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Old 10-14-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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Just wondering what the thoughts are on using the air / blow method or running the pink stuff?

Last Friday it got below freezing here and used the air method the first ever in the 5 years that we have been RV'ing. Gotta say it was quick and easy. Used a friends home built air valve that screwed in the city water inlet, drained the HW heater, set the compressor at just under 40psi and began to open all faucets, including the toliet and outside faucet. All in all in took about 15 mins.

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Old 10-14-2009, 01:14 PM   #2
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i do both. i use less than 1 gal. of antifreeze. i think the quality of the faucets and water pump are marginal at best so a little antifreeze inside them makes me feel better.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:27 PM   #3
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I use just air have been doing this for years with no problems. I will go over my steps about 4 times to make sure allwater is out. I then put the pink in all drains. I have a friend who puts the pink in and then drains it all out the low point drains before blowing air through. He catches the antifreeze to put in drains.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:57 PM   #4
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I have never used the air method, till this year I bought a blow out hose from camping world and I am going to try the air method but I will also use anti-freeze, the winter's here get pretty fridgid so I will use the anti freeze, we have camped for over 30 yrs and I have always used anti-freeze, a few gallons of anti-freeze is alot cheaper than a repair job, I just feel safer when I see all the lines full of the pink stuff....probably jusrt a mental thing...LOL
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:31 AM   #5
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:18 AM   #6
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where are the low point drains on my 2008 sunset trail ?
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:53 AM   #7
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I prefer antifreeze. Once I have all the lines full, I know there is no pocket of water left behind to wreak havoc on our unit over the winter.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:00 AM   #8
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With the 40 below winters up here in the north I use antifreeze and lots of it. Usually good for 15 gallons (thanks Home Depot). Never had a problem and won't chance it for a couple of bucks.
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WOW 15 GALLONS!!! you must be putting it in your fresh water tank. must be fun in the spring flushing that tank.
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With the 40 below winters up here in the north I use antifreeze and lots of it. Usually good for 15 gallons (thanks Home Depot). Never had a problem and won't chance it for a couple of bucks.
We'll see -15 here, but 15 gallons?? Does your unit not have the winterizing kit (hose) attached to the water pump? Are you also filling the water heater? If so that can be bypassed. I use just under 3 gallons for my whole unit, and my unit is pretty long.
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Maybe I am a little crazy but we do not cook or drink the stored water in the trailer I put antifreeze in everything that holds, stores or conveys liquid. Have been doing this since we bought our first trailer 5 or so years ago and have never ever worried about freeze damage. Like I said I may be a little off my rocker but i never have any worries when i fire things up in the spring.
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Some of my friends use the air method onlybut I have been using that and anti-freeze. I used air and blew out all the lines including interior and exterior showers. I then closed all taps and low point drains and put in the anti-freeze. I was surprised to find about 3 cups of clear water coming from the bathroom taps before the anti-freeze made an appearance. In total I used just under 2 US gallons of anti-freezeincluding filling the traps. Air may work for some, but I've never trusted that method alone. Just remember to make sure the stub-line from the city water inlet to the rest of the plumbing is also filled with antifreeze or blown out by gently depressing the spring-loaded inlet valve located behind the filter screen.



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where are the low point drains on my 2008 sunset trail ?

On my ST30BH, they are on the door side on the rear end. They are tucked up in there. I have to get under on my back to get at them.
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How big of an air compressor do you need to do this? Last year we blew the lines out, worked very well, but we used my friends industrial sized (monster) air compressor, this year I don't have access to it, but I do have my own 5gal air compressor....would that suffice or do you need one with more 'oomph'



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Brad, your 5 gal will work fine. Just keep the pressure low.

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I use a 3 gal. compressor which works just fine. I then follow with anti-freeze to make sure, being as I live at 11,000 ft. elevation. Doesn't take long and I'll be doing it next week when I get back from current trip out. It's really nice here now in Ketchum, ID.
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I prefer antifreeze. Once I have all the lines full, I know there is no pocket of water left behind to wreak havoc on our unit over the winter.










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Just did mine today. I prefer the antifreeze. Up here in the Great White North, it's cheap insurance. I typically use about 2 jugs. I start at the furthest point from the pump and work my way back. When everything is pink I turn off the pump, open the low point drains (draining antifreeze into a bucket) then opening up all the taps and leaving them open for the winter. This gets most of the pink stuff out except where there may be a low point in the system. I've done it this way with my previous trailers and never had any problems with freeze up. The reason I've done it this way is because a few years back I'd left half a jug of antifreeze in my rv and when I went inside about mid winter the jug wasn't frozen but very slushy. I then figured that if the taps were left open and most of the antifreeze was drained there should be some room for expansion.
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