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Old 01-19-2016, 12:14 PM   #11
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Okay, this made me really laugh. That is vest weather (not even jacket weather) for us. No coats for me until in the 30s F. My best friend came up from California and had to wear her full-length down coat when it was in the 50s F here. I'm not sure I was even wearing a jacket. It's all about what one is used to with regard to weather. I've camped in the upper 20s F at night and had no problems with my trailer without any precautions. It did get into the upper 30s during the day, however, and the furnace always kept the inside toasty (60F or so at night and high 60s during the day).
It was 21 below F this morning when we drove to town . The 50's are a distant dream . We have camped in our Casita at temps as low as -17 F .The upper 20's is not much of a concern in my book.
Drain the tanks , turn on the heat ,open the cabinet doors and go for it.
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:34 PM   #12
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Doing a quick winterizing prep might be great idea but isn't practical. Probably easy enough to do but to undue for us would be a problem. I could get in all sorts of grief by trying to flush out the fresh tanks afterward in a public campground. Antifreeze is a killer and I'd be afraid I didn't flush it all of my my fresh tank.

Think I'm going to watch the forecast and go with empty tanks and bottled water if the low is around 28-32. Otherwise, I found a campground 50 miles away at a lower elevation and I'll drive in to do what I have to do. Last thing I need is cracked plumbing!
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:48 PM   #13
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Doing a quick winterizing prep might be great idea but isn't practical. Probably easy enough to do but to undue for us would be a problem. I could get in all sorts of grief by trying to flush out the fresh tanks afterward in a public campground. Antifreeze is a killer and I'd be afraid I didn't flush it all of my my fresh tank.

Think I'm going to watch the forecast and go with empty tanks and bottled water if the low is around 28-32. Otherwise, I found a campground 50 miles away at a lower elevation and I'll drive in to do what I have to do. Last thing I need is cracked plumbing!
RV antifreeze is non toxic .I believe you are confusing RV antifreeze with automotive antifreeze. We have made several trips south with our trailer being winterized and have never experienced any problems flushing out our water system when we got to a warmer climate . With the use of pex tubing in trailer's , cracked water lines are no longer as big of an issue.
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Old 01-19-2016, 02:27 PM   #14
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You are correct about the air pressure. I always stay under the limiting maximum pressure that Escape recommends be used during blowing out the water lines for winterizing. You can find that value in your owner's manual.
I would not trust any compressor that does not have a regulator that I can see and/ or adjust.
I bought a little 6 gallon Bostitch pancake compressor for my son for Christmas, fully adjustable with both gauges for about $100 American. I wouldn't be without a compressor, although I don't winterize with one, I am very picky about tire pressures, and use mine every week for something. Don't forget to blow it down periodically to keep moisture out of the tank. I check my vehicle tire pressures, oil level, cooling fluid and washer fluid every Satuday morning. Have for years. I check Escape tires every time out and on the road. You get your $100 back by extending the life of eight tires and occasionally spot a problem ( something in a tire tread) before a flat on the road. Doesn't take up much room.
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:51 PM   #15
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I don't put RV anti-freeze in my fresh water tank. I just drain it. I use a hand pump to pump RV anti-freeze through the lines ( after bypassing the water heater).
I bought an oil-less 6- gal. compressor, which suggests to me that the one at your gas station may not be oil-less.
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Old 01-19-2016, 04:30 PM   #16
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I would be very careful using a compressor at a gas station or a tire shop as you do not know what might be in the lines, and the pressures used to blow out the trailers plumbing must be kept to 35 or 40 psi or you might "blow out" your plumbing in an unintended way.

You can use the same inline pressure regulator that you're probably using with your water hose.
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