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Old 10-12-2015, 01:04 PM   #1
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Winterize - Blowout or Antifreeze

Can I winterize my Jayco x23b by simply blowing out the lines and then by putting a gallon of antifreeze in each of the grey and black tanks?
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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Technically you can blow out your lines with air, but you can't get your various traps and things. When I winterize, I use antifreeze and then open my low point drains to get most of it out. I have also always used antifreeze to at least flush the hot water heater a little bit, and then drain it as well. I don't like the idea of leaving anything in there that might be water. Don't forget your city water hookup and your outside shower either!
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For the traps, that's why I'd pour a gallon of Antifreeze in the drains (kitchen, shower, bath). I'd think doing that after you blow it out you'd be all set. Thoughts?
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Too much risk for me. Will there still be some water left in the pump? Will there still be some in the bottom of the hot water tank that can freeze? Will there still be some in some corner of the line that air did not get to? Too many ifs for my liking. If I pump antifreeze through the lines I am sure. It doesn't really take that much, and you can usually do your traps at the same time.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:06 PM   #5
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I never put antifreeze in the tanks. There's enough room for expansion when they're drained properly.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:17 PM   #6
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I've always used air with no problems. A bit of water here and there won't hurt anything. There's plenty of room for the bit of water that's left to expand in multiple directions without damaging anything. I put a cup of antifreeze in each P trap, a bit of antifreeze in the toilet and call it good.
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I like both.


Blow out the lines. Then charge the system with antifreeze. The process of purging the air puts enough antifreeze in the traps and waste tanks to prevent damage.


Throw a quart of anti-freeze down the gravity fill and we're done!
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I do both! But a lot really depends on where you are at. In Minnesota we can get really cold, so I like the antifreeze to be full strength to get maximum protection. So I first blowout the lines first. Then pump antifreeze through the lines (full strength). Then blow out the anti-freeze from the lines. The P-traps get their antifreeze from water lines. Before I start winterizing I make sure my tanks are well drained. Close the dump valves, and whatever antifreeze gets down there dilutes any remaining water, to protect the valves. I also add a little bit of mineral oil down each drain to keep the anti-freeze from evaporation. I also do this to the toilet too.

The water heater and the waste tanks are big enough that a little bit of water will not hurt them. I am more concerned about the valves than the tanks.
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Either will work, assuming you cover all sections of the plumbing. You just have to be a bit more careful if not using antifreeze. I have only had a trailer for 5 winters, but I only use the compressed air method, and (knock on wood) I have never had an issue. And it has gone below 0 here many times in MI.
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I do both as winters in Northern Ontario are very cold. Never hurts to be too careful and it only takes a few more minutes.
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