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guscampag

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Who has an antifreeze inlet on their camper and how do you use it? Do you have to have another pump to pump the antifreeze in or what?

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What does your RV manufacturer say? What year, make and model RV do you have?


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To suck anti freeze into system , there should be a 3ft hose just before pump that has a valve to open and another valve to shut off tank. Stick hose in jug and turning taps till pink shows up.


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What type, brand, and model RV do your have? And a picture of your "antifreeze inlet" would help also to get a more accurate answer.

Ours has a winterizing inlet, a couple switches to turn, and uses the on board pump making the winterizing with antifreeze a pretty simple task. But other RVs may be completely different.

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On our Sunseeker, I access the plumbing through a port. Inside, a pick-up hose is rolled up and capped; I pull it through the port, and uncap it, then into a gallon of pink. Where the hose meets the valve, I turn the handle to point to the pick-up hose.
When the power to the pump is turned on, the pump pulls from the pick-up hose instead of pulling from the main tank.

This image is looking down into the area inside the port; the pick-up valve is on the right, tank/plumbing drain on the left:

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I winterize as follows:

o Turn off pump.
o Rotate valves on water heater to winterize positions
o Park the MH on a slant to drain as much water as possible out of the tank.
o Vent pressure in WH by opening T&P valve momentarily, then drain water heater.
o Open tank drain; wait until it stops flowing.
o Open low water points just aft of the door: (apologies for the fuzzy image)

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o Once all has drained, close the tank/plumbing drain valve.
o Turn on pump, then open all faucets for a few moments, then turn the pump off.
o Pull city water inlet screen, push on check valve to drain inlet line.
o Drive around a bit to further drain the lines.
o Park on an angle again so tank outlet is at low point.
o Close low points
o Turn off tank/plumbing drain.
o Pour pink gallon into tank.
o Run pump momentarily to winterize pipes to pump.
o Place winterizing pick-up hose in pink gallon, rotate valve to pick-up hose.
o Turn on pump.
o Open kitchen cold faucet which is the furthest away from pump, until a bit of pink arrives; close.
o Open hot faucet the furthest away from pump, until a bit of pink arrives; close.
o Open/close bathroom hot & cold faucets.
o Open/close shower faucets.
o Open toilet valve.
o Optionally, push city inlet check valve to get sprayed by pink...
o Turn off pump!
o Pour remainder of gallon in tank, if any.
o Turn winterizing valve to tank; store hose.

Two gallons is usually all it takes unless I screw up and pour a gallon on the ground because I forgot to cap the low water points.. Yes, I've done it more than once.

This post is way more info than the OP asked for, but I hope that helps!


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I actually take one more step after winterizing.....I then de-winterize, draining the system and returning all valves back to home position as the antifreeze already did it's job, displace water.

Come spring, rinse and go camping.

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That's a good way to do it as well! Though I like to flush the pink out before placing the water heater back into the system. Trying to flush any amount of pink out of a WH can be a pain.

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I agree with BruceMc.


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There should be no issue getting antifreeze out of the HW system. You should remove the HW tank drain plug. I have a nozzle I use to spray out the tank before putting the plug back. When dewinterizing I bleach the system including the HW lines and tank. I pull the plug again to rinse out the bleach.

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guscampag wrote:

Who has an antifreeze inlet on their camper and how do you use it?


All my RVs have a winterization hose for AF,and this is how i do it


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