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Spring Set Up
Or, how to reverse the
winterizing I did last year
For those of us who
"winterized" our pop ups before the winter, we need to begin
thinking about setting them up for a new camping season.
Some of the things we need to do are
obvious, like flushing the RV anti-freeze out of the fresh water tank
and lines, others may not come to mind.
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you removed the hot water heater anode rod, inspect it and then
re install (replace if necessary) it. Remember to use
Teflon tape on the threads if it is recommended by your
If you bypassed the hot water heater do not re-connect it
Begin filling your fresh water tank with your hose.
After it is about half full, begin draining the tank via the
valve or by removing the tank plug if necessary. You may
need to stop the filling as the hose will fill the tank faster
than the water will drain from the tank.
You may need to repeat this process several times until the
tank is clear of RV anti-freeze. Leave the tank about 1/2 full.
my Santa Fe I have added a drain hose with a valve in place of
the tank plug.
on the water pump and run all water faucets until clear water
runs out of them. Remember the outside shower if you have
one and the cassette toilet if it draws water from the fresh
After you have fresh clear water running out of all water
faucets, turn off the water pump. Hook up a hose to the
city water connection and repeat the process (remember last
winter you also winterized this area).
Now, disconnect the city water connection, leave the water
pump off and open the faucets (both hot & cold) to releave
all pressure in the system. It is now time to disconnect
the hot water heater bypass and reconnect the hot water heater
into the system.
the water tank per your manufacturers instructions. Most
recommend the use of household bleach (no scent or additives).
Run the water lines to get this solution into all water lines.
You may need to tow the pop up around for a short while to move
the solution around in the tank. Flush the tank and lines
of all sanitizing solution.
people use commercial solutions such as Camco
Manufacturing, Inc Spring FreshTM
Fresh Water System Cleaner & Dewinterizer. It is
advertised as safe and biodegradable dewinterize your fresh
water tank and lines.
and adjust the hitch coupler assembly as necessary. Looking up
into the cup that sits on the hitch ball you will note that when
you move the lever on the top of the hitch, a metal plate moves
into place to "capture" the hitch ball.
Lubricate these parts as necessary. Be sure the trailer hitch is
firmly tightened and engaged on the ball. On level ground the
tongue weight will keep the hitch on the ball, but when
traveling on uneven terrain, like backing down ramps,
there may be a point as the trailer moves over the crest of a
bump when the tongue weight may become negative and the trailer
will try to lift the hitch off the ball.
the tires carefully for damage. Remember most pop up tires
need replacing well before the tread wears out due to age.
Check the condition of all sides of the tires (yes, look under
the pop up at the inside of the tires). Remember to check for
proper air pressure and lug nut tightness.
the battery and check it's state of charge. Remember there
should be a fuse or circuit breaker installed on the positive
wire close to the battery that will disconnect power should a
short circuit happen in the electrical system.
any openings sealed during the winterization process.
all LP Gas hoses and fittings. Please don't do this with a
up all the parts needed to "winterize" the pop up.
This would include the hot water heater bypass, caps to close
off the HWH pipes and any other small parts laying around.
Put the bag in a safe place that you will remember!
Check all appliances for proper operation in all modes
(i.e. LP Gas, 120v electric, 12v electric)
Restock food items to be kept in the pop up for the
Lubricate the lift system
Lubricate any moving parts (locks, bed slides,
repacking the wheel bearings (if you didn't do it in
the winterization process)
Check the brakes for proper operation
Check all lights (illumination as well as brake and
Check overall condition of the body and frame
Revised: May 08, 2007