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De-Winterize B Touring Cruiser

I just bought a used 2005 B Touring Cruiser and I cannot find the bypass for the water heater to dewinterize it. I have found the hot water tank and have looked all around it and there are no valves. Any help would greatly be appreciated- pictures or video would be awesome. Thanks so much.
revickers 04/18/15 09:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Central PA 7+ nights in a row above 32

It's supposed to be mid 60's today though!!!! FINALLY feeling like winter is over!!! Yup, and I did dewinterize or really am still in process. WooHoo!! It was nice just being out doing things without getting cold!! I flushed out the lines, and now the bleach water is doing its thing through the system until tomorrow. I was wondering, since I need to do some cleaning of cabinets as I am putting my gear away, any reason why I can't I use the bleach water? I used 2 cups bleach for 44 gallon tank, I did fill up the hot water heater as well, figuring that could use some santitizing also. I don't plan on heating up the water heater, with the bleach water, but also was wondering if that would be a problem? Wouldn't think so thining Hot Tubs do it all the time? Thoughts?
Redterpos3 04/11/15 06:52pm General RVing Issues
de winterize

S o i went and started to dewinterize my trailer today and when i was running the water pump water was comming out the city water inlet help?
nettech207 04/11/15 05:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pink stuff vs Air pressure - The Verdict

I do a third option: Cheap vodka. The ethanol will lower the freezing point of the water enough so that a 20 degree day in Texas won't result in cracked pipes. Plus, I don't have to worry about bad taste in the lines when I dewinterize and sanitize in the spring.
mlts22 04/10/15 08:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Central PA 7+ nights in a row above 32

I know the feeling. I was starting to think winter would never end. :) Any night above freezing is a good night. I won't dewinterize for a couple more weeks. Just in case.
gbopp 04/10/15 03:48am General RVing Issues
Central PA 7+ nights in a row above 32

:B Finally, I see a string of nighttime temps that don't go down below freezing!! Looks like tomorrow I can dewinterize as I start to get my rig loaded up. My son brought all my stuff up from the basement on Tuesday! I had surgery a couple of weeks ago so still not supposed to carry much weight, but bit by bit should be ok. And Friday could be up to 70, now that hasn't been seen for some time around here! It was still only in upper 30's yesterday and today, as high's.
Redterpos3 04/09/15 07:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fiberglass trailer maintenance

How long does it take to wax an average TT? And how many bottles/cost? I'm getting ready to dewinterize and would like to clean/wax at the same time. Multiply the length in feet by 30 minutes, then divide by the number of kids you have.
2012Coleman 03/31/15 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Below freezing advice

I hope to dewinterize this weekend, despite the fact that temps will still be down around 30 degrees at night during the following week. During the day it will be in the 50s.
Doug33 03/31/15 07:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Fiberglass trailer maintenance

How long does it take to wax an average TT? And how many bottles/cost? I'm getting ready to dewinterize and would like to clean/wax at the same time.
Doug33 03/31/15 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: New Seasonal Camper - Dewinterizing Question

We will there mostly weekends and whenever I can get my husband to take some days off around our weekends. So we will want to leave it winterized up there until Mid to late May. So, draining the antifreeze into the dump station at our site is safe? I just don't want to move the camper to dewinterize and of course I want to get it up there as soon as we can. I don't mind leaving it winterized up there until it is safe if we don't have to move it to dewinterize it when the time comes.
valerry 03/27/15 11:01am General RVing Issues
New Seasonal Camper - Dewinterizing Question

We have reserved our very first seasonal camping site and are very excited to try seasonal camping this summer. We live up in Montana and have access to the site from April until October. We were told that people start bringing in their campers in April. Obviously we do not want to dewinterize this early because we are not out of the clear for freezing weather until mid to late May. Are there any other seasonal campers that bring their campers in that early and then do you just dewinterize your rig at the campsite when it after the frost free date? Just curious what others do who have northern seasonal campsites.
valerry 03/27/15 10:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Its time to get ready

Going well below freezing again this weekend. Not ready to dewinterize yet....... :(
Doug33 03/26/15 07:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Opening Day Jitters

