Winterizing 1993 pace arrow dp

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Cakelady

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Can anyone help with winterizing my 1993 pace arrow dp? I lost my husband last year so we had it professionally done but the cost is crazy! The only thing he told me was that the hot water heater does not have a bypass on this model so do I have to fill that up with antifreeze too and pump it throughout the Rv? We had a 5 th wheel camper before so we bypassed the hot water heater. I have 3 water valves but the manual has no information on these. I’ve learned from experience that they need to be closed or you can have a flood! I drive this rig to drag races and really enjoy having it!
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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If there is no heater bypass then yes, you need an extra 6 gallons of antifreeze to fill it up (more for a 10 gallon heater).

There are two places you might have " 3 water valves". One is the system drains, one each for hot & cold water lines and another for the fresh water tank. They would all normally be closed except when draining for the winter. The other place is the water heater and 3 "bypass valves" were common back in the 90's. Normally two are open and one closed, but the opposite for winterizing (bypass). You apparently don't have those.

We have basic water system winterize instructions in the RESOURCES section of this site - see https://www.rvforum.net/resources/winterize-your-rv.82/download
You can also find YouTube videos if you search there.

Feel free to ask for further explanation - this can be a bit daunting at first.
 

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Back in that era, Fleetwood put water heater by-passes on all their coaches. You was misinformed by an unknowing service person. Fleetwood used one ball valve and one spring loaded check valve. Sometimes the ball valve can be difficult to find. It will either be in a bay, close to the water heater or behind a door under the bathroom sink. I suggest you find a Pace Arrow or Fleetwood forum to help find the valve.

Richard
 

Cakelady

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If there is no heater bypass then yes, you need an extra 6 gallons of antifreeze to fill it up (more for a 10 gallon heater).

There are two places you might have " 3 water valves". One is the system drains, one each for hot & cold water lines and another for the fresh water tank. They would all normally be closed except when draining for the winter. The other place is the water heater and 3 "bypass valves" were common back in the 90's. Normally two are open and one closed, but the opposite for winterizing (bypass). You apparently don't have those.

We have basic water system winterize instructions in the RESOURCES section of this site - see https://www.rvforum.net/resources/winterize-your-rv.82/download
You can also find YouTube videos if you search there.

Feel free to ask for further explanation - this can be a bit daunting at first.
Thanks for your help!
 

Cakelady

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Back in that era, Fleetwood put water heater by-passes on all their coaches. You was misinformed by an unknowing service person. Fleetwood used one ball valve and one spring loaded check valve. Sometimes the ball valve can be difficult to find. It will either be in a bay, close to the water heater or behind a door under the bathroom sink. I suggest you find a Pace Arrow or Fleetwood forum to help find the valve.

Richard
Thanks! I will take a look under the bathroom sink because I remember the service guy had my drawer pulled out in there.
 

Forester

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If there is no heater bypass then yes, you need an extra 6 gallons of antifreeze to fill it up (more for a 10 gallon heater).

There are two places you might have " 3 water valves". One is the system drains, one each for hot & cold water lines and another for the fresh water tank. They would all normally be closed except when draining for the winter. The other place is the water heater and 3 "bypass valves" were common back in the 90's. Normally two are open and one closed, but the opposite for winterizing (bypass). You apparently don't have those.

We have basic water system winterize instructions in the RESOURCES section of this site - see https://www.rvforum.net/resources/winterize-your-rv.82/download
You can also find YouTube videos if you search there.

Feel free to ask for further explanation - this can be a bit daunting at first.
Hey Gary,
When we purchased a new TT back in 2015 the dealer told me not to put anti freeze in the hot water heater but, I do not remember why? That model did have the bypass valves so I just shut them and pulled the anode rod to drain before winter storage. I wonder if because it did have the bypass if that is the reason he said not to? More like I did not have to?
Our 1997 class A has the three drain valves as you stated and we are not going to winterize as we are going full time but, could I just open the valves pull the anode like I did on the 2015 TT or should it really have anti-freeze in it.? I would always have anti-freeze in the traps regardless. We went through 6 Wyoming winters with the 2015 with double digit negative temps every year.
I really liked that TT system of inserting a hose off the water pump into a bottle of antifreeze and opening a valve and pumping it through the whole system.
Chris
 

Kirk

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If you have 3 valves it sounds like there is a bypass for the water heater. I'll post a picture that may help.
bypass-2.jpg
 
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