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Old 02-24-2014, 07:05 PM   #11
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Thanks again Jim!! We have a Rona store in Cranbrook.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:49 PM   #12
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I'm sure you can operate the compressor without adding the oil, the oil protects the tool and when you use an oil less pump you are supposed to add oil to the tool. With the oil compressor set up there is an oil reservoir, just empty or by pass when using to winterize.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:16 PM   #13
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The 12V models will not produce the volume of air needed to blow out the lines. They do produce enough pressure to inflate a tire, but it is painstakingly slow. If you know a woodworker, they most likely will have one to borrow. You just need the adapter to hook to your water inlet.
We have been using a small 12 volt compressor (Bon-Aire DD25CN 12V Direct Drive Vehicle Air Compressor/Inflator) we bought at Costco and it has worked very well for inflating tires and also blowing out water lines. The compressor has a built in air pressure gauge. You can pressurize the water system to 30 psi, then open the taps one at a time, and it seems to blow out most of the water, as far as I can tell. I had to remove the washer and screen from the water intake and replace it with a regular hose washer before installing the blowout plug, as otherwise it was not possible to pressurize the water lines.

This compressor is small and portable and we take it with us for adjusting tire pressures when needed.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:29 PM   #14
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I've always had luck blowing out the lines in my Scamp with a Black and Decker air station and a Schrader valve. I'm I just fooling myself and feeling lucky?
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Does that work with one go, Brian? It would seem that it would build pressure, but with little air behind it. I do carry one of those small compressors too, it has come in handy.
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I'm sure you can operate the compressor without adding the oil, the oil protects the tool and when you use an oil less pump you are supposed to add oil to the tool. With the oil compressor set up there is an oil reservoir, just empty or by pass when using to winterize.
With an oil compressor, it is the oil in the compressor that you are filtering out. You are likely thinking about compressors with tool oilers in-line, that do lube the tools. These are used mostly in mechanical shops. In setups that use the filters like I listed, you are trying to remove all the oil from the compressor out of the line, as you would not put and oiler, and an oil filter, in-line with each other.

Even the site compressor I use, uses an oil filled compressor, and even though there is a bit of oil in the line, I still have to lube my tools, though some of the new ones no longer require it.
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Does that work with one go, Brian? It would seem that it would build pressure, but with little air behind it. I do carry one of those small compressors too, it has come in handy.
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No, I need to pressurize the system several times and blow out until no more water comes out in each line. I have an accumulator in the water line, so once the system is pressurized there is quite a bit of air to help blow out the lines.

I drain the hot water tank separately and pull the anode rod.

I use RV antifreeze just in the P-trap under the kitchen sink since we don't have a toilet or shower in our little trailer.

This has worked fine for three years so far.

When we were winter camping in January we bypassed the hot water tank, hooked up to the water supply, then re-winterized when we got back. Fairly easy to do.
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With compressors its all about CFM at PSI.
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