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In my 10+ years of travel trailer ownership here in the Pacific NW, I've never used anything other than compressed air to blow out my lines and winterize. I haven't used any of the pink stuff, apart from pouring some down the drain traps and to maintain the toilet seal.

I park my camper in Eastern WA for a few months each winter, where temps are frequently in the teens and below, and I haven't had any problems with freeze damage.

Now that I have a new 5th wheel that I'll be winterizing for the 1st time, I want to revisit this logic to make sure I'm not running any risks. Do any of you simply use air to blow out the lines, on top of, of course, draining the water heater and emptying the tanks?


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I don't know why I never thought of that..........

Duhhh... I am in Eastern Washington and winterize my sprinkler system by blowing it out with compressed air every Fall. Then I use pink antifreeze to winterize my RV. Never even considered using air on my RV's and have a bit of a challenge getting it all flushed in the Spring.

I am really curious to hear what experience others have had.


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I think you'll find that most winterize with pink stuff. Some blow out the lines first and then push in pink stuff.

But there's also people who just use air.

The big challenge with air-only is making sure you get it out of all low points. The one issue I had was the toilet's water valve held water and broke one winter. $35-45 later and it was fixed up.


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My MH is one of the larger investments I've made. As such I don't take any risks associated with potential frozen lines. Although I hate the pink stuff too, the few bucks you spend for its added protection is priceless. I blow out my lines and fill with the pink stuff every year.


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ependydad wrote:

I think you'll find that most winterize with pink stuff. Some blow out the lines first and then push in pink stuff.

But there's also people who just use air.

The big challenge with air-only is making sure you get it out of all low points. The one issue I had was the toilet's water valve held water and broke one winter. $35-45 later and it was fixed up.


Yes, that's a valid concern. My issue is that I store the camper off site for a few months and use it during the winter months. Using air only to winterize is so much easier for this, as I don't have to de-winterize by flushing the pink stuff out, and then reapply the antifreeze 3-4 different cycles of use.

I'll probably continue to use the air only method, but I'm a stand up guy and will come clean to everyone here if I suffer a cracked line, valve, or god forbid, a water pump due to freezing.

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Do you have 110v power at the storage site?

I have wintered in cold country in the past. I added some heat tape and a small radiant heater to keep the inside temperature above freezing when I was not using it.

I don't camp in the winter anymore unless it is in Arizona or Mexico.

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bobbyg123 wrote:

In my 10+ years of travel trailer ownership here in the Pacific NW, I've never used anything other than compressed air to blow out my lines and winterize. I haven't used any of the pink stuff, apart from pouring some down the drain traps and to maintain the toilet seal.

I park my camper in Eastern WA for a few months each winter, where temps are frequently in the teens and below, and I haven't had any problems with freeze damage.

Now that I have a new 5th wheel that I'll be winterizing for the 1st time, I want to revisit this logic to make sure I'm not running any risks. Do any of you simply use air to blow out the lines, on top of, of course, draining the water heater and emptying the tanks?


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2 gallons and 15 minutes with the pink stuff...if anything, blowing it out will take more time and effort.

If you get all the water out, blowing works...if you miss some...not so great.


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I wish we ONLY made it to the teens here...
Back in the day I used to just blow the lines out... then I got a newer trailer ( 1997 Holiday ) and found out on the first trip of the season that the toilet valve had broken. Started the pink stuff later that year and never went back.. I live in the North East, it can get cold , and stay cold for days/weeks in the winter here... for the cost, it's just not worth it in my eyes...


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PNW_Steve wrote:

Do you have 110v power at the storage site?

I have wintered in cold country in the past. I added some heat tape and a small radiant heater to keep the inside temperature above freezing when I was not using it.

I don't camp in the winter anymore unless it is in Arizona or Mexico.


I don't have access to that. Honestly, I may just run the pink stuff through and keep it winterized, even when I'm using it. It's actually easier in many respects to bring a couple of 6G fresh water jugs for toilet flushing, hand washing, and military showering.

Might be better to go this route until I'm fully up to speed on the new camper.

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