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Old 11-28-2014, 08:13 PM   #15
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AnnArborBob,

Yes, I did use the black water flush inlet a couple of times but I didn't know there was a valve or trap in it. I thought it was a straight shot to the black tank. I'm guessing when I hook up the compressed air to it, the pressure will vent out the black water tank roof vent; right? It won't blow back through the toilet or something like that, will it?

Yes, my bypass looks like that in your pic, including a yellow bypass knob. Still can't figure how water got into the tank after turning the bypass on. However, Like most of my experiences with things going wrong, it's usually operator error! lol.

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Old 11-29-2014, 12:12 AM   #16
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Dang, I don't know why my pictures are sideways sometimes. Anyway, I"m sure this is obvious!
Are you taking those pictures with an Apple device? I have found that when I recieve pictures from an iPad or iPhone. they often display on my windows devices at some other than right side up orientation. However even if that's the case it doesn't answer why.

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Old 11-29-2014, 08:57 AM   #17
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Are you taking those pictures with an Apple device? I have found that when I recieve pictures from an iPad or iPhone. they often display on my windows devices at some other than right side up orientation. However even if that's the case it doesn't answer why.

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Guilty as charged! If I take the time to reformat the picture in Preview, I can usually get them oriented the way I want to. In this case, I was hasty!
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:00 AM   #18
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AnnArborBob,

Yes, I did use the black water flush inlet a couple of times but I didn't know there was a valve or trap in it. I thought it was a straight shot to the black tank. I'm guessing when I hook up the compressed air to it, the pressure will vent out the black water tank roof vent; right? It won't blow back through the toilet or something like that, will it?

Yes, my bypass looks like that in your pic, including a yellow bypass knob. Still can't figure how water got into the tank after turning the bypass on. However, Like most of my experiences with things going wrong, it's usually operator error! lol.

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There is an anti-siphon valve and also the sprayer head that can trap water as part of that system. And, yes, the relatively short blast of air will go up the vent pipe and not cause any problems with the toilet.
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:58 AM   #19
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Thanks AnnArborBob,

This old dog is learning new tricks every day! I'll go hook up my compressor today and take care of it. Wish Airstream would include these type things in their winterizing section!

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Old 11-30-2014, 09:29 AM   #20
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Wow! And I thought I had a lot of pipes in my ancient 1976 trailer. If I were you I certainly would try to do everything possible to clear every single line in your trailer. I GUARANTEE IT will save you a ton of time in fixing broken valves, pipes pressure regulators, drain lines, etc. Etc. It looks like Airstream has certainly put their money where their mouth is.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:11 AM   #21
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Here's another question.

After purging the system with the pink stuff, is there an advantage/disadvantage to leaving the pink stuff in the lines during the winter or going ahead and draining it immediately after purging?

The reason I ask is we plan to take some winter boondocking trips in the AS, we just won't use the fresh water system. We'll take jugs of water for drinking and cooking, and for flushing the toilet into the black tank.

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Here's another question.

After purging the system with the pink stuff, is there an advantage/disadvantage to leaving the pink stuff in the lines during the winter or going ahead and draining it immediately after purging?

The reason I ask is we plan to take some winter boondocking trips in the AS, we just won't use the fresh water system. We'll take jugs of water for drinking and cooking, and for flushing the toilet into the black tank.

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I'm sure you could purge them with an air compressor but I don't see the point and who knows, by purging the lines empty you might be denying yourself some protection. If you are not going to use the water system, I'd leave the antifreeze in the lines until spring when you can do a proper purge of the lines.
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Just a footnote: the brass low point valves are vulnerable to corrosion and will freeze above the elbow! Not the best idea A/S ever had.
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