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Old 10-27-2008, 07:33 PM   #29
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Per the directions in the Safari manual, disconnect the lines to the pump and run it a few seconds to get the 1/2 cup of water out.

WOW, someone else who reads the book! It doesn't have all the answers but sure give the basics.
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:20 PM   #30
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For nine years, now, I drain the lines, drain and bypass the water tank, blow out the lines with compressed air and put a small amount of rv antifreeze down each drain. That's all AS Customer Service said they do in Ohio and my trailers have survived 9 Wyoming winters with no problems.
Ditto in Buffalo

My DW has a real aversion to anything toxic.

I have never introduced anti-freeze to anything other than the traps.
I have an air chuck that will fasten directly to the blo-out fitting, allowing me too alternately open and close all taps while raising and lowering the trailer, and cycling the water pump. (approx 10min@50psi) I have disconnected the pump after this procedure and less than a tablespoon of water came out, don't know if it has ever frozen in the pump, but Iv'e never had a failure. Leave all faucets and drains open, shower head open and on the tub floor.
Keep the critters out of the tanks with pieces of Scotch-Brite rubber-banded over the drains.

Been Stream'n 22yrs. here in Bflo. with never so much as a squirt.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:40 AM   #31
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Ditto in Buffalo

My DW has a real aversion to anything toxic.

Been Stream'n 22yrs. here in Bflo. with never so much as a squirt.
RV antifreeze is non-toxic. You can drink the stuff. You probably won't like it, but it won't hurt you.

Here's the link to the PEAK RV/Marine antifreeze MSDS.

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Old 10-29-2008, 07:43 AM   #32
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RV antifreeze is non-toxic. You can drink the stuff. You probably won't like it, but it won't hurt you.

Here's the link to the PEAK RV/Marine antifreeze MSDS.

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Yes but it's PINK and it tastes terrible, I have given up trying.

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Old 10-29-2008, 12:52 PM   #33
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That sounds great. But what special attention do you give the water pump?
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:08 PM   #34
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When we took delivery it had a 1/2 tank of freshwater. It sat on the Dealer lot 4mos. Had to flush out system and prime the pump. No fun. Disconnected lines and pumped bleach solution thru. After blowing out (45psi) the lines only about an ounce came out. From then on I just, tilt and drain with everything open. Drain water heater, Open pressure relief valve,blow out tank, leave open with a green scrubby wrapped around drain. Pour the pink stuff in all the traps, and leave all taps open. Thats about it.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:27 PM   #35
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Bit the bullet today, took a half day off from work and winterized. Got it done and was pouring antifreeze into the drains and then the lightning bolt hit me....forgot to winterize the kitchen sink sprayer and the toilet spray. Reconnected the antifreeze hose to the pump and pumped out the water that was present in these two hoses.....glad I didn't forget. I've been winterizing for almost 30 years but the Classic is my first trailer with sink and toilet sprays. This is my 4th winterizing of this trailer. Still hard to remember these two important pieces....don't you forget.

Also if you have an outside outlet, don't forget to winterize that!

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Old 11-19-2008, 05:39 PM   #36
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when winterizing. my 1989 31 has the water pump then the regulator. I cannot get water back thru the city water hook up???. My 71 I just turn on the pump the open the outside valve and it feeds back. Not so on my 89. Is this normal? how do you guys do it.
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The original question was about a 1974, so the answers may be different. For our water heater (read the owner's manual) there's always up to 2 gallons of water in it and that's ok. They recommend flushing it out because it won't corrode as soon. You'll never get it all out unless you turn the trailer upside down. On the bypass on ours, there a 4th valve which drains some water out of the water lines and down to the ground. This is in addition to the plug on the water heater. If you have the kitchen sink water filter, remove it so you don't get any antifreeze in it. Don't leave it in the trailer as there will be water in it and it's not easy to get it all out.

Some Airstreams have the water pump in an inaccessible place, so I had ours moved and turned around so I could get to the filter to clean it. There are bypass kits for the water heater and that makes it easy to pump antifreeze through the pump and into the lines. It takes a lot of antifreeze to fill the lines.

I blew out the lines first after opening all the drains—fresh water tank, the two for the water lines and the water heater. Then when nothing comes out of one, close it and check the next. Make sure if you have an outside shower to disconnect it and blow out the pipe there. Disconnect the shower head and let the flexible pipe down to the drain and make sure it empties. Put some antifreeze in all the tanks and in the toilet to keep the seals lubricated.

I don't know how antifreeze tastes because last spring we flushed out everything. We used a mild solution of Clorox and run it through the system, both through the fresh water tank and the city water connection. Flush twice with it, then flush some more with clear water, then flush again. Leave the grey water drain open and let it run out on the ground—it's clean and nontoxic. With or without antifreeze in the lines, I want to thoroughly clean out the system because any bacteria that may be there will multiply over time and could be really nasty by Spring.

I forget to check the sprayer hose (thanks Jack) on the sink—better do that tomorrow. I don't think I did it last year and got away with it.

It takes longer in the Spring to flush out the system than it takes to winterize it.

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What advice would you give to an Airstream stored in Reno, and is there anyone who could help winterize a '68 Overlander? I was hoping to be back in the US but work dictates I remain in the UK.

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