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Old 12-16-2015, 06:25 PM   #1
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Antifreeze Concern

Hi all,

I purchased some Zecol rv antifreeze at Lowe's which was purported to contain propylene glycol, water, and corrosion inhibitors. This brand had a very strong odor compared to other propylene glycol based antifreeze I have used.

Is this expected or should I flush this stuff and go with another brand?

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RV antifreeze (pink stuff) for the fresh water plumbing of the RV is normally odorless. I just checked a new gallon container (SuperTech from Walmart) and it has no odor at all.

It will sit in your lines and water heater all winter and I don't think you want an odor that may be hard to get rid of. Check another brand.
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Is this for your engine or your water system ? Two completely different antifreeze's.
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The stuff you bought is not for a fresh water system!
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:43 AM   #7
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It was pink and clearly labeled as rv antifreeze for fresh water systems, but may have been incorrectly manufactured.

I have completely drained and flushed my fresh water system and replaced the Zecol with my usual brand.

Thanks for the replies.

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Here is what I bought http://m.lowes.com/pd/Zecol-1-Gallon-Antifreeze/3431862


I looked at it again and it clearly states propylene glycol. But the spec sheet at the lowes website says it contains ethyl alcohol, which would smell bad. Not sure what to believe, but purged it anyway.

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I think you're on the right track. While propylene glycol costs a little more, it is better for you and your fresh water system than ethanol alcohol based antifreeze (What you need to know about RV Anti-Freeze - J&M Camper SalesJ&M Camper Sales). Also, the cheap Walmart stuff does have a distinctive smell, but the smell is very different than engine antifreeze. BTW, if you read the Walmart label, it says that it is toxic and warns about ingestion... do you want that sitting in your plumbling for 4-6 months?
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I think you're on the right track. While propylene glycol costs a little more, it is better for you and your fresh water system than ethanol alcohol based antifreeze (What you need to know about RV Anti-Freeze - J&M Camper SalesJ&M Camper Sales). Also, the cheap Walmart stuff does have a distinctive smell, but the smell is very different than engine antifreeze. BTW, if you read the Walmart label, it says that it is toxic and warns about ingestion... do you want that sitting in your plumbling for 4-6 months?
Yes, since it only listed propylene glycol, I assumed it was just like the other stuff I usually purchase. It was in the system for just a few hours after which I flushed it completely and added my usual. I was not trying to buy the cheap stuff. The Zecol ingredient list lead me to believe it was equivalent to my usual brand.

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