Winterising a Duetto for the first time.

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Winterising a Duetto for the first time.

Post by Duetto Novice on Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:34 pm

I bought a 09 Duetto 4 months ago and am starting to think about sorting the plumbing for winter. I understand about tank emptying and blowing through to clear the pipes. Also that you must leave all taps, showers and tanks open. My main worry is the pump and toilet. The water heater just needs the valve opening, I think and hope I am correct.
When it comes to the pump, I got out the Auto-Sleeper manual and took off the outside grill. This is when I discovered the pump had been changed, so the manual contains the wrong info. My van is fitted with a SHURFLO 2095-204-111 diaphragm pump. Do I pump it out until it runs dry and also what and where do I disconnect? 
It is the flushing side of the toilet I am unsure of. How do I completely empty its filler pipe and inspection tube?

Thank you, in advance, to any Member who takes the time to help this novice.
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Re: Winterising a Duetto for the first time.

Post by willconquerer on Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:03 pm

Water System this should help:-

http://forums.outandaboutlive.co.uk/forums/Motorhomes/Motorhome-Matters/Diaphragm-water-pumps-/26046/

For toilet flush tank, pull the indicator tube from the clip at the top and hinge down (concertina hose at the base) and it will completely drain the flushing tank.
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Re: Winterising a Duetto for the first time.

Post by Bartfarst on Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:08 pm

Winterising is no big deal generally.

What I do with my old Harmony is:

Drain the water and waste tanks.
Run the pump until no more comes from the taps in the kitchen and washroom.
Open the drain plug on the (Carver) water heater.
Take off the shower head and blow into it whilst opening various combinations of hot and cold taps and flushing the loo. Sometime rather than blowing until red in the face I connect the shower to a low pressure air supply, set to a couple of PSI, and that works fine.
Once all the gurgling and spurting stops then the process is at an end.

Done that for more than twenty years without a problem arising or frost damage.

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Re: Winterising a Duetto for the first time.

Post by Bad Penny on Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:41 am

As above, but if you have a spare room, remove all seat cushions etc. Therefore avoiding any damp build up that may occur during layup.

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Re: Winterising a Duetto for the first time.

Post by Duetto Novice on Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:25 pm

Duetto Novice wrote:I bought a 09 Duetto 4 months ago and am starting to think about sorting the plumbing for winter. I understand about tank emptying and blowing through to clear the pipes. Also that you must leave all taps, showers and tanks open. My main worry is the pump and toilet. The water heater just needs the valve opening, I think and hope I am correct.
When it comes to the pump, I got out the Auto-Sleeper manual and took off the outside grill. This is when I discovered the pump had been changed, so the manual contains the wrong info. My van is fitted with a SHURFLO 2095-204-111 diaphragm pump. Do I pump it out until it runs dry and also what and where do I disconnect? 
It is the flushing side of the toilet I am unsure of. How do I completely empty its filler pipe and inspection tube?

Thank you, in advance, to any Member who takes the time to help this novice.


Thank you to all the members that have replied to the above. You have all give me very helpful information.
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Re: Winterising a Duetto for the first time.

Post by mikemelson on Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:50 pm

I winterised my 04 Symbol, 

I changed the 4.5  tog duvet for a 10.

I use the van all year round, probably why I've got rust problems.

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