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Old 08-08-2015, 02:25 PM   #1
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Winterizing the 3895

LOL, i Know this early but thought id be prepared, are these things hard to winterize? any tips to keeping the critters out? Getting the antifreeze into the correct spots? my old camper we just hooked up tot he city water supply and pumped in glycol, this one seems more complicated, but im guessing its actually easier.....
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:06 PM   #2
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Easy. Bypass water heater, turn to winterized. I cut small hose and put a hose fitting on it. Set a table up with the red stuff in gallons. Stick the hose in , turn on the pump and start at the back bath and toilet and then kitchen, bathroom, outdoor shower. Drain water heater.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:50 PM   #3
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do u just turn on the water pump? or do u have to have an external pump to pump it in?
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:28 PM   #4
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Winterizing the 3895

Turn on water pump. Make sure that antifreeze is true to the color of the jug coming out of the faucet for optimum protection
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LOL, i Know this early.
Yeah it's a little early... 108 degrees today in West Texas!!!

I shouldn't give you any advice because what I do would not work in the Great White North... I just open all the drains for the ride home and then hit the lines with an air compressor. I do pour anti freeze down the pea traps. Same routine since 2008 on 5 different trailers with never a problem.
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Yeah I live where it can get below zero. With my last hauler I just drained and filled p traps no problem. With the voltage so easy to winterize and also not to worry . Forgot to mention adding antifreeze in p traps very important
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Need help ?? I hooked up a line to the "winterize" inlet on the exterior control panel .. turned water pump on .. opened kitchen tap and nothing ? The pump was running but not drawing any antifreeze from the container .. would someone be able to tell me what I'm doing wrong ?

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Make you have set both valves in the winterize get position. If it still doesn't work pouring antifreeze solution into the hose and raise it above the level of the inlet. That will aid in priming pump
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Soccerloco .. had both valves in winterize, I'll try priming the pump tonight & see if that works.. tks
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Yep have had to put antifreeze in line and raise above outlet to prime pump. I am better at it now and make sure pump is primed before I start process
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The pump shouldn't need to be primed to pick up the antifreeze so there might be an air leak at the winterization valves.


Think about it, the water tank is below the pump and you don't have to prime it if you run out of water. I've transferred water out of a 55 gallon drum with a demand pump sitting on top of the drum.
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Maybe but I have had mine not draw antifreeze right away and if you add antifreeze to inlet hose and raise above inlet and it doesn't draw antifreeze then there is a leak
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