A: If your Water Heater is not heating water when you are trying to use it on AC Power, check the following items:
A: If your Water Heater is not heating water when you are trying to use it on LP Gas, check the following items:
A: If you have the Splendide brand clothes washing machine, below are the steps required to winterize your unit.
How To: If needed, follow these steps to winterize your washer-dryer.
Optional RV Winterization: If you're currently pumping antifreeze through the fresh water system, follow these steps to winterize:
To use again: Flush the water pipes, then
A: For the Suburban brand water heaters:
* See FAQ: Water Heater - How do I drain it?
** Antifreeze can be very corrosive to the anode rod. The result will be accelerated deterioration of the rod and heavy sediment in the tank. If the plumbing system is not equipped with a bypass kit and you intend to winterize by adding antifreeze into the system, remove the anode rod (storing it for the winter) and replace it with a 3/4" drain plug.
For Suburban brand water heaters:
If the RV is to be stored during winter months, the water heater must be drained to prevent damage from freezing.
For Suburban brand water heaters:
What is it?
Only Suburban water heaters feature an anode rod. The anode equalizes aggressive water action, providing cathodic protection for the tank. All Suburban water heaters are protected by a magnesium or aluminum anode to prolong the life of the tank.
When should I remove it?
It is a very important factor in tank life and should only be removed for inspection, draining or replacement.
How do I remove it?
It is removable using a 1-1/16" socket.
When should I replace it?
Under normal use, the anode rod will deteriorate. Because of this, we recommend it be replaced annually or when consumption or weight loss of the rod is greater than 75%. Water with high levels of iron and/or sulfate will increase the rate of deterioration. To extend anode life, drain water from tank whenever the RV is not being used. Avoid any extended time of non-use with water in the tank. When replacing it, clean the inside threads on anode rod hole in the water heater. Wrap the threads of the new anode rod with Teflon tape. Insert and tighten to about 8 foot pounds of torque.
A: For the Dometic brand ice maker
Excerpted from Dometic REFRIGERATOR BULLETIN R69/2C JANUARY 2002 DON'T FORGET TO WINTERIZE YOUR ICE MAKER
Your refrigerator is equipped with a heater tape wrapped around the water solenoid valve and outlet water tube. During cold weather operation below 32 degrees F (0 degrees C) the automatic temperature switch will turn the heater tape "ON" automatically. If the recreational vehicle is in storage and the DC power is turned "OFF" there will be no 12V DC present to operate the heat tape; therefore, it will be necessary to drain the ice maker. If temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C) the ice maker must be drained to prevent component damage and leaks.
HOW TO DRAIN THE ICE MAKER
Note: Water, compressed air and AC power are required to drain the ice maker. Draining of the ice maker must be done by a qualified service technician.
*Note: Up to 20 PSIG air pressure can be used to clear the solenoid valve. AC power can be applied to the solenoid valve for a maximum of 20 seconds.
A: Storing your RV under a roof-type cover or within a building when the RV will not be used for an extended periord of time is always a good idea when this option is available to you.
When you must store your RV outdoors during periods of non-use, you also have the option of using a temporary cover that is draped over the RV, then fastened onto the RV tightly. Many of these covers have a Dupont Tyvek® top or roof panel and Polypropylene side panels.
Many RV owners prefer to cover their RVs with the drape-over style covers to protect the surfaces and finish from UV breakdown, dirt, leaves, birds and other airborne contaminants. On the other-hand, many RV owners feel that to cover an RV with the drape-over style covers may lead to chafing and that chafing can lead to rubbing of paint, decals and other finishes. This camp prefers the trade-off of the effects of a cover that may rub off their finishes to the need to work harder to restore the finish of an RV that is exposed to the elements during the period of non-use.
A: If you are planning to "store" your RV where the RV will be exposed to temperatures of 32 degrees or lower for a period greater than a few hours, you will need to winterize your RV.
While the PEX water lines used in most modern RV's can withstand freezing temperatures with water in them, the connectors, faucets, showers, pumps, solenoids and other items connected to the water system will generally not tolerate frrezing with water in them.
Methods: Three methods are generally used to winterize an RV's water system.
1. Compressed Air:
Using a blow-out adapter plug at your city water connection on the RV, connecting compressed air at low pressure (15-20 PSI), then opening each water faucet one at a time and allowing all the water to be blown out - is one method. There are many more steps to this method. See a detailed process below.
2. RV Antifreeze:
Using your RV's water-pump to suck RV Antifreeze and into your water system, then opening each water faucet one at a time allowing the water to be pushed out until antifreeze comes out - is another method. There are many more steps to this method. See a detailed process below.
3. Hybrid - Compressed Air / RV Antifreeze
A hybridized method using a combination of the Compressed Air process and the RV Antifreeze process is the ultimate method.
In climates where winter is mild with only a couple freeze events per season, the Compressed Air method is often used. In climates where winter is any harsher, the RV Antifreeze method is vital. To be doubly sure - the hybrid method may be used.
Detailed Process - Compressed Air Method
Process to be added soon...
Detailed Process - RV Antifreeze Method
Process to be added soon...
Detailed Process - Hybrid Method
Follow the entire detailed process for the Compressed Air method. Then follow the entire detailed process for the RV Antifreeze method.
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