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Old 10-11-2016, 10:40 PM   #11
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Back in the 1950's many hardware stores sold CaCl in 50# bags for people to put in a screenwire funnel draining to a large pan. You put these in the basement here in the humid midwest to reduce humidity and mold. You can still buy it cheaper if it is not called DampRid, one search result Shop 50-lb Bag of Calcium Chloride Pellets at Lowes.com
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:43 PM   #12
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You did flush the toilet with antifreeze in the lines, right? Storage compartments locked? Fresh water hose empty? Check sealant on roof joints?
Yes, toilet flushed antifreeze ran through the supply line and some dumped down into the back tank also.

I inspected the roof when I up there installing the fan cover not too long ago.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:27 PM   #13
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Never used antifreeze in water lines. I blow air through entire system wit all faucets open and low point open.
That's what I do also. I just pour a little RV antifreeze in each P-trap, a cup or two in the black tank, and a tiny bit on the toilet flapper seal. I am still using the same gallon of antifreeze I bought two years ago. I also take out the anode, let the WH dry out, and then replace the anode.

I have insect screens on my refrigerator and furnace vents and have never had a wasp or spider problem. And, since we live in a semi-arid climate, I have never needed CaCl in my RV or house. We also don't leave any vents open due to the wind-blown dust that can get through our vent covers.
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:18 PM   #14
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Question about Black Water Flush

This is our first year to winterize too. We have a 2017 Cherokee Grey Wolf Toyhauler. It has a Black Water Flush hookup on the outside. Is there a way to winterize this spray system? Is it a concern? It works by attaching a water hose during draining and it sprays the black water tank.
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I agree with taking the battery(s) out & trickle charging them. Cold, below freezing and/or zero, effects battery life if not kept fully charged (12.6+ V). I take all unused batteries, lawnmower etc, to the basement and do at least a monthly check and trickle charge. I also do not put them directly on a cement floor.
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This is our first year to winterize too. We have a 2017 Cherokee Grey Wolf Toyhauler. It has a Black Water Flush hookup on the outside. Is there a way to winterize this spray system? Is it a concern? It works by attaching a water hose during draining and it sprays the black water tank.

I use a camco hand pump for the black tank flush


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Old 10-12-2016, 07:38 PM   #17
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This is our first year to winterize too. We have a 2017 Cherokee Grey Wolf Toyhauler. It has a Black Water Flush hookup on the outside. Is there a way to winterize this spray system? Is it a concern? It works by attaching a water hose during draining and it sprays the black water tank.
I hooked up a blow out adapter and put some air through it. Doubt much water would remain in it.
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I agree with taking the battery(s) out & trickle charging them. Cold, below freezing and/or zero, effects battery life if not kept fully charged (12.6+ V). I take all unused batteries, lawnmower etc, to the basement and do at least a monthly check and trickle charge. I also do not put them directly on a cement floor.
I do the same but I just unhook them in the machine they are in. My shed I built has outlets down the middle on every other truss so I can pretty much reach anything in the shed. I check them before winter and leave them on the trickle charger all winter. Shed is only heated when I am out there tinkering.

Cement floors would drain the charge out in older batteries. I heard that is not the case anymore but I still put it on something out of habit.
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I agree with taking the battery(s) out & trickle charging them. Cold, below freezing and/or zero, effects battery life if not kept fully charged (12.6+ V). I take all unused batteries, lawnmower etc, to the basement and do at least a monthly check and trickle charge. I also do not put them directly on a cement floor.
X2 to not putting the battery directly on the concrete floor. A mechanic was very adamant that it will kill the battery over the winter.
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I just finished the winterizing and i learned a little tip that was based on a mistake but was a happy little accident. I lined up all the valves but forgot to close the freshwater tank line.when i started to put air in the lines i didnt have any air pressure in the taps. I realized my mistake and closed the tank valve. When i pulled the plug to confirm tank was empty the pressure pushed out residual water quickly. The only caveat i will add is that i made sure my pressure was at the proper pressure.
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