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Winterizing your riverside rv white water retro
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October 9, 2016
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 Summary

There are two options for winterizing your White Water Retro Travel Trailer. Both methods will require some anti-freeze. Method one is where you would push out all the water from your lines using compressed air and use a little anti-freeze in your holding tanks. Method two involves filling up every single water line with anti-freeze and not using compressed air. All the information below is from my owner’s manual and should be used for reference only.

 

Method one requires an inexpensive special adapter, which you can buy it HERE on amazon. Or get from your RV dealer. This adapter allows you to blow our your waterlines.

 

You will also want a water heater by pass kit. This will allow you to block off the water heater from the rest of the system. If you don’t have this kit you will need a extra 6 gallons of anti-freeze. This is also a inexpensive kit. A example of one you could buy is HERE off amazon, or buy one from your local dealer and have them install it. My white water retro came with the kit installed on it already from the factory.   I created a video to show you where the by pass kit is so you can find out if you need one or not.

 

 

Don’t forget your anti-freeze as well. Which you can get HERE on Amazon or your Local RV dealer

 

Down to business

RV components can be damaged from effects of freezing Protection of the plumbing system and related components are crucial. Damages due to weather are not covered under warranty at any time. Many recreational vehicle owners choose to have their units winterized by their dealer, white others choose to do it themselves. Following are descriptions of two methods used to winterize.

 

  1. Compressed Air (Dry) Method Uses compressed air to blow out any remaining water in the system after draining the system of all water. This method requires an air compressor and appropriate adapters.
  2. RV Anti-Freeze (Wet) Method Uses RV approved, nontoxic, potable, anti-freeze in the system and does not require any special tools.

 

Many Riverside products include an optional by-pass kit that allows the plumbing system to bypass the hot water heater, reducing the amount of anti-freeze that will be needed. (by-pass kits are available at most RV service centers for a reasonable expense and can be installed during winterization). Without a by-pass kit installed, an additional 6-10 gallons of anti-freeze will be required.

 

Method 1.

Compressed Air

(With By-Pass Kit Installed) You will need a special air adapter for this method.

 

  1. Purchase 1-2 Gallons of RV non-toxic anti-freeze
  2. Drain the fresh water tank and empty the waste holding tanks.
  3. Turn water to by-pass value to by position. (The by pass value is located near the water incoming lines – an access panel may have to be removed depending on the model.)
  4. Drain water heater
  5. If installed, remove water filter from assembly and discard. Install diverter if included.
  6. Open all faucets, including shower head sprayer, toilet flushing device and any other water lines that are closed
  7. Turn on the water pump for 30 seconds to clear out any water in the lines.
  8. Connect an air hose with the special adapter to the city water fill connection.
  9. Set the pressure no greater then 30 pounds and blow out the water lines until no water can be seen coming out of the fixtures and lines.
  10. Pour RV anti-freeze into drains, p-traps toilet and tanks.

 

Method 2.

RV Anti-Freeze without EZ winterizing system.

(With By-Pass Kit Installed)

 

  1. Purchase 4-6 Gallons of RV non-toxic anti-freeze
  2. Drain the fresh water tank and empty the waste holding tanks.
  3. Turn water to by-pass value to by position. (The by pass value is located near the water incoming lines – an access panel may have to be removed depending on the model.)
  4. Drain water heater
  5. If installed, remove water filter from assembly and discard. Install diverter if included.
  6. Pour an amount of RV non-toxic, anti-freeze into fresh water tank to fill the tank above the minimum water pump operating level. Add more, if necessary, during procedure.
  7. Turn on pump switch and open the cold water side of all faucet fixtures. Leave open until the anti-freeze comes out (generally pink in color). Repeat for hot water side.
  8. Flush toilet until antifreeze begins to flow into bowl and then pour one gallon of anti-freeze down the toilet to winterize the black tank
  9. Pour anti-freeze down each shower/tub, lavatory sink, and kitchen sink to fill p-traps.
  10. To winterize grey tank(s) pour one gallon down each related sink drain.

 

Method 2 B

RV Anti-Freeze with EZ Winterization System. (This would be a add-on)

(With By-Pass Kit Installed)

  1. Purchase 4-6 Gallons of RV non-toxic anti-freeze
  2. Drain the fresh water tank and empty the waste holding tanks.
  3. Turn water to by-pass value to by position. (The by pass value is located near the water incoming lines – an access panel may have to be removed depending on the model.)
  4. Drain water heater
  5. If installed, remove water filter from assembly and discard. Install diverter if included.
  6. Locate the ez winterization system found near water pump or on some models in the water management panel. Turn valve to close flow from fresh tank and allow flow from ez winterization hose.
  7. Turn on pump switch and open the cold water side of all faucet fixtures. Leave open until the anti-freeze comes out (generally, pink in color). Repeat for hot water side.
  8. Flush toilet of anti-freeze down the toilet to winterize the blank tank.
  9. Pour anti-freeze down each shower / tub, lavatory sink, and kitchen sink to fill p-traps.
  10. To winterize gray tank(s) pour one gallon down each related sink drain.
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