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Old 11-11-2015, 09:31 PM   #11
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Just finished winterizing mine and was perty easy. Emptied the fresh water and the holding tanks. Opened all the faucets and ran the pump for 30 seconds or so. When I blew it out with air not much water came out.
Just wondering if blowing the line out is even necessary? Anybody know?
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:49 PM   #12
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I used compressed air and got very little water spitting out. I had emptied everything and used the low-point drain.
So, just to be sure, I pumped RV anti-freeze through the lines. I felt much better when I saw pink stuff coming out of the taps.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:21 AM   #13
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I did the same. Last year, I blew out the lines - over and over and was never 100% certain that the lines were completely clear. This year, I put in the 3 way valve in before the pump, and pumped antifreeze until I saw pink coming out the faucets and toilet. Added antifreeze to the p-traps and feel confident that I am safe. Peace of mind has it's value! (Also drained the hot water tank)
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:55 AM   #14
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I have flushed the toilet with antifreeze as well as windshield washer fluid (somewhat cheaper than antifreeze) without any issues in the winter. I only use antifreeze in the potable water lines.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:24 AM   #15
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Clever idea!

I too, after blowing out lines with compressed air, added the antifreeze via the 3 way valve. Why take a chance, right? Also was nervous about not getting every drop of water blown out. Maybe just in time, since we are expecting temps down in the teens this week. Sure don't want to find no freeze-busted toilet valves come springtime.

When I take ET-19 out next month (or sooner), my water system will remain in winterized limbo. Will be flushing with my 3-gal jug water. No flushing with antifreeze. That would be an expensive flush. But, hmm, just might add some of CP's windshield washer fluid to my jug.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:47 AM   #16
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Isn't blowing out the lines with air, and then using an antifreeze redundant. One or the other would suffice.

I will so miss the low-point drain on my 2009 19. That was so nice and easy to use. Nothing to do but open the drain and valves.
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"...One or the other would suffice." Prob-baly. But, not if you're paranoid like me. I got the low point drain but still took every extra step, perhaps, like Bill, because I could.
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:22 AM   #18
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I have flushed with antifreeze as well as windshield washer fluid (somewhat cheaper than antifreeze) without any issues in the winter.
Hi: cpaharley2008... If you drink windshield washer fluid would you be able to see things clearer? Alf
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Same here on our 19. Love the low point drain. Open all the faucets, listen for the sucking sound, don't forget the shower hose, I remove, drain and reattach. Then pump about a gallon back through the lines and toilet valve, hit the traps with some pink stuff, and done. Unrolled my awning for a day in the building to make sure it did not have any wash job water trapped. Hate mold and mildew. Use lots of mothballs for mouse repellant. Traps and glue boards by the doors. Plugged in, gotta check battery water yet. Turkey basters on sale locally, good for adding distilled water if needed. Big wind last night, glad she's in the barn.
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Just to be different I've been running in the pink stuff, then blowing it out. Left it in a number of years and other then the "clear whitish" lines turning pink, the shower control split over the winter one time.
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