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Old 10-23-2010, 07:16 AM   #155
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Device for blowing air in the pipes

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If you don't want to make one, or can't find the parts, Camping World is selling something like what was' made. You still have to buy a proper fitting for your compressor for it.

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Here is what I have, with a valve as for tires... sold at places such as Camping World, I suppose.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:22 PM   #156
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If you blow out all the water, why to you suck in RV anti freez.. Seems to be an over kill. ??? Thanks Sandy
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:59 PM   #157
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Well,we like to cover any low spots in the system,and believe me there are some. So we pump in RV antifreeze to make sure all the water is out. ITS NON -TOXIC and will not harm anything. I do not have a drain in my fresh water tank,so I pump it till it sucks air and then add 1/2 gallon to keep it from freezing. I pour some into each trap and we are go to -50F and pray it never gets that cold here,BRRRRR!
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:11 PM   #158
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Yep we did the winterize and also did our antifreeze injection even though we had blown out the lines. Unless you can get the lines dry there is always the possiblity of moisture collecting in a low spot and freezing. Besides unless you blow out the drain traps in the shower and sinks you need to get some antifreeze into these also.

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Old 11-06-2010, 02:27 PM   #159
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The Company recommends just blowing out the lines, but it is impossible to know if you really get all the water out. Drops can stick to the inside of the pipes and then flow down to a low spot. For example, the sink sprayer has a low spot and the sprayer itself breaks very easily if there's any water in it that freezes. The toilet valve (it's behind the top of the toilet) also breaks easily if there's any water in it and that means removing the toilet to replace it. The outside shower faucet is a low spot. The newer PEX pipes are not rigid and therefore there are many low spots. When you use antifreeze you know you have forced water out. I use about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 gallons—cheap insurance.

Traps can freeze too (think about replacing the shower trap—no easy access). And some extra antifreeze in the tanks keeps the drain seals lubricated.

RV antifreeze is not toxic like car antifreeze. It is supposed to be pink. If it's not, take it back. Some people report it tastes bad and some say that's because some brands of RV antifreeze are cheap stuff. I've used Prestone for the last couple of years and I don't detect a bad smell or taste. In the spring you have to flush and sanitize the system. When you sanitize, you have to pump the chlorine solution through the lines, then flush them too with clean water. If you taste antifreeze or chlorine you probably need to flush more.

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Old 11-29-2010, 10:32 AM   #160
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Thanks John. We will winterize our 2000 Excella this week with your instructions. The winters in Maryland can get very cold so we want to protect our Airstream. We are new owners-so thank you.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:22 PM   #161
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Winterizing question: Is a cup of antifreeze in the toilet bowl - a good idea or bad idea?
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:32 PM   #162
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Winterizing question: Is a cup of antifreeze in the toilet bowl - a good idea or bad idea?
Good idea, I always keep AF in the bowl, if for no other reason than to keep the seals from drying out.
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Thanks for the reply. I was a bit concerned about staining the bowl with it. Perhaps that is not an issue.
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Thanks for the reply. I was a bit concerned about staining the bowl with it. Perhaps that is not an issue.
My old trailer was 17 years old, with a Thetford toilet and had AF in it for 4 - 5 months every year. Never stained. Also, the AF doesn't evaporate very readily. If there's AF still in the bowl after months, you know your seal is good.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:43 PM   #165
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Again, thanks for the feedback. Still learning...
I wasn't expecting to have to deal with this so early in December down here. Unusually cold already.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:25 PM   #166
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I have a washer dryer combo in my 2000 airstream.. Is there an easy way to winterize the washer or do you have to run a cycle to get the antifreeze in ..also the drain for the washer trap lets fumes into the coach if you dont use the washer for a while..can I silicone around the hose and still have it work?thanks JIMMY dogfather motor yatch
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can anyone tell me how to get to the water pump in a 2000 thirty five foot land yatch:?freightliner chasis..thanks JIMMY t dogfather
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Winterizing question: Is a cup of antifreeze in the toilet bowl - a good idea or bad idea?
I leave some in the bowl too. No stains after a couple of winters and I'd rather have a stain than a blown seal.

The question about a washing machine is a good one. I don't know if they are designed differently from household models so there are no low points in the hoses or pumps, but I'd check it out thoroughly and run some antifreeze through it. The trap should have antifreeze in it too—it should go to a grey water tank and that wouldn't smell all that bad when the trap dries out. If for whatever reason the washing machine drain is connected to the black tank, then it would smell much worse.

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