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Old 09-11-2016, 05:30 AM   #15
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Where did you get the valve that hooks to a bicycle pump and what is it called? Nice post.
You can find a blow out plug on line or at most RV supply stores.

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They also make one that can be connected to an air line quick connect.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:00 AM   #16
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Always a ton of good information on this Forum. I especially enjoy alternative methodology that is discussed ... like using vodka in a pinch. Thank goodness no one suggested single malt scotch LOL.



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Old 09-11-2016, 06:20 AM   #17
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Cutty Sark would be a good use in the drains though? Better than swallowing! [don't want to know the basis for this . . . ]

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Old 09-11-2016, 06:26 AM   #18
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What do you think of zip tying foam pipe insulation to the water and gas pipes under the trailer for protection in areas of the country where it freezes?
Very marginal increase in protection from freeze-ups, and usually not worth the effort IMO. There are other threads which discuss this, and I will post links next week when my computer is back from the shop.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:36 AM   #19
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What do you think of zip tying foam pipe insulation to the water and gas pipes under the trailer for protection in areas of the country where it freezes?
Our trailer has furnace ducts that help to heat the fresh water and holding tanks. You can drive with the furnace on to keep the water and holding tanks above freezing. I don't think that the heating would not be sufficient for a real deep freeze.
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Old 09-11-2016, 07:30 AM   #20
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Mystic Cove AS park charge $1.00 Per day to store. You do need to be a member of WBCCI
BTW you can use the 12V compressor; you just need to let it build pressure against closed taps and then blow them at one at a time staring at the farthest from the pressure tap..usually the city water inlet. I have done this successfully several times. A bit longer to do it than with a proper compressor with a storage tank of air. IMHO much better than using antifreeze and having to purge the taste in the water lines.
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Old 09-11-2016, 07:35 AM   #21
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Mystic Cove AS park charge $1.00 Per day to store. You do need to be a member of WBCCI
BTW you can use the 12V compressor; you just need to let it build pressure against closed taps and then blow them at one at a time staring at the farthest from the pressure tap..usually the city water inlet. I have done this successfully several times. A bit longer to do it than with a proper compressor with a storage tank of air. IMHO much better than using antifreeze and having to purge the taste in the water lines.
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Must be able to regulate the air pressure generated by the compressor, however, in my opinion, as earlier comments suggest. They often get >100 PSI, which can blow up a tire and burst plumbing lines, if not regulated with an inline regulator.
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A logical idea to leave the AS in warmer climes versus taking it back home to the frigid north. I fully understand - and somewhat appreciate - a wife's objection. That said, and although I live in warmer Houston, I think I would miss the winter weekend opportunities to go to the storage garage and tinker with the AS.
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Must be able to regulate the air pressure generated by the compressor, however, in my opinion, as earlier comments suggest. They often get >100 PSI, which can blow up a tire and burst plumbing lines, if not regulated with an inline regulator.
Most recent Airstream models include a built in pressure regulator in the city water line. However, if you are concerned about the pressure use a supplemental inline regulator to ensure low enough line pressure to avoid bursting a pipe. Camco makes a good, inexpensive regulator. I use one like this between the campground water spigot and the trailer to prevent over pressurizing the water hose.

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Open the low point drains and drive for a while that will get most of the water out. Then blow air through the system, I use my portable compressor so I can do it completely from the road. I will not use antifreeze anymore it's too tough to get out of the system it seems to find small reservoirs to hide in like the water heater and it is nasty.
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When we were returning home from Florida to Virginia in February a year or two ago, I wanted to winterize first. But just try to find RV antifreeze in Florida!

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Cheap generic vodka works! See Post #9.
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Save yourself the trouble. Store the rig in Fla, and you won't need to winterize.
Saves mileage also
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in once sentence you say to put pink antifreeze in the toilet and in another one you say not to as it warps seals? Which is it?
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