Unsure how to Winterize Your Forest River RV?

Here is your step-by-step instructions to help

Winterizing With Compressed Air

  1. Purchase 2 gallons of RV non-toxic antifreeze.
  2. Drain the fresh water tank and empty the waste water holding tanks.
  3. Turn the water heater bypass valve to the bypass position. (This valve is located near the water heater incoming lines at the rear of the water heater. The water heater is usually located in a base cabinet in the kitchen, and it may be necessary to remove an access panel to reach the bypass valve.)
  4. Drain the water heater.
  5. If you have a water filter system installed, remove the filter from the assembly and discard. (You will need to purchase a new one and install it when de-winterizing your unit.)
  6. Open all faucets, including shower head sprayer (if applicable), toilet flushing device and any other water lines that are closed.
  7. Turn on the water pump for at least 30 seconds to clear any water from the lines.
  8. Connect an air hose with an adapter (blowout plug) to the city water fill connection.
  9. Set the pressure to no greater than 30 lbs. (pounds) and blow out the water lines until no water can be seen coming out of the fixtures and lines.
  10. Pour RV antifreeze into drains, p-traps, toilet and tanks.
Note:

Do not attempt to start the water heater or use the plumbing system after the system has been winterized. Dewinterize. Flush and sanitize the water system prior to use.

Winterizing With Antifreeze Only

  1. Purchase 4-6 gallons of RV approved, non-toxic antifreeze.
  2. Drain all tanks, fresh water and sewage tanks.
  3. Turn water heater bypass valve to bypass position.
  4. Drain water heater.
  5. If you have a water filter system installed, remove the filter from the assembly and discard. (You will need to purchase a new one and install it when de-winterizing your unit.)
  6. Fill the tank above minimum water pump operation level with the RV antifreeze. (Use of a long funnel may be helpful.)
  7. Turn the pump switch 'ON' and open the cold water side of all faucet fixtures. Leave the faucets open until the antifreeze (generally pink in color) flows out of the faucets. Repeat for the hot water side.
  8. Flush toilet until antifreeze is visible inside the bowl and pour one gallon of antifreeze down the toilet to winterize the black holding tank.
  9. Pour antifreeze down each shower and kitchen sink to fill p-traps.
  10. To winterize gray tank(s), pour one gallon down each related sink drain.

When ready to use the water heater, turn the by-pass valve to the open position to allow water to enter and fill the water heater tank.

With hectic schedules and aching bodies, you can't always find the time, or the right day when you feel like tackling a project like winterization. We know that. That's why we're here to help! Just give us a call at 800-423-9580 and make an appointment today.

Don't delay. Avoiding winterization can cause hundreds of dollars in damage.