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Old 01-12-2004, 04:33 PM   #1
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Dewinterizing on the road

My son will help me to depart with Airabelle from the snow in northern MI in a couple of weeks. Airabelle will remain winterized until we reach warmer climes. Last year we dewinterized on the road. We pulled into a large car wash and opened the water tank and other lines to let the antifreeze drain. Since it's RV antifreeze we figured it wouldn't hurt any of their plumbing. Then we addded bleach to about a quarter tank of water. We hosed the snow off Airabelle and felt like we'd molted! After traveling another day we drained that water and filled the tank with fresh. Airabelle doesn't have a bypass on the water heater--dealer says pipes too old to amend--so nothing had to be done to it. We plan to use the same system this year. Is there something we should do that we aren't?

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Old 01-12-2004, 05:00 PM   #2
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Your paragraph touches a lot of bases so you have done some research. Did you run across this thread -- Spring preparation for travel season?
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Old 01-13-2004, 03:18 PM   #3
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Yes, Bob,
I read the article you referred to and found it helpful. Thanks.
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Old 01-13-2004, 07:02 PM   #4
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I have heard that it is imperative that you not heat the antifreeze or bleach solution in the hot weater heater or it will leave a rotten egg smell in your lines...not sure if this is sure. I have always flushed our system thoroughly when taking out of moth balls. I've even dumped a solution of sweet water (baking soda water) in the fresh water tank to rid of any odors during the flush-out if the bleaching is a little to odory.

have a safe trip down to warmer climates.
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From my backpacker's pantry and experience with Halazone tablets -- ascorbic acid (yup, vitamin C) scours up spare iodine or chlorine. As a matter of fact you shouldn't use Halazone tablets if the water already contains citrus. They sell little tablets of ascorbic acid to plunk into your water after the prescribed treatment time.

Buy some 500mg Vit C tablets cheap in the vitamin section. I would probably dissolve them in a pitcher of water. Small amounts of hypochlorite (bleach) or iodine will not hurt you; large amounts of Vit C are ingested everywhere -- figure out a dosing that will work for your tanks. (Traveller's thyroid toxicity from iodine is very difficult to cause, though we are talking bleach in tank treatments for our purposes. After ascorbic acid treatment the iodine is still ingested if you drink from the container.)

Ascorbic acid is quite soluble so any sediment would be the tablet vehicle. Pour off and flush the pitcher top-water through your fresh water tank. Be sure to cycle several tanks of water through to rid the ascorbic acid if you plan on repeating the Clorox treatment (though not for any reason I'd know of).

Bleach is stabilized at 5.25% concentration when you buy it. If you make up a dilute solution of bleach you must use it in the same day or it will lose effectiveness. Any use of bleach to clean tank and lines should follow the advice in your owner's manuals or other threads on the subject.
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Re: water heater

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I have heard that it is imperative that you not heat the antifreeze or bleach solution in the hot weater heater or it will leave a rotten egg smell in your lines...not sure if this is sure. I have always flushed our system thoroughly when taking out of moth balls. I've even dumped a solution of sweet water (baking soda water) in the fresh water tank to rid of any odors during the flush-out if the bleaching is a little to odory.

have a safe trip down to warmer climates.
Hey Zamboni!

Haven't seen you in a while! Hope to see you in June and maybe July if you can make it! Sorry...off topic.
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