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Old 10-13-2018, 07:31 PM   #1
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Best way to temporarily winterize Escape?

Looking for ideas...

Taking Escape to Sparks, Nevada for the Christmas Holidays for two weeks. We will be staying in a resort, so Escape will be in the parking lot while we are there. I suspect the temps will go down into the 20s.

Since we full-time, I have never winterized our Escape. What is the smallest air compressor I can use to blow out the water, since it will be sitting in the parking lot for two weeks? After that, we will be heading south again, so we will be using the plumbing again.

Or, should I not worry about it?

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Old 10-13-2018, 07:35 PM   #2
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Vodka is cheap in Nevada! Drain the water heater and pump vodka through the lines. I'm serious.
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Old 10-13-2018, 07:49 PM   #3
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Fred, if you have the E-Z winterizing set up, just drain your water heater and fresh tank, turn the valves to water heater and hook up 1 gal of rv antifreeze and turn on your pump, fill your lines with antifreeze and done. One man operation, 10 minutes max.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:12 PM   #4
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Hi Fred
If you dont have a winterizing T valve you can get a manual suction pump that will hook up to your fresh water inlet and pump the antifreeze directly out of the jug and through your fresh water system. Isolate your hot water heater and pull the anode. Then like Jim says, drain your fresh water tank. Open each tap one at a time and pump antifreeze till it comes out each one and the toilet flusher. Take the shower hose off and open it at the head and drain the water out of the hose. This Would save you needing a compressor and the whole pump rig does not take up much room. Comes blister packed and costs like $20. That’s what I used last winter in Iowa where it got in the-20s for a couple weeks. My 21 does not have a winterizing T valve either and I probably won’t mess with installing one. Took 2 gallons of RV antifreeze @2.69 a gallon.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:34 PM   #5
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Just did mine. Remove the city water screen and press the valve inside to release any water before hooking up the pump.
Don't forget your exterior shower, if you have one.
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Thanks Glenn, I forgot the screen plunger. And don’t have an outer shower. But I did have good luck with the little hand pump.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:52 PM   #7
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Wife and I get to yell at one another, just like backing the trailer. She can't hear me, cause she's inside the trailer to open taps, and I can't hear her because of the traffic noise ( and she claims I'm deaf ). Only takes a couple strokes of the pump for antifreeze to start flowing and if she doesn't open a tap, you can't pump at all.
Instructions are to dump antifreeze into the P-traps too, but I wonder why? There is lots of room for expansion, but I do it anyway.
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Put some water in a small open bucket, and leave it outside in freezing weather. You might get away with it, but you'll likely find a cracked bucket later. The trap is much more restrictive to the expanding ice.

Accessible traps can be removed and fully drained, instead of filling them with antifreeze. I pull and empty the traps that I can reach, then put them back and let surplus antifreeze from flushing the water lines sit in the traps.
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Don't know what the "smallest" compressor is that you can use to blow out the lines but I've done it with this one coming home from trips south in the winter. Maybe the specs will help. https://www.viaircorp.com/portables/300p
I use an optional extension hose and a fitting for the city water fill.
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Vodka is cheap in Nevada! Drain the water heater and pump vodka through the lines. I'm serious.
I second the motion.
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