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Old 02-27-2013, 04:14 PM   #51
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Of all the things I can think of not to drink, this is not one of the worst (scotch comes to mind), but if you use an anti freeze, a cheap vodka will work pretty good, rather inexpensive, will not freeze, and when you visit the RV in the spring (or before, if you get lonely) you can always bring some OJ and have a quick party! No worries about PINK blood in the veins of your RV. Bear in mind there MAY be some things the alcohol might not be good for, seals, washers, pump parts - it has worked for me in my boat.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:07 AM   #52
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We live in the Great White North and lived up near Alask for a number of years. Temps drop to -50 deg C for periods of time. Both procedures have been used by myself and friends of mine. Non of us have had issues with freeze problems.
My preference is to use Pink so that seals and such don't dry out. As stated by others in preceding posts make sure you keep it out of the Hot Water Tank and flush well in the spring. Added bonus to using Pink is due to it's alcohol content it also keeps the lines disinfected.
Personally I don't like leaving water lines empty as they become a great environment for bacteria growth.

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Old 03-03-2013, 07:50 AM   #53
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Good morning. We live in Newnan Ga. All I do is drain lines and F W tank . On nights in mid 20's or colder I put one of thos $40 oil filled heaters in camper and open cabinets that have plumbing pipes in them. My camper has under pinning .
I also stuff an old t shirt in outside shower box to help insulate that fixture. Hopevthis helps.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:46 AM   #54
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I've used vodka before here it Denver and it works fine down to around -20 ish F.

The freezing point of 80 proof vodka is -26.95 C or -16.51 F,

AND I just pump it into a gallon jug in the spring and pour it over Tomato juice. Make a nice way to start the year.

If it's really cold where you are I would pump the red stuff through the unit and then blow out the pipe as an extra precaution, anything left in the pipes will be pink. IMO
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #55
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It's clear that the preferred methods are still split. I avoid the pink stuff because of the taste. Our first TT (February-2010) came from the factory winterized. I flushed it, used baking soda and bleach. Over the next two years my morning coffee, and I drink it black, always had the pink AF taste. That's a lousy, lousy way to start your day and I will never put that stuff in my camper lines again.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:31 AM   #56
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It's clear that the preferred methods are still split. I avoid the pink stuff because of the taste. Our first TT (February-2010) came from the factory winterized. I flushed it, used baking soda and bleach. Over the next two years my morning coffee, and I drink it black, always had the pink AF taste. That's a lousy, lousy way to start your day and I will never put that stuff in my camper lines again.
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Ive never had any problem with flushing it out, But I dont drink the Water from the tank or make coffee with it, I use bottled water
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:28 AM   #57
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It's clear that the preferred methods are still split. I avoid the pink stuff because of the taste. Our first TT (February-2010) came from the factory winterized. I flushed it, used baking soda and bleach. Over the next two years my morning coffee, and I drink it black, always had the pink AF taste. That's a lousy, lousy way to start your day and I will never put that stuff in my camper lines again.
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We flush with bleach every year and if done properly there should be no residual a/f taste.
We use our fw for coffee and various other cooking uses with no taste issues.


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I understand using bottled water but I have a real problem spending $$$ on water in a bottle that comes out of a tap. Most if not all of it is no better or sometimes worse than what you do get out of a tap. I guess it's an attitude thing. Also look at what the bottled water companies are doing. Some take it for almost nothing then turn around and sell it to us so they can make $$$$. It's a gimmick and I don't like to be part of it. If I didn't want something ELSE to trip over or store I'd bring water from home.
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Well I've been camping with various types of campers from pop up to 2 TTs to a toy hauler to a regular 5er. I've always used bleach to sanitize the fresh water tanks. I have used the pink stuff to pump into the water lines and pump. I have blown them out with air pressure. Last fall I blew them out and them pumped pink stuff into the water lines. We also use bottled water to make the coffee, tea or whatever. Last summer I came down with BEAVER FEVER. It's a fast weight loss parasite that you can get in water from streams etc. The campground we were in has a sign on their door, "Boil The Water" before drinking etc. I didn't drink it, I used it to rinse my mouth after brushing. Have done that many times in that campground, but I got caught this last time. I lost 20 pounds in 12 days. My whole body developed the shakes. It took a little bit over a month to start recovering. My DW medicated me 3 times daily-Rum & Coke. I think she thought I had scurvy. I didn't see a doctor as we were dry camping in the Rockies and too far from a clinic of any kind when it finally got to me. So it's bottled water for us to drink, gargle, sniff and whatever else you can do with it. I will shower using the fresh water tank and try to remember to keep my mouth shut. Could be a good thing.
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I understand using bottled water but I have a real problem spending $$$ on water in a bottle that comes out of a tap. Most if not all of it is no better or sometimes worse than what you do get out of a tap. I guess it's an attitude thing. Also look at what the bottled water companies are doing. Some take it for almost nothing then turn around and sell it to us so they can make $$$$. It's a gimmick and I don't like to be part of it. If I didn't want something ELSE to trip over or store I'd bring water from home.
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I also hate buying bottled water. I'm not real fond of drinking the water in the FW tank either. On one trip where the CG water was nasty I ended up buying 3 gallons of water (in the gallon containers) and saved the empties. Now when I go I take 2 - 3 gallons of my home tap water and that's enough to make my coffee or have a good glass of water. It gets stored under the sink and is never in the way. It works for me anyway.
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