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Old 10-23-2012, 10:43 AM   #29
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I appreciate all the opinions expressed on this topic. I will be winterizing my rig this afternoon, and I think I will opt for the blowout AND antifreeze approach. The cost of a couple of gallons of antifreeze will buy me lots of good nights of sleep this winter.

Thanks to everyone for being so helpful...
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:44 PM   #30
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Doesn't anybody drain the antifreeze out back into the container for reuse after pumping it through the plumbing? That way I use less than 2 quarts every time.
I have thought about that but I worry about the antifreeze getting watered down too much to be effective.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:04 PM   #31
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Does anybody take a plunger and try to evacuate the traps before adding the pink stuff? Sal.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:07 PM   #32
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Does anybody take a plunger and try to evacuate the traps before adding the pink stuff? Sal.
I used to take a shop vac, reverse the hose and blow out the traps. Then I'd pour in some antifreeze. I quit doing this due to I expel enough antifreeze from each of the fixtures to displace the water in the traps. Usually I also have enough left to pour directly into the drains also. I use about 2 gallons total to winterize. You'd be surprised how little it takes once you blow out the lines first.

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:14 AM   #33
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I used to take a shop vac, reverse the hose and blow out the traps. Then I'd pour in some antifreeze. I quit doing this due to I expel enough antifreeze from each of the fixtures to displace the water in the traps. Usually I also have enough left to pour directly into the drains also. I use about 2 gallons total to winterize. You'd be surprised how little it takes once you blow out the lines first.

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That is my usual method. The shop vac idea sounds good. I was just wondering how much it took to displace water in the traps. Sal.
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That is my usual method. The shop vac idea sounds good. I was just wondering how much it took to displace water in the traps. Sal.
I'd wrap a rag around the shop vac hose to make a good seal in the drain. It took a couple of seconds in each drain. You can hear the water leaving the drain.

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Old 10-24-2012, 09:34 AM   #35
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I'd wrap a rag around the shop vac hose to make a good seal in the drain. It took a couple of seconds in each drain. You can hear the water leaving the drain.

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Thanks for the tip. Hoping to hold off til around Thanksgiving and maybe get a short camping trip in before then. Sal.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:02 AM   #36
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Not sure if this is the way to respond and/or aska question, but here goes. I up-rooted the closet floor of my 2007 Classic 27FB (new to us) and found the water pump. However, it is located such that the inlet is only about two inches from the wheel well cover - not enough room to install a flush kit attachment. How did you make your adapter? dana

Sorry I didn't see your question until now. Been traveling. I may have more space to work with, but I attached my suction hose to a PEX swivel elbow. I found some plastic hose that just slipped on the fitting by hand, and the fitting can also be attached to the pump by hand. That works fine because there's no pressure, only suction. It only protrudes from the pump fitting less than an inch and a half. Pictured below:
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OK - Until this year, I've only blown out the system to winterized, and have had no problems. You folks convinced me to pump antifreeze through the lines this time to be safe -- I.e. blowing out the lines works...until it doesn't. All drain valves shut and hot water tank bypassed. I left the water filter under the galley sink in place (will use only for winterizing from noe on of course). No problem getting pink to flow through all faucets, stool BUT... The filtered water tap in the galley continues to flow clear after 3 gallons of antifreeze! Could the filter be removing the color and the antifreeze is actually doing it's thing? Excuse the stupid question, but I can't be the first to experience this...or am I?
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Ty, sounds like you are pumping into the fresh water tank. You have the bypass on the wrong side of the pump. 1 or 1/2 gal. of antifreeze should be enough.

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Gene -- thanks but the fresh tank is disconnected. Am using the inlet side of the pump with the antifreeze.
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... I left the water filter under the galley sink in place (will use only for winterizing from noe on of course). No problem getting pink to flow through all faucets, stool BUT... The filtered water tap in the galley continues to flow clear after 3 gallons of antifreeze! Could the filter be removing the color and the antifreeze is actually doing it's thing? Excuse the stupid question, but I can't be the first to experience this...or am I?
I've seen an ad on tv where they add some red wine to water in a pitcher and what comes out is clear. The filter cartridge in mine is supposed to be good for 400 gallons of water or 8-12 month per the package. As part of my winterizing routine, I toss the cartridge and put the empty housing back on and remove the 2 AA batteries before running the pink stuff through the system. In the spring, after purging the pink stuff, I put in a new cartridge and batteries.
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