[email protected] 400 with Alde 3020 Winterization

I'm trying to follow the "Travels With Delaney" video dealing with winterization. Patrick has a [email protected] 400 with an Alde 3010 and uses the Camco 36543 Winterization Kit to add antifreeze. I'm having trouble finding out where to install the that kit's valve on 400 with an Alde 3020.  Can someone please provide guidance? 

I don't plan to use the blowout method for winterization. Thank you.
Jean & Arnie  NorCal 
2019 [email protected] 400 BL
03 Sequoia

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  • manatra2manatra2 Posts: 2Member
    I installed my Winterization Kit valve the same place that Patrick did in the closet. The only difference I noticed is the 3020 has 2 yellow valves to drain on the heater when winterizing.

    Mike & Cathy
    2019 [email protected]
    Crestline, Ohio
  • peterjoce400peterjoce400 Posts: 11Member
    does that mean there is no yellow lift lever for draining the hot water tank? NuCamp says it should be between the red tank and the Alde unit ( I can't seem to find it in my 2019).  Certainly there are not 3 valves as is described in that video ( red and blue but no middle one).  I like the Delaney set up for pumping the antifreeze in: wonder why this wouldn't be a standard instal by the factory. 
    Peter  Nanaimo,B.C.
    2019 [email protected]
    2011 Honda Ridgeline
  • NorthIsUpNorthIsUp Posts: 33Member
    I'm decided that I'm going with the air blowout method, rather than installing the valve.  Attached is a photo of the two yellow valves (follow the yellow arrows) for @peterjoce400 et al. The other two valves are just inside the access door and marked with green arrows. This is for a 2019 [email protected] 400 with the Alde 3020HE. 
    Jean & Arnie  NorCal 
    2019 [email protected] 400 BL
    03 Sequoia
  • scottdickiescottdickie Posts: 21Member
    Do you have to do anything with the glycol tank when you winterize?
  • dvgibsondvgibson Posts: 27Member
    Thanks to Delaney for making it so very clear how to winterize the 400! But I have a question: Why bypass the hot water heater? Won't that leave freezable water in the tank? 
    [email protected] 400 2018 Tacoma TRD SR5
  • peterjoce400peterjoce400 Posts: 11Member
    Thanks North is Up for your pic and the great markings.  As I suspected our 2019 400 doesnot have these yellow valves.  Those white fittings on the blue and red lines at the end of the yellow arrows, are there, and what appears to be a sealed hole in the floor under them, but definitely no yellow valves.  That was confirmed today by the tech at the R.V. shop.  He says they leak anyways and you don't need them(?). Tells me to close bypass valve and open the low point drain valves (end of your green arrows).  I have emails to Jason at NuCamp about this.   I like the Delaney set up for pumping the antifreeze in: wonder why this wouldn't be a standard instal by the factory. Parts are $28Cdn at our R.V. shop on V.I.
    Peter  Nanaimo,B.C.
    2019 [email protected]
    2011 Honda Ridgeline
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Posts: 2,986Moderator
    Can someone provide a picture of the 2019 TaB 400 Alde plumbing.  Sounds like they changed something.
    Sharon
    Cleveland Heights, Ohio
    2017 TaB CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan

  • treefrogtreefrog Posts: 31Member
    Hope this helps, trailer built in sept 2018.
    Unrelated news. You don't have to loosen screw to adjust temp on mixing valve but the knob is hard to turn.


    2019 [email protected] 400.  2018 4Runner in Tigard OR.
  • peterjoce400peterjoce400 Posts: 11Member
    further to those yellow valves, Jason at NuCamp confirms they should be there...my dealer confirms they had removed them prior to delivery thinking they are leak prone (claim the pressure buildup can overwhelm the plastic construction of the valve) which NuCamp says they are not aware of ( NuCamp would like to talk to my dealer about this). Has anyone experienced a leakage problem?  I have been very pleased with the immediate response Jason at NuCamp has given my emails to get to the bottom of why my unit didn't have the valves and states that they will ship my dealer new valves if they don't have them in stock ( I would think they should have 2 - mine).  I've asked dealer today to put them back!  As to changes in plumbing, its that there is now only one blue line at low point drain rather than two.  Not sure when in 2018 they went that route for the 2019 models.
    Peter  Nanaimo,B.C.
    2019 [email protected]
    2011 Honda Ridgeline
  • NorthIsUpNorthIsUp Posts: 33Member
    edited October 19
    I did go with the blowout method by opening up all the valves to drain whatever water was possible and using a special fitting on an air compressor. Then after closing all the valves and setting the Alde to bypass mode, I added about 3 gallons of RV antifreeze to the fresh water tank. I turned on the water pump and made sure that the antifreeze was able to flow through in the hot and cold water faucets of the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and the shower. Once I had pink flowing through each, I shut off the water pump. I then poured a total of another gallon of RV antifreeze into the drains of the sinks and shower.  @dvgibson I think the idea of not letting RV antifreeze into the water heater is that it could damage it. I suspect that draining the system, drains all the water from the heater.  @scottdickie The Alde glycol isn't affected by cold temps. It is actually ethylene glycol aka antifreeze, but different than that of the automotive persuasion which contains additives.  
    Jean & Arnie  NorCal 
    2019 [email protected] 400 BL
    03 Sequoia
  • ScottGScottG Posts: 2,338Moderator
    further to those yellow valves, Jason at NuCamp confirms they should be there...my dealer confirms they had removed them prior to delivery thinking they are leak prone (claim the pressure buildup can overwhelm the plastic construction of the valve) which NuCamp says they are not aware of ( NuCamp would like to talk to my dealer about this). Has anyone experienced a leakage problem?
    ...
    I recall a few reported leakage problems with those valves, but it doesn't appear to be widespread. They will very likely "leak" if you don't use a pressure regulator, but that is what they are designed to do!
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Posts: 2,986Moderator
    @NorthIsUp, you said you poured water into your drains - you meant antifreeze, right?  Also, did you bypass before running your pump?
    Sharon
    Cleveland Heights, Ohio
    2017 TaB CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan

