Filling RV's hot water Heater With Water After Winterization
by Julie Stilwell
The book that came with our 99 Terry Fleetwood is not very informative. I cannot figure out what steps to take get the plumbing going after winterization. We have the inside switch to light the hot water heater and when I check the tank water levels the fresh water tank reads empty. ANSWER:
I am afraid to turn on the water heater if this tank should be full. The book that comes with the trailer does not explain it very well or have any diagrams, so I don't want to do the wrong thing.
Can you give me a quick run down of what to do to properly fill my tanks and light the water heater? Also, I am not sure if gray water valve should remain open or be closed. I opened it when we opened up for the season, it was closed for the winter. We have this trailer on a seasonal site, so it does not move.
Hi Julie thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.
Let me answer your last question first. The Black Water and Grey Water valves on your trailer should always remain in the closed position. The only time that you should open these valves is when you are dumping the tanks.
Based on your statements I am going to assume that you are the one that closed up your RV for the winter. The information I list below should get you up and going.
* If your trailer is hooked to city water you do not need to fill up your fresh water tank unless you plan on moving it or plan on boondocking. You also do
not use the water pump when the RV is hooked up to city water.
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* If you used RV Antifreeze in the pipes of your RV you need to run some water in the taps to clear the antifreeze out of the system. Run the faucets until the water runs clear.
* If you bypassed the water heater when you winterized it; you need to put the built in winterization valves in the normal operation position. If you used an after-market water heater bypass kit do the same thing by setting it to the normal operating position.
* Make sure that your city water is connected and on then just run some water through the hot water valve on one of the faucets in the RV for about 4 or 5 minutes and your RV water heater will refill automatically from the water pressure running through it.
Hope this helps.
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