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Old 10-11-2011, 05:14 AM   #11
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How much did you pay for your trailer? Now you want to go cheap and save 12 to 16 bucks a year by not putting RV antifreeze in your water lines. Proper winterizing is cheap insurance against a potentially expensive repair.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:59 AM   #12
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Does everyone really believe that there is no low spot in the lines where water will collect/freeze and break open the lines. I`m not taking any chances. I use RV antifreeze and the cost is about $12 to do my trailer, worth every penny!
I'm totally in your camp on this one. My RV dealer said that just a few drops of water in a pump will ruin it. I don't trust air flushing to be that thorough. With fluid, I know that this is not going to happen. And ALL of my traps are automatically taken care of. You just have to remember to take the water filter out before starting the process.
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:47 AM   #13
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:30 AM   #14
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This will take guts to say but I learned something new tonight while reading the replies:

1) I didn't know there were special AF for auto's windshelds
2) I didn't know about using AF in the home either

Both make sense after thinking about it so there's some hope left anyway...
I wouldn't expect somebody who lives in southern California to know. That's one of the perks of living where you do; never having to worry about stuff freezing.

It is important to note that where you live in North America plays a huge part. If you live somewhere that may dip below freezing one or two nights per year; you may be OK with just blowing out your lines. If you live somewhere that it will get below freezing and stay below freezing for days (or weeks/months) on end; then you should use antifreeze.

Comparing an RV to a house isn't fair, because with a house that needs to be winterized there is enough difference in height to allow the water to run downhill to escape. I have yet to see a trailer with a basement.

That being said, my brother in law used to use plumbing anti-freeze in his cabin to winterize it. Once again; just to be safe.

If you really want to save a few bucks, winterize now and then stock up when it goes on sale. I grabbed 4 gallons for $10 during an off-peak sale. Even though I think I used way more than I needed to this fall; that stock will last me two more years.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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Menards has it for a $1.59 a gal. after a $1.50 rebate. I missed the rebate last year. definitely getting it this year. I may buy enough for next year too!
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:40 PM   #16
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This will take guts to say but I learned something new tonight while reading the replies:

1) I didn't know there were special AF for auto's windshelds
2) I didn't know about using AF in the home either

Both make sense after thinking about it so there's some hope left anyway...
Ahh, you live in a warm place, huh?

Here in the northeast it gets well below freezing for a couple of months, often 0F for a week at a time and then it warms to say, 40F. This freezing and thawing causes roads to fall apart among other things.

I've known many a person to have their furnace fail, house gets cold, water in the pipes freeze and expand breaking the pipe then you get a sunny day, things warm up and the water melts and then flows uncontrollably...
This happens on when your on vacation sometimes and you come home to a nightmare, or to houses up for sale, or to pipes run on outside walls when you get a really cold snap (normal cold here is maybe 10F, but we've had it go to -22F now and again).

I've seen on home remodeling shows in southern climes water heaters in garages, pipes run on outsides of houses or in crawlspaces under them -things that are unthinkable here.
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