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NanciL

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NC Hauler wrote:

...if I had to remember all these list, I'd be in trouble...For years and years and years, all I've done has been hook up to city water, take the hot water heater out of bypass and then turn water on in kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower (each of those cold first, then hot water), flush the commode and go outside and turn on the outside shower, hot and cold....that's it, no more, no less.....

you can open the low points and let what little antifreeze is in the system pour out before you start, but again, it's really a very simple procedure to de-winterize....but I don't carry water around with me so maybe that helps some..

just hook up and flush....no big deal, not rocket science, really quite simple...


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Thanks for the help, folks. I'm not trying to make this more difficult than it needs to be. I just prefer to have a procedure for myself that way I don't have to remember anything! My memory is not what it use to be. Plus, I'm kind of new to this and don't want to screw anything up and then make it even more difficult.

I think maybe I have confused the issue by having the de-winterizing step and the sanitizing step in the same post. My intent was to de-winterize and then immediately sanitize, and I was trying to lay out the steps to set myself up to do that.

Are there any fatal flaws in what I have laid out in my revised plan?

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Your steps look very similar to what I do, and probably a lot of other people. It just looks like a lot when you write out every step.

I usually don't bother opening the low point drains when flushing out the pink stuff or bleach, the flushing seems to take care of everything.

You may have to flush out the pink stuff a few times to get it all out... but don't panic, it is supposed to be "safe" and non-toxic if there is a little bit left.

I usually just flush my system once after sanitizing it. A little chlorine smell doesn't bother me, we use a Brita filter jug for drinking water when camping.

I don't think there will be any staining issues when you drain your system. You will be flushing with so much fresh water it should just all wash away.

If your neighbors question you draining the camper's black tank, just turn towards them with your bomber hat, tattered robe, cigar, and MeisterBrau beer in one hand and shout "Sh***er's full!".


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I just have Camping World do it and write a check.


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reinita wrote:

I just have Camping World do it and write a check.



....again, just hook up to city water and flush away...you can do it at home, really it's no big deal....If I wanted to put a satellite on the roof, then I'd get someone to maybe do it....but to pay someone to winterize and/or de-winterize my rv??.....just too easy for me to do then give money to someone to do it for me...


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Tvov wrote:


If your neighbors question you draining the camper's black tank, just turn towards them with your bomber hat, tattered robe, cigar, and MeisterBrau beer in one hand and shout "Sh***er's full!".


Thanks, Tvov! And that is one of my favorite movies --- a classic. Cousin Eddie better not show up at my house!

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As a beginner, I will be relying on detailed lists like this until experience burns it into my brain. Our biggest fear is to forget some important step (like forgetting to fill the water heater before turning it on :-)), so checklists are great!

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