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Old 01-06-2015, 04:25 PM   #31
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I, too, just did my first winterizing yesterday (used AF).

The only questions I have are:

(1) what to do at city water connection (I've read to remove a screen and push a button...but no AF came out)

(2) anything needed to protect low point drains pep cocks? Currently mine are just open.

(3) what to do with clear hose at water pump that contains residual anti-freeze in it? (advice for preventing a mess when pull the hose out of the gallon jug)?

Thanks!
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:08 PM   #32
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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?
I wouldn't hold back on planning trips until March in Texas, just watch the weather, it's so simple to blow out the lines, just go have fun, then re-winterized it again if needed, it only takes me 10-15 minutes at the most to clear the lines
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:22 AM   #33
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Unhappy Final questions...

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I, too, just did my first winterizing yesterday (used AF).

The only questions I have are:

(1) what to do at city water connection (I've read to remove a screen and push a button...but no AF came out)

(2) anything needed to protect low point drain petcock valves? Currently mine are just open.

(3) what to do with clear hose at water pump that contains residual anti-freeze in it? (advice for preventing a mess when pull the hose out of the gallon jug)?

Thanks!
Dave

We are due for hard freeze in Texas Hill Country tonight (upper teens to low twenties).

Please see a few remaining questions above from a "newb" wanting to protect his first trailer.

Many thanks to all and we appreciate the help and feedback folks provide people like us on this site.

-Dave
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:47 AM   #34
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I, too, just did my first winterizing yesterday (used AF).

The only questions I have are:

(1) what to do at city water connection (I've read to remove a screen and push a button...but no AF came out)

(2) anything needed to protect low point drains pep cocks? Currently mine are just open.

(3) what to do with clear hose at water pump that contains residual anti-freeze in it? (advice for preventing a mess when pull the hose out of the gallon jug)?

Thanks!
Dave
1) At the city water connection, the system must be pressurized with the water pump, and you'll want to have the hose in the jug. Remove the debris screen and push into the plug with your finger. DO NOT put your face in front of the outlet, stand to the side! (ask me how I know...).

2) As long as all the water is drained through your LP drains, they should be fine, but if you want to fill them with AF, pressurize the system with the hose in the jug and open them, just like any other faucet. This will force AF through them and onto the ground (it's non-toxic, don't worry, but don't waste it either)

3) I usually let the pump suck most of the AF out of the hose until there is just some dribbles left and keep the open end pointed up and wedge it into my cabinet so gravity keeps the dribbles in the hose. That works for me, but if it didn't I would still let the pump suck the majority out after taking it out of the AF, and then sop up any dribbles with high absorbancy shop towels (blue paper towels)

YMMV

Good luck! It's already getting miserable out there. I just had to cancel a deer hunt for tonight, with all this wind, no animals are going to be moving!
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:49 AM   #35
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I forgot to mention:

Don't forget your black tank flush if so equipped (I use compressed air).

Don't forget your outside shower.
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:27 PM   #36
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I forgot to mention:

Don't forget your black tank flush if so equipped (I use compressed air).

Don't forget your outside shower.

God bless you, Camper_Bob! Awesome and thorough explanation. I've taken care of outdoor shower and outdoor kitchen sink.

I do not have a "blow-out plug w/quick connect" adapter to use compressed air to blow out my black tank flush connection.

Am I able to do anything else?
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:17 PM   #37
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God bless you, Camper_Bob! Awesome and thorough explanation. I've taken care of outdoor shower and outdoor kitchen sink.

I do not have a "blow-out plug w/quick connect" adapter to use compressed air to blow out my black tank flush connection.

Am I able to do anything else?
The camper supply places sell this part, it's the male end of a water hose combined with the male quick-connect air chuck.
I went to my local Lowes and was able to find a couple of threaded adapters and put together the hose-end and pipe thread adapter for the quick-connect. I try to keep spare air quick-connects on hand.

I had to scrounge through the various plumbing bins to find what I needed but they were there.

Some folks just blow the lines with air, some just use anti and some do both. I like to drain through the low point drains and then use the anti. Don't forget to slosh a little anti in all the drains and toilet.
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:12 PM   #38
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Thanks again to everyone for all the quick responses. We'd be lost without y'all helping out inexperienced folks like us. Really appreciated!

I just got back from Wal-Mart with their last plastic blow-out plug. Not the nice brass Camco with quick-connect (link below) but it will do to blow out my black tank flush connection before the hard freeze tonight.

http://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Campi...FetDMgodZm0Arw

Thanks again,
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Thanks again to everyone for all the quick responses. We'd be lost without y'all helping out inexperienced folks like us. Really appreciated!

I just got back from Wal-Mart with their last plastic blow-out plug. Not the nice brass Camco with quick-connect (link below) but it will do to blow out my black tank flush connection before the hard freeze tonight.

http://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Campi...FetDMgodZm0Arw

Thanks again,
Dave
Yeah, I had one of those. I bought mine under similar circumstances; in a pinch. I used it once, next day I ordered my brass one with the QC and I ain't never looking back! I HATED that plastic one, but it did what I needed it to do at the time.
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