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Old 01-15-2013, 11:30 PM   #15
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Polarlyse & Aftermath,

Interesting perspectives. Sounds like both have merit and both make sense. Thanks for the reachout!

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:29 AM   #16
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I am late to the party. I live in Northern California and simply drained the lines at the low point valves. Drained the water heater. Hooked up the air compressor to the city water and blew out the lines with all faucets and the low points open. Poured anti-freeze into the traps.
To de-winterize, I assume it is simply hooking up the city water and slowly pump water to blow out the air? Does anyone recommend leaving the low point valves open while replacing air with water? Also, does anyone recommend blowing out the black tank sprayer with the air compressor when winterizing?
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Just hook up the water and go. Note you'll have a lot of air in the system, so be ready for sputtering and splashing. It might be worth letting each faucet (don't forget the toilet) run a bit. No need to leave the low point valves open or anything like that.

If you bypassed the water heater, don't forget to unbypass it before you turn it on.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:12 PM   #17
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Thanks, Skater. Apparently I did not bypass the water heater since I don't know how. I did take out the drain plug and drained it. Is the purpose of bypassing the water heater to avoid running antifreeze through it? I assume draining is adequate for my climate?
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:58 AM   #18
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Is the purpose of bypassing the water heater to avoid running antifreeze through it?
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Yes.

With the water heater bypassed it only takes 1.5-2 gallons of RV antifreeze instead of 7.5-8 gallons. Plus you don't have problems clearing the antifreeze out of the water heater.
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How does water get in hot water tank? Does it have its own water fill place? I have to de-winterize myself, is there a checklist on the forum? Thanks.sbb
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How does water get in hot water tank? Does it have its own water fill place? I have to de-winterize myself, is there a checklist on the forum? Thanks.sbb
Once you open the bypass, the water pressure (either from the pump or the city connection) will fill the water heater.
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To be on the safe side, we've had the pipes blown out and added anti-freeze to the lines every year. Then once the weather warms up, let city water run through the system for a long time at a sani-dump or sewer hook-up, where it can all flush out. Then usually we carry an alternative drinking water source for the first few trips, but after sufficient use the anti-freeze taste is no longer in evidence. Our hot water tank has some valves to open and a stopper to insert outside under the grill.
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Once you are hooked up to water, turn on the hot water taps and your hot water tank will fill right up. When water starts flowing out of the faucet you know that your hot water tank is full.
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And don't forget to sanitize the fresh water tank along with the entire system!
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Is there a specific fresh water tank sanitizer?
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Is there a specific fresh water tank sanitizer?
Ordinary (unscented) Chlorox bleach works just fine. In fact, that's what is recommended in every Airstream owner's manual I've seen. Check your manual to find out how much to add; it isn't much.

My manual says 0.13 ounces of bleach per gallon of water, or 1 milliliter per liter, and let it stand for at least 4 hours. Or you can double the amount of Chlorox and let it stand for just one hour. Then drain the tank and refill with plain water.

If water is in short supply and you don't want to drain out a full tank of water, then if you let it the treated water stand for over 24 hours the chlorine will evaporate out and you should be able to drink the water without tasting chlorine. If you still taste chlorine after 24 hours, filter the water through an activated charcoal filter before drinking.
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There is a lot of information on sanitizing if you use the search function on the forum. I have used unscented bleach. I have also used white vinegar.

The Airstream manual has the procedure.

I am interested in trying Purogene. Maybe this spring.
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Once you are hooked up to water, turn on the hot water taps and your hot water tank will fill right up. When water starts flowing out of the faucet you know that your hot water tank is full.
Not if the water heater is bypassed. You can have water running from the faucet for months and the tank will still be empty.
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Thanks, Protagonist & Steamy. I'll check the manual and make it so!

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