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Posted: 11/05/12 05:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All new units are shipped winterized (pink stuff in system). I would hope the dealer does the same to the used units they own!


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TiogaChevy wrote:

Could this just be something dealerships push at us to make a hundred plus bucks every Fall or in my case six bucks for the antifreeze?


Wal*Mart has the pink RV and Marine anti-freeze for $2.50 a gallon. Do it yourself and save the $100 bucks.


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The dealership should winterize the used units else they chance selling a leaky unit to a customer. Do they? I don't know. Putting in the pink stuff is not a dealer/supplier gimmick to take your money. I've had mixed results only blowing out the lines. If any line has a dip in it, some water will remain there. Don't ask me how I know.


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Rangerider wrote:

I see signs of the Pink Stuff at my Dealer in new units. Also see it when we go to RV shows in the area. So I'm guessing they do.

Same here, and in my neck of the woods there is no need to winterize so I assume that units are shipped from the factory winterized to some degree.


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They winterize every unit but not every dealer winterizes the same way. Some use air and some use AF. So this in no way dictates what is best.

It's my suspicion that manufacturers use AF to pressure check the system no matter what time of year they are built. This way no matter how long it sits on a lot it's safe. It would be an extra step to have to drain and blow everything out that just wouldn't be value added for them.


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Great responses! Sounds like dealers all do something more than just drain the lines by gravity. Also, appears manufacturers all do something different. I know mine never saw any AF and I gravity drained about 1 and 1/2 gallons of water from lines when I got it home last month. That was most likely the water used to pressure test the system. I am putting the AF in today. AF is too cheap to not do and chance broken line. New experience since this is the first RV I have had with a AF port. Always just put 3 gallons in fresh water tank and circulated it with the pump. Then 1 gallon in traps, gray and black tanks. This should be much easier and use less AF. Thanks for the input.


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When we looked at our kodiak the dealer didn't even have a chance to put it through service before they put it on the lot. It came from dutchmen with AF in the lines.
The dealer then tested the system and flushed most of it out. But we still had to sanitize the system when we got it home.

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Camping world and most RV dealers sell the chuck that attaches to your fresh water connection to blow out the system. Don't put more than 30psi in it when blowing it out.
You can Youtube a full video on how to winterize your trailer. It only takes about an hour and is very, very easy.


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Posted: 11/05/12 03:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It was during going over the new camper that the dealership showed me the low point drains and how to blow out the lines with air.





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Lets not forget that the manufacturer and dealers are not paying $ 2.50 a gallon. They have to be buying in bulk..aka 55 gallon drums or 275 gallon totes. Therefore the actual cost of winterizing is in the labor to do it

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