QUOTE(pianotuna @ Apr 24 2010, 12:46 AM)
Camper implies Pop up, or travel trailer to me. But Jerry is right--more information about what you have--and how it is equipped would be valuable.
Where to start?
Rinse the onboard fresh water tank. You may wish to sanitize it by adding a small amount of bleach. The drain for it may have been left open, so don't panic if water starts flowing out of the tank.
If the lines had antifreeze in them, use the water pump to clear them--run water through until the water is running clear.
The water pump may have been left disconnected.
The water heater, if it has a by pass kit, needs to have the valves reset so it may be used. There are often three valves. Try to figure out which one is the by pass valve, and close it, then open the other two.
The drain plug may have been left open, so if water starts pouring out..don't be alarmed. Just turn off the pump and find the plug and replace it. Don't overtighten it. It would be good to use some plumbers Teflon tape on the plug.
This is probably enough to get you started--but do post more infomration please.
Thanks for the info. I'm glad I decided to ask because it sounds a little more complicated than I first thought. Yes, I do have a popup and they did use RV antifreeze. I'm glad you mentioned that the drain might have been left open because when we were taking the camper to be stored I kept noticing water "leaking" from the bottom of our brand new camper and was a little alarmed that something might have broken. I know I would have definitely spazed out if water started flowing out of the tank as I was flushing it or if I thought the water pump wasn't working properly . . . you just saved me a few gray hairs!
I have another question: Since antifreeze was used, is it easier to flush the systems at the first campground we go to since there will be a sewer line or is this something that is usually done before
heading out on the first camp trip of the season? Also, what about the antifreeze that was used in the line for the bathroom toilet . . . sanitize that as well or does it not matter since it is the toilet?