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Old 09-21-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Best way for winterizing?

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This is my first post here after many days trying to read everything here. We purchased a new 2014 23LB a few weeks before Labor Day and was able to make our annual Labor Day W/E camping trip in our new beautiful trailer. Now that fall is just around the corner I am wondering if I should use the winter antifreeze method or the compressed air method to get my trailer ready for the cold. Any inputs from anybody?
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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I drained everything from the low point drains, removed the anode then replaced, blew out the lines and then put about 5 gallons of anti freeze in the fresh water tank. Pumped pure pink through all of the lines.
It's much cheaper than damage from leaks or split ? from freezing.
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:32 AM   #4
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Antifreeze into the fresh tank is not recommended. Most new units have a bypass system on the pump to draw directly from the pink jugs. Makes it much easier when you open up in the spring. Just be sure to drain the fresh tank and water heater and open low point drains. Then close the low points and bypass the water heater and open the bypass at the pump and draw the pink into the lines at each faucet. If you have a water filter you should remove the filter and replace the canister before pumping the pink.
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Drive south till the temp hits at least 60 and park. But if that isn't an option then follow the great advice above.
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Now that fall is just around the corner I am wondering if I should use the winter antifreeze method or the compressed air method to get my trailer ready for the cold. Any inputs from anybody?
Re: Air, AF (or both), I really think its a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other when it comes to this decision. Both work well. Some people even do a hybrid approach (compressed air and AF).

Here is a select grouping of winterizing threads that are helpful.

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That's what I was asking. Both types would work but it seems to me that blowing the lines with a little af in the traps would be easier to flush in the spring.

Thanks all for your input.
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"Antifreeze into the fresh tank is not recommended"
Sure it is. It says to do so on the directions on the jug. AF is GRAS (generally regarded as safe)
"Most new units have a bypass system on the pump to draw directly from the pink jugs."
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I disagree.
I do it the easiest way.
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"Antifreeze into the fresh tank is not recommended"
Sure it is. It says to do so on the directions on the jug. AF is GRAS (generally regarded as safe)
"Most new units have a bypass system on the pump to draw directly from the pink jugs."
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I disagree.
I do it the easiest way.
If you drain the fw tank, why waste the antifreeze? Same with the other tanks. When we winterized in Moline & Bolingbrook, IL, I just used compressed air, drained the water heater and poured antifreeze in all the traps and stored the water pump in the house. Now, we just go to FL when the temp here in NC gets down to 40 and stay until mid Mar.
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OK OC has the best plan except my family would eventually wonder where I had gotten to.
I blow the lines with air then add pink stuff. Before acting, make a plan starting furthest from the compressed air input. Too often a post on the forum starts "I thought I got I'll the taps, but...". Outside shower, sink, inside shower to the shower head, drain points, etc. Make a list, check it twice...
Last year I did add half a gallon to the FW tank to winterize that line but this year I want to try blowing it out completely.

Next challenge will be getting ready to keep the mice out but that is a different thread.
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