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Old 11-08-2014, 11:37 PM   #111
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Is this "O" ring the rubber that people comment will be damaged by putting antifreeze containing ethanol into the holding tanks? So, if damage ensues, it's easy enough to replace the rubber seal? (couldn't find any antifreeze without ethanol today).
Walmart and many other stores sell the Prestone RV waterline antifreeze, which is propylene glycol based - not ethanol.
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:58 PM   #112
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Walmart and many other stores sell the Prestone RV waterline antifreeze, which is propylene glycol based - not ethanol.
I would be cautious about that...
In Canada, the "Prestone"-branded plumbing antifreeze products are made by Rechochem, and are available in both propylene glycol and ethanol versions, so you need to pick the right one. Walmart.ca lists the Rechochem/Prestone which they carry as Plumbing Antifreeze; this looks like the glycol-based version, but I suggest reading the label.
The product listed on the Prestone website as specifically "waterline" antifreeze is presumably the one Robert mentioned, and I understand that it doesn't contain alcohol, but I don't think Jamie is going to find it by that name in Vancouver. It is listed by Walmart.com as Prestone RV/Marine Antifreeze.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:30 PM   #113
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My local walmart carries 2 versions, both with ethanol.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:31 PM   #114
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Winterized today. Realized that the ETI instructions don't mention dumping antifreeze in the black tank.

It seems like most people do put antifreeze into the black tank? I suppose for precaution?
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:38 PM   #115
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It seems like most people do put antifreeze into the black tank? I suppose for precaution?
Yes, to protect the valve from freezing/cracking if there's any water there. Simple to do.
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:12 PM   #116
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Winterized today. Realized that the ETI instructions don't mention dumping antifreeze in the black tank.

It seems like most people do put antifreeze into the black tank? I suppose for precaution?
This is from ETI instructions on their web-site:

  1. Flush toilet until antifreeze is visible inside the bowl and pour one gallon of antifreeze down the toilet to winterize the black holding tank.
  2. Pour antifreeze down sink and shower drains to fill p-traps.
I note that the section on using compressed air does omit step 1 (above) and I've sent a note to ETI.
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:19 PM   #117
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Gotcha, should've mentioned I used compressed air method, following instructions on the first page of this thread.

(The passage you quoted is repeated on the first page of this thread, as part of instructions for winterizing with antifreeze.)
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I've sent a note to Tammy.
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Winterized today. Realized that the ETI instructions don't mention dumping antifreeze in the black tank.

It seems like most people do put antifreeze into the black tank? I suppose for precaution?
Talked to Tammy today and ETI says as long as the black tank is empty, it is not necessary to add anti-freeze to it.
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Talked to Tammy today and ETI says as long as the black tank is empty, it is not necessary to add anti-freeze to it.
I usually leave both the black and grey valves open over winter . (Except this year I've got o ring lube stuff soaking on them.)
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