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Old 10-22-2015, 06:42 AM   #1
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Winterize - compressed air method question

If using the compressed air method only and not pumping the pink stuff, how do you assure there is no water in the fresh water pump, washer drain pump, and dishwasher drain pump?
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I used the compressed air method when I lived in Charlotte NC. I wasn't too worried about a hard freeze (way below 32) and the coach was close by if we had some unusually cold weather. Now that I'm back in Michigan, I do both. It saves on antifreeze and I know that it will down to zero at some point.
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Next question, how do you attach your compressor hose to the fresh water inlet and to the drains to blow them out? Thanks!
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Camco makes a fitting to do this. Here is a link RV Water Line BLOWOUT Plug with Brass Quick Connect Camco | eBay They are also made of plastic which is cheaper and does as good of job. Walmart probably sells them. Camco also has a hand pump that you can pump anti-freeze from a container and it connects to the fresh water fill. This is the method I use.
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Camco makes a fitting to do this. Here is a link RV Water Line BLOWOUT Plug with Brass Quick Connect Camco | eBay They are also made of plastic which is cheaper and does as good of job. Walmart probably sells them.
Thanks! How about the drains?
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Here is a link to the hand pump Camco RV Antifreeze Hand Pump Kit Water Line Tank Winterization 36003 New | eBay Just pour some AF (about a pint) in the traps.
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Here is a link to the hand pump Camco RV Antifreeze Hand Pump Kit Water Line Tank Winterization 36003 New | eBay Just pour some AF (about a pint) in the traps.
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Also helpful, but not not my question.

Don't you want to blow out your sink and shower drains? If so, is there anything to