Wednesday, January 11, 2017
While we could take the van to a dealer for winterizing, it isn't that hard and we believe that no one cares more about how throughly and carefully it is done than the owners!
Lighten Your Load
We empty and rinse our black and grey tanks at a campsite dump station on the last day of our trip.
1) Double check to insure you have relieved the pressure, especially to the hot water, by opening the hot and cold water spigots.
2) Stand to the side of the anode so it can't hit you and/or spray residue all over you* if it is still under pressure.
*Don't ask me how I know these things ;-)
Here's a link to the part on Amazon: Suburban 232767
rinsing wand this year to flush our the tank more thoroughly.
When all the water has stopped running out of the tank we flush all the sediment from the tray, then dry it, and the side of the van, with a soft towel.
Then reinstall or replace the anode. Use teflon tape to lubricate the threads. Only cover about half the threads to insure electrical connectivity between the rod and the van.
Back inside, we need to reveal the bypass pluming. A phillips screwdriver allows removal of this panel.
Reverse the process in the spring.
The reason to bypass the water tank is so you don't have to fill it with anti-freeze.
One gallon is enough to winterize our system.
It really helps to have two people for this part. One to add the anti-freeze and the other to open and close faucets.
this fitting makes it much easier and avoids leaks.
Now we are going to make sure all of the plumbing contains anti-freeze instead of water.
Make sure all your faucets are turned off.
Turn on the fresh water pump.
Start in the bathroom.
Open the hot water tap and run it until the water turns pink, then close it. Repeat for the cold water tap. Also run the shower head until pink.
The goal is to run every tap until you see pink, then stop so you don't waste anti-freeze.
We also pour some Thetford lube and conditioner in to help the seal last longer.
Our plumbing system is now safe from freezing!
We also clean out all the cupboards and vacuum to make sure any crumbs are gone.
Don't forget to remove "freezable" cleaning supplies and food. (contributed by Wes, owner of a 2010 Excel)
That's it for our winterizing methods. Please post comments if there are things you would add, or clarify, to make it better or easier.
Note: Our van is a 2014 Pleasure-Way Plateau TS, built on a 2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van platform. Please consult your manufacturer and owner's manual for winterizing procedures for your particular model.
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