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Old 09-08-2019, 08:07 AM   #1
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This will be our first winter owning an Airstream. Comments welcomed on taking the AS to the Airstream dealer (225 mi away), RV service center, or self winterization. If self winterization, sources of information, procedures, issues to keep in mind. In other words, any help would be deeply appreciated.

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Old 09-08-2019, 08:36 AM   #2
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This is real easy, don't drive 225 mi to have someone do it. The book that came with your AS tells you how, there are plenty of threads here if you search, and many other internet sources for this. The easiest way is with compressed air so you will need a source of that and not a little soccer ball inflator.


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Old 09-09-2019, 07:54 AM   #3
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Any recommendations on an air compressor? Thanx.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:08 AM   #4
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Suggest checking the Winterization forum, and the Sticky topic at the top:

Lots of homework to do, but most of the problem areas and answers are there.

Good luck,


PS -- "compressors" search results here on AF:
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:38 PM   #5
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Follow the manual. That's what I did the first winter, the first time ever, and voila! It worked just fine.

I use air, AND the pink stuff. Makes me feel comfy all winter long, no worries.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:49 PM   #6
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It's easy. No need for a compressor. Use the pink stuff.

Make your life easier over the long haul and install one of these:

Some (hopefully useful) Airstream videos here:
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:04 PM   #7
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I live in northern Wisconsin. It gets blistering cold here. I did my own winterization with no problem. If you don’t get real cold just blowing things out may be sufficient. In Wisconsin I use anti-freeze (pink stuff). The one thing is to take off your plumbing fixtures and put them in a warm area in the house. And don’t forget the outside shower unit.

If you do anything at dealer I had bypass installed so that I could pump antifreeze through the system using the water pump. See the above post. I had the dealer do it because it was in a really tough spot to get to and I’m not that familiar with working with PEX. Didn’t want it to leak. That makes it far easier than pumping it through the water inlet. Use much less antifreeze.

The biggest down side to antifreeze is you have to flush the system better in the Spring. But then again you should really sanitize the fresh water tank with bleach in the Spring anyway.

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