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RE: How water heater and eliminating antifreeze

OP: Open the drain plug on the hot water heater and drain it. Then put it back in and then flush with fresh water. I too winterize by putting the antifreeze in the fresh tank and pump it thru all the pipes including the hot water heater. But I do it this way. Then with the pump 'off', I open the drain plug on the hot water heater and drain the antifreeze out of it. Leaving just the little bit that remains below the plug. Now when I go to dewinterize I am not spending hours and hours of running fresh water into a tank with antifreeze which only just dilutes it. Which is why it takes so long to clean thru if you leave the whole tank full of antifreeze. It takes only a few minutes of flushing to remove the small amount that was left on the bottom of the tank. And yes I use about 4 or 5 bottles of antifreeze doing it this way but for 'me' I KNOW there is NO air in any of the lines just pure antifreeze to protect them all. :C Just saying that's the way "I" do it and have never had any frozen lines or leaks from freezing when stored in the cold upper Midwest.
rockhillmanor 05/18/16 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
dewinterize/ water problem

I have owned my RV for 6 years and done the winterize / de winterize myself every year but am baffled by my current problem. Hoping someone can help Model: Winnebago Access 31J (bunk bed model) I set the valve by the pump to go straight so not towards siphon I set the drain valve to off I set the two lines under the sink to be parallel to the lines. Same direction (tried opposite as well I set the water heater valve in-line I turn the water pump on and have opened faucets. Water pours out through drain valve by the back wheel. Feels like I tried every combination of changing valve directions but nothing is working. All leads to draining water. Water heater is clearly not getting filled up and only tiny bit of water comes out through faucets but a ton is running down the pavement outside.... Any ideas????
mikeak 05/12/16 11:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How often do yall sanitize your fresh water tank?

I sanitize once a year as part of the dewinterizing process. My family doesn't drink the tank water but use it in coffee percolator (boiled) and brush teeth with it etc. So I do it for piece of mind and keeping my family safe. Here is a video on how I do it : Dewinterize and sanitize water system video
Dirtpig 04/26/16 03:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Tires

I called a Goodyear dealer in town and they ordered a set of Maxxis for my trailer at a price cheaper than their Goodyear Marathons. The new set replaced my old set of Maxxis, which lasted 8 years without problems until the last trip to the Keys, when they began to go show signs of distress. I waited too long to replace them, but they got me home without a flat or blowout. Nice, that is what I wanted to hear! I ordered Maxxis and aluminum rims from Discount tire and just mounted them today. I'm reall happy with the look of the aluminum vs the stock white rims, now just hope the Maxxis hold up as good as everyone claims. Thanks everyone for your replys, this is the best source of information. Tomorrow I will dewinterize and hopefully find no surprises.
NY RVer 04/16/16 07:25pm Towing
RE: popular rv/trailer accessories

Good prices, security, and available electric power would be on my basic list of wants. An available air compressor to refill tires would also be nice. You might get some business with propane filling, but I imagine that would be a significant investment in infrastructure, permitting, and training to implement. A dump station might also be nice when returning from a trip, but again is not an inexpensive proposition to put in. I suspect most people don't take an RV directly from storage to the campground, but rather stop by their house first to load up their clothes and groceries, fill the water tanks, possibly wash/clean/dewinterize, etc. If you're really in a big city where people would live in apartment buildings or similar, then perhaps a staging area for these activities would be a big selling point and could prove profitable; but I'm not sure all that many apartment dwellers would own an RV. I perhaps should mention that I'm not really the target market for RV storage, as I can keep my motorhome at my house where I have adequate security and 30A power available, and it costs me less than any storage facility could charge.
DrewE 04/15/16 01:51pm General RVing Issues
How we resealed our RV roof with Dicor lap sealant

Once again, spring is upon us and so are those RV maintenance chores! This week we climbed up on the roof to check all the seams and reapply Dicor lap sealant where needed. For those that have followed along with us you’ll know that we replaced our entire roof (along with some walls & floor) about a year and a half ago. During that time we haven’t had any issues with the roof, but after dealing with the aftermath of water damage we know the importance of preventative maintenance. When we dewinterize in the spring we do a pretty thorough check of the RV and all the systems and nip any potential issues in the bud. One of our highest priorities is keeping water out of our RV! As far as the roof goes, we first walk (or crawl) the entire roof looking for any damage to the rubber membrane. We then focus on all seams around vents, transitions, trim, etc. looking for cracks or holes that could potentially let water through. At this point we clean the seams and reapply Dicor lap sealant to anything questionable since it’s likely I won’t check again for another year. I apply new sealant directly over any cracks and only peel the old sealant away if it’s already hanging or coming off. Here's a link to our video showing how we did it: And here's a link to our blog post with more details if interested:
RVcircus 04/12/16 03:54pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How to keep RV warm enough in winter to avoid winterizing

