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Old 11-13-2018, 12:50 PM   #57
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I only had the cheapo $2 plastic blowout plug. Due to time constraints, did not want to wait for my Amazon order. I believe someone has posted this on a different thread but wanted to include in this thread. I ordered this for future blowouts.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...BF7U85GT&psc=1
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:04 PM   #58
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Alex AVI - I'm not sure if your post is meant as humor due to the completely over-engineered nature of the product pictured. It might be better titled "The PT Barnum Big Blow Adapter."
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:51 PM   #59
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Alex AVI - I'm not sure if your post is meant as humor due to the completely over-engineered nature of the product pictured. It might be better titled "The PT Barnum Big Blow Adapter."
SEEMORE- Haha, yeah, that a better name, The Big Blow .. Actually, if strictly for AI blowout, yeah I meant it as humor, but actually bought it to do double duty for my swimming pool equipment & landscape irrigation that are positioned in tight awkward spots that make it a PITA to get my standard fittings in there for purging lines. So the flex hose makes life easy. Irony is if it weren't for searching rv tools (which I only started 7mos ago vs. buying pool & irrigation stuff for 25yrs), I would not have found it in existing pool & irrigation sites. This thing would've saved me lots time for many years. Who would've thunk
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:41 PM   #60
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That one from Amazon is excellent. It is flexible, has its own valve to stop flow and is high quality. Yes it can be done more cheaply, but for many of us who already bought a trailer/rv from Airstream knows - its isn't only about price.
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Due to the dark & cramped conditions under microwave and not knowing exactly how to remove the strainer screen, I just pulled entire Flowjet pump & strainer so I can work/see it better on the bench. Certainly dont need to do this on my next winterizing, now that I know where the clamps/latches are. Pics below.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:35 PM   #62
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Due to the dark & cramped conditions under microwave and not knowing exactly how to remove the strainer screen, I just pulled entire Flowjet pump & strainer so I can work/see it better on the bench. Certainly dont need to do this on my next winterizing, now that I know where the clamps/latches are. Pics below.
+1 on removing pump screen. I had seen that advice in previous threads but never followed through due to the gyrations and dexterity required to unsnap it from the pump. This year while winterizing I finally took the time to take it out and was glad I did. The pump screen was covered with thick slime mixed with plastic bits (apparently from when they drilled holes in the freshwater tank)
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Old 12-18-2018, 06:51 PM   #63
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Handy aid to help you winterize your outside faucet!

I recently reorganized my bags of cords etc. and came across a special connector that I purchased for winterizing the AI's outdoor faucet.

I couldn't recall seeing this mentioned before in any of the Winterizing threads so I'm going to pass this along for anyone interested next time you winterize!

It's a male Brass insert that fits into the quick connect valve of your outside faucet attached to a 10″ clear vinyl tube.

This helps you see immediately when the anti-freeze is flowing from your outside faucet without using your 15′ coil hose.....with less wasted antifreeze!

Bonus, it's only $8.75!

Maybe if you've been nice, Santa will leave one in your stocking!

Otherwise you'll have to order one yourself at;

https://www.dwincorp.com/product/spr...nterizing-aid/

Happy Holiday's!
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Old 12-18-2018, 09:54 PM   #64
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Viair 40047 400P-RV Automatic Portable Compressor Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004B68XGC..._Y3CgCbRXSQJVE.
This fits in the hidden trunk in the back of my cargo area.

I bought this compressor based on RV Geeks recommendation. I also love tools and gave me a reason to buy it . RV Geeks also has a pretty good video, just not Airstream specific.

I want to use my AI any weekend I get the chance so having someone winterize for me is not an optionan. Plus if you get caught on the road in a freeze it's best you know how to do it.

It took me 30 mins the first time to setup everything and blow it out. I only add antifreeze to the drains not the fresh water lines.
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I only add antifreeze to the drains not the fresh water lines.
No need for antifreeze in AI drains. They are waterless drains.

I use antifreeze only in the macerator by emptying tanks, putting a gallon into the toilet, and running the macerator until pink comes out of the hose. The rest of the system is blown out, including the outside shower and the tank flush.
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No need for antifreeze in AI drains. They are waterless drains.

I use antifreeze only in the macerator by emptying tanks, putting a gallon into the toilet, and running the macerator until pink comes out of the hose. The rest of the system is blown out, including the outside shower and the tank flush.
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No waterless (= inline ) traps in the sink drains? That must stink to high heaven all the time .....

If you have them, the normal inline (waterless) traps do need antifreeze.

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Old 12-19-2018, 07:12 AM   #67
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No need for antifreeze in AI drains. They are waterless drains.

I use antifreeze only in the macerator by emptying tanks, putting a gallon into the toilet, and running the macerator until pink comes out of the hose. The rest of the system is blown out, including the outside shower and the tank flush.
I am referring to sinks, toilet, i.e. for draining waste water. What other drains do you mean?
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I am referring to sinks, toilet, i.e. for draining waste water. What other drains do you mean?
The galley sink drain, bathroom sink drain, and shower drain all are waterless HEPVO traps (690603-01 Valve, Hepvo, Waste.) It does absolutely no good to pour antifreeze down those traps. These traps are like a rubber duck-bill where liquid can only pass in one direction. Antifreeze will simply pass through.

If you put anything special down those traps, a lubricant will help keep the traps from sticking during long periods of non-use. If they do stick, a plunger will break them free. My shower trap in my used 2014 was stuck from sitting on a dealer lot for some months. I broke it free by placing a rubber pad over the opening and pressing down.
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I recently reorganized my bags of cords etc. and came across a special connector that I purchased for winterizing the AI's outdoor faucet.



I couldn't recall seeing this mentioned before in any of the Winterizing threads so I'm going to pass this along for anyone interested next time you winterize!



It's a male Brass insert that fits into the quick connect valve of your outside faucet attached to a 10″ clear vinyl tube.



This helps you see immediately when the anti-freeze is flowing from your outside faucet without using your 15′ coil hose.....with less wasted antifreeze!



Bonus, it's only $8.75!



Maybe if you've been nice, Santa will leave one in your stocking!



Otherwise you'll have to order one yourself at;



https://www.dwincorp.com/product/spr...nterizing-aid/



Happy Holiday's!

Thanks for sharing this. It would sure make winterizing easier. I'm going to get one And add it to my winterizing tool kit.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
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The galley sink drain, bathroom sink drain, and shower drain all are waterless HEPVO traps (690603-01 Valve, Hepvo, Waste.) It does absolutely no good to pour antifreeze down those traps. These traps are like a rubber duck-bill where liquid can only pass in one direction. Antifreeze will simply pass through.

If you put anything special down those traps, a lubricant will help keep the traps from sticking during long periods of non-use. If they do stick, a plunger will break them free. My shower trap in my used 2014 was stuck from sitting on a dealer lot for some months. I broke it free by placing a rubber pad over the opening and pressing down.
Wow. Great bit of info. Definitely time and resource savings.
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