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Old 07-19-2013, 06:56 PM   #15
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For fifteen years I have been pumping Vodka into my water lines. That's right, vodka. I buy the cheapest stuff I can find, bypass the water heater and pump vodka until it comes out of all the spigots. It does have some advantages.

1. Low freeze point.
2. You can buy it fairly cheap.
3. Leaves absolutely no taste.
4. Sanitizes the system.
5. You can have a party in the Spring.

No ill effects on any rubber seals gaskets, etc whatever? I thought that was the argument
why alcohol in gasoline was bad for engines not designed for it...... Seals and gaskets and the
like getting harmed.

Maybe some thought this was a joke..... But I think it has real
merit, as long as my water pump, or faucets don't start leaking or failing !
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:04 PM   #16
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For fifteen years I have been pumping Vodka into my water lines. That's right, vodka. I buy the cheapest stuff I can find, bypass the water heater and pump vodka until it comes out of all the spigots. It does have some advantages.

1. Low freeze point.
2. You can buy it fairly cheap.
3. Leaves absolutely no taste.
4. Sanitizes the system.
5. You can have a party in the Spring.

Cooperhawk! You have me changing now. GREAT idea. Thanks so much. Hope the drunks do not know what I have done at the RV storage.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #17
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Before the pink stuff was around I and other boaters used cheap Gin and that worked fine.
Now I use the pink stuff then blow it out.
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Anti-freeze.
Air can blow right through water and when you stop the air the water can run back and pool in the low spots.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #19
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Open two outside drains hot and cold...drain water tanks...open all faucets, spigots, bathroom etc...run water pump until it runs dry...9 winters in Texas to Arizona no problems...
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Open two outside drains hot and cold...drain water tanks...open all faucets, spigots, bathroom etc...run water pump until it runs dry...9 winters in Texas to Arizona no problems...
This may work in Texas, Arizona and other warm climates but not in sub freezing and subzero conditions. The water pump only pumps what's left in the tank. When the tank is empty it's not pumping anything so your water lines are still full of water. Also, your drain traps are full of water.

In temperatures below 20F for more than a day or two, you'll have a popsicle and busted pipes from end-to-end.

So if you ever travel north of Texas and Arizona in the winter, buy some anti-freeze. It's cheap insurance.
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This may work in Texas, Arizona and other warm climates but not in sub freezing and subzero conditions. The water pump only pumps what's left in the tank. When the tank is empty it's not pumping anything so your water lines are still full of water. Also, your drain traps are full of water.

In temperatures below 20F for more than a day or two, you'll have a popsicle and busted pipes from end-to-end.

So if you ever travel north of Texas and Arizona in the winter, buy some anti-freeze. It's cheap insurance.
Stayed that way for 5 days at 5 even busting water pipes in nearby homes and flooding homes, not a problem with the RV at all, pump her till she's dry...I extended my suctions by adding lines inside both water tanks so they suck from the bottom...yielded another 19 gals of water as well...leave everything open is the secret...
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This may work in Texas, Arizona and other warm climates but not in sub freezing and subzero conditions. The water pump only pumps what's left in the tank. When the tank is empty it's not pumping anything so your water lines are still full of water. Also, your drain traps are full of water.

In temperatures below 20F for more than a day or two, you'll have a popsicle and busted pipes from end-to-end.

So if you ever travel north of Texas and Arizona in the winter, buy some anti-freeze. It's cheap insurance.
Not true. Must skiers that use their units in winter on weekends use air. I do it all the time and take care of the traps with either windshield washer or RV antifreeze.
The only problem I got was the first year with the antifreeze so switched to air and trouble free for 20 years.
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Love the vodka idea. Unfortunately don't have any cheap alcohol here in Canada.

I just fill my fresh water with the pink stuff and run all the faucets. Pretty easy. Unfortunately my pick up is not quite at the the bottom of the tank so it takes about 5-6 gallons.

One added bonus (I think) is that if you really needed to use the toilet, you have some liquid to flush.

Don't find it too bad to get out of the system in the spring. Defiantly gone after running through the first tank of fresh water.
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Perhaps my "taste buds" are "over sensitive" from gourmet cooking (a hobby). I tried antifreeze once, couldn't get the crappy taste of the stuff out of the water for months and bunch of flushing the fresh water tanks and pipes. Since then it's the air pressure for me. Drain the tanks, see it the air is coming out of the drain valves, close those, then wife goes from kitchen to bathroom and makes sure that air is coming out of all the places that water should flow, while I tend to "compressor duties" outside. After all that we put antifreeze in traps only..
On the other hand, if you bring the rig to Florida for the winter, you avoid all that nonsense.
Now using vodka that's got some merit.
Incidentally, wife uses vodka in a spray bottle for cleaning counters, food prep areas, fridge and as a general cleaner. Vodka is pretty cheap in New Hampshire since the state owns all the liquor stores.

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Vodka must be really really really cheap. I buy RV anti-freeze on sale here for $1.99/Gallon, case at a time. It only takes 2 gallons to completely winterize my RV, including the clothes washer. The store said it will probably be $2.99 this fall but I've still got 4 gallon remaining.
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Perhaps my "taste buds" are "over sensitive" from gourmet cooking (a hobby). I tried antifreeze once, couldn't get the crappy taste of the stuff out of the water for months and bunch of flushing the fresh water tanks and pipes. Since then it's the air pressure for me. Drain the tanks, see it the air is coming out of the drain valves, close those, then wife goes from kitchen to bathroom and makes sure that air is coming out of all the places that water should flow, while I tend to "compressor duties" outside. After all that we put antifreeze in traps only..
On the other hand, if you bring the rig to Florida for the winter, you avoid all that nonsense.
Now using vodka that's got some merit.
Incidentally, wife uses vodka in a spray bottle for cleaning counters, food prep areas, fridge and as a general cleaner. Vodka is pretty cheap in New Hampshire since the state owns all the liquor stores.

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Have you ever thought of using white vinegar to flush out? ( disinfectant and deodorizer)
the vinegar will remove the pink stuff and disinfect the lines, then you can flush with clean water. I have used it for years in my washer rinse cycle and it removes all the soap, clears the drains and cleans the washtub, also leaves clothes soft and really clean smelling... I also use it for all household cleaning...

I think if you used this and let it sit for at least an hour to overnight, it would remove all traces and the aftertaste of the pink stuff.
I have to admit that I haven't done this yet, but I shall, because it is an economical and environmentally safe product...nothing to lose but a bit of time to give it a try
(i also use washing soda ( borax) in laundry (saves on soap) and use it straight to clean chrome, sinks, tubs etc instead of the chemical powders )


Here is an interesting site on the properties of vinegar

Vinegar Works.Wonders.

(i fear I would clean with vodka like I cook with wine.......
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With our mild winters here in the NW I just keep heat in the rig. A 100W bulb in the wet bay and a couple 1500W cube heaters inside do just fine.
We try to get out several time during the fall, winter and spring so keeping heat in it is much easier but probably not cheaper!
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