In an area where temperatures go into deep freeze for about four months of a nine month "camping" season, I never found it a pain to winterize. Protecting the plumbing from freezing before going into storage was at most a 30 minute job, and "dewinterizing" added less than 30 minutes work to the day or so of trip prep I would do each time I came out of storage, no matter what time of year. So to make use of these fringes of our extended season, and to prepare for winter trips further south, it was not unusual for me to winterize and dewinterize four times a year or more. Not costly, not time consuming, and not particularly wasteful. If I don't dump my fresh water tanks before storage (e.g. in summer) I always dump and refill coming out of storage, to get freshly chlorinated water into the system. I don't know what people in your area do, but the sort of temperatures you are talking about are what I expect October and November, March and April, which are my fringe months. Winterize to store, dewinterize to camp.
tatest 04/06/16 01:48am Class A Motorhomes
How we dewinterize our travel trailer

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RVcircus 04/05/16 09:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
How we dewinterize our travel trailer

So we dewinterized a few weeks ago before our trip to Charleston and just got around to editing the video. Here's a quick video of how we do it if you're interested. A question for everyone else, do you sanitize your hot water heater? I do because it makes me feel better, won't hurt anything and doesn't add too much effort. I'm not sure it's necessary, so does anyone keep their hot water heater bypassed to avoid running bleach through it?
RVcircus 04/05/16 09:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Well, I just did "it" again! Drats!

We never dewinterize before April 15 PERIOD
Bucky Badger 04/03/16 07:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hot water heater... Drain after every trip?

I fill mine when I dewinterize in the spring and drain it when I winterize in the fall. Me too!
ol' yeller 04/03/16 06:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Hot water heater... Drain after every trip?

I fill mine when I dewinterize in the spring and drain it when I winterize in the fall.
Jack_Diane_Freedom 04/03/16 01:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Renogy eclipse solar panels (newly released)

Boaty...thanks for the info. Still have ?; what differentiates low voltage panel from high voltage panel? When do you cross the line? Thanks, Bill Edit; tattoobob...I think you need 2 batteries before you do anything else. Might be the best $ spent in your case. As soon as I dewinterize and load the camper on I'm going to locate a spot for a second Battery, the last camper I had I had one Battery and a 15 watt panel and it was all I needed
tattoobob 03/15/16 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: De-winterizing timing

Like Gordon Three, I dewinterize and use that time to check everything out. I usually get the propane tank filled, top off the gasoline, run the genset for an hour or so under load. I lubricate the power steps going into the coach, the slide, the locks on the exterior compartments, etc. I spray all the rubber around the doors and slides with silicon. I do a safety check on the propane system using soapy water and a brush. I check the hoses, belts, etc. I put back into the unit all the stuff I took out last fall to avoid freezing: bug spray, liquid soap, etc. I sanitize the entire water system, run up the frig on gas and electricity, check the solar outputs, flush out the hot water tank and so on. In other words, I do an annual inspection and maintenance at the same time on just about everything I can think of doing. Takes all day. Paul
PSW 03/09/16 10:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: De-winterizing timing

Why not just dewinterize as you get into warmer weather. Does not matter where you do it.
Jack_Diane_Freedom 03/08/16 10:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Warm day

Sat outside in the backyard and had a beer today. Sunny and 15C. Won't be long now. Another month and we will dewinterize and be ready to roll.
Jack_Diane_Freedom 03/07/16 02:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winterizing. Just looking for some clarifications...

Check out this video I did on winterizing my truck camper, which is pretty much the same as any trailer. Just also make sure you do your bathtub if u have one. I show how you use the "winterizing kit" equipped in many rv's which is the little hose by the water pump you talk about. Just also make sure you do your bathtub if u have one. Might get some pointers, i also show how to dewinterize and sanitize your water tank & lines in this video but you can omit that part if you don't want to do that.
Dirtpig 02/29/16 08:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Buying experience almost a disaster

I was not going to walk away from the deal if they did not agreed to honor the price on my Worksheet". I went in without any expectations as to what the dealer would do. I was at all times respectful and polite to all I spoke to and they were the same to me. I would not hesitate to buy from them again. We driveway camped this past weekend and everything worked as advertised. Waiting to dewinterize until closer to the end of March and run the water systems. I believe that this is going to be a great camper for my wife and me.
bogie514 02/29/16 11:38am General RVing Issues
RE: flushing the freish water tank.

I did a youtube video on my method of de-winterizing which also covers sanitizing your RV water lines and freshwater/hot water tanks. Link is to the video here How to dewinterize your RV and sanitize your water system You can go to the 2min mark to see the start of the sanitizing.
Dirtpig 02/10/16 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sanitizing Water Tank

I sanitize mine in the spring when I dewinterize the MH. I use the tank all summer adding water and using the water in it. Come winter, I empty the tank and it sits there until spring. In the spring I sanitize it again. I have repeated this cycle for 11 years with no problems. Yes, I do drink the water from the tank. X2 Been doing this for 40+ years without any issues, and we use the water in the tank for everything except coffee. We bring water from home for that.
RAS43 02/08/16 11:54am General RVing Issues
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