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Old 11-11-2018, 02:54 PM   #1
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Endurance winterizing

I have a new 3556G and even though Iím in South Texas, I want to make sure I donít have any freezing issues.

Does anyone know where the water heater bypass valve and water pump is on these?
I definitely want to close off the water heater before I put antifreeze in.
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:49 PM   #2
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I would think you will find what you need to winterize inside the wet bay. There should be the valves and intake connection in there.
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I have no idea where that might be. I have an access panel on the outside for the water heater and a door with small valves for the outdoor shower.
They hid this stuff pretty good.
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I have no idea where that might be. I have an access panel on the outside for the water heater and a door with small valves for the outdoor shower.
They hid this stuff pretty good.
Can you show us a photo of the side where the shower is?


But first, is it a toy hauler or trailer?
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I finally located a video that shows that side where the water connections and shower are. It appears as if there isn't a wet bay so my best guess would be the water heater valves are on the inside of where you see the exterior access panel.
If that's the case the water pump may be there with the valves or it might even be in the pass through behind a panel.


The salesman must have given you the bum's rush during the walk through.
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Itís a Toyhauler. The salesman was useless and this is my first RV. I had to find the fresh water tank dump valves myself. I would have asked a lot more questions, but didnít know what to ask at the time.
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You've come to the right place for answers then. What is in the outside cabinets up towards the nose on the curb side?
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I have a door on each side that contains the propane tanks . The door under the nose contains my Onan generator.
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The 2 doors each side are pass through and contain the transfer switch. I can only find electrical in there. These 2 doors are in addition to the propane doors
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Then it seems as if you have the generator door, the propane tank cabinets and the doors to the basement storage area. I saw the gas dispenser and fill port also in the video. I suppose you'll have to hunt for the water pump which you should be able to do by letting it pump water and listening for it.
The water heater valves are probably on the back side of the water heater, inside under the range or behind a drawer. or maybe under the refrigerator.

They will hide things in various places so you'll have to hunt down everything since the manual is good for starting campfires.
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Thanks, I figure itís behind a panel. Iím going to run the pump to see if I can find the mystery panel.
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:24 PM   #12
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Did you ever fi d the hot water bypass. If not, it's behind the louvered panel under the hutch closest to the oven. Water pump is behind false panel in storage bay.
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Thanks, I didn’t. I think I may have found the panel in the bay. Lots of screws to take out. I’ll look for the louvred panel tonight. Where I have my rig stored had 2” of water in the lot, 30 mph winds and 40F temps. Gotta love Texas! I performed a “wet” antifreeze job through the fresh water tank since the temps are due below freezing tonight.
My battery was dead as well. Looks like the stereo and LCD display on the fridge is enough to draw the battery down quickly.
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I'm curious. Does your rig have a his and hers wardrobe or does one side have shelves like a linen closet. When I first started looking at the Endurance all the sales pitches stated his and hers wardrobe. I was told it used to be his and hers but for 2019 model yr they changed to linen closet format on side closest to the nose. My rig is a 2018.5 (2019 model) 3556g.
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Mine is a 2018 as well. It has the his and hers wardrobe.
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My battery was dead as well. Looks like the stereo and LCD display on the fridge is enough to draw the battery down quickly.
See my post here for battery issue:
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:59 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info. What I did was pull the battery, take it to my house and put it on the Battery Tender. When I need it for working on the rig, I’ll bring it back out to storage.
All this came as somewhat of a surprise. I was living in the rig full time up until 2 weeks ago. I decided to move back to my house (that I was selling), due to numerous Warranty issues with the Endurance. The Rig proved to be too unreliable to live in it full time.
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