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Old 11-05-2013, 01:33 PM   #15
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I doubt you'll taste any pink as long as you drain it next spring. (don't turn the water heater on!!). You won't be drinking it anyway. Just think....you'll be in the pink after your showers and dishes are washed!!
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:54 AM   #16
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When I dewinterize I always use 10-15 gallons of water with a strong bleach solution in the fresh water tank. I figure there are days in the fall and spring that are warm enough where nasty things can grow. I pump it through and let it sit in the lines and fresh water tank for a couple of days. Then drain the tank, fill with water and flush the lines. That also kills the glycol taste.
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When time to drain it, try to catch it. I recycle mine, sometimes I winterized two or three times a year if we decide to use the rig during the winter. I use new antifreeze in the lines each time, but I use recycled for traps, drains, and black and gray tanks.
If you blow the water out with air, then pump in antifreeze, and then blow out the antifreeze with air you can re-use the antifreeze as it will have very little water in it. I also find that by blowing it out with air, and because I removed the built in water filters, I can winterize my coach with one 2.5 gallon jug. Used to take me over two jugs.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #18
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Tell me about " removing" the built in filters. I take the cartridges out, but don't know how to keep them from filling up with a a quart or two of antifreeze.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:46 PM   #19
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Tell me about " removing" the built in filters. I take the cartridges out, but don't know how to keep them from filling up with a a quart or two of antifreeze.
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I remove filter housing when I'm done and pour the antifreeze in the sinks and toilet.
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Unless you completely filled the water heater tank, I'd be worried about the antifreeze concentration depending on the minimum temperature you're expecting. If it were me, I'd set the valves to bypass (closing the inlet and outlet valves from the tank) and drain the tank just to be sure that I didn't have a cracked tank next spring. Then again, I'm obsessive compulsive....

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I agree with RustyJC....drain the tank. There's no reason to leave it full of pink.
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Tell me about " removing" the built in filters. I take the cartridges out, but don't know how to keep them from filling up with a a quart or two of antifreeze.
On my coach the filter assembly was inside the access panel in the wet bay, so it was really hard to get in and get the cylinders off to remove the filters without spilling water everywhere, and not only do they hold about two quarts of antifreeze, it took a lot more than two quarts to push the water out because unlike a hose where the antifreeze pushes the water, the empty filter housings are a reservoir, so they mix the water and the antifreeze.

To remove them I cut them off - all the plumbing is Pex. There was enough Pex in the system to just put in a connector and clamp them together. You can rent a good Pex clamping tool at Home Depot if you don't have one.

Then I took the filter housing and bough a fitting to adapt it to a garden hose (Home Depot again) and now I use it on the campground water tap. Saves me time, trouble, and antifreeze.
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