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djousma

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Posted: 09/12/19 11:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess it all depends....I used to just blow the lines, and pour AF down the drains in my old TT, but it was a simple setup. Now in my 5th, I use AF. I specifically went with AF because my 5th has a lot more to winterize that simply cannot be done just by blowing the lines out. Ice maker, Dishwasher (not just the water line, but the drain pump/line), Clothes washer (same issue as dishwasher with the drain pump, etc).

For as much as I spent on my 5th, a few $$$ on AF is just part of the maintenance and upkeep.


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Posted: 09/12/19 11:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do exactly what you do. Works well.


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Posted: 09/12/19 11:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

switched to air long ago, would never go back...

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Posted: 09/12/19 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We live in the Appalachian (Apple at chun) mountains in SW Virginia and we get down below zero on occasion. We get down in the teens and stay there for several days. We remove our water filter, open the low point drains, blow air through it all, open each faucet half a turn and pour some pink stuff down each drain, drain the hot water heater and we are done. We've only had a problem one time when DH forgot to remove the water filter one year. It came off in the spring in about 25 pieces. We won't do that again.


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Posted: 09/12/19 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've used air only since I had my 5th wheel. Never had a problem and it gets below zero here on occasion. I let the air run for an hour or better to make sure everything is empty.


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Posted: 09/12/19 12:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV Antifreeze for me. It's on sale here for $2.50 a gallon right now. I know my pipes and fixtures will not break over winter and I also know it is designed not to make me sick next year.
For the air compressor guys and gals, do yourself a favor and buy a 3 foot or longer piece of clear rubber tubing. Put it on the end of your airline and blow air through it for a few minutes. Now look at the inside of that tube. If you have an expensive compressor with filters on it you may still have a clear tube. For those like me that have the $100 harbor freight specials with no filters, you will likely see oil and or rusty water left behind. Not what I want to introduce to my water lines.


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Posted: 09/12/19 12:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I open the low drains and the fresh water drain and put AF in all of the traps. Done deal, but don't forget that darn outdoor shower. It got me one year.


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Hey... have done it both ways. using air only seemed to let the faucet. seals dry out... went back to the pink stuff... only takes 2 gal on a 30 footer...


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Been using air only for about 15 years on two different 5th wheels...empty the water heater first, pressurize the system, open faucets one at a time until I get air only, hold the toilet flush valve until I get air only, put pink stuff in the drains, and open the low point drains...maybe 15 minutes if I take my time, and have never had a problem.

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I use air and dump af into p traps. Works well for me and allows me to take advantage of the few breaks in weather we get in NW during the winter. When you use air you need to take a little extra effort to insure that toilet valve gets properly cleared - no big deal.


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