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Old 05-17-2022, 02:41 PM   #1
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Summertime in Louisiana

Greetings out there!

I have recently landed and parked my 1965 Caravel in Pearl River Louisiana.
I had winterized it, thinking I'd be somewhere that might drop below freezing when I left Arkansas.
Turns out different and I am in Southern Louisiana for several more months, or more.

My question was brought about by a local who brought up the subject.

My Airstream person said not to worry about draining the antifreeze.

The concern raised was about having any fluid in the lines or tanks because of the environment here. Which might invite bacteria, etc.

Any advice welcome.

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Old 05-17-2022, 07:39 PM   #2
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Iím guessing that your trailer is not in use.

When you start to use it, sterilize the tank and lines. About a quarter cup of chlorine in the tank. Fill the tank. Take it in a drive. Let it sit overnight. Run it through the lines a bit. Drain the rest.

You donít have to use antifreeze. Blowing the lines is sufficient if done properly.
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:30 AM   #3
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You’ll get more helpful answers if you clarify your situation.
Will the Caravel be in use?
We assume you are talking about the fresh water system. If not in use, it won’t hurt to leave the antifreeze in; nothing will grow in that.
When you do go to use the trailer, a lot depends on the quality of the water and the turnover. Use good water and keep it moving. Drain by gravity between stays. In Florida, we keep it full as a backup water supply during hurricane season and have never had issues.
Bleach is OK for sanitizing, but can degrade plastic over time and leaves an unpleasant taste.
For the gray and black tanks (a combo tank is essentially a black tank), drain them and flush well after use. Keeping them “sweet” during use is key. Settle on an effective additive. My wife has used several, including the tablets from Walmart and a liquid version from Amazon.
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:14 AM   #4
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Thank you so much for the useful feedback.
No. For now the Airstream is parked. Electricity is plugged as I go in it and stay some times.
Otherwise the antifreeze is still in it. My Airstream guy suggested I pour the product(that biodegrades after use of toilet etc) down the toilet and with a gallon of water .
I will have to move it to empty as this is a property without dump station.

Thank you kindly
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:16 AM   #5
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Thank you!

I should have just blew them out but I am fairly new and had someone doing it for/with me
My pipes had to be replaced as they burst down in gulf if Texas with that big freeze awhile back.
I just take more precaution since then.
Appreciate the feedback.
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