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Old 11-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #15
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Can we use any kind of antifreeze or is special RV antifreeze needed?
If you choose to introduce the RV antifreeze into the pump/hot/cold water lines as some of us do, it takes some flushing with fresh water come Spring as it will make the water particularly foamy as it comes out of the tap. Even after sanitizing and flushing to remove the chlorine odor, some foam may be visible. It is not harmful but many notice a taste and prefer to bring a jug or two of drinking water from home until the foam clears. Just be prepared that you may see this foam particularly if your faucet has a aerator on it. But as others have already replied, absolutely use the non-toxic antifreeze labeled for RV use and not the stuff sold for engine protection. That stuff can be fatal if ingested!
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:44 PM   #16
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I bought RV Antifreeze yesterday to add the the grey and black water tanks.

Question: are the tanks and pipes at risk of freezing as soon as the weather drops below 32 F?
We'll be boondocking occasionaly in the upcoming weeks in an area where it might drop to 28 F at night, so we'd like to continue using our watertank (without antifreeze) as long as we can.

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I bought RV Antifreeze yesterday to add the the grey and black water tanks.

Question: are the tanks and pipes at risk of freezing as soon as the weather drops below 32 F?
We'll be boondocking occasionaly in the upcoming weeks in an area where it might drop to 28 F at night, so we'd like to continue using our watertank (without antifreeze) as long as we can.

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No, to freeze and do damage, the temps have to drop below freezing for several hours without any heat in the trailer.
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No, to freeze and do damage, the temps have to drop below freezing for several hours without any heat in the trailer.
Thanks. We'll definitely use the propane heater at night to keep the temperature around 60 while sleeping.
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The other year we were traveling through Virginia enroute to Florida and stopped for the night outside of Lynchburg. It got down to around 27 deg and in the morning our faucets had seized up. We had Walmarted it and with no electric I hesitated to use the heat and risk killing the batteries. It was not severe enough or long enough to cause a hard freeze enough to damage any plumbing and the faucets thawed out as soon as things warmed up a bit with no damage. I just was careful to not force them and risk damaging the "O" rings. It will take a while to cause any hard freeze and at your latitudes a small electric heater should be adequate
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We just got back from our trip to southern New Mexico. We opted to stay south to avoid having to winterize, especially since we camped at several state parks like City of Rocks without hookups and we needed our toilet/shower/water to work.

One night, around Carrizozo NM at the Valley of Fire SP, the temperature was supposed to drop to 32 F so we didn't worry too much. When we woke up however, the city water hoze looked like a frozen popsicle!
The temperature heated up quickly so the water hoze defrosted: we had placed it in the shower compartment while driving.
No damage to other parts.

Around Christmas, we're thinking of heading to southern Arizona, again to avoid the freezing temps.
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