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Old 12-15-2016, 02:36 PM   #15
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Keeping your Airstream plugged in to shore power and running the heat with cabinet doors open is a good thing.
I have done that between trips, but we are home till March now, so I winterized.
Keeping it plugged in and leaving the refrigerator and heat or air, whichever applies, is nice so that the trailer is warm or cool when you load it and the refrigerator is already cold when you load it- Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, bottled water, mayonnaise, and mustard can stay in the trailer al the time.
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Old 12-15-2016, 03:56 PM   #16
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Advice appreciated by newbe on first winterizing

So far I have emptied both holding tanks and since AF is relatively cheap added AF to both. I am going to NAPA to check on how useful a air pressure device might be. A mate over coffee this am has winterized his SOBs or ten or so years blowing air from one or so of those tire inflators -- he has offered to help. As I am on an island there is a ferry fee of over $300 to get to an RV service on the mainland. I believe I will let the hot tank cool and since it is low, when switched off, open a drain. I think I will go ahead and add some gallons of AF to the freshwater holding tank and pump it through the system. I note a fellow Washingtonian says it never gets so cold that keeping one or more space heaters is all that is necessary -- but I still worry. All the cautions and links are appreciated. More when I have more to report. Thanks all.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:28 PM   #17
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I agree with Woosch - and in fact that is exactly what I did I had a mobile service come out and basically paid the guy to show me how to winterize my trailer and he walked me through it step by step
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:23 PM   #18
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Newbe on first winterizing needs to know ...

No need to put antifreeze in tanks as some of it will end up there anyway when you run pink through the kitchen sink, shower, bathroom sink, and toilet.
This will also get antifreeze into the p-traps.
Watch a bunch of YouTube videos and get after it!


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Caution, winterizing by adding antifreeze to the fresh water tank is easy but you will have a lot of rinsing and draining of the tank in the spring to eliminate the taste. Plus, since it is unlikely that you were able to drain the fresh water tank completely dry, you will be diluting the antifreeze.

Using glygol based RV antifreeze will result in less aftertaste than alcohol based. Look at the label and see which ingredient predominates. Glycol based is more expensive.

Agree with a previous poster to use a liquid transfer hand pump connected to the city water intake. I use a purpose made one by Camco (only way to add antifreeze to the black tank flush piping) and it does pump a large amount for each stroke.


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I think the winterizing T permanently installed on the inlet side of the pump is the way to go.
I have always simply used air to push the water out of the black tank flush system.
Maybe I should check into the Camco hand pump you mention so I can get antifreeze in there, too- or keep doing what I've been doing. If it ain't broke don't fix it...
On the other hand the Camco hand pump winterizing kit is only about $13.
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