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Old 11-07-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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Antifreeze, pink or green or blue

All the winterizing threads always talk about RV antifreeze. The pink stuff.

I just don't know why regular antifreeze cannot be used. To why not windshield washer fluid.

Gotta be a reason. Can someone enlighten me please?
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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All the winterizing threads always talk about RV antifreeze. The pink stuff.

I just don't know why regular antifreeze cannot be used. To why not windshield washer fluid.

Gotta be a reason. Can someone enlighten me please?
1st off....don't even think about it.

Both automotive antifreeze windshield washer fluid contain chemicals that can kill ya. Even if you don't end up dead, you could end up with liver and/or kidney damage, even from the residual effects left over after a thorough flush of the water lines.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #4
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The pink stuff is non-toxic. The green stuff will kill you; matter of fact we lost a calico that way when I was a kid thanks to some neighbors carelessness.
The blue stuff has (per Wikipedia) "methylated spirits": denatured alcohol. Probably cause blindness, then death if accidentally ingested.
The pink stuff is designed to go in RV systems. It may take a while to flush and taste yuck if it gets in the WH, but it won't cause major physical damage at least.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:11 AM   #5
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I have read where people use windshield washer fluid in their drains only, but really for a couple more bucks why take the chance?
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #6
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I have read where people use windshield washer fluid in their drains only, but really for a couple more bucks why take the chance?
I totally agree. I mean really, you spend thousands of dollars on an RV and you want to save a couple of bucks by using windshield washer fluid.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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Not only what has been already said but what about environmental waste when you dump your tanks?

A lot of cg's are on septic systems and well 1 or 2 gallons of automotive antifreeze put back into the ground ......
Get real.


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Old 11-07-2012, 12:02 PM   #8
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I just a Menards add in the paper for RV antifreeze for $1.79 after rebate. I will get some now, mail in the rebate and be ready for next year. That is pretty cheap protection.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #9
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I'm thinkin' the death part is good enough reason.
I hadn't planned on using the other stuff -- just wanted to know why.

Thanks for the responses.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:49 PM   #10
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Whatever tastes best is the simply answer, but all the above posters explained it in more depth.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:42 PM   #11
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I had to check the date --- when I read the first post I thought it must be April 1st.

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Old 11-07-2012, 07:19 PM   #12
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Yep, what they said.

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At atwoods the pink is $2.99, at walmart I think $3.99. Green is usualy $8-12 a gal. Pink is safer and cheaper and does not have to be "disposed of properly". Blue will evaporate out the alcohol over time and loose its anti freeze effectivness.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:22 PM   #13
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I get the pink stuff at Wal Mart for under $3 a gal!
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Wow that was a fun experience. Sorry I asked
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Do you "REALLY" have to winterize down in texas-- it would take many hours below 30 degrees to do any damage...
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The (Skull&Crossbones) on the containers is a good hint!! Youroo!!
Couldn't have said it any better.
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Wow that was a fun experience. Sorry I asked

It never hurts to ask!!!! You are just lucky they all answered the same
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All the winterizing threads always talk about RV antifreeze. The pink stuff.

I just don't know why regular antifreeze cannot be used. To why not windshield washer fluid.

Gotta be a reason. Can someone enlighten me please?
Ethylene Glycol is the "antifreeze agent" used in cars and trucks.
It tastes sweet like sugar water and is a deadly poison.

Used in some areas of the world to control wolves and other dangerous animals.
Illegal here due to "collateral damage" (killing unintended victims like family pets and children), elsewhere a bowl of antifreeze left out overnight is cheap poison.

It is a horrible way to die.
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Additionally, FYI while the "pink stuff" will not freeze when used straight, it WILL freeze if diluted. It will also allow bacteria to grow so a thorough sanitization is required when you "de-winterize." in the spring.

Windshield de-icer (the winter stuff) has SOAP in it to dissolve bugs.
Summer stuff is just soapy water with vinegar in it to cut road grime and will freeze just fine.
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It is a horrible way to die.
As I mentioned, personal experience with our cat - it was really, really bad.
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