When we pack up everything goes back where it belongs. I'm a stickler for this because I hate digging for stuff. We also do the general housekeeping, strip the bed, etc. When we get home we pull up to the house and tale the dogs, food, meds and dirty laundry in. After that I take to the storage lot, drain the tanks, shut down the propane and pull the battery to be charged at home. Now it is ready for the next trip. The clothes and sheets will be washed, the food box restocked and what ever items on a list that the trailer needs will be done before we go out again. When it does start freezing in the fall it only takes minutes to winterize. It'll be a month or so before it stops snowing up at altitude. When it does we will bring the trailer home, give it a good deep cleaning inside and out. check all the systems, fill the propane, grease the bearings, dewinterize, sanitize, etc. The clean clothes and sheets will go back in and I'll look through each space to get reacquainted and then it goes back to the lot ready to go as we never ever bring it home right before a trip. The whole routine makes it for the least amount of effort to get going the next trip. We often decide on the spur of the moment and that doesn't play well if we need to spend a day getting it ready to go. We can usually be on the road a hour or two after deciding to go and that includes buying the fresh food to take. So you will get use to it. Not just throwing things in or leaving them till the next time helps.
JiminDenver 03/23/15 06:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water heater by-pass

Leaving in a week for Nadhville and was looking for the by-pass valve in our 2014 Winnebago 35f. The manual behind the water heater and access is under the stove. I removed the panel under the stove and yes the water heater is there but I don't see any by-pass valve. I purchased the MH in the fall and I didn't winterized it. So this is the first time I have tried to dewinterize the unit. Any help? That is exactly where it is on my 2007 Winnebago, but it is small and hard to find. You have to move bundles of wires out of the way to see it. Find the cold water input at the bottom of the tank, and follow the PEX away from the water heater.
Bobbo 03/22/15 07:55pm Tech Issues
Water heater by-pass

Leaving in a week for Nadhville and was looking for the by-pass valve in our 2014 Winnebago 35f. The manual behind the water heater and access is under the stove. I removed the panel under the stove and yes the water heater is there but I don't see any by-pass valve. I purchased the MH in the fall and I didn't winterized it. So this is the first time I have tried to dewinterize the unit. Any help?
gonervn501 03/22/15 05:36pm Tech Issues
RE: First time de-winterizing

No different. To dewinterize your water lines, all you do is run fresh water through each line until all the "pink" is removed. Traces of "pink" will cause the water to be foamy for a while. But keep flushing the line and it will all come out. If your water heater is in by-pass position, do not undo it until you've flushed the lines first. Flush, then turn the water heater by-pass back to normal position, then fill the water heater. If your water heater is not bypassed, the procedure is the same, it just takes longer, flush the tank until no more pink and foamy water occurs. That's all you need to do. Some folks will sanatize their lines next. That's another topic.
DutchmenSport 03/22/15 09:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taos New Mexico mid March

According to the weather report I saw last night, the high mountains (mainly ski areas) are expected to get up to 18" of snow between now and Saturday. I would not dewinterize but use the campground facilities. It's easy enough to stay warm inside but the pipes under your trailer could easily freeze.
PenMan 03/19/15 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Why I Will Never Use Camping World Ever Again For Service

Planned to dewinterize and have a few issues buttoned up at home prior to heading out on our trip last week, but sub-freezing temps changed that and we decided to drive south and dewinterize en-route. We stopped at CW in Birmingham, (Calera) Alabama and asked to have the rig de-winterized, and 2 tire valve extenders installed on the rear outside tires. Also asked to look at a couch drawer that wouldn't stay in. 5 1/2 hours and $432.89 later we were left with more questions than answers. Here are our issues. 1. After dewinterizing, the fresh water wouldn't work. Just sputtered continuously. We asked them to fix that, which they did apparently at the tune of another hour of labor or $129.00. Which we protested as this should have been part of getting the dewinterization right. Excuse was there was gunk in the lines. Then the service writer said the black tank contents probably overflowed into the fresh system....I kid you not. He said that. Well this rig has been operating flawlessly prior with no gunk ever in the lines or a sputtering air lock. They flat out screwed up initially and charged me for their mistake. 2. They diagnosed the couch drawer as needing a clip. They did not repair. 3. They installed 4 new air valve extenders versus the 2 I ordered as I already had 2 perfectly functioning extenders, saying they come in sets of 4. 4. They conducted a complimentary roof inspection stating that their finding on my roof was that there was evidence of the EPDM erosion and our roof needed to be cleaned, and coated with some full roof sealant. Also the cap seals needed redone. Estimate (minimum) was quoted at $1500.00. Sounds great right? It may be If I had an EDPM roof. I have a 1 piece solid fiberglass roof. I pointed this out to the service writer. He conferred with the tech. Oh no sir it's a rubber roof. Sure. A call to Forest River disclosed....wait for it.....its fiberglass. So I got hosed. Paid a stupid tax. Live and learn. I'm living by telling my story. They will maybe learn to work towards repeat business. But I doubt it. And for those who may say dewinterizing is easy, should have done it myself, yada yada, I would have screwed it up worse I'm sure. I have that magic touch. You made this up....right? Your just screwin' with us... right? Good one. Black tank over flowed into fresh and cloged freshwater line...what a Hoot.
Rollnhome 03/14/15 11:04pm Camping World Service and Installation
Why I Will Never Use Camping World Ever Again For Service

