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Old 08-27-2007, 05:20 PM   #15
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When I winterise I pump the antifreeze through the lines until red comes from all the taps. This pushes the water out of the lines. Then I drain the antifreeze out right away. This will leave the trailer ready to go in the spring and no fear of the antifreeze leaking or freezing in extream cold.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:53 PM   #16
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Camco makes a -100* GRAS (generally regarded as safe by the FDA) anti freeze for water systems. In Alaska, I would use the stuff full strength and be sure to add some to your p-traps, other drain components AND the water valve in the toilet!!!!!

Just let the pink stuff run thru every water opening that you have... to be on the safe side. That includes all water lines, pump, accumulator, faucets, drains, water valves, outside spigots or showers, etc.

Too cold for my blood . My motto is "I never go where the temperature gets below my age!"
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:12 AM   #17
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winterizing

Thanks for all the helpful hints. I know with vehicles we set coolant to -50 below up here. I suppose I should call a local R.V. place and see what they suggest....
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:11 AM   #18
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Here in Minnesoooota I have seen -46 on my digital thermometer a few years back. Brrrrrrrr!!!

I use, (get ready for this), Vodka to winterize my motorhome. I buy four fifths of the CHEAPEST Vodka I can find and pump it through the lines after bypassing the water heater. I have my reasons.

1. RV Antifreeze leaves a really crappy after taste in the lines.
2. Rinsing with bleach leaves an even crappier taste in the lines.
3. Vodka sanitizes as it protects.
4. If one so chooses, one can have a grand old party drinking stale vodka right out of the faucet in the spring! I'll pass on that!

I do us RV Antifreeze in the sink traps and tanks.

I have of course heard all the old wives tales about this. "It'll disolve your pipe connections!" or "It will freeze faster than anti-freeze!" or, well you get the idea. I have done it for years now, with no problems what so ever!!
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:36 AM   #19
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Here in Minnesoooota I have seen -46 on my digital thermometer a few years back. Brrrrrrrr!!!

I use, (get ready for this), Vodka to winterize my motorhome. I buy four fifths of the CHEAPEST Vodka I can find and pump it through the lines after bypassing the water heater. I have my reasons.

1. RV Antifreeze leaves a really crappy after taste in the lines.
2. Rinsing with bleach leaves an even crappier taste in the lines.
3. Vodka sanitizes as it protects.
4. If one so chooses, one can have a grand old party drinking stale vodka right out of the faucet in the spring! I'll pass on that!

I do us RV Antifreeze in the sink traps and tanks.

I have of course heard all the old wives tales about this. "It'll disolve your pipe connections!" or "It will freeze faster than anti-freeze!" or, well you get the idea. I have done it for years now, with no problems what so ever!!
You know..............come to think of it, the cheap vodka is probably cheaper than the anti-freeze and the results are way better, IMHO . I'll have to start suggesting this method to my clients.

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Old 08-28-2007, 09:36 PM   #20
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Hmm,

I am thinking Everclear and just do it at 190 proof......




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Here in Minnesoooota I have seen -46 on my digital thermometer a few years back. Brrrrrrrr!!!

I use, (get ready for this), Vodka to winterize my motorhome. I buy four fifths of the CHEAPEST Vodka I can find and pump it through the lines after bypassing the water heater. I have my reasons.

1. RV Antifreeze leaves a really crappy after taste in the lines.
2. Rinsing with bleach leaves an even crappier taste in the lines.
3. Vodka sanitizes as it protects.
4. If one so chooses, one can have a grand old party drinking stale vodka right out of the faucet in the spring! I'll pass on that!

I do us RV Antifreeze in the sink traps and tanks.

I have of course heard all the old wives tales about this. "It'll disolve your pipe connections!" or "It will freeze faster than anti-freeze!" or, well you get the idea. I have done it for years now, with no problems what so ever!!
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:19 PM   #21
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Everclear 190 proof....a..lol..that might melt the plastic. Ya think?
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Alcohol never crossed my mind. That's to funny. I wonder what the neighbors would say? Could start an interesting rumor....
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:44 PM   #23
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Long ago alcohol was used as antifreeze in cars, but it evaporates and over a long winter, more would have to be added. Ethylene glycol was a great invention though deadly to drink, and thats why RV antifreeze is used—different gylcol. Cheap vodka as the alcohol evaporates may leave water and maybe even mashed potatoes. Well, maybe not potatoes, but seems like vodka is a risky idea.
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