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Old 10-18-2017, 08:31 AM   #1
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Hi out there,

We just bought our trailer in June and love it. However, living in New England it's time to close it down and winterize it. So we did that but didn't think about the battery and it's location to take it out. Where is it? We closed it down without thinking that the manual is in the trailer. Please give us a clue anyone?

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Old 10-18-2017, 09:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum!

Finding the battery is quite easy on your Hi-Lo, run the top up and look under the hinged cover behind the LP tanks. There you will find the battery and the lift pump. Before you remove the battery take a photo which may aid in putting it back in next spring.

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AND, moosie, if you DO remove the battery, make sure you position the cables out of the front of the hinged cover so that you can attach jumper cables (or a battery) to them when you decide it's time to raise the top in the Spring. The top WILL NOT go up on shore power. It needs the Amps that a battery will supply.

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AND, moosie, if you DO remove the battery, make sure you position the cables out of the front of the hinged cover so that you can attach jumper cables (or a battery) to them when you decide it's time to raise the top in the Spring. The top WILL NOT go up on shore power. It needs the Amps that a battery will supply.

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That's good and very important point! Senior moment again!
It's SO common, isn't it Rich?

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Thank you. Going to find it.
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Thank you. We are going hunting for it now.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:21 AM   #9
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So guess what? We found the battery, feeling like idiots. Didn't think to pick the cover up. Any other quick tips on winterizing other than the battery? We also forgot to put antifreeze in the sinks, toilet and shower drain. We never used the holding tank which still has the antifreeze from when we bought it in June.
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Moosie, you need to make sure the water lines in the trailer are drained or filled with antifreeze. If your trailer is anything like mine, look for a valve in each of the hot and cold lines somewhere along their run to the kitchen and bathroom areas. They will feed a short "T". If you open them (1/4 turn) with the faucets open, the water in the lines will drain out to the ground. If you can't find them, then I'd use the pump to suck antifreeze into them. You may have a winterizing inlet for that purpose.

And yes, you need to make sure the P-traps below the sinks and the shower drain (if you've used it) have antifreeze in them. My toilet is a straight drop into the black tank. There's no trap there. If the holding tanks are empty, there's no need to put antifreeze in them, but make sure the waste pipes from them to the blade valves are empty. Just opening the blade valves with the drain cap off will insure that.

Take the drain plug out of the hot water tank so that it will drain. If you don't do this, it will probably be full of water which would be a bad thing in your climate.

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For that year model I am guessing your trailer came with a "by pass" already installed for winterizing. What that does is allow you to run antifreeze through the system without having it go in and fill up the hotwater tank. You can also "blow" your lines out with compressed air- but I find anti freeze is the best way to go as it tends to cover all the bases including the toilet valves. i also recommend you google "winterizng an RV" and find a couple videos to watch. There are a few things specific to the Hi-LO, but getting a good overall sense of what is usually done is a good idea. And, remember, use RV anti-freeze- NOT automotive antifreeze. You DONT want traces of AUTOMOTIVE anti-freeze in water supply. The RV stuff is unpleasant if a little lingers, but it likely wont kill you.

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The cheapest RV antifreeze is sold at Walmart. It is good for two years according to our HiLo parts person. Going camping this weekend with our camping club. Next Wed it is going to be 40* for several days.Time to winterize the HiLo.
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That's where we're pretty lucky. Winterizing to us is trading the A/C at night to the heater if needed. Only problem is the snow-birds take up most of the campsites. Most campgrounds are closed north of Fla. boarder.
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