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Step By Step Anti-Freeze Installation

All photos are thumbnails, click to see an enlarged version


WHBack.jpg (31081 bytes) The photo to the left looks down into the area occupied by the hot water heater and water pump of my Santa Fe.  Different makes and models may be set up in a different configuration  Take a moment to look at yours and you should be able to parts and water flow of your system.

In mine the water pump is in the lower right corner of the photos ( the round silver object). Attached to the side of it (the top of it in the photo) is the water input.

The gray square object in the upper left of the photo is the hot water heater.  Note the two water connections (white knobs & clear hoses).  The lower one is the cold water input and the upper one is the hot water output.

As you do not want to fill your hot water heater with antifreeze, you need to "bypass" the HWH in the water system.  Disconnect both the input and output hoses.  The photo to the right shows them disconnected.

Note: Before you do this make sure the tank is completely empty of water or you will be cleaning up a lot of water!  The easiest way is to take this step only after removing and inspecting the anode rod.

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WHBypassHose.jpg (17325 bytes) To the left you see the bypass hose that Coleman supplied with the pop-up.  If you did have one it can be fabricated with a short piece of tubing/hose and two connectors.

This was the hardest part of my winterization project, remembering where I put this hose.

Connect this bypass hose to the two hoses disconnected form the HWH.  Do not over tighten as all parts are plastic and break easily.

You may want to make a run to Home Depot and pick up 2 caps to close the hot water heater pipes.  Leaving them open all winter may invite small creatures to take up residence in your hot water heater.  I'm sure they will not taste that good next camping season.  Another option is to use plastic (bags or wrap) to cover the two openings.

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PnkHose2.jpg (47996 bytes) The photo to the left is what you want to see when you are all done.  Pink RV anti-freeze in all of the water lines.  Remember there are 2 ways to do this:

1. Replacing the water with an RV anti-freeze through the fresh water holding tank

2. Replacing the water with an RV anti-freeze pumped directly from the bottle

You can read about this on the main Winterizing Your Pop-Up page.

I did mine by pumping directly from the bottle.  If you compare the photo to the left with the one at the top of the page you will see a new adaptor attached to the input side of the water pump.  This is a "Y" valve designed for this purpose.  It is also described on the main Winterizing Your Pop-Up page.


   Revised: May 08, 2007

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