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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DEWINTERIZING AND SANITIZING - STEP BY STEP

It was time for me to dewinterize my Roadtrek and I went to this site and pulled up my article on the process. My intention was to print out that article and use it as a guide - even I need reminders to keep the steps straight. Well, I printed it out and looking it over I said to myself, "to go along with this article, why didn't you write a simple to use step by step listing of all the steps leaving out the explanations?". Well, I sat down and wrote just that and here it is. Copy and paste the steps as follows to a single page and print it out. It will make the job so much easier! Read the main article FIRST and familiarize yourself with the process. Then take this one page step by step checklist and take it out to the Roadtrek when you do the job!

Before I start, just one explanation because you will see below that there is a new step added and another step is in a different place in order. The new step is adding flushing the hot water tank out during this process. Because when I winterized it was too cold to do this, I waited until now. Do it before you dewinterize so that you don't push any of the minerals and gunk that accumulate in the hot water tank to go into your plumbing. Here is how to FLUSH THE HOT WATER TANK. The step changed in order is putting the hot water tanks operation off of bypass. To avoid putting any remaining anti-freeze (if there even is any) into the hot water tank. When on city water, the hot water tank just fills on its own as long as it is not bypassed.

OK - HERE WE GO!



DEWINTERIZING STEP BY STEP

  1. KEEP THE HOT WATER TANK IN BYPASS WHEN STARTING.
  2. SET TANK VALVES TO SUMMER MODE.
  3. FILL THE TWO FRESH WATER TANKS.
  4. TURN ON THE BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH.
  5. TURN ON THE WATER PUMP.
  6. TURN ON COLD SIDE OF SINK – RUN UNTIL ALL PINK COMES OUT AND CLEAR WATER RUNS. TURN ON HOT SIDE OF SINK.
  7. OPEN SHOWER DRAIN IN FLOOR.
  8. TURN ON COLD ON SHOWER UNTIL CLEAR, REPEAT FOR HOT.
  9. FLUSH TOILET.
  10. TURN ON COLD OUTSIDE SHOWER UNTIL CLEAR, REPEAT FOR HOT.
  11. TURN OFF WATER PUMP AND BATTERY SWITCH.
  12. OPEN HOT WATER TANK AND FLUSH WITH FLUSH STICK.
  13. REPLACE ANODE ROD. CLOSE HOT WATER HEATER DOOR.
  14. LEAVE WATER PUMP OFF.
  15. CONNECT HOSE TO CITY WATER LINE WITH PRESSURE REGULATOR.
  16. TURN ON HOSE AND REPEAT STEPS 6 TO 10.
  17. NEXT SANITIZE TANKS.

SANITIZING THE FRESH WATER TANKS
  1. TURN HOT WATER BYPASS VALVES TO HOT WATER FLOW.
  2. USE CITY WATER LINE TO FILL HOT WATER TANK BY RUNNING CITY WATER INTO THAT TANK. (NOT CITY WATER FILL - REGULAR USE OF CITY WATER)
  3. DISCONNECT CITY WATER CONNECT FROM HOSE.
  4. PUT ONE HALF CUP BLEACH INTO EACH FRESH TANK.
  5. TOP OFF WATER IN TANKS WITH HOSE.
  6. DRIVE BACK AND FORTH TO MIX THE BLEACH INTO THE WATER.
  7. TURN ON BATTERY SWITCH AND WATER PUMP.
  8. TURN ON EACH FAUCET HANDLE PLUS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE SHOWER ONE HANDLE AT A TIME SMELLING FOR BLEACH TO COME THROUGH WITH EACH. NOT THE TOILET.
  9. LET BLEACH SIT IN TANKS FOR AT LEAST FOUR HOURS.
  10. DRAIN WATER TANKS.
  11. FILL WATER TANKS AGAIN.
  12. REPEAT STEP 5 SMELLING NOW FOR NO BLEACH SMELL.
  13. DRAIN TANKS.
  14. REPEAT STEP 8 AND 9. IF BLEACH SMELL REPEAT FROM STEP 8.
  15. DRAIN TANKS OR LEAVE FULL FOR TRIP

DONE

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Drying Line in the Roadtrek

Sooner or later on a trip in the Roadtrek you will wash an article of clothing in the sink, go to the campground swimming pool, or take a shower either in the Roadtrek shower or in the campground shower room and dry off with a towel. The result of any of these actions is that you are left with something that will be very wet and has to be dried. For small towels or anything that is wet and small there are a number of drying and hanging rods on cabinet doors. We have one on the kitchen cabinet door and one on the bathroom door. With limited space inside the Roadtrek, there is not a lot of room to hang anything of any larger size up to dry.

We came up with a simple solution and created a "portable" clothes drying line for inside the Roadtrek that is out of the way - at least once you have gone to bed or are spending time in the rear of the coach.

Here it is in use.


It is simply two hooks made to be hung over the top edge of a kitchen cabinet in a home and a length of polypropylene rope with a loop tied on each end. Simple. The hooks are found in many home stores in the kitchen department. They are meant to add temporary exterior hooks to a kitchen cabinet. They are shaped like an "S" with the top shaped like an upside down "U" and the bottom shaped like a "J". They are made of aluminum or other metal that will not rust.

The rope is polypropylene because it will not absorb water and is easy to wipe off if wet and be completely dry before being put away. Any rope can be used but this is strong and waterproof. Measure the distance across the Roadtrek and add enough rope to make the loops. Tie one loop, put it on a hook, hang the hook, bring the rope across to the other side, hand the other hook, and tie that side's loop so that the rope will stretch with very little slack across from hook to hook. That is all you need to do in advance of using this drying line for the first time.




The hooks are placed on the top of the front of the storage area that runs on both sides of the front of the coach above the driving area to the start of the Roadtrek's cabinets.  Place the loops around each hook and you are ready to hang whatever you need to dry.

Once all are dry, the drying line is placed in a small snack-sized ziplock bag along with the hooks and placed in the Roadtrek's kitchen draw out of the way until it is needed again.

The towels that you see in the photos are the wonderful fast dry towels that USED to be sold in J.C. Penny (see article on this site). These towels were discontinued with the major merchandise change over that Penny's went through a year or so back. We have tried other so-called "fast dry" or "quick dry" towels but none dry as fast as these. On this line these shower towels were completely dry in about five hours inside the Roadtrek.

Simple and easy! Make yourself a drying line for a few dollars!