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    Posted: 30 Oct 2018 at 9:10am
I don't thinks Forest River could have thought up a more complex set up for the water heater as far as winterizing this thing.

You must first remove mattress, bedding etc. then dissassemble the bed to get to it.  It really makes for a clumsy way of working.  Surely these folks could re-engineer this.  Very poor design........Love the camper!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2018 at 9:40am
You could do what I did which is to unscrew the part of the bed platform over the water heater and put hinges on it so that you can just lift the platform, mattress and all. I use a piece of 1x1 board to prop it up. I ended up making a hatch in the back part over the water pump so I could get to the winterizing valve easily as well.

If you look under the bed, there should be an access panel that you could unscrew to get to the water heater valves, but that was too clumsy for me to get down and crawl under the bed. That is why I modified the platform.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2018 at 10:16am
Or you can use compressed air and leave the bypass alone.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2018 at 11:24am
I like the compressed air idea.  I use that anyway before putting in the anti freeze.  I suppose that would work....... then just put anti freeze into the drains?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2018 at 5:04pm
Been doing that for years.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2018 at 7:07pm
If you are just putting antifreeze in the drains, then no need to switch the valves. If, however, you pump it into the system, you do need to switch the valves so you don't pump it through the water heater.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2018 at 7:17pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2018 at 7:32pm
I have a 177, like Stephen I hinged the large plywood to the smaller piece, then just raise the plywood and mattress up, place a wooden dowel to hold the whole thing up and move the valve's. Also like Stephen.. I found crawling under the bed to much..... In Eastern Ont. we have -40c for a week at a time a few times over the winter. I use compressed air to blow the lines out AND then draw RV antifreeze through all lines via the water pump. For the few seconds that it takes piece of mind is nice.
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