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Old 11-06-2012, 08:44 PM   #11
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Since this is our first time with our TT we plan to use both methods to be sure. Ending with the pink stuff.

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:02 PM   #12
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In mid winter I have usually been able to find the pink stuff for a $1 or 2 per gallon and I stock up on it. And I always prefer to be on the safe side so I use both methods also.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:57 PM   #13
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I use the pink anti-freeze only, because it is so much easier to pump into the system (my air compressor is several hundred yards away from the camper, and an air tank takes several trips), gives reliable and positive confirmation that there will be no freezing, and only takes about 1 1/2 gallons and about 20 minutes, including external shower. In the spring, about one hour is sufficient to reverse the process. Just don't trust the air system, as air can blow over puddles of water, but anti-freeze gets it all. JMHO.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:17 PM   #14
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We had a pop up for several years and I only used the air method. Never had an issue. Now that I have a TT, (a 22FB as well) I am using the pink stuff just to be safe. (Don't forget the toilet valve). I was concerned about the small amounts of water in any of the valves. We can see 0 or lower degrees here, and I wanted to make sure. This is my first winter with this one.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #15
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I use the pink stuff because I like the visual confirmation that flows from each water source. I'd appreciate feedback from all the air fans as to what you don't like about the anti-freeze method.
The main thing I don't like about it is that because we don't have "deep winters" I can get out and camp numerous times in the winter (if it's around 50-60 degrees) and the air method makes it very easy as you don't have to flush out all of the lines - just hook up the water and go.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:55 AM   #16
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I use the pink stuff because I like the visual confirmation that flows from each water source. I'd appreciate feedback from all the air fans as to what you don't like about the anti-freeze method.
I don't like that yuky pick stuff in all of my water lines that I have to flush out before I can use the TT. Plus living in a northern area I may winterize & de-winterize my TT 5 or 6 times a year since if the weather is nice off we go. I also use the 12VDC air compressor. I can winterize or de-winterize on the road anywhere I am at the time in 5 or 10 minutes. I just can't see making this winterizing a big project. If the temp looks like it will drop below 10 degrees I select a dump station. After I dump I winterize. I can still use the toilet with bottled water along with a little RV antifreeze in my black and grey tanks to prevent the valves from freezing.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:36 AM   #17
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Don't know your location, but we had a large mobile home in the Rockies many years ago that we used in the summer. We blew out the lines ourselves, paid to have it done, it didn't seem to matter. When we opened in June there was a lot of PVC repairing to do.

Now we live on that same land and have had a couple TTs. I know many use the blow-out method with good results, but I can't be comfortable with it. You have to use the antifreeze in the P-traps and toilet anyway, why not just fill your pump's siphon tube with liquid, turn on the pump you haven't used, then drop the hose in a jug or two and be done with it? Remember to adjust your valving so you're not pumping into your water heater.
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I suspect either way for winterizing works. It just takes a lot longer with antifreeze to acomplish the task. Jayco shows proceedures for both in their manual. I doubt they would recommend both if blowing out the lines didn't work.
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Great feedback as usual...thanks for replying to my request for points of view on pink vs. air. I especially like the angle that air provides better flexibility to head out mid-winter (don't have to flush the pink stuff and then reload it when you get back). That could be the angle that makes me try the air method this winter.
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I suspect either way for winterizing works. It just takes a lot longer with antifreeze to acomplish the task.
I have winterized both ways and find it is quicker to use antifreeze. Only about 5 minutes with antifreeze. When using air I keep each valve open for several minutes, to allow all/most of the water in the line to be pushed out of the faucet. If I will be using the water system (Like this time of the year) I will use air. When it will be very cold for an extended amount of time I will use antifreeze.
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