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Old 05-23-2015, 08:42 AM   #1
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I am new here so please forgive my ignorance. I had my 2001 TowLite winterized last October. What are the steps that I should follow to get the camper ready for use? Do I need to disinfect the water system in addition to removing the anti freeze or can I just rinse and go? Any other de-winterization things that need to be done? Now that I have replaced the bulb seal and adjusted the lift cables I am anxious to get going! Also, how do you put your "signature" to a post here?
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I can answer the signature question, at the top of the page, click on User CP over on the left. Then scroll down to edit signature over on the left.
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:37 AM   #3
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I personally don't ever drink the water in any camper I have had so I just drain and fill. I find the hot water heater holds on to any antifreeze the most if that is what they used. Some places blow out all the lines and just leave them dry. I have tried to bleach a camper tank before but that made me even less likely to want to drink it. We just grab a couple of $1 gallon jugs of pure water at the store for drinking and cooking.
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You want to flush the anti freeze from the lines and then run fresh water through them until you are sure they are cleared. Then- if you had utilized water heater by pass valves to winterize- open those and flush the water heater as well. REMEMBER TO REINSTALL THE DRAIN PLUG IN THE WATER HEATER or you will end up with water pouring from the heater. Dilute bleach ( about a cup per fifteen gallons) and add to and fill the fresh water tank. Reflush the lines- or you could add this step with flushing the antifreeze. Run it all through or drain the rest then re-fill the water tank with fresh water and flush again-

Turn on your propane- light the stove, check to see if you smell any leaks. Ideally- you may want to have a dealer do a pressure check of the system. Check all other regular stuff- tire pressure, lug nut torque, trailer lights etc.

Im sure others have more suggestions. The above are just some basics.

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Hi all-

I am new here so please forgive my ignorance. I had my 2001 TowLite winterized last October. What are the steps that I should follow to get the camper ready for use? Do I need to disinfect the water system in addition to removing the anti freeze or can I just rinse and go? Any other de-winterization things that need to be done? Now that I have replaced the bulb seal and adjusted the lift cables I am anxious to get going! Also, how do you put your "signature" to a post here?
Check out this post and video on "dewinterizing."

http://www.hilotrailerforum.com/f27/dewinterizing-4452/
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:11 PM   #6
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