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Old 01-09-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
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Just bought a compressor, have a late model..

How do you blow out the lines? I have the blower attachment on the compressor, but where do I start the blowing and where does it drain?

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Old 01-09-2011, 04:57 PM   #2
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If you are referring to the water lines, the easiest way is to buy a quick disconnect fitting like are on air tools and make a fitting that will tread into your fresh water intake. You can go to any good hardware store. Camping supply places sell pre made adaptors but most have shrader valves which require someone to hold hold the air line on the valve while someone else goes inside and opens the faucets. Using the air tool quick disconnect you can attach the air hose and go into the trailer and open the faucets yourself. CAUTION!! Make sure you turn the pressure on the air down to 45PSI or so before you attach the air line to the trailer or you risk blowing out all your water lines. I like to drain each line one at at time because I think it blows the water out better. Just open each faucet and let it run till you get nothing but air. Make sure your water heater is drained and you put some RV antifreeze in the drain traps. There are lots of threads about winterizing so I won't get into all that detail here. There may be other items to check on the newer Airstreams that I don't have on my 68.
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Thankyou, didn't know about the fitting.

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Old 01-09-2011, 05:18 PM   #4
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be sure the compressor does NOT have oil lubrication within the lines/airflow...

oil into water lines is a bad idea.

buy or grow yer own adapters...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f458...lug-37759.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f458...7-a-70604.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f458...oud-57836.html



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Oil free. It's a porter cable 6 gallon.

PORTERCABLE C2002 6 Gallon Pancake Style Tank for Stability Compressor#

2air, you think of everything, thank-you.

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Shane here is the cheapest and easiest way to make a blow out plug. Parts needed: 6" old hose with male end, air hose coupler and a gear clamp.
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Shane here is the cheapest and easiest way to make a blow out plug. Parts needed: 6" old hose with male end, air hose coupler and a gear clamp.
I bought an extra quickconnect...just gotta get the hose. I think I have an extra pre water filter I connect to the water source when we camp.

Thank you for the idea.

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Shane, Did you get the job done?

I hear it will be cold the next couple of nights around here.

I tried the air to blow the water out of the lines in my trailer, but found that it didn't get it all because when I pumped the anti freeze thru the lines it pushed the rest of the water out. Since it was the first time doing it with this trailer I planned to do both just to see.
Glad I did.
I'll probably just skip the air blowing part and go right with antifreeze in the future.
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I blew the water out with a compressor and filled the lines with anti freeze. Better safe than sorry.
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i'm running the furnace at 44 degrees. I haven't had time. Hopefully all will be well.

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i'm running the furnace at 44 degrees. I haven't had time. Hopefully all will be well.

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I wrap some electrical tape around a small end of the air blow attachment on the air line and just hold it into the water hose connection. I find it's good to give a few squirts of air and listen for the water to run, I don't want to pressure up the system to the full pressure of the air tank. I usually do one faucet at a time, when straight air comes out I go to the next faucet. Another section of garden hose attached lets me take the garden hose and air hose setup inside where I can watch more convienently. When there's air coming out all the faucets, I pour in some vodka into the water hose and do it again, till theres fodka at each fascet, tesking teh contnet of tie vapors at exch faket tlii eakh faket haz fodka coming out. Didn't take a whole bottle this year. Blew down the water heater first, then shut it off to do the rest of the system. Most of the time was in draining the water heater, and was done in a couple hours after getting home ahead of the snow from the Jackson rally.
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