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Old 10-22-2014, 07:59 PM   #1
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Ice Maker line

We have a 2015 38 GK and were going to winter in Colorado. I have seen threads on the ice maker line freezing in winter. Is there anything I need to do prior to the harsh winter months?
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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IMHO,
If you have a residential pkg:
I would turn the water off under the sink, drain the line, and winterize it since it runs out of the coach under the slide and back up behind the cabinet...

If it's the rv fridge, you may be able to open the access panel outside and hang a light bulb to keep it warm, but I'm just guessing...

given that our 38gk has a res. fridge and the icemaker line has already frozen (here in Texas last winter!) , we just turned it off...

Besides, we like the crushed ice from Sonic and just dump it into our large residential freezer
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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Seems like if this is a four season unit the line should be insulated so it does not freeze up. The unit is going in for some other repairs next week I wonder if there is a way they can insulate it so we don't buy ice all winter?
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:51 AM   #4
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I would just do as johnboytoo recommended, the only way to keep it from freezing would be to put heat tape on it all the way it would be a pain in the ***, plus it would be putting hot water in the icemaker. These things are not made to be wintering in cold climates without some changes. Buy you a PIRIT heated water hose, if stationary rent a large propane tank your gonna need it. Skirt the unit to save $'s in propane, buy a good infrared heater but use in moderation got to heat the underbelly with the furnace, winterize low point drains and outside shower with antifreeze then use normally just don't purge antifreeze out of these areas.
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:29 AM   #5
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Just turn off the waterline to the ice maker and drain the water out of the line. Make sure the water solenoid is open so it doesn't freeze. The solenoid is probably the most fragile part of the system.

The ice maker is probably the easiest part of the coach to winterize.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:08 AM   #6
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How would you know if the solenoid is open or not?
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:57 PM   #7
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There are 2 hose type of connections on the solenoid. Just take both of those off and leave them off. All the water should drain out. When I winterize my unit I run pink thought the lines and them unscrew them from the solenoid.

Also, if you're still going to be using the fridge but not the ice maker, turn off the power to the ice maker so it doesn't keep trying to cycle.
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So, once I disconnect both water lines the solenoid is open? I know...dumb question! Is the best way to turn off the ice maker by lifting the 'arm' next to the icemaker?
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:57 PM   #9
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If I'm remembering correctly, there's an extra a/c plug behind the refrigerator for the ice maker. If not I know there are wires with "spade" connectors running to the solenoid. Disconnect those and tape them off.

Don't worry about the ice maker unit in the freezer. It's designed to freeze.
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:31 PM   #10
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Ok, dumb questions day for me. My residential refrig is big, so how do I pull it out of the wall cabinet to get to the solenoid, my ice maker does not have the wire to lift up to shut off. This is a problem I don't feel we should have to do this every winter, the unit should not freeze if it is a four season unit. I feel I understand the winterizing the water hose supplying the camper and the sewer drain, also we will skirt the under areas so we should be good there. My shut off to the ice maker is way back inside the center isle cabinet and you can barely touch the shutoff. Guess I'll pay Camping World to take care of this twice a year every year.
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