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Old 10-27-2017, 03:57 PM   #1
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Winterizing the Freedom Elite 29fe

Temps to hit 20's here in the Georgia mountains this weekend and since we are not going anywhere for the next three months, it was a good time to break out the air compressor and antifreeze.

A couple things about the 29fe and possibly some others as well. The water pump is under the jackknife sofa, miserable location as to gain access to it, the sofa is neither closed or open but half way in between. First thing needed was a 2 x 4 cut to length to prop the thing open in it's half way state. Note to self, do not accidentally knock the 2 x 4 out from under while your hand is under it. Ask me how I know.

Next remove two panels, one under the sink where the trash can is stored to access the water heater valves. The second is in the bathroom under the shower pan in front of the toilet. There you will find the hidden low point drains.

On to the water heater to remove the plastic drain plug. Bring a 1" wrench. No way to get a socket on it. It will drain faster if you open the pressure relief valve. That done, back inside to turn the water heater valves to bypass position.

I used a pancake compressor set to 30 psi and attached it to the city water fill. Then started the process of opening one faucet at a time until nothing but air came out. Then open the low point drains to get any residual water. While this was going on, I had opened the fresh water tank valve as it takes a while to drain the half full tank. When I finished with the compressed air blow out, I closed the low point drains.

Back to the miserable sofa, hooked up a jug of antifreeze to the water pump supply, turned off the valve from the tank feed and fired up the pump to begin filling the water lines with antifreeze. Since the grey and black were empty, I used a bucket to catch the residual water until the faucets ran red excepting the toilet of course.

The outside kitchen has a macerator pump to empty the sink. It takes a little extra antifreeze to make sure the pump is protected. Finish everything off by putting a cup or so of antifreeze down each drain.

Have fun. Oh it takes about two full gallons to winterize the 29fe, that's if you first used compressed air to clear most of the water.
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:11 PM   #2
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Wow!! That's a whole lot of procedures...
Thanks for a GREAT explanation of how to get it done correctly!
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Old 10-27-2017, 06:16 PM   #3
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In reality you only have to do one or the other...not both: Either antifreeze or air.

Don't think I've ever hooked a compressor up to any of my RV's water systems--just pump the pink stuff through them and your done. Took me about 15 minutes for our Axis a few weeks ago.
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Old 10-27-2017, 06:55 PM   #4
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In reality you only have to do one or the other...not both: Either antifreeze or air.
Air is cheaper than antifreeze. Air first cuts down on the antifreeze usage.
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Old 10-27-2017, 08:55 PM   #5
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In reality you only have to do one or the other...not both: Either antifreeze or air.

Don't think I've ever hooked a compressor up to any of my RV's water systems--just pump the pink stuff through them and your done. Took me about 15 minutes for our Axis a few weeks ago.


Me too. I used no air and two gallons of pink stuff. Cost $6 and took 15 minutes. Iíd rather spend the extra $3 for a second gallon than to lug out the compressor etc. Iím not convinced it takes more antifreeze if you donít blow out first
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Air is cheaper than antifreeze. Air first cuts down on the antifreeze usage.
How does air first cut down on antifreeze usage? It doesn't change the volume of the pipes you have to fill.
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Old 10-27-2017, 10:41 PM   #7
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If you want the straight pink stuff without a mixture of water in it, blowing it out clears the water which dilutes the AF. Otherwise, just do it your way.

Geez, just trying to help out.
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If you want the straight pink stuff without a mixture of water in it, blowing it out clears the water which dilutes the AF. Otherwise, just do it your way.

Geez, just trying to help out.
LOL! I was just curious what the logic was. Ok I get it: since we're pushing the water out with the pink stuff there will be some dilution at the water antifreeze interface and you'll end up using more because you'll run the faucet more until you see "solid pink" coming out (whereas with air you only have to stop when anything comes out because there is no water).
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Old 10-28-2017, 04:03 AM   #9
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Me too. No criticism intended. Just curios cause itís different from what I do.
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Old 11-16-2017, 11:08 PM   #10
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Thanks for the post

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Temps to hit 20's here in the Georgia mountains this weekend and since we are not going anywhere for the next three months, it was a good time to break out the air compressor and antifreeze.

A couple things about the 29fe and possibly some others as well. The water pump is under the jackknife sofa, miserable location as to gain access to it, the sofa is neither closed or open but half way in between. First thing needed was a 2 x 4 cut to length to prop the thing open in it's half way state. Note to self, do not accidentally knock the 2 x 4 out from under while your hand is under it. Ask me how I know.

