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Old 11-05-2014, 04:55 PM   #81
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:08 PM   #82
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I think things are getting a little carried away. In an Escape we are talking about maybe a 4' length of 1/2" pipe (from the city water inlet to the faucet). How much air or anti-freeze is that? About .022 cubic feet. The first gallon of water will clear it out.
Sure, but it isn't about the volume, it's about washing the stuff off of the pipe walls and out of the nooks and crannies (dead ends in valve bodies and piping). As noted earlier, using antifreeze by putting it in the freshwater tank causes a much larger (but still perhaps entirely manageable) flushing problem, as adding one gallon to that tank and pumping it out certainly wouldn't entirely rinse it of anything.

It may not be a problem, but it's not a completely trivial matter. There's a reason that winterizing kits to add antifreeze without putting it in the tank exist; both of my "other" (not small trailer) RVs have this setup, stock from the factory.
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:18 PM   #83
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Not sure why you need all the stuff shown in the link ( and where's the pump? ).
I have the Camco siphon pump and the connection to city water. That, and RV anti-freeze is all I need.
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:26 PM   #84
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Not sure why you need all the stuff shown in the link ( and where's the pump? ).
I have the Camco siphon pump and the connection to city water. That, and RV anti-freeze is all I need.
There's more stuff in the hand-pump kit than in the diverter valve and hose kit.

The pump is wherever your Escape pump is; that's where the valve and hose (which is really all there is there is to the kit) goes. Putting the antifreeze in with the trailer's own pump ensures that the pump itself and all pipe between the pump and the city water inlet are flushed.

To be fair, my RVs with this setup have the winterizing inlet hose in an easily accessed outside compartment; in a typical Escape, I guess it would be under a dinette bench or something, and thus not as convenient. I would still use this system if winterizing an Escape with antifreeze.
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:35 PM   #85
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Got it. Too much of a hassle for me, pump being under the dinette.
I just run the pump 20 or 30 seconds with an empty fresh water tank, as described under Winterizing on the Escape site.
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Got it. Too much of a hassle for me, pump being under the dinette.
I just run the pump 20 or 30 seconds with an empty fresh water tank, as described under Winterizing on the Escape site.
Us, too, run the pump a minute. Really easy and fast. Open toilet valve and taps to get pink and pour some down the drains. Done in a few minutes.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:28 PM   #87
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Sure, but it isn't about the volume, it's about washing the stuff off of the pipe walls and out of the nooks and crannies (dead ends in valve bodies and piping).
So how do you deal with that. Even without anti-freeze or air there could be stuff in there.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:23 PM   #88
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So how do you deal with that. Even without anti-freeze or air there could be stuff in there.
Why Should You Sanitize Your RV Water System

Some other sites also recommend a mild dish soap solution (VERY well rinsed afterward) before the bleach to clean before sanitizing
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So how do you deal with that. Even without anti-freeze or air there could be stuff in there.
Correct, GerriJ.......

OK, a couple of not so hypothetical questions:

1. How many people following this thread or even on this forum DO NOT thoroughly flush their water system after the threat of freeze is over and preparations for the upcoming camping season are underway, and

2. How many of these very same people who have thoroughly flushed their water system have gotten I'll from consuming water from a thoroughly flushed system, whether compressed air OR RV antifreeze was used in the winterizing procedure?

If you open the spigot to allow water to drain, something has to replace the water. Air gets sucked in through the spigot, with all the mean, nasty critters it contains. Seems to me the sanitizing procedure using tablespoons of bleach has done the trick, unless there are a bunch of people out there who can say they became ill after consuming water from their RV's system. Methinks the horse is dead!
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:14 PM   #90
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Not sure why you need all the stuff shown in the link ( and where's the pump? ).
I have the Camco siphon pump and the connection to city water. That, and RV anti-freeze is all I need.
That and someone else inside the trailer.
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