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Old 03-18-2019, 12:36 PM   #1
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Dewinterizing when you can't do it at home

Hello! I'm a new RVer and am hoping for some suggestions as to where to dewinterize if it can't be done in one's driveway/at home. I'm in NW VA.
It seems like a kind of daunting process...
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:58 PM   #2
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Maybe explain what your concerns are? Are you worried about flushing the water system? Any place where you can attach a garden hose and fill the hot water tank should do it.

To de-winterize, you just need to flush the anti-freeze out of the system with fresh water. It can just go into your holding tank until you're someplace where you can dump it.
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Maybe explain what your concerns are? Are you worried about flushing the water system? Any place where you can attach a garden hose and fill the hot water tank should do it.

To de-winterize, you just need to flush the anti-freeze out of the system with fresh water. It can just go into your holding tank until you're someplace where you can dump it.

Exactly, if you just let it all drain to the tanks there won't be anything hitting the ground if that's what you are worried about.
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RV anti-freeze is Non-toxic
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Hello! I'm a new RVer and am hoping for some suggestions as to where to dewinterize if it can't be done in one's driveway/at home. I'm in NW VA.
It seems like a kind of daunting process...
We all did it for the first time once. There’s nothing to it, but here’s a step by step.

https://www.coach-net.com/emails/con...eck%20List.pdf
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RV anti-freeze is Non-toxic
Bit it will kill the grass in your lawn--I learned this the hard way🙄.
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RV anti-freeze is Non-toxic
Is it toxic to Fido or Felix?
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Hello! I'm a new RVer and am hoping for some suggestions as to where to dewinterize if it can't be done in one's driveway/at home. I'm in NW VA.
It seems like a kind of daunting process...
I usually check in to a nearby campground with full hookups for 1 night. Don't really need to do that just to flush the antifreeze. (As others have pointed out, you can flush the anti-freeze into your holding tanks.) However I also sanitize the water system at the same time. That involves filling (and emptying) your freshwater tank twice (first time with bleach added). You really need the sewer hookup for that part. This is also a good opportunity to do a pre-season "shakedown" and make sure everything is working.
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I usually check in to a nearby campground with full hookups for 1 night. Don't really need to do that just to flush the antifreeze. (As others have pointed out, you can flush the anti-freeze into your holding tanks.) However I also sanitize the water system at the same time. That involves filling (and emptying) your freshwater tank twice (first time with bleach added). You really need the sewer hookup for that part. This is also a good opportunity to do a pre-season "shakedown" and make sure everything is working.
Same here. We’re booked at a full services campground less than an hour away with 50amp service. I flush and empty all the tanks and system several times, turn on and run as many appliances and features as I can to “wake everybody” up from their winter nap. I’d rather know everything tests ok on a shake down camping weekend rather than the first one of the season that matters.

Then....... bring on camping season!!!
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Use an empty jug and open the Low point drains and a faucet and drain the antifreeze into the jug and take it to a local antifreeze recycling station. Odds are it is less than 3 gals.
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