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Old 03-22-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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Talking Gettin' ready for that first trip out!

I started de-winterizing last night. I flushed out the antifreeze and added bleach to the fresh water tank then ran each faucet, hot and cold to get the bleach water in all the lines. I also cleaned all my water hoses and fittings in bleach water. I usually let evertything set a couple of hours then I flush the system out with fresh water, but it got dark so I let it set overnight.

I finished flushing the water system this morning. Shut off my bypass valve and opened the in/out valves to the water heater, flushed it out and filled it up. Opened the propane tanks and checked the gas side to the water heater. It fired up right off.
I haven't had the gas on in at least 2 months. I even removed the tanks and took them to get topped off during that time. It did sputter a little at first, but otherwise it worked great.
I take it as a sign that Prime Time does a good job pressure testing the systems before it leaves the factory and again at a seperate facility before shipping. The dealer is also responsible for checking everything before they put it on the lot to sell. I remember checking out the trailer when my dealer first got it and there was air pressure in the water lines.
Just gives me a little more confidence in the trailer and Prime Time's manufacturing procedures.

I did get the trailer washed as well. I need to do a little cleaning on the inside, load up some groceries and clothes. I'll turn the frig on and in the morning I'll load it up, check the hitch and all my tire pressures, get hitched up and go.

I'm tryin' to be as quiet and sneaky about it as I can. Don't want the crappie to know I'm comin'!
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:43 PM   #2
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Have a good trip! Makes me sad to see the empty spot in the yard where mine's supposed to be...LOL! Hopefully I'll have it back by end of week and be able to plan trip #2 for 2011
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:01 PM   #3
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Thanks Jason

Usually about this time of year would be my second time out. I like to do a short weekend to check everything. Just had some things come up to keep me from it.

I hope the fishing turns out good, but I'm really looking forward to just getting away for a few days and relaxing. I'm sure I'll be doing some extensive testing of the lawn chair around the campfire!

The first 2 days I'll be by myself and then friday evening my wife and probably our 2 oldest grand daughters (8 & 9 yrs old) will be joining me for the rest of the weekend.

Good luck and happy cqmping!
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #4
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Question...if you add the antifreeze which has a form of alcohol in it, then what pathogen will grow in it? If and if I remember my chemistry and biology correctly from the good ole college days, if there no pathogens in the lines, then why is there a need to flush with bleach?

I understand the need to add a sanitzer when storing water in the system, but what is the purpose or benefit after the system has been winterized? Am I missing something here? Just wondering ...
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:15 PM   #5
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I don't know if RV anti freeze has alcohol or not. I know that RV antifreeze does freeze a little. It turns to slush and it's non toxic which makes me think it doesn't have alcohol, . To answer your question....I have no idea. I run bleach through mine too....even though we never drink the water (we bring our own in a water jug) we do use it for cooking, cleaning, etc.... Guess just for piece of mind.
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Question...if you add the antifreeze which has a form of alcohol in it, then what pathogen will grow in it? If and if I remember my chemistry and biology correctly from the good ole college days, if there no pathogens in the lines, then why is there a need to flush with bleach?

I understand the need to add a sanitzer when storing water in the system, but what is the purpose or benefit after the system has been winterized? Am I missing something here? Just wondering ...
I'm sure your right right. That's just a habit I've picked up over the years.
However, I didn't have any antifreeze in my fresh water tank. I used the hose and valve at the pump to winterize the lines, so I guess I'm just tryin' to be safe rather than sorry.

The only chemistry and biology lessons I remember had to do with this cute little blonde haired girl that sat across form me.....
Maybe I ought to save that story for the campfire!
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I remember lighting magnesium on fire...that was cool!!!
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:28 PM   #8
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sanitizing with a bleach solution, is whats recommended in my owners manuel.by forest river, probably just to be on the safe side of things..
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The only chemistry and biology lessons I remember had to do with this cute little blonde haired girl that sat across form me.....
Maybe I ought to save that story for the campfire! [/QUOTE]

Did you marry her?
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:47 PM   #10
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Dewinterizing

My first travel trailer was a Prowler purchased sometime in the 80's. Since then I have had 4 other RV's including the Crusader I just purchased. Every one I winterized with the Pink Antifreeze. In the spring I just fill the fresh water tank, start the pump, fill the hot water tank, and run each faucet until the dark pink goes away. It takes one or two trips to totally get rid of the faint color and smell, and the different feel of the hot shower water. No bleach, but I do not drink or cook with the water that comes out of the faucets. Maybe just good luck but never had a problem.
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