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Old 02-24-2014, 04:51 PM   #1
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winterizing question

My wife doesn't want my using anti-freeze in the water tank and pumping it through the lines. That means blowing out the lines with a compressor. I don't own an air compressor and don't need one except for this one job. Shopping on line for a compressor brought up dozens of options from 12v tire inflaters to more powerful 110v models. I realize I need to regulate the pressure to no more than 25psi and might need to purchase a regulator. My intincts tell me to get a 12v portable one that might get used to inflate a tire or something. I was wondering if anyone has any input or advice on the subject. Can a 12volt tire inflator be used for winterization?
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:03 PM   #2
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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.

Either one like this that uses a tire inflator.



Or one like this that you can hook the air line directly to.

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Old 02-24-2014, 05:05 PM   #3
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But your wife can rest assured that if you use a true RV antifreeze, then rinse it out good in the spring, it is not at all harmful, and if any residual taste is left, a good cleaning with a cup of bleach to a tank of water will fix that. Then rinse.
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I bought a small portable compressor that has adjustable output-- like $90 -- at Home Depot. Besides winterizing, it's also handy for the trailer tires, and bike tires, and blowing off things that need cleaning.. I'm happy I got it.

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Harbor Freight shows a 1/3 hp pancake for $60. For occasional use it may suffice. 1cfm at 40 may be enough oomph.
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Just a side note if your worried about antifreeze and are sold on blowing out your lines make sure you have a oil filter/trap if you have a oil cooled/lubricated compressor otherwise you could be blowing an oil mist in.

I installed a winterizing valve on my 19 and once I have displaced all the water with antifreeze I then drain the lines thus if a small amount of liquid is present somewhere it will not freeze. In the spring I simply flush the system for 2 or 3 minutes and aside from the chlorine in the water I find no taste left behind.
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Yes, make sure it is an oilless compressor if used for rv lines.
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Thats a great idea to use anit freeze and then blow it out, there would be next to none left in there and if there is a small little place that doesn't get drained its antifreeze so it wont wreck anything
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I just bought an oil filled compressor for just this reason. Never thought about the oil mist. Where can I get an oil filter trap? I didn't know there was such a thing, but now feel that I need one. PGDriver Your comment makes sense
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You can get the filter at most stores that sell compressors. Here is a couple links to ones at Rona. I use one on my 60 gal shop compressor, so it doesn't stain the wood. There is not very much put out, but still worth being careful of.

Mini Air Filter | RONA

This is the one I use in my shop.

http://www.rona.ca/en/air-filter
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