Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-07-2015, 12:26 PM   #11
Senior Member
Lloydg's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 651
I've know several folks in the upper northern regions where there are several days of below zero degree day/nights and like the added insurance of both blowing out the lines and adding anti-freeze. It doesn't take that much time and is what I do. But hey, wait! What the heck am thinking about winterizing at this time of year!!!


Heartland Big Country 3150RL
2013 Ford SD F250 4x4 SC; 6.2
Reese 18K Elite w/slider - Ada, Michigan
Lloydg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2015, 12:27 PM   #12
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Full timer,,,at Lake Georgetown in central Texas for the winter.
Posts: 426
pump the antifreeze in with the faucets open until antifreeze comes out the faucet.

Grampa Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2015, 01:59 PM   #13
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 306
You could also use this line to pump a mixture of bleach and water in order to sanitize your rig. I did that on my previous RV.
2015 Flagstaff 26VFKS
TV - 2014 F150 Crew Cab 5.0L
WDH - 1,200 Equalizer
txredfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2015, 03:35 PM   #14
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Michigan/Florida
Posts: 59
blowing the lines does not get to the water pump itself you need to suck in some antifreeze for that so that the pump itself will be protected.
walljammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2015, 05:08 PM   #15
drelec's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Medina, OH
Posts: 69
We also open and close ball valves to get the water out of the valve. I have seen that small column of water in the valve crack the valve when it freezes.
drelec is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 12:33 AM   #16
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 513
Get a faucet to hose adapter from any hardware store, hook it up to your bathroom sink in place of the aerator and run a water hose to the fresh water fill port. Turn on the faucet, set the valve to draw water from the jug and you can use the system's water pump to fill the fresh water tank.

The only time I've done this is when I was camping at a NP and they didn't allow hooking a hose up to the hydrant to refill your fresh water tank. five trips with two 5-gal water cans refilled the tank. two 5-gal jugs full of water weighs around 80lbs so I use a folding cart to transport them.

pmsherman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 07:41 AM   #17
Senior Member
satdog01's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 532
Folks, might check your winterization instruction if you have them! Mine say definitely do not use air to purge water lines! I use about 4 gallons of the pink stuff and the factory installed antifreeze inlet! Turn on one facet at a time, let it run pink on both hot and cold after by passing the water heater. Letting a pint or so of pink run, should take care of the drain traps. Kill electric to water heater, drain through anode then flush with water to remove any sentiment from tank. Wait a couple of days then tape and replace anode. Using this procedure for about 10 years with no issues. With the use of pex fittings would be a repair I would like to avoid if damage did occur from the use of air. Happy camping!
Marriot on Wheels 2017 Flagstaff Classic 832OKBS Diamond Pkg
2013 GMC Denali 6.6L 2500 HD DMAX w\Alison Trans
Pepper 🌶 Pomeranian rescue 200 nights as camping buddy
Days camped in FR, 2011 = 20, 2012 = 57, 2013 = 59
... 2014 = 39, 2015 = 52, 2016 = 77, 2017 = 81
Retired :
satdog01 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 07:57 AM   #18
Gold Miner At Heart
Papa-t's Avatar
Join Date: May 2015
Location: N.C. Blue Ridge Mtns.
Posts: 293
Been camping for 33 years now. I've seen problems with "just blowing out the lines". It's so easy with winterizing with RV antifreeze. Like stated you won't and I say again "you won't" get all the water out with just blowing out the lines. When you use RV antifreeze then there's no worry. I'd rather spend a little to do it right then have one little joint behind the wall freeze and burst.
“I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends would respect me. The others can do whatever the Hell they please!” —John Wayne
Papa-t is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 09:13 AM   #19
Site Team
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2,079
Originally Posted by satdog01 View Post
Folks, might check your winterization instruction if you have them! Mine say definitely do not use air to purge water lines!
I've see the debates on blowing out the lines vs using the pink stuff vs doing both but never in my life have I heard anyone say not to use air to blow out the lines. I can't even think of a reason not too.

What manufacturer recommends not doing it?
Iwritecode is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 09:31 AM   #20
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 53
Do both

I agree with youroo. You can't remove all of the water by blowing the lines. After draining and by passing my water heater I blow the lines and it takes less than 3 gallons of rv antifreeze at 6 bucks each to fill them. $18 is a cheap price to pay compared to plumbing repairs from frozen lines. All of us rv owners need peace of mind when we can get it.

Tireguy397 is offline   Reply With Quote

pump, water, water pump

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:56 PM.