opening facets. This too takes a while and no matter how much I did this I still got some spray. So, I gave up and bought three bottles of RV Anti-freeze and a Camco water pump by-pass kit. Installed the kit, had to buy extra clear hose as the supplied hose is not long enough for our pump location way back under the refridge. Then with all valves closed started pumping in the anti-freeze. Opened each valve until the pink came out. Including the toilet and outside shower and Alde hot water jacket, but opening the yellow valve a bit. With all this it took just about three bottles. Then the normal small amount down the drains.
Now the trick with the Alde is the system cannot be on with Anti-freeze in the hot water system or jacket. So, I decided before we left for FL last winter that I would simply dump the anit-freeze out, and then blow it out with the compressor. Which I did, then turned on the Alde system to heat the trailer three days prior to our departure. I won't go into the fact we ended up leaving three weeks later than our planned day and did not make the change until the day prior to our original departure date.
Then at our first stop, seven hours south of us, I hooked up the fresh water, at 19F and flushed the remaining RV fluid out of the system. Not much at all and no taste in the water when I tried it.


Not sure I understand the dump in rear water area. I know about the 2 under the trailer and Alde, but don’t know where rear water dump is. I have the 2018 Classic 33.
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Winterizing steps for 2018 Classic 33

Yeah, the 33 may be different. But the 30’s all have an additional low point drain at the city water hookup and black tank wash inlet compartment.
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Yeah, the 33 may be different. But the 30’s all have an additional low point drain at the city water hookup and black tank wash inlet compartment.


OK, thanks. I have that valve too for releasing water pressure so you don’t have to go in to trailer.
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I have a rather concise Winterizing Guide that I made for my 2014, 27ft., AS. It can easily apply to most models. (I live in northern VT.) If anyone wants a pdf copy, email me at:
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