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Step By Step Anti-Freeze Installation
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||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.
||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.
||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
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
Revised: May 08, 2007