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Posted: 08/25/02 11:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ron:

Another option is to 'blow the lines with air' (low pressure) and then just add some anti-freeze to the p-traps for insurance.

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We have a thirty ft trailer and it takes two gallons and about ten minutes to winterize! Never put anti freeze in your freshwater tank as it is very hard to get that taste out if you drink from your tank! If you drain your water tank on the way home from your last trip you will sloah it all out and the little bit left won`t hurt a thing! I have heard many stories about winterizing but have never found it tto be anything but a simple short project!


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1.5 gallons for mine. Do you have the water pump bypass kit? This is a kit that you install between the fresh tank and the pump, and it sucks the antifreeze directly out of the bottle rather than pouring it in your water tank which uses more, takes longer, and just wait until you have to flush the water tank out to use it again...make a weekend out of it! [emoticon]


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Posted: 08/25/02 01:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think your coach was leaning away from the pick-up in the tank.

But I use 10 gallons to winterize mine, I fill the tank with the antifreeze, and run it through all of the lines. This includes running it through the hot water tank, 6 gallons.


After everything is running pink, I drain the hot water tank (using a home made hose) back into the bottles and then re-fill the holding tank. We use the antifreeze to flush the toilet, (pee-pee only rule applies) on our shorter weekend winter trips.

Menards has it on sale by us right now for $1.96 per gallon, 20 bucks a season.

In the spring I drain the tank, add 1 gallon of generic bleach fill the tank and clear the lines of antifreeze, let sit over night. I drain completely fill and drain 2 more times and all antifreeze/bleach taste is gone.


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If you have a water filter system [I do] and all your water [tank and city] goes thru it [mine does] the filter can turn your pink antifreeze clear by filtering out the dye. In my unit you must remove the water filter FIRST before using antifreeze.

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Posted: 08/25/02 02:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2 Gal. tops. Don't forget your outside spigots if you have them.

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All the stuff one forgets. Removing filters, yes. Outside spigots like outside shower, yes. Must be more...

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Do you have the water pump bypass kit? This is a kit that you install between the fresh tank and the pump, and it sucks the antifreeze directly out of the bottle rather than pouring it in your water tank which uses more, takes longer, and just wait until you have to flush the water tank out to use it again...make a weekend out of it! [emoticon]

This is not a bypass kit. It's a Permanent Pump Converter The bypass is for the water heater.
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Just winterized my 5th wh down in Tx. Tookabout 2 gallons as we don't use fresh water tank. Was wondering if when you winterize and then drive 1300 miles to cold weather do you have to add more antifreeze to p traps or what??


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