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Old 10-20-2013, 07:51 AM   #71
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What kind of air compressors are you using to blow the lines out? I was thinking of renting a large Makita 2.5 hp air compressor but first used my 12 V Canadian Tire air pump I use to top up my trailer and vehicle tires and connected to the water line. To get 30 psi I had to open/close each facet one at a time. I would get short bursts of pressurized air and I got a few ounces of water out of each facet/toilet/outside shower. Then followed up with antifreeze in each trap.

I am wondering if I should redo the job with a real compressor.
If you got 30 psi with the small one that is adequate, you do not want to put too high of a air pressure into the lines. Thirty psi does the job whether from a small or big unit.
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:00 PM   #72
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3 way valve

Thanks to site member Parker's research and install I followed his mod and installed a 3 way valve in the pump inlet line coming from the tank yesterday. Total job took about 10 minutes. Just cut the line with a razor blade or sharp knife and removed about a 1/2 inch of it to allow room for the valve. The first picture shows the valve with a cap installed on the branch line. The second picture is Parker's pumping the antifreeze through the system.

Now to winterized drain and bypass the water heater. Then just use the low point drain and switch the valve and screw on a piece of 1/2 vinyl hose and stick the other end in a gallon of antifreeze, turn on the pump and open all faucets and toilet valve until you get pink. Pour a little in shower drain and run some through interior shower head and outside shower if you have one and your done. The hose going to the antifreeze could be left on all the time if you desired we just feel better with a cap on it when not in use.

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Old 10-27-2013, 02:08 PM   #73
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This is the E-Z winterizing set up option I asked Escape to install on my new 21'. It was a little hard to access the pump in the 19 so I asked for it in the new one. Good job and thanks for the links for others to purchase.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #74
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It was 27 degrees here last night, cause for concern. I have read page 12 of the owners manual. Read Tammy’s instructions and all you guys’ great posts on how to winterize. I do worry about that valve for the latrine. Have put off doing the winterizing for too many, many days. Don’t think this is mere procrastination. It could be fear of the unknown. Or love of the self-fulfilling prophecy. Brain needs more than the printed word; like pictures, for processing where what needs to be done. Pictures make it easy.

You know, I couldn’t figure out where to find the hot water heater. Or where the pump on-off switch is. Bypass valves? P-traps? Low point drains? The brain boggles. I closed my eyes, extended my hand way out, but no one placed a can of beer in it. Read them posts again, even printed them out. Then, little by little, a picture of what needed to be done became clearer, like a lifting fog on route 101 on an Oregon morning. All the drains began to open.

Bought a blow-out plug. I have a small compressor I use for my airbrush. Believe it or not, it was a thrill to see that 2 ounces of water drain out of the toilet.

Using compressed air is a great idea. Think all the lines have been purged now. Got the pink antifreeze handy but since we want to do some winter camping yet ahead my plan is to hold off pouring it into the system, and, put my faith in air power.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #75
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Myron,

I like the way you write...

If you haven't already, you do want to dump some antifreeze in the traps, even if you'll be going out again. The compressed air clears the supply lines, but not the drain lines.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #76
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Thanks, muchly appreciated ....and, I was hoping somebody would tell me (confirming) to at least add some antifreeze for the traps, etc.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:07 PM   #77
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I would add it. No so much for the traps themselves as the waste valves. Cheap insurance...
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:08 AM   #78
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Did it yesterday, Donna. So early this morning I see it dropped down to 44 overnight. Ah, but wait until next Wednesday.
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Myron, I went through the same thing last weekend before starting my winterizing. After so much reading about the process and all the ideas on here it was easier than I thought. I used a compressor to blow out the lines too. I am creating a checklist to go through next year to make it simpler. Tom's mod above looks nice but using a hand pump to pump the antifreeze from the outside was pretty easy as long as you have someone to help you.

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Old 11-03-2013, 10:03 AM   #80
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yes the outside pump is a team effort, whereas the inside pump method can be done alone.
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