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    Quote Originally Posted by prae View Post
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    What's the group's practice and thoughts on gate valves over winter? totally empty black & grey with open gate valves, or closed with a few litres of antifreeze in each tank?
    Totally empty, valves closed and then dump a few liters of antifreeze in each. Make sure to hit all the P-traps and put a cup or two on the toilet flapper as well. Anti-freeze is cheap and using a few extra liters is always cheaper than a split line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FraserB View Post
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    Totally empty, valves closed and then dump a few liters of antifreeze in each. Make sure to hit all the P-traps and put a cup or two on the toilet flapper as well. Anti-freeze is cheap and using a few extra liters is always cheaper than a split line.
    Thanks all for the shared personal experiences. I ended up just disassembling all the p-traps and hand-emptying them (well, with the exception of the bath/shower which is antifreeze'd) seemed easy enough.

    I left my gate valves open and tanks totally dry but i might go for the antifreeze-in with closed-gate valve approach to keep the gate valve seals wet.

    My biggest concern was ensuring that i had the freshwater tank totally empty, even jacking the trailer to tilt it various directions left me worried i was still mixing antifreeze with water. the youtubes showed me how to actually get at my pump and direct plumb an antifreeze bottle to the intake so i'll probably give that a quick run during the same trip.

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    I can never get the holding tanks completely empty, so I always assume the few litres i I pour down the drains doesn't dilute enough, so I leave my valves open in case there is plain water sitting on top of them.

    I also don't put ANY antifreeze into my freshwater tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prae View Post
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    Thanks all for the shared personal experiences. I ended up just disassembling all the p-traps and hand-emptying them (well, with the exception of the bath/shower which is antifreeze'd) seemed easy enough.

    I left my gate valves open and tanks totally dry but i might go for the antifreeze-in with closed-gate valve approach to keep the gate valve seals wet.

    My biggest concern was ensuring that i had the freshwater tank totally empty, even jacking the trailer to tilt it various directions left me worried i was still mixing antifreeze with water. the youtubes showed me how to actually get at my pump and direct plumb an antifreeze bottle to the intake so i'll probably give that a quick run during the same trip.
    Don't put antifreeze into your freshwater tank. Jesus, you will taste it FOREVER. Why the hell are you anyways?

    Don't put antifreeze into the hot water tank.

    Antifreeze is > 50% water. Adding a bit more water does jack shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suntan View Post
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    Don't put antifreeze into your freshwater tank. Jesus, you will taste it FOREVER. Why the hell are you anyways?
    lol this is the help kind helpful, blameless and objective advice i love using beyond for.

    Honest answer? hadn't a clue where to locate my freshwater pump or run a bypass on the pump intake. I doubt it'll make a huge difference in how much I taste it. Will report back in spring for y'all's entertainment.

    edit: and before anyone tells me i should have RTFM, I did, it was well written but super generic, and did not offer any countenance on where to locate the freshwater pump.

    I'm winterizing the family cottage and well system this weekend, so my opportunities to fuck this type of operation up are multiple this fall.
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    If you can, drain the fresh water tank now so you aren't leaving that stuff for 7 months to impregnate the plastic with its taste. Serious.
    Drain the hot tank if it's got any in too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prae View Post
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    lol this is the help kind helpful, blameless and objective advice i love using beyond for.

    Honest answer? hadn't a clue where to locate my freshwater pump or run a bypass on the pump intake. I doubt it'll make a huge difference in how much I taste it. Will report back in spring for y'all's entertainment.

    edit: and before anyone tells me i should have RTFM, I did, it was well written but super generic, and did not offer any countenance on where to locate the freshwater pump.

    I'm winterizing the family cottage and well system this weekend, so my opportunities to fuck this type of operation up are multiple this fall.
    You can't put antifreeze into the freshwater tank from the pump, you can only fill the freshwater tank from the opening on the outside of your trailer. Don't put antifreeze in there!

    You can hear the pump, it could be under one of the sinks or under a seat.

    How did you fill the lines with antifreeze if you didn't use the pump???

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    Quote Originally Posted by suntan View Post
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    You can't put antifreeze into the freshwater tank from the pump, you can only fill the freshwater tank from the opening on the outside of your trailer.
    I agree do NOT put antifreeze in the freshwater tank but your statement is not true for some models. I have a "sanitize" setting that draws from the city inlet to the tank via the pump. This is to be able to put bleach into the tank for yearly sanitization. It also comes in handy when dry camping and refilling your tank via an aux tank.

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