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Old 09-13-2011, 10:54 PM   #11
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I still have to use antifreeze to protect the pump and fill the traps, correct?

I looked at the $2 blow-out plugs city water input and to your compressor. What sort of fitting do I need at the end of my compressor hose to connect (and stay) on the blow-out plug?
Do not use more than 30 PSI on the regulator (the one way chack valve in the pump coud pop).

.Antifreeze in the drains - yes.

As to the pump, I would have it suck some antifreeze in the inlet. That should protect the inlet filter and check valve.

Don't forget to blow out the turbo flush and the outside shower if you have them
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:54 AM   #12
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Do not use more than 30 PSI on the regulator (the one way chack valve in the pump coud pop).
I don't have any compressor yet. Would a 3 gallon\100 PSI compressor (set to 30 PSI of course) handle the task of blowing out the lines?
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:33 AM   #13
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Certainly. A hobby paint spray compressor with a regulator would do the job. Also a beermeister bottle of CO2 with an appropriate regulator would work too.
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:17 PM   #14
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I assume if you have a smaller capacity compressor (I, too, only have a small 3gal model), you will need to let it build up pressure between faucets. As I doubt 2 psi blowing down the line is going to help all that much. Whereas a blast of 30 psi air each time you open a valve, helps blow out water that sits in regionally low areas of the line.

At least that's my theory...
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:52 PM   #15
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What sort of fitting do I need at the end of my compressor hose to connect (and stay) on the blow-out plug?
This is what I use. It will lock on to the blowout fitting so you don't have to have 2 people to do your winterizing.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:26 PM   #16
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Re: Hallowen, I would winterize only after - it should not be that cold prior to that, or could it ??
It has been -30 or so here for Halloween on occasion.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:39 PM   #17
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I never blow out my lines. My experience is that it takes less than 2 gallons of anitfreeze, run from the pump, to fully winterize almost any unit.

Shut off the water heater, use your pump to pump out of the antifreeze jug and let your pump run until it pressurizes. Then run each tap, toilet, shower, etc. until the antifreeze runs out. The run out is enough to fill the traps as well.

All done! Nice and fast.

In the spring I run fresh water through the entire system for a while at home and then dump the tanks on the way out for the first trip.

Not that I against a blow out but I just find it easier to drop a hose in the jug then turn the taps on.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:32 PM   #18
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Both methods are relatively easy to do (if you have a compressor) so that's exactly what I do. Also, saves having the antifreeze watered down by mixing with the existing water in the lines.

I like LFugates tool to hold the line to the blowout fitting.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:42 AM   #19
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I built this connection for about $8, simple to use, I also labeled it 40 psi so I remember to down grade the line pressure off the air compressor, 40 psi will not hurt the trailer as my city water supply has a residual pressure of 76 psi. I can hook up water to the city line and have never had any issues with 76 psi. My compressor is a 6 gallon pancake compressor.
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Do not use more than 30 PSI on the regulator (the one way chack valve in the pump coud pop).

.Antifreeze in the drains - yes.

As to the pump, I would have it suck some antifreeze in the inlet. That should protect the inlet filter and check valve.

Don't forget to blow out the turbo flush and the outside shower if you have them
Lou,

You are soooo right on the outside shower...had to replace ours earlier this year...cracked from the cold.

We are thinking about putting a shut off for the outside shower. We do winter camping... and water flows to the shower fitting and hard to keep warm.

Also NEVER thought about the Turbo Flush! Thanks for the reminder! It's now on my list!
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