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Old 11-23-2014, 06:52 AM   #11
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They make the adapter in both plastic and brass. I went with brass thinking it would last longer. Just be careful with the air pressure. I use about 40 psi. Here's what Camco says with their brass blow-out plug:

"How it Works
Drain your water lines as much as possible. Once water is no longer flowing, make sure all your faucets are open and totally on. Thread the blow out plug into your RVs city water inlet and attach the oil-less air compressor to the brass quick connect. Turn the air compressor on a low pressure setting and slowly increase pressure. Do not exceed 50 psi. Once your lines are empty, remove the RV Blow Out Plug with Quick Connect and replace the cap onto your city water inlet."

I also stumbled across this post in the Jayco Journal:

http://blog.jayco.com/winterizing-yo...umbing-system/
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:02 AM   #12
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Personally I have no use for blowing out the lines. We had a mobile home on our property back in the late 80s and blew the lines when we left for the summer. I guess there was always a low spot or three along the lines, because there was never a spring that enough water hadn't accumulated to freeze, swell and crack the PVC. If air works for those using it, fine. But since we have to use the pink juice for P traps, etc., what's a couple more bucks for insurance?
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:19 AM   #13
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Personally I have no use for blowing out the lines. We had a mobile home on our property back in the late 80s and blew the lines when we left for the summer. I guess there was always a low spot or three along the lines, because there was never a spring that enough water hadn't accumulated to freeze, swell and crack the PVC. If air works for those using it, fine. But since we have to use the pink juice for P traps, etc., what's a couple more bucks for insurance?
Just so I'm making myself clear to folks reading along...

My developing preference for "air method" over "RV anti-freeze" is based on convenience and practicality...not cost.

We will use our TT year-round (it will not be stored during winter months) so it doesn't seem to make sense to winterize the fresh-water system with RV anti-freeze. Otherwise our winter camping would be continuous cycle of winterize after use, de-winterize before use, winterize again when done, etc., etc. Is that really what some folks do?

If there is a more convenient and effective method than "air pressure" for folks who continue to use their trailers during the winter, please share.

Thanks again for sharing your experiences!

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It's what I do, yes. We winterize around Labor Day, then camp, rewinterize. Same in spring. I'm in the camper using the antifreeze for drains, what's easier than pulling out my suction hose and sticking it into the bottle? No compressor and hose to mess with. I'm done in what, five minutes? As I said, if it works to use air, fine. I just don't care to risk a repeat of my prior experiences.
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It's what I do, yes. We winterize around Labor Day, then camp, rewinterize. Same in spring. I'm in the camper using the antifreeze for drains, what's easier than pulling out my suction hose and sticking it into the bottle? No compressor and hose to mess with. I'm done in what, five minutes? As I said, if it works to use air, fine. I just don't care to risk a repeat of my prior experiences.
Thanks, cekkk. The Jayco manual does say to pour RV anti-freeze in the P-traps and toilet after blowing out the water so there is some anti-freeze involved in the "air pressure" method.

What about the process of flushing out all the RV anti-freeze when you want to use it during the winter (i.e., the de-winterize process)? I've read that it takes a long time (some report weeks) to get rid of the "anti-freeze" smell/taste from the fresh water system.

What process do you go through to prepare to go camping during the winter once you've already winterized the RV using the "RV anti-freeze" method?

This will be our first travel trailer so I don't have any personal experience using either winterizing method.

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We are in the DFW area and blow it out pretty much every time we get back from a trip. I don't want stagnant water in the trailer.


We have the brass blow out fitting and a 20g air compressor in the shop and blowout the trailer in a few minutes.
When we head for home we open all the drain valves. When we get home we hook up the compressor (set at about 45ish lbs) and blow out the LP drains completely then all the faucets inside and out, then repeat the LP drains.
If it's after Nov.1 we put some AF in all the traps.


If there is going to be a hard freeze we go ahead and winterize the trailer even if we will be using the trailer soon.


I figure a little time and a few bucks of Antifreeze is cheaper than finding and then replacing a split line or fixture.
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I just use the outside shower to empty the fresh water tank as much as I can, and then leave the heat pump on all winter with the thermostat set to 50 degrees.

No problems so far.
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...If it's after Nov.1 we put some AF in all the traps. If there is going to be a hard freeze we go ahead and winterize the trailer even if we will be using the trailer soon. I figure a little time and a few bucks of Antifreeze is cheaper than finding and then replacing a split line or fixture.
Is there a problem with anti-freeze causing bad smell or taste to fresh water system? Does it require treatment (e.g., vinegar or bleach mixture) to eliminate the smell/taste before the fresh water tank can be filled up and used?
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Is there a problem with anti-freeze causing bad smell or taste to fresh water system? Does it require treatment (e.g., vinegar or bleach mixture) to eliminate the smell/taste before the fresh water tank can be filled up and used?
We always use RV Antifreeze and have never had a problem. Let me add a disclaimer though; we always use bottled water for anything we consume, cooking, coffee, brushing our teeth and so on.

I have no idea where the water comes from at the park.
We always rinse the faucet before we hookup and one time it ran a rusty brown for a few seconds before it cleared. I don't mind taking a shower in it but I'm not gonna drink it.
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We always use RV Antifreeze and have never had a problem. Let me add a disclaimer though; we always use bottled water for anything we consume, cooking, coffee, brushing our teeth and so on.

I have no idea where the water comes from at the park.
We always rinse the faucet before we hookup and one time it ran a rusty brown for a few seconds before it cleared. I don't mind taking a shower in it but I'm not gonna drink it.
We do pretty much the same, lots of bottled water, even for the dogs. However, we've used park water for cooking spaghetti and the like without problems. But we do use two filters, one being the Flow Pur softener.

As for flushing the pink from the lines, we take no special steps. It's pretty much just the opposite of winterizing. We run fresh through until the pink is gone.
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