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Old 10-01-2012, 06:57 PM   #11
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For years I would fill my camper with antifreeze during the winter months. i would also spend a weekend flushing the system out before sanitizing to get rid of the little pockets of antifreeze that develop at every connector and such. Then i got to thinking. Eventually little drops of water will drain down to the lower point. So this year with the new camper My plan is to drain everything down via the low point drains and let it sit for a day to allow the drips remaining in the system to settle to the lower point.

Now every camper I have been inside of, the water tubing snakes around and is not perfectly sloped to make it to the low point drain. So the plan is to (after it settles) is the compressed air to get any remaining shot of water out, then to flush the system with antifreeze, but drain that out as well. That way any remaining puddles in the system will be protected and I get to use the antifreeze I just bought in the boat or the cottage. Less to flush out in the spring I figure. (3 gallons purchased instead of 6 of the -50 stuff. It's green not pink.)

My way is not perfect, but makes sense. Any feedback is welcome if you like the idea.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info Turbo!!

My wife insisted that we do not use the antifreeze because she belives that at some point in time it will harm us. I do belive she has a point so I happily oblige her and blow out the system at the end of the year.

This year is different in that we have a new Crusader 355BHQ and will be doing this for the first time on this rig.
Our dealer said the same thing that we should use antifreeze but maybe they think I am going to buy AF from them........
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #13
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Way back when (1970's), my uncle use to blow the system out and put antifreeze in the traps and he never had a problem. He lives in central PA.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #14
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Less to flush out in the spring I figure. (3 gallons purchased instead of 6 of the -50 stuff. It's green not pink.)

My way is not perfect, but makes sense. Any feedback is welcome if you like the idea.
Are you sure you have the correct antifreeze? I've never seen green antifreeze that's safe for potable water systems.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:06 PM   #15
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Way back when (1970's), my uncle use to blow the system out and put antifreeze in the traps and he never had a problem. He lives in central PA.
I've always done it like that. Last year for the 1st time I tried the full blown antifreeze method, but this year I went back to my old method. Much less antifreeze and it just seems to work better for me.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:43 PM   #16
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I would think its a good idea to have some "pink stuff" in the pump itself.. and those traps on the sinks and the shower ..after blowing out those lines with air
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:17 PM   #17
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About cold nights

To your point about keeping the tank heaters on. Just did a trip to South Dakota and Nebraska in late October. Had snow and 21 degrees in the morning in Wall SD and points thereafter. Keeping the tank heaters on and heat of course inside showed no problems. In Hot Springs SD had water hookup and the campground people just asked to let it drip all night and had no problems. Now back in Northern IL and winterized and ready park it for the winter (after we get front end repair done from the damage from that deer we hit in northeast Iowa last weekend).
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:45 PM   #18
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I did antifreeze for years and the last few have used the compressed air. If you already have a compressor it's the only way to go. Much easier, quicker and no mess plus when you get ready to camp again you just turn on the water, no flushing anti freeze from the lines.
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