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Old 11-27-2010, 01:02 AM   #1
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hey this is our first year with our 2001 24 foot and i have no clue on what i need to do to winterize it. can any one help? thanks a bunch. Dan
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The manual should explain this. if you don't have a manual check the forum library, there are several manuals there.
Short version---Drain everything and put RV anti freeze in everything.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:20 AM   #3
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YouTube has some good videos on winterizing.


Watch a couple of the videos and you should get hang of it. Just be sure to drain everything first, including the outside and inside showers, and getting everything pumped full of antifreeze. The Towlite should have a water heater bypass and an antifreeze intake hose. The drain valves can be a bit hard to find, but if you take a look at the bottom side you should see where the lines stick out, go inside a look for the valves. Different models have different locations. Less than two gallons of antifreeze should do the job.

If you are really not sure what to do take the trailer to a dealer and have it done. It needs to be done right.
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The manual on mine just says to open all valves. It doesn't say anything about needing anti-freeze. Will all the water drain out OK?
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:34 PM   #5
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Hi Boater,

In my experience, just opening all the valves will not necessarily drain out all the water. On my 1969 rig, after gravity draining the water lines, I hook up my air compressor and blow them out... and am always surprised at how much more water comes out. I also disconnect the water pump and dry it separately.

Actually I learned to blow out the pipes the hard way. After years of winter storing our trailer in Southern California, we moved back to cold country and I "winterized," the trailer as I'd been doing, draining the water. Come spring, getting ready for our first camping trip, I quickly discovered that the water line to the sink, running under the reefer, had frozen and split. The lesson I learned was that the water system has low points where liquid pools, even if you tip the trailer forward and back.

RichR's advice about taking it to a professional, if your not sure what to do, is very sound. Many shops will show you what to do, so you can handle it correctly in the future. That's exactly what I did with our "new," 2704T; and next year I'll do it myself.

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The best route is using antifreeze! The traps on the sink and shower drains will freeze unless antifreeze is not used. Drain and bypass the hot water tank and make sure the "colored" antifreeze flows into all the traps. If you don't use the pump to fill the antifreeze it could freeze unless drained as indicated before.
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Hi Lloyd,

I've never hesitated to pour a little trailer anti-freeze in the drain traps... and I've never had any problems with trap freeze damage, so I know it works really well. On the other hand, I've always hesitated to put anti-freeze in the fresh water pipes...I know they say its safe with a proper flush out in the spring...but years ago I saw a neighborhood dog die after lapping up some automotive anti-freeze irresponsibly left in a gutter, and it was ugly. I know trailer anti-freeze is not the same, chemically or toxically, yet.... I'm glad I have a compressor as an option!

A trailering friend of ours uses anti-freeze every winter and I've noticed his plastic fresh water pipes have developed kind of a pink hue, particularly at low points. So I've wondered how well it really does flush out, and if some of the chemical leaches into the pipe plastic.

I'm glad you brought this up, and would like to read other opinions regarding the use of trailer anti-freeze.

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Winterizing my trailer? I'm in california and we don't get below freezing weather. I do drain the waterheater and lines. I prefer to blow the water lines out with air ( like some of you do with landscaping watering lines) . I wouldn't use anti-freeze, it is a chemical, no matter how safe they say it is.
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Regardless whether you use antifreeze or not, the water lines are only as good as you maintain them and the water supplies can be questionable too. I always add a bit of chlorine to my hoses and my fresh water tank when I flush them, use a carbon filter outside and another carbon filter (either faucit mounted or a pitcher type) inside for drinking water.
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I bought a little valve that screws into the fresh water inlet. You just open everything up and apply an air chuck, like filling a tire, and blow out the water lines. It seems to work well.
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