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Old 11-24-2014, 09:50 AM   #21
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I'm just East of San Antonio, and for this last cold snap, I did a full winterization for the first time. I always open the LP drains and empty the WH when we store it, but I wanted some extra insurance. I brought my compressor out to storage (no power out there) hoping there was enough air to just blow out what was left in the lines. I didn't have quite enough air in my little pancake compressor to blow the lines to my satisfaction, so I went with plan B and pumped AF into the lines.

I probably won't do that again. I'm thinking I'm going to change my process and just blow out all the water EVERY TIME I store the trailer. We always have the trailer at home for a day for cleaning and what not after a trip, and I'll have plenty of air at home, so I won't have to worry about it at all. This gives me the added benefit mentioned above about not having ANY water in the trailer. Since we often store ours for a couple months at a clip, that water gets pretty rancid in this Texas heat. If there's a severe cold snap coming, I'll just pour AF in the traps and in the toilet and call it good.
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:45 PM   #22
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When winterizing using RV anti-freeze, are any steps required for the black tank flush?

I saw a video that mentioned hand-pumping anti-freeze through the black tank flush connection but no other videos, manuals, forums, etc. have mentioned the black tank flush and anti-freeze (at least that I've found).

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Old 01-02-2015, 06:08 PM   #23
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I previously lived in Idaho, temps were commonly down to zero in the winter months, I drained the hot water heater, blew out the lines, I then added pink antifreeze to the drain p-traps and the toilet, and I have never added anything specifically for the black/gray tanks, and never had any issues or damage. (obviously I drain all tanks too).

I made my own adapter to blow out the tanks, looking for the picture of it, if I find it, I'll post it
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:53 AM   #24
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I'm not comfortable with the blow out method. To tell the truth it seems like a lot of work to get out the compressor, prop open the toilet valve, blow the lines, then roll the pressure hose up and put it all away again. And then put AF in the p-traps. I've already got the AF, why not take five minutes to pump it through the lines? I think it's a Ford/Chevy/Ram thing.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:17 AM   #25
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I'm not comfortable with the blow out method. To tell the truth it seems like a lot of work to get out the compressor, prop open the toilet valve, blow the lines, then roll the pressure hose up and put it all away again. And then put AF in the p-traps. I've already got the AF, why not take five minutes to pump it through the lines? I think it's a Ford/Chevy/Ram thing.
IMO, the methods are too similar to compare this way. Attaching my compressor to the trailer is flipping a switch and attaching it to the City Water connection. My air hose is on a reel always ready to use, about 10 feet from the back of my trailer, and it takes longer standing there waiting for the compressor to pressurize than anything else.

To pump in AF, I flip some valves inside the trailer (WH Bypass, and winterizing kit valve by the pump) and pump in AF. My WH bypass is under the rear bunk, so that's a bit of a pain for me.

Both methods involve many of the same steps like draining all the water, going around to each faucet to bleed the water or flow the AF, etc.

The only real difference in process is connecting air vs putting a hose in the AF bottle. But for me, I made quite a mess with the AF last time, so I prefer the compressed air method. And here in TX it doesn't get cold enough for long enough to necessitate the AF sitting in the lines.

If I don't have an air compressor (meaning I don't have 110V AC power), and I HAVE to winterize, I will fill the lines with AF, but it's not my preferred method. Even that contingency is short-lived as I'm on the hunt for a good 12V portable air compressor that should do the job in a pinch.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:31 AM   #26
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My trailer has been winterized since the first week in December. I am certainly get antsy to take her out again but I dont want to have to repeat the winterizing effort again before the season starts. In that case, I guess I should wait to plan a trip until at least the end of March since living in Texas we sometimes get freezes that late. Any thoughts?
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It is a Ford/Chevy/Ram thing, just personal preference, and that is formed by convenience and maybe geography. Ten and 20 below temps where we live combined with our fairly frequent moves back and forth to warmer areas means I winterize at least three times, sometimes four and once, five times. So the AF works best for me.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:50 AM   #28
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I Have a buddy who kept a Lawton trailer at the deer lease who said winterizing was a waste of time, " it has plastic lines and I'm far enough south it doesn't get that cold".


Trailer filled up with water when he turned his pump on and found the fittings to the toilet had frozen and cracked.


He winterizes now.
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In Houston its pretty rare but happens about 1x a year that we dip below freezing more for than few hours at most. I'm new to this but this morning was 38 or so, I guess have to watch the weather as I haven't done anything yet. I'm planning on using it in a couple weekends. thanks for advice folks on winterizing, I'm likely going to have to do it eventually before spring.
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In Houston its pretty rare but happens about 1x a year that we dip below freezing more for than few hours at most. I'm new to this but this morning was 38 or so, I guess have to watch the weather as I haven't done anything yet. I'm planning on using it in a couple weekends. thanks for advice folks on winterizing, I'm likely going to have to do it eventually before spring.
Yup, they're predicting several hours of high 20's Wed night. Just got back from winterizing.
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