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Old 12-24-2010, 10:38 AM   #1
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Winter Travel and Holding Tanks

What is the most efficient way to Travel in the winter time.

I do blow out the water lines and carry a gallon jug of water to flush the toilet. The coach is heated at all times BUT ?

I have been adding 1 to 2 gallon of antifreeze to the holding tanks after dumping and flushing so the valves do not freeze, stick.

So far, this has worked.

But I have also looked at the tank heat pads and wondered IF ? My concern is Battery Draw ?
So this would be better. No, we do not Live in the Coach full time. but like to visit the grandchildren in wintry climates so Out of storage comes the Airstream and off down the road we go. If we park a week and fill the tanks, the 2 gallon seems to work well and when we get to a Proper dump site the Valves open and the tanks do Discharge properly.

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Old 12-24-2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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John,
We will be heading for Bonita Springs, FL once again on 12/28. As in the past we use either windshield or RV A/F for flushing. We have not had any problems with this method to get us to warmer weather. The biggest diff would be we have only 2 days travel to get warm weather! An extended stay of a week, as you plan may, be a problem. I agree w/ you on batt. draw concern. Merry Christmas !! Dan
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:16 PM   #3
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Have a safe trip Dan, Thank You for the input.

Quite the Grain market Right now. Interesting.

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Old 12-24-2010, 02:28 PM   #4
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John,
The grain mkt. is very interesting !! I sold out earlier. I held too long in '09. Like most farmers, you never get it quite right. Son & brother-in-law sold yesterday - they did very well by holding - this time!
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I do blow out the water lines and carry a gallon jug of water to flush the toilet. The coach is heated at all times BUT ?

I have been adding 1 to 2 gallon of antifreeze to the holding tanks after dumping and flushing so the valves do not freeze, stick.

So far, this has worked.

But I have also looked at the tank heat pads and wondered IF ? My concern is Battery Draw ?
So this would be better. No, we do not Live in the Coach full time. but like to visit the grandchildren in wintry climates so Out of storage comes the Airstream and off down the road we go. If we park a week and fill the tanks, the 2 gallon seems to work well and when we get to a Proper dump site the Valves open and the tanks do Discharge properly.

Thank You

John
Lots of info on winter prep on other threads on this site.
One tip I have used is to take off the waste dump cap for travel in the winter. The cap is below my basement level and tends to build up with ice and is difficult to get off when dump time comes.
As long as you use "Pick Stuff" in the waste tanks, the lines and valves are protected, but unless you charge the portion between the valve and the cap, you will have a problem come dump time. Also, the rubber gasket in the cap has a tendency of going missing when the weather is bad. (guess it is the operator who dos'nt want to look in the snow and dirt)
My basement is heated with the furnace which I run if necessary, but seldom have done this. The "Pink Stuff" does the trick.
I stick with the RV antifreeze at all times. The w/s fluid could be used if you got stuck I guess, but I would not if RV was available. I think with the dilution of the w/s fluid it would be far more economical to use the RV Pink.
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:33 PM   #6
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Menards here has the pink stuff for $2.50 gal now.
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:33 PM   #7
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Menards here has the pink stuff for $2.50 gal now.
wow, thank You r=carl

I think I will stock up for next seasons supply.

The best I did was 3.95 at our auto parts store

after I purchased 2 cases for near 6.00 a Gallon at a Marina store.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:07 PM   #8
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I just drove down with full water and used both tanks in 0deg days and nights with just 2 40 watt tank heaters that were only $10 each (pack of 3). I have 340Ah house batterys so there was no problem but if you are able to just steel 15amps from you kids for your charger there should be no prob running them and your two furnas's. I will put the link below to the ebay seller I used.

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Old 12-26-2010, 06:40 AM   #9
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How is the weather in the Keys AirRowan ?

We got 4 inches of fresh snow Christmas Day.
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Not as hot as we would like hight 60s low 70s. This has not stopped us from getting out on the water 12 of the last 14 days!:-)
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OK, I'll show my stupidity. What is Pink Stuff? I assume it is some kind of anti-freeze that is ok for septic tanks. (I've looked this up in a bunch of threads and never found the answer.)
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OK, I'll show my stupidity. What is Pink Stuff? I assume it is some kind of anti-freeze that is ok for septic tanks. (I've looked this up in a bunch of threads and never found the answer.)
google, Star brite anti-freeze antigel

some use Vodka
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Not as hot as we would like hight 60s low 70s. This has not stopped us from getting out on the water 12 of the last 14 days!:-)
thank you, sounds like your getting some good boating time
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Rv anti freeze available at any hardware or RV store in climates where freezing is a threat. Available under many brand names and prices vary as to where you buy it.

CAMCO FREEZE BAN -50 RV AND MARINE ANTIFREEZE

FREEZE BAN -50 RV AND MARINE ANTIFREEZE
  • Safe for residential and recreational drinking water systems
  • Burst protection to -50F (-45.5 C)
  • Won't damage copper, brass or plastic (except acetate)
Use for RVs, boats, cottages and pools. Protects your portable water system from freeze damage. Inhibits fouling and corrosion while preventing algae growth. Aids in lubricating pumps and valves throughout the system. No mixing required. Odorless and tasteless. Contents each bottle: One Gallon.
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