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Old 10-26-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Need advice of winterizing Voltage

Being a newbie to my 2013 Voltage maybe some old hands here can help me out. I will need to winterize my unit soon and I understand how to do it but am unsure in one facet of the process. I have in my control panel on the outside and a winterizing connection. My question is how do i get the antifreeze (approved type) into the winterizing connection. Do I need a special hookup to connect the bottle to the connector or what method do i use to get the antifreeze into the hole? Do I pump it in or siphon it in? Also do I start the onboard pump prior to injecting the antifreeze or after?? TIA
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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Winterizing

In the 2 trailers I've owned (previously a 2009 Jayco Designer and now a 2012 Infinity 3640RL), you attach a short hose to the winterizing port and place the other end in a container of anti-freeze. Then start the pump (after setting your control panel selectors to the winterization position) and the antifreeze should get pumped into the system. Open each tap, one at a time, and bleed the antifreeze through until you see the pink.

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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Thanks Kevin for the reply but maybe I was not clear enough on the hookup. is There a SPECIAL fitting or hose i need from the antifreeze bottle top to the winterization port? Is it a siphon effect or in essence how do you get the fluid from the bottle to the port? A skinny hose stuck into the hole will not work so that is my question.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #4
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Cut a section of old garden hose and connect to the Winterizing port(lower right).

Place the Water Heater By-Pass lever(on left) in the By-Pass position.

Place the Winterizing lever(on right) in the Winterizing position.

Place the end of the old garden hose in the RV antifreeze jug.

Switch the Water Pump to the "ON" position.

Open each water faucets, one at a time, to allow antifreeze to run out.

Close the first faucet you've opened and go the the next faucet. Repeat for each faucet.

Once antifreeze has run through all faucets, toilet valve and outside shower connection, switch water pump to the "OFF" position.

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Old 10-27-2012, 12:12 AM   #5
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Thanks so much ERVM. That is exactly the information I needed how to attach the antifreeze to the system. I still have another couple months till freezing time to get it done here. But I have to get ready.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:16 PM   #6
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I just went through this yesterday. Agree with everything you said except my water pump never drew any anti-freeze from the bottle. I had to pump it from the bottle into the system. My other brand (SOB) used to draw it right from the bottle. I thought this would have done the same. Thoughts?
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:42 AM   #7
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I had the same problem the first time I winterized my 3200. I found that if I opened one of the faucets in the trailer, the antifreeze was sucked into the trailer. I think the pump won't prime when it is pumping against what little pressure builds up in the plumbing system when all of the faucets are closed.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:39 PM   #8
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Make sure you inlet connection is tight as well or it will suck air instead of antifreeze.
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I am also a newbie to the v3200 and I am wondering if these units can be winterized by blowing out the water system with compressed air. All my previous units this has worked fine and just wondered how to do it on this unit with the winter package on it. Gord
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Yes, you can use compressed air but make sure you turn down the pressure. You don't need much. Don't forget the outdoor shower either!
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