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Old 10-01-2016, 10:07 PM   #1
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The Pink Stuff

It will soon be time to winterize the RV here in New England; something I've never had t do before.

I took a quick look on Amazon to see how much a few gallons of RV antifreeze were going to cost and yikes, that stuff is expensive!

Does anybody have a secret source for obtaining the precious pink stuff at a reasonable price?
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:26 PM   #2
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Did you try Amazon? Shipped to your door.

https://www.amazon.com/PEAK-PER0A3-R...=rv+antifreeze

Or Walmart

https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...head=rv%20anti

Or you could empty your tank and blow your lines out with compressed air.

http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/20...the-lines.html



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I'm not sure how you define expensive. A gallon runs about $2.50 here in OH. $12.50 in supplies & a bit over an hour of my time is cheap insurance against a split hose/busted pump.

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At my local Menards they had the premium stuff (good for -70) for almost $5/gallon and the regular stuff was around $2.60. Make sure you are looking at the regular stuff (assuming that's what you want).
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I'm not sure how you define expensive. A gallon runs about $2.50 here in OH. $12.50 in supplies & a bit over an hour of my time is cheap insurance against a split hose/busted pump.

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I've seen prices as high as $48/gallon.
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I've only used about a gallon each year with the TC and now the Flair MH by installing a water heater bypass, and a valve system that allows the pink to be fed into the plumbing at the pump. Then I drain the tank and water heater along with running a little air through the tank/drain to clear it. That has worked for me for years, but it may not get as cold here as it does where you live.

I usually get mine at Wally World too.

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It will soon be time to winterize the RV here in New England; something I've never had t do before.

I took a quick look on Amazon to see how much a few gallons of RV antifreeze were going to cost and yikes, that stuff is expensive!

Does anybody have a secret source for obtaining the precious pink stuff at a reasonable price?
My local ACE hardware just ran a special on ad. 2.50$ / gallon which was a deal. I purchased 24gallons of it and that will last me several years.

I used to think it was expensive, until the one year a cheaped out and didn't use it. (actually there were a set of circumstances that prevented me from winterizing) The following season I spent a couple thousand dollars replacing a water heater and chasing broken pipes.

I live in an area that really doesn't _require_ winterizing and it causes many to be lazy or not want to spend the 15$ on pink fluid. Then we get hit out of the blue with a week in the low 20's and the damage is done.

EDIT: being a big Amazon Prime user myself I had to go look it up. It appears Amazon is not the place to get RV antifreeze as the prices were rediculous.

Here is the cheap stuff at WM
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Super-Tec...3=2249&veh=sem
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If you look in the auto section of your local Wal-Mart you'll find Prestone RV Waterline antifreeze. It costs $5 a gallon when not on sale. The inexpensive stuff is around $2.50 a gallon.

I used four gallons.

I've seen 6-gallon cases of Prestone RV Waterline antifreeze online for around $38, which is obviously not a bargain when you can buy them at $5 each.
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FWIW Read the label. You somewhat get what you pay for. There are several blends out there sold as edible antifreeze. The cheap stuff is a different blend than the better stuff. We used to get straight polyethylene glycol in water then the price spiked and they all became a blend with other materials.

My assumption is that the better stuff tolerates more water if it is used to push the water out of the plumbing. That is why I tend to do a quick blowout then pump in the pink stuff. I also run enough through to fill the traps partly to assure I am pushing out trapped water.
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FWIW Read the label. You somewhat get what you pay for. There are several blends out there sold as edible antifreeze. The cheap stuff is a different blend than the better stuff. We used to get straight polyethylene glycol in water then the price spiked and they all became a blend with other materials.

My assumption is that the better stuff tolerates more water if it is used to push the water out of the plumbing. That is why I tend to do a quick blowout then pump in the pink stuff. I also run enough through to fill the traps partly to assure I am pushing out trapped water.

I think you are right. I heard there is something called virgin blend although I never seen it on the label. I winterized my boats with all the similar systems for many years and always used the pink stuff even in the engines, but as mentioned above I drained or blew out the systems first so not to to get a blend of water mixed with it. At West Marine you can get a -60 and a -100 antifreeze. If dilution is a concern maybe that would help.


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I've seen prices as high as $48/gallon.
I've never paid more than $4/gallon, and I only need 2. Where are you seeing it for $48???
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We purchase about 15 gals of the stuff yearly because we winterize our garage with a full bathroom and a washer. We are full timers but have property (no house, just a garage) in the Midwest so winterizing is required. We, however, do not winterize the RV since we head south for the winter. We usually buy ours art Menards or Wal-Mart four less than $3 per gallon.
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