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Old 09-19-2017, 04:31 PM   #1
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Winterizing 1999 Brave SE

As a newbie to this I wanted to try to get some information. I have read the owners manual which is very detailed so assume it will not be a huge problem
but I haven't done it yet.

I really enjoy camping in the off season when the weather is much cooler. Once experienced with the process how long does it take. We have some strange weather during winter where temperatures can be well above freezing for extended periods. If it is not to time consuming I may open it up and use it for a trip this winter.

Thanks for any input you may have
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I winterize by blowing compressed air through my plumbing instead of using gallons of RV antifreeze. I still use a gallon of that to winterize drain traps, but I prefer air rather than filling with antifreeze in the fresh water plumbing. The antifreeze definitely takes longer to flush and get ready for a cold weather weekend trip. I open all low point drains and faucets, and pull the drain plug from the water heater and let gravity do its thing. I then close drain valves and replace WH plug, then run air through the system, opening each faucet one by one until only air comes out.
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I winterize by blowing compressed air through my plumbing instead of using gallons of RV antifreeze. I still use a gallon of that to winterize drain traps, but I prefer air rather than filling with antifreeze in the fresh water plumbing. The antifreeze definitely takes longer to flush and get ready for a cold weather weekend trip. I open all low point drains and faucets, and pull the drain plug from the water heater and let gravity do its thing. I then close drain valves and replace WH plug, then run air through the system, opening each faucet one by one until only air comes out.
X2. Don't forget to run air through the pump and toilet, washer, and ice maker also
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I winterize by blowing compressed air through my plumbing instead of using gallons of RV antifreeze. I still use a gallon of that to winterize drain traps, but I prefer air rather than filling with antifreeze in the fresh water plumbing. The antifreeze definitely takes longer to flush and get ready for a cold weather weekend trip. I open all low point drains and faucets, and pull the drain plug from the water heater and let gravity do its thing. I then close drain valves and replace WH plug, then run air through the system, opening each faucet one by one until only air comes out.
X3.

I can do a winterizing in under an hour. They make adaptors so you can blow air in your water tank too.

And in the early winter, I don't do anything but keep the water and waste tanks 1/2 or more full. Thermal inertia keeps things from freezing. It takes very low temps to freeze water quickly. If you have your tank bays so the sun beats on them in the warmest part of the day, you can keep your water unfrozen for weeks at 20F.
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Thanks for all the tips sounds like the pressurized air may be the easiest and fastest since I may be doing it more than once.
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