View Poll Results: How do you winterize?
blow out lines with air, pump AF throughout 64 39.26%
only blow out lines with air, pour some AF down toliet(s) and sink(s) 36 22.09%
only blow out lines with air, don't use AF at all 5 3.07%
only use AF, don't blow out lines 54 33.13%
other 4 2.45%
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:47 PM   #1
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Just curious who does what.
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:54 PM   #2
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:59 PM   #3
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We camp all winter long here in Central Oregon. I drain and then use antifreeze after every trip once we start seeing temps drop into the teens at night and not above freezing during the day.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:05 PM   #4
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I've been using compressed air to blow out the lines and just add the pink stuff to the traps. Been doing that for the last few years with no problems.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:11 PM   #5
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I use AF only.
#1 reason is that I can winterize at the storage yard (don't have to bring camper home) only having to bring my battery. Bring the battery and LP tanks home, and I'm done. But of course, de-winterizing with AF is a process, versus nothing really to do if you only blow out with air.

To a lesser degree, I like knowing that I have removed every bit of water from the lines. It's possible for air to shoot across the top of water at a low point in the hose, leaving. There are techniques for minimizing this risk (hitting with air multiple times, etc), and I know that a small amount may not be enough to rupture a hose.

The time to run AF or to blow with air is about the same.

IMO, if you are going to run AF, blowing out with air first is a complete waste of time and energy.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:15 PM   #6
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Both!

I have to do both....it got down to -20 below here in Colorado last winter and I've seen a little water inside my brass sprinkler system crack it so don't want cracked lines, water heater, or water pump in the camper.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:28 PM   #7
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I live in the mountains of Colorado, so below freezing temps are common. I blow out the system to remove slugs of water. I then pump AF into the system. The protection is the antifreeze and blowing the system quickly with air is to remove most of the water.

I only have a small twin tank job site compressor, so it can not provide enough air to clear the system of all water.

Why bother with air? To remove water from the city water connection & force water out to prevent it from diluting the antifreeze.


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Old 10-22-2015, 09:49 PM   #8
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voted. I blow (easy turbs) and use A/F in the drain trap, although i forgot one year with zero issues.

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I just blow out the lines and drain HW tank. No pee traps in ours so no AF down drains. No issues so far in 20 plus years but we have mild winters here and us the RV year round.
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