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Old 12-06-2019, 12:46 PM   #1
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First de-winterizing coming up...

I bought the RV last month and winterized it when I got home, as we live in WV and it’s winter.

I used a boatload of antifreeze (about 15 gallons) in the fresh water tank until I discovered the “winterize” valve in the wet bay. Then I pumped about 4 gallons thru that.

We’re heading to Florida next week and I need to get the water system functioning again. My thoughts:
  1. Before I leave - Fill the FW tank with about 5 gallons of water mixed with a cup of bleach.
  2. Run the pump and turn on all the faucets.
  3. Hook the pail with the bleach solution to the city water inlet and “winterize” for a few minutes.
  4. Drive to our first RV park (about 4 hours) and do a full hook up.
  5. Hook up to park’s city water and run a bunch thru the system.
  6. Insert a new filter
  7. Next morning - dump black then grey - partially fill Fw tank for toilet use - drive..

Does that make sense?
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Old 12-06-2019, 02:41 PM   #2
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That should work. Although if you still have lots of antifreeze in your fresh water tank I’d drain it out first. One thing I learned is to flush out all of your antifreeze before you un-bypass the water heater. Otherwise the antifreeze in your lines gets into the WH and it can take just the longest time to work it’s way out. So I flush all of my lines on city water then un-bypass the water heater and then, if I need to, sanitize the system? If you do end up with antifreeze in the water heater you can flush it with the pump and the drain removed but it doesn’t work really well because there’s a fair amount of water in there even with the drain plug removed. There is a nifty little gizmo you can put on a garden hose to flush it out through the drain opening and I recommend using that. Have fun snowbirding. We’re heading to Florida for a month also. Cold in Indiana!
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