Next remove two panels, one under the sink where the trash can is stored to access the water heater valves. The second is in the bathroom under the shower pan in front of the toilet. There you will find the hidden low point drains.

On to the water heater to remove the plastic drain plug. Bring a 1" wrench. No way to get a socket on it. It will drain faster if you open the pressure relief valve. That done, back inside to turn the water heater valves to bypass position.

I used a pancake compressor set to 30 psi and attached it to the city water fill. Then started the process of opening one faucet at a time until nothing but air came out. Then open the low point drains to get any residual water. While this was going on, I had opened the fresh water tank valve as it takes a while to drain the half full tank. When I finished with the compressed air blow out, I closed the low point drains.

Back to the miserable sofa, hooked up a jug of antifreeze to the water pump supply, turned off the valve from the tank feed and fired up the pump to begin filling the water lines with antifreeze. Since the grey and black were empty, I used a bucket to catch the residual water until the faucets ran red excepting the toilet of course.

The outside kitchen has a macerator pump to empty the sink. It takes a little extra antifreeze to make sure the pump is protected. Finish everything off by putting a cup or so of antifreeze down each drain.

Have fun. Oh it takes about two full gallons to winterize the 29fe, that's if you first used compressed air to clear most of the water.
First thanks for the informative post some people just can't let someone say something without trying to one up them. Second a question. When I look under the shower there are three valves. I assume the two very close together very close the the front are the low drains. Any idea what the third valve further back is? Looks like it is on the hot water system but don't know what it's function is. Any ideas? Again thanks for the great post.
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Old 11-16-2017, 11:56 PM   #11
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No idea on the third valve. I don't have one.
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no idea on the third valve. I don't have one.


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Old 11-17-2017, 12:17 AM   #13
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The third valve is farther back under the blue and black pipe weird mine is a 2017. Hey thanks anyway Post helped me find my low drain valves.
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Old 11-17-2017, 12:36 AM   #14
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Good write up. I'm going to do mine this weekend . I'm amazed at how hard they made this, in my toyhauler it was way so much easier.
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Is that the fresh water tank drain?
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:22 PM   #16
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Is that the fresh water tank drain?


No the fresh water tank drain is on the side of the rig. I think it has something to do with the fresh water tank but it is not the drain. Maybe I will take some time to figure it out when I add the pink stuff this weekend. Thanks for the input.
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Old 11-17-2017, 03:14 PM   #17
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JamJanTan, I stand corrected. You got my curiosity going. I couldn't imagine you had an extra valve and I didn't.

I got back under the shower again and lifted the heat duct and there buried beneath the subfloor was a third valve. It was on a blue line. I turned my pump on, all was still pressurized, and when I opened the valve, the pump kicked on. I went outside and looked under, guess what. A mixture of antifreeze and water was running on the ground as in light pink. Which tells me that it is a low point line that had some water left in it, but from where. The rest of my lines run pure antifreeze.

Since it is sandwiched between the floor and the subfloor, the only thing I can see is that it appears to terminate at that valve. It looks like it runs from the bath area, but it could have an "L" in it where it can't be seen. It's a mystery.
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JamJanTan, I stand corrected. You got my curiosity going. I couldn't imagine you had an extra valve and I didn't.



I got back under the shower again and lifted the heat duct and there buried beneath the subfloor was a third valve. It was on a blue line. I turned my pump on, all was still pressurized, and when I opened the valve, the pump kicked on. I went outside and looked under, guess what. A mixture of antifreeze and water was running on the ground as in light pink. Which tells me that it is a low point line that had some water left in it, but from where. The rest of my lines run pure antifreeze.



Since it is sandwiched between the floor and the subfloor, the only thing I can see is that it appears to terminate at that valve. It looks like it runs from the bath area, but it could have an "L" in it where it can't be seen. It's a mystery.


So now I am curious if I read you correctly there is a third low drain point? Maybe it comes from the fresh water tank? Does your fresh water tank have a valve next to the door to drain it?
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:21 PM   #19
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Yes, freshwater drain is on the side by the door. No other connections to the tank other than the pump connection. A possibility would be the city water line on the way to the pump. Between us, we'll figure this one out.
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I also have 3 low point valves - still havenít figured out what the 3rd one is for
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