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    Winterizing Big Country

    I am planning on winterizing my Big Country this week. It is currently at an RV park without full hookups. My question is: Can I run antifreeze through the lines and THEN dump the tanks or am I better off using a portable tote tank and emptying the tanks first?

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    Re: Winterizing Big Country

    HI txfnp12,

    Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum posting side. I'm sure you will get some answers soon.

    This guide may help you also.

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    Re: Winterizing Big Country

    Quote Originally Posted by txfnp12 View Post
    I am planning on winterizing my Big Country this week. It is currently at an RV park without full hookups. My question is: Can I run antifreeze through the lines and THEN dump the tanks or am I better off using a portable tote tank and emptying the tanks first?
    There is really no difference either way. You should not be putting antifreeze into the tanks, as it is not needed.

    Assuming you winterize first and then later dump the tanks, the only thing that will need to done again is the black tank rinse line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregon_Camper View Post
    There is really no difference either way. You should not be putting antifreeze into the tanks, as it is not needed.

    Assuming you winterize first and then later dump the tanks, the only thing that will need to done again is the black tank rinse line.
    That's what I figured but just wanted to make sure. Also, I have W/D hookups, but do not currently have them installed. Is there anything particular that I need to do to those lines?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Winterizing Big Country

    Quote Originally Posted by txfnp12 View Post
    Also, I have W/D hookups, but do not currently have them installed. Is there anything particular that I need to do to those lines?

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    Alana
    Alana, in our previous rig with no W/D in the place where one would be hooked up, we would attach a Washer line hose to the faucet, and have a 5 gallon bucket. Put the washer hose into the bucket, (be sure to keep ahold of it so the force of the liquid doesn't blast it out), and turn on the faucet until pink antifreeze is running into the bucket. Turn the faucet off, remove the hose and attach to the other faucet, repeat.

    Just be sure to do the same thing again this spring to clear the lines with fresh water when you de-winterize. You don't want to leave antifreeze in those lines.
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    Re: Winterizing Big Country

    Quote Originally Posted by TravelTiger View Post
    Alana, in our previous rig with no W/D in the place where one would be hooked up, we would attach a Washer line hose to the faucet, and have a 5 gallon bucket. Put the washer hose into the bucket, (be sure to keep ahold of it so the force of the liquid doesn't blast it out), and turn on the faucet until pink antifreeze is running into the bucket. Turn the faucet off, remove the hose and attach to the other faucet, repeat.

    Just be sure to do the same thing again this spring to clear the lines with fresh water when you de-winterize. You don't want to leave antifreeze in those lines.
    Awesome, thanks for your help!!

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    Re: Winterizing Big Country

    Also, don't forget to run antifreeze through the outside shower faucet!
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    Re: Winterizing Big Country

    Quote Originally Posted by TravelTiger View Post
    Alana, in our previous rig with no W/D in the place where one would be hooked up, we would attach a Washer line hose to the faucet, and have a 5 gallon bucket. .
    When we had no washer I did that but instead of running the pink stuff into a bucket I ran it into the P-trap drain there. You will need to put anti-freeze into the P-trap.

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    Re: Winterizing Big Country

    Quote Originally Posted by cookie View Post
    When we had no washer I did that but instead of running the pink stuff into a bucket I ran it into the P-trap drain there. You will need to put anti-freeze into the P-trap.

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    Re: Winterizing Big Country

    I'm a bit of a overkill guy, so when we winterize, run anti-freeze thru everything, then add more down each drain anyways. Cheap insurance IMO. Never did a thing w/ old coach's sewer line flusher, but w/ new one, blew out w/ air. Like it was mentioned as well, w/ the W/D, attach hose to 1 side into bucket, run till pink. Repeat for other side. I didn't want the outside shower, but came w/ it, so had to do same thing w/ that as the W/D (except, just removed the shower hear and put hose in jug). Oh, flushed out water heater too w/ wand (I repeat that in spring). Think I used maybe 3 gallons of anti-freeze.

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