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Old 11-07-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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Antifreeze, pink or green or blue

All the winterizing threads always talk about RV antifreeze. The pink stuff.

I just don't know why regular antifreeze cannot be used. To why not windshield washer fluid.

Gotta be a reason. Can someone enlighten me please?
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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All the winterizing threads always talk about RV antifreeze. The pink stuff.

I just don't know why regular antifreeze cannot be used. To why not windshield washer fluid.

Gotta be a reason. Can someone enlighten me please?
1st off....don't even think about it.

Both automotive antifreeze windshield washer fluid contain chemicals that can kill ya. Even if you don't end up dead, you could end up with liver and/or kidney damage, even from the residual effects left over after a thorough flush of the water lines.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #4
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The pink stuff is non-toxic. The green stuff will kill you; matter of fact we lost a calico that way when I was a kid thanks to some neighbors carelessness.
The blue stuff has (per Wikipedia) "methylated spirits": denatured alcohol. Probably cause blindness, then death if accidentally ingested.
The pink stuff is designed to go in RV systems. It may take a while to flush and taste yuck if it gets in the WH, but it won't cause major physical damage at least.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:11 AM   #5
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I have read where people use windshield washer fluid in their drains only, but really for a couple more bucks why take the chance?
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #6
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I have read where people use windshield washer fluid in their drains only, but really for a couple more bucks why take the chance?
I totally agree. I mean really, you spend thousands of dollars on an RV and you want to save a couple of bucks by using windshield washer fluid.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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Not only what has been already said but what about environmental waste when you dump your tanks?

A lot of cg's are on septic systems and well 1 or 2 gallons of automotive antifreeze put back into the ground ......
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:02 PM   #8
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I just a Menards add in the paper for RV antifreeze for $1.79 after rebate. I will get some now, mail in the rebate and be ready for next year. That is pretty cheap protection.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #9
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I'm thinkin' the death part is good enough reason.
I hadn't planned on using the other stuff -- just wanted to know why.

Thanks for the responses.
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Whatever tastes best is the simply answer, but all the above posters explained it in more depth.
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