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Old 10-21-2015, 01:42 PM   #29
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I'd like to buy a socket for the plastic screw cap/plug for the drain on the hot water tank. Grabbing it with a slip joint pliers vertically is not fun. My current socket wrench set does not go that large. Does anyone know what size socket to buy? Is it seven-eighths inch (⅞")?
It is 7/8" on mine, a nylon plug. It looks like both POs used pliers as there are lots of nicks and cuts on it. I have a standard 7/8" socket on a U-joint 3/8" drive. It gets around the gas lines just fine, don't use a deep well socket.

When replacing I use Teflon tape on the thread for a good seal and ease of removal.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:48 PM   #30
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Rather than start a new topic, I thought I would jump on this one with an additional query.

This is addressed to those who use the pink antifreeze in the freshwater side. I am a belt and suspenders person, so I blow out and use pink antifreeze in the freshwater pipes.

Is there any advantage in leaving the antifreeze it in the freshwater pipes over the winter? Why not remove it as the final step in winterizing? Other than it being a rite of spring.

I have a lot more tools and such (air compressor) at my disposal when I am winterizing at home (Chicago) than where I have to de-winterize in early January away from my home at a campground much farther south.

So I'm thinking (very simplistically):
1. Systematically blow out fresh water with air compressor that is up to the task
2. Circulate antifreeze using the pump winterization
3. Blow out antifreeze and use it in the waste holding tanks and drain traps

Note, I talking fresh water pipes only, I have the fresh water tank covered through another means without introducing antifreeze into it.

In this way, I believe that it will take less city water to flush the water lines when I de-winterize allowing me to do it at a campsite where I have limited hookups.


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Old 11-09-2015, 08:54 PM   #31
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Rather than start a new topic, I thought I would jump on this one with an additional query.

This is addressed to those who use the pink antifreeze in the freshwater side. I am a belt and suspenders person, so I blow out and use pink antifreeze in the freshwater pipes.

Is there any advantage in leaving the antifreeze it in the freshwater pipes over the winter? Why not remove it as the final step in winterizing? Other than it being a rite of spring.

I have a lot more tools and such (air compressor) at my disposal when I am winterizing at home (Chicago) than where I have to de-winterize in early January away from my home at a campground much farther south.

So I'm thinking (very simplistically):
1. Systematically blow out fresh water with air compressor that is up to the task
2. Circulate antifreeze using the pump winterization
3. Blow out antifreeze and use it in the waste holding tanks and drain traps

Note, I talking fresh water pipes only, I have the fresh water tank covered through another means without introducing antifreeze into it.

In this way, I believe that it will take less city water to flush the water lines when I de-winterize allowing me to do it at a campsite where I have limited hookups.


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The antifreeze is only used to push out the water, there is no reason to leave it in the pipes. In extreme cold the antifreeze can also freeze, try some in your household freezer. I have seen poor quality freeze as hard as water.
If you blow out the lines you really don't need the antifreeze unless you think you didn't do a total job.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:44 AM   #32
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snip>>>>>>Is there any advantage in leaving the antifreeze it in the freshwater pipes over the winter? Why not remove it as the final step in winterizing? Other than it being a rite of spring. <<<<<<<snip >>>>>>


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I have had the pink stuff evaporate and leave a residue in the floor of the shower and inside the toilet bowl. It was difficult to remove. I don't know if this would be an issue inside the water lines, it's just a thought.
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:54 AM   #33
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One last thing I'm careful to do is to use a name brand RV antifreeze. Prestone is most commonly found around here and costs about $1 a gallon more than no name brands. The reasoning for this was that prior to using Prestone I used to buy the cheap no name brands. One spring when dewinterizing I hooked up the city water only to find water spraying from the innards of the toilet flushing mechanism. After dismantling the flushing lever and assorted hardware, I found that there was a small flexible rubber bladder that is squeezed when the water valve mechanism is activated. I not sure exactly its purpose, but the rubber was soft and mushy like it had either melted or decomposed. Apparently there was a problem with the antifreeze mixture that damaged that rubber. Of course I had no receipt or bottle so I had no recourse. From that point on I always stuck with a brand that I know, even if I have to pay a little more.

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No cheep AF.....use the good stuff.
I suspect that it was the WallyWorld cheep stuff that ruined the flapper seal in the toytoy several years ago.

To be on the safe side I no longer leave any AF in the bowl thru the winter. Two tablespoons of Crisco Pure Veggie oil keeps the seal subtle and sealing well.

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High Greg. Why circulate AF at all if you have a compressor to blow things out ? Here in the Northeast we have enough cold to do a full winterization package. I blow the system out and open all the drains put AF in the traps and that's it. Works well for me now for 9 years of Airstreaming. Pumping AF through the system, of course, works well and if it gives you peace of mind go ahead. I just find it to be unnecessary.

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Old 11-10-2015, 09:53 AM   #35
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I've only had my Airstream 3 winters. I just blow our the water with my air compressor and put some antifreeze in the traps and waste holding tanks. So far so good. I can't imagine seals drying out just over a few months over the winter.

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