Planned to dewinterize and have a few issues buttoned up at home prior to heading out on our trip last week, but sub-freezing temps changed that and we decided to drive south and dewinterize en-route. We stopped at CW in Birmingham, (Calera) Alabama and asked to have the rig de-winterized, and 2 tire valve extenders installed on the rear outside tires. Also asked to look at a couch drawer that wouldn't stay in. 5 1/2 hours and $432.89 later we were left with more questions than answers. Here are our issues. 1. After dewinterizing, the fresh water wouldn't work. Just sputtered continuously. We asked them to fix that, which they did apparently at the tune of another hour of labor or $129.00. Which we protested as this should have been part of getting the dewinterization right. Excuse was there was gunk in the lines. Then the service writer said the black tank contents probably overflowed into the fresh system....I kid you not. He said that. Well this rig has been operating flawlessly prior with no gunk ever in the lines or a sputtering air lock. They flat out screwed up initially and charged me for their mistake. 2. They diagnosed the couch drawer as needing a clip. They did not repair. 3. They installed 4 new air valve extenders versus the 2 I ordered as I already had 2 perfectly functioning extenders, saying they come in sets of 4. 4. They conducted a complimentary roof inspection stating that their finding on my roof was that there was evidence of the EPDM erosion and our roof needed to be cleaned, and coated with some full roof sealant. Also the cap seals needed redone. Estimate (minimum) was quoted at $1500.00. Sounds great right? It may be If I had an EDPM roof. I have a 1 piece solid fiberglass roof. I pointed this out to the service writer. He conferred with the tech. Oh no sir it's a rubber roof. Sure. A call to Forest River disclosed....wait for it.....its fiberglass. So I got hosed. Paid a stupid tax. Live and learn. I'm living by telling my story. They will maybe learn to work towards repeat business. But I doubt it. And for those who may say dewinterizing is easy, should have done it myself, yada yada, I would have screwed it up worse I'm sure. I have that magic touch.
Squealers 03/14/15 07:02pm Camping World Service and Installation
Why I will never use Camping World for service ever again.

Planned to dewinterize and have a few issues buttoned up at home prior to heading out on our trip last week, but sub-freezing temps changed that and we decided to drive south and dewinterize en-route. We stopped at CW in Birmingham, (Calera) Alabama and asked to have the rig de-winterized, and 2 tire valve extenders installed on the rear outside tires. Also asked to look at a couch drawer that wouldn't stay in. 5 1/2 hours and $432.89 later we were left with more questions than answers. Here are our issues. 1. After dewinterizing, the fresh water wouldn't work. Just sputtered continuously. We asked them to fix that, which they did apparently at the tune of another hour of labor or $129.00. Which we protested as this should have been part of getting the dewinterization right. Excuse was there was gunk in the lines. Then the service writer said the black tank contents probably overflowed into the fresh system....I kid you not. He said that. Well this rig has been operating flawlessly prior with no gunk ever in the lines or a sputtering air lock. They flat out screwed up initially and charged me for their mistake. 2. They diagnosed the couch drawer as needing a clip. They did not repair. 3. They installed 4 new air valve extenders versus the 2 I ordered as I already had 2 perfectly functioning extenders, saying they come in sets of 4. 4. They conducted a complimentary roof inspection stating that their finding on my roof was that there was evidence of the EPDM erosion and our roof needed to be cleaned, and coated with some full roof sealant. Also the cap seals needed redone. Estimate (minimum) was quoted at $1500.00. Sounds great right? It may be If I had an EDPM roof. I have a 1 piece solid fiberglass roof. I pointed this out to the service writer. He conferred with the tech. Oh no sir it's a rubber roof. Sure. A call to Forest River disclosed....wait for it.....its fiberglass. So I got hosed. Paid a stupid tax. Live and learn. I'm living by telling my story. They will maybe learn to work towards repeat business. But I doubt it. And for those who may say dewinterizing is easy, should have done it myself, yada yada, I would have screwed it up worse I'm sure. I have that magic touch.
Squealers 03/14/15 05:11pm Camping World Service and Installation
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