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Old 11-17-2010, 11:54 PM   #1
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Newbie help…winterizing my Georgetown

New to forum...appreciate any help/suggestions.

I will be heading to Fl on family trip early in January. For ease of set up and go…will it work to simply use air compressor to blow air out of water lines, drain the water heater and pour antifreeze in traps and black/gray tanks? Anything I am missing.

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Old 11-25-2010, 12:15 AM   #2
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that's a method but not ideal due to the air simply traveling over the top of water in certain low points. Also, using the compressed air technique doesn't allow you to get any RV antifreeze inside the water pump. It could freeze and bust. If you use the compressed air technique, just understand there's a risk there... It only takes about 10 minutes to fills the lines and pump, so why not give yourself the peace of mind and knock it out. Will
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:14 AM   #3
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First of all, if the black and gray tanks are drained, they don't need any antifreeze. Don't know where you are at or how cold it may get, but if you have power, could you run an electric heater in the rig? Open cabinets that are under sinks so those pipes get a little heat.
One last thing to keep in mind. Water does not instantly freeze the minute the air temperature hits 32 degrees. If the rig is in the sun, and it makes 60 degrees inside the rig during the day, could probably get to 20 at night and not freeze the pipes, as long as the temp came back up the next day. That's my two cents, others will have a different story.
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:29 AM   #4
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that's a method but not ideal due to the air simply traveling over the top of water in certain low points. Also, using the compressed air technique doesn't allow you to get any RV antifreeze inside the water pump. It could freeze and bust. If you use the compressed air technique, just understand there's a risk there... It only takes about 10 minutes to fills the lines and pump, so why not give yourself the peace of mind and knock it out. Will
Will has the right idea. A couple of gal of antifreeze will protect the pump and any low lines that retained water when you blew out the lines. Don't forget the toilet, shower, and outside showers. Also the washer/dryer and ice maker if you have one. they all need the antifreeze. The Fresh water, and the gray and black tanks don't need any antifreeze If you drained them. however the sink and shower traps do. Finally, remove the washer screen from the water inlet and press the valve trap to drain any water left in the line out. We do this every year (air then antifreeze) since we don't leave for Florida till first of jan too. Then I flush out the lines in southern Georgia when I stop over for the nite. We carry our water in jugs in the shower till we get to Florida.
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