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Old 10-28-2015, 05:23 PM   #1
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Winterization 101

I have been following this forum since I bought a 21 BD. Looking for advice.
This is my fourth camper. I am totally happy with all of the help from you all.
But am not happy with comments on winterizing your camper.

I am a civil engineer with a minor in hydrology. IMO you should not pump
contaminated air through your lines unless that is all you plan to do.

There is no need to do this if you are going to then pump RV antifreeze through
the lines. The antifreeze will push out all of the water in the lines. The antifreeze will displace all of the water out, and there will be no need to "top
off" the lines to keep them full. Once the line are empty of water that could
freeze , you are done. You can open all of faucets and low drain lines to
drain any antifreeze in the system.

Empty water lines have no liquid in them to freeze.
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:29 PM   #2
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I have been following this forum since I bought a 21 BD. Looking for advice.
This is my fourth camper. I am totally happy with all of the help from you all.
But am not happy with comments on winterizing your camper.

I am a civil engineer with a minor in hydrology. IMO you should not pump
contaminated air through your lines unless that is all you plan to do.

There is no need to do this if you are going to then pump RV antifreeze through
the lines. The antifreeze will push out all of the water in the lines. The antifreeze will displace all of the water out, and there will be no need to "top
off" the lines to keep them full. Once the line are empty of water that could
freeze , you are done. You can open all of faucets and low drain lines to
drain any antifreeze in the system.

Empty water lines have no liquid in them to freeze.
How do you remove the water from the city water inlet and hose? Just pour AF in the inlet?
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:09 PM   #3
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How do you remove the water from the city water inlet and hose? Just pour AF in the inlet?

I've heard (haven't tried it yet) that with the pump on you depress a check valve in the city inlet until the AF comes out. Trying it this weekend.


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Old 10-28-2015, 07:25 PM   #4
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I've heard (haven't tried it yet) that with the pump on you depress a check valve in the city inlet until the AF comes out. Trying it this weekend.


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Use a wood pencil with the eraser to push on the small round pin in the center of the port while the pump is on. It may take a really good push and prepare to get somewhat of a shower until you see pink.
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:14 PM   #5
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Stand off to the side when you do this or you will get showered with pink antifreeze...Don't ask me how I know this!
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:18 PM   #6
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Interesting because many claim that by not blowing the water out beforehand the antifreeze will be diluted, but you say the water will get displaced.
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Don't know exactly what you mean by "contaminated air"...

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Don't know exactly what you mean by "contaminated air"...

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I think he means contaminated from the air compressor and that you shouldn't run that through your water lines. But then again if you ever had the opportunity to see inside a municipal water main when they pull one out of the ground, and see whats inside it, I don't know why in the hell it would matter.
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Don't know exactly what you mean by "contaminated air"...

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The air under the sheets, after attending a chili feed that evening.....
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Empty water lines have no liquid in them to freeze.
Precisely why we have always employed the blowout method to winterize. Some AF for the p-traps and the seal on the potty. And... nothing to flush out in the spring.
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