  • NorthIsUpNorthIsUp Posts: 33Member
    edited October 19
    @Sharon_is_SAM - yes, RV antifreeze. Corrected. I did set the bypass. Also, corrected. Thank you. 
    Jean & Arnie  NorCal 
    2019 [email protected] 400 BL
    03 Sequoia
  • kaylevine1kaylevine1 Posts: 35Member
    NorthisUp-like your method if i do anything at all -not sure if is really necessary here in South Louisiana-I will blow out the lines then fill the drains with rv antifreeze-don't really think it is necessary to put anything in the holding tank as long as it is drained as we never get a hard freeze-only a few nights below freezing-will keep an eye on the weather

  • Jaxie985Jaxie985 Posts: 30Member
    @NorthIsUp I don’tknow What you mean by “set the bypass”. I understand opening the lower valves to drain the water heater tank but you mention twice you then “ set the bypass”. Sorry to be so literal but are you referring to closing the input? Or is there a setting on the Alde digital panel?
    2018 [email protected] 320 Boondock 
    2018 Nissan Frontier
    Kennebunk, ME USA
  • N7SHG_HamN7SHG_Ham Posts: 123Member
    There is a water heater (Alde) bypass valve near the low point drains in the driver side access door near rear of 400.
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Posts: 2,986Moderator
    @Jaxie985, to prevent putting antifreeze from the fresh water tank into the Alde water tank, you turn a bypass valve, which effectively isolates the Alde, but allows you to fill the remainder of the plumbing with antifreeze.  In the spring, if you use bleach to sanitize, you can again, bypass the Alde so no bleach comes in contact with the stainless steel of the Alde interior tank.
    Sharon
    Cleveland Heights, Ohio
    2017 TaB CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan

  • @Jaxie985 There's some pictures here:

    The bypass valve is the big red handle.

    Pam and John
    Fargo, North Dakota
    2018 [email protected] White\Silver Trim towed by 2018 Ridgeline White w/Leer Topper
    States Visited Map
  • lkc001lkc001 Posts: 64Member
    If I understand what you are saying . . . . . . "He says they leak anyways and you don't need them(?)"???? and they closed off those drain lines & took the drain plugs out?? Oh boy--this is your dealer telling you this?  Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but from what you describe, your dealer has effectively sealed off any way for you to drain your hot water tank portion of the Alde system, and if that IS the case, your hot water tank WILL freeze with water in it.  What i.d.i.o.t.s.
    I would demand that your dealer get on the phone NOW to Nucamp, explain to them what they did and get a fix for it now.  I would also expect the dealer to extend the warranty if needed to cover you in case it's too late and the water tank has frozen--which you won't find out about until you go to add water to the system next spring/summer.   Geezzzzz---why are these kinds of dealers allowed to even sell these Tabs?  Do they not have to have ANY knowledge of the plumbing system??  Appalling.  
  • Jaxie985Jaxie985 Posts: 30Member
    @Sharon_is_SAM the picture @PamandJohnUpNorth2 posted must be for the Tab 400? I have the 320 S Boondock with no side panel like that so the bypass valve is somewhere else? I’m traveling tomorrow from frost free environs to an area where nights have been in the 20’s so will be winterizing tomorrow afternoon if all goes well til then. I have antifreeze, a blowout plug, a bicycle pump and a bucket. And Sharon’s pdf. 
    2018 [email protected] 320 Boondock 
    2018 Nissan Frontier
    Kennebunk, ME USA
  • ScottGScottG Posts: 2,338Moderator
    edited December 18
    @Jaxie985, look in the "User's Manuals..." category under "Winterizing Manuals."
    The official winterizing instructions from nuCamp clearly show the 320 bypass in the photos on page 2.
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Posts: 2,986Moderator
    Sorry @Jaxie985, the thread refers to a 400, so I assumed that is what you had.  If you are only going to drain, blow and fill the traps etc with antifreeze, you don’t need to worry about the bypass valve until spring when you sanitize with bleach or a bleach-type product.  Just follow the pdf directions.

    In the spring when you sanitize, close your hot and cold water drain valves and your hot and cold water Alde supply valves, and open the bypass valve (see picture).  By doing this, the bleach water will move from your fresh water tank, through your plumbing lines and avoid the Alde tank.  After you rid your TaB plumbing of the bleach smell with multiple rinses, then you can put your valves back to camping mode.  (Yes, the valves are in the same position for those who want to actually fill their plumbing with antifreeze - same effect - bypass the Alde tank.)


    Sharon
    Cleveland Heights, Ohio
    2017 TaB CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan

  • Jaxie985Jaxie985 Posts: 30Member
    @Sharon_is_SAM thank you for the very clear pic and the labels!! I can do this!
    2018 [email protected] 320 Boondock 
    2018 Nissan Frontier
    Kennebunk, ME USA
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