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Old 10-21-2011, 09:02 AM   #21
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Sorry for the confusion; I knew to use RV Antifreeze. I sure wish we could use automotive antifreeze, as I have about 10 gallons in the garage...

I ended up using the cheaper brand. The 2902ss took just over 3 gallons, probably half a gallon just to fill the filter canister. For $3/gal, no biggie.

MtnGuy, I too noticed the cheaper had ethyl alcohol, which was listed as the first ingredient. If non-consumable products follow the same guidelines as consumable products (doubtful), then there's more ethyl alcohol than anything else... The premium's ingredients listed "Other proprietary ingredients" at the end.
After I removed my filter, I inserted an empty (with the lid screwed back on) plastic soda bottle back into the filter housing prior to using the antifreeze. As you stated, however, the antifreeze at $3/gal is no biggie. After completing the winterization I removed the filter housing as I've read that some have had the housing freeze and crack if moisture was present in the threads. I then placed an empty coffee can under the male portion of the filter housing to catch any antifreeze that might leak out during the winter.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:28 AM   #22
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I'm terrified that I would forget that the filter housing is removed, and flood the entire camper in the spring. However, I might take this advice and put some reminders around my water connections. Thx!
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:44 AM   #23
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Sorry for the confusion; I knew to use RV Antifreeze. I sure wish we could use automotive antifreeze, as I have about 10 gallons in the garage...
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:49 AM   #24
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I've done dumber things.. haha.
On the same note, I knew a guy that dumped 3 gallons of vehicle antifreeze into his well water. Hospitalized him for a few weeks... Lesson I'd rather not learn the hard way
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I've done dumber things.. haha.
On the same note, I knew a guy that dumped 3 gallons of vehicle antifreeze into his well water. Hospitalized him for a few weeks... Lesson I'd rather not learn the hard way
He was Darn lucky (DUMB) but lucky. He would have been a Darwin Award winner for sure.
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Both are practically the same. I go for the less expensive one. But I just drain the lines and water heater, blow the lines out with a compressor, and fill the traps with anti-freeze. I've never had a problem. And, if we have a nice warm couple of days, we can go camping, and re-winterize afterwards without it costing us a small fortune. I usually use about a gallon of anti-freeze.
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:38 PM   #27
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new antifreeze

you know ............. Id like to try vodka for antifreeze since it wont freeze. I will just winterize the 5er with that then im thinkin all i have to do in the spring is get my glass full of ice and mixer of choice and camp out at the low point drains and mix my drinks !
multi purpose !
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you know ............. Id like to try vodka for antifreeze since it wont freeze. I will just winterize the 5er with that then im thinkin all i have to do in the spring is get my glass full of ice and mixer of choice and camp out at the low point drains and mix my drinks !
multi purpose !
I had thought about that also. But the cheapest stuff is about $15 per 1/2 gallon, so that would make it pretty expensive compared to RV antifreeze.

I don't know what it would do the lines over winter, either.......it might just dissolve the lines.
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you know ............. Id like to try vodka for antifreeze since it wont freeze. I will just winterize the 5er with that then im thinkin all i have to do in the spring is get my glass full of ice and mixer of choice and camp out at the low point drains and mix my drinks !
multi purpose !
In the early to mid 80's We had trouble getting decent windshield washer fluid that wouldn't freeze in the extreme cold temps. I would mix vodka with the cheap stuff and that solved the problem Unfortunately, it always made me thirsty
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