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Old 10-01-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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when to winterize

When should a person start to think about winterizing their camper? I have a 28' cherokee travel trailer. How much of the pink stuff should you use to winterize the water system in a camper? I have had boats all my life, this would be the first camper that i have had to do this to.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:06 PM   #2
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On our 28bh grey wolf, I will partially winterize this week as weekend night temps could drop below 20 & my tanks are exposed. As to how, heres what I do. First is drain black, Grey, and black water tanks. Then drain low point drains and pull water heater plug. Open all faucets to let water drain. Then I use an air chuck adapter and blow the lines out, starting at the closest fixtures first. Then when I fully winterize, I will bypass the wh,, and then pump RV antifreeze into all lines, including the black tank cleaner I added and don't miss any fixtures (like outside shower)
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
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i use just under 2 gal of the pink stuff for mine.
if u are not going out any more this year, i would do it now. otherwise, keep an eye on the weather. here we usually have our first freeze between oct 31st and thanksgiving. the next one usually comes in mid jan.

if ur not sure if ur going out again i would at least drain it around the end of oct.

i don't see mine going out the rest of this year because of other commitments and plan on winterizing with the pink stuff before dec. if the pink stuff shows up at the local walmart, i will do it sooner.
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We have two trips left, but it will be done by the first of November. The description above is a great way to go to winterize.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:02 AM   #5
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Since this is your first time to winterize your RV I suggest you watch this
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Which can be found in our FAQ under the winterize discussion.

Don't forget to pour some pink stuff down each drain to protect the J traps!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:19 AM   #6
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The FAQ forum has a nice thread on winterizing as well.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:39 AM   #7
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the only thing that i would add to the video, when u remove the water filter cartridge, put a sealed plastic pop bottle inside then screw the filter housing back on. (that's probably in the FEQ sense i read that on here awhile back). the bottle (or other space holder) reduces the amt of antifreeze needed to fill the filter.
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I just put the "winter juice" (i.e pink stuff) into our TT last weekend. I used 4 gallons on our 30WRKSS, which has 1-1/2 baths. I probably could have gotten away with 3 gallons, but wanted to make sure all traps and tanks (2 grey and 2 black) got their share.
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On our 28bh grey wolf, I will partially winterize this week as weekend night temps could drop below 20 & my tanks are exposed. As to how, heres what I do. First is drain black, Grey, and black water tanks. Then drain low point drains and pull water heater plug. Open all faucets to let water drain. Then I use an air chuck adapter and blow the lines out, starting at the closest fixtures first. Then when I fully winterize, I will bypass the wh,, and then pump RV antifreeze into all lines, including the black tank cleaner I added and don't miss any fixtures (like outside shower)
Others will chime in if I missed anything
I don't understand why you need to put any "pink stuff" in at all if you totally blow/drain all fluids? What's to freeze?
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I don't understand why you need to put any "pink stuff" in at all if you totally blow/drain all fluids? What's to freeze?
You can blow air through them non stop for 24 hours straight and you still won't get all the moisture out. All it takes is for the left over moisture to run to the low spot and create a drop of water. That drop can and will expand when frozen to a large enough size to crack a line.

I have seen it happen, I will always use the pink juice.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:31 PM   #11
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I don't understand why you need to put any "pink stuff" in at all if you totally blow/drain all fluids? What's to freeze?
We blew the lines out last year, added some pink stuff to the drains and the toilet to protect the seal and we were fine. And we live in a cold climate.
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I think the difference between blowing out the lines and using antifreeze is the level of "fool-proofness." With blowing out the lines you will most likely get enough water out to prevent a pipe bursting. However that also depends on the trailer and where all the low points are. It also depends on how cold it gets where you live. For example, I know when my sister moved to Wisconsin my dad was shocked that her apartment didn't have plug ins for the car block heaters.

With antifreeze; the lines now have a different liquid in them that will not expand when they freeze. You have taken any of the other variables out of the equation.
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I don't understand why you need to put any "pink stuff" in at all if you totally blow/drain all fluids? What's to freeze?
I just do it as pink stuff is about $10, vs dealing with cracked plumbing in the spring. My biggest concern is that I would be prepping for our first spring trip and have delays while I tear things apart and replace. Easier to sleep through winter if I KNOW it is foolproof.
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I don't understand why you need to put any "pink stuff" in at all if you totally blow/drain all fluids? What's to freeze?
It's a judgement call. Many here and on other RV chat groups just
drain and blow out lines and they are fine year after year.
Those folks also pour some AF down the drains to protect traps.

Others here, like me, opt to go the extra steps and pump in AF.
It makes me "feel good" that I've done all I can do to protect the system.
I can get mine done with 1 1/2 gal of AF. I get it on sale for $3 gal.
This means I can feel extra confident for a measly $4.50. It works for me!
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I don't understand why you need to put any "pink stuff" in at all if you totally blow/drain all fluids? What's to freeze?
Water in traps
Water in check valves
Water IN the pump (its check valve prevents the pump from spinning backwards to blow out the water)
Water in the Turboflush check valve and spinner
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I go overboard and it takes about 1 and a half gallons.
The rest goes down the drains to protect the dump valves.
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One thing that I do, and not sure if it needs to be done, or not, is to release the pressure in the waterlines after the anti freeze is pumped in. Does anyone know if there is an advantage or disadvantage to doing this?
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One thing that I do, and not sure if it needs to be done, or not, is to release the pressure in the waterlines after the anti freeze is pumped in. Does anyone know if there is an advantage or disadvantage to doing this?
It can't hurt. I also release pressure, when I remember to do it
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Cool, thanks for all the wisdom everyone!

I'm still on the fence about putting it in. I live in the San Antonio, Tx area. It rarely even gets below freezing (<9 days a year).

If I put this stuff in, how do I flush it? If there is some residual left in, is it safe to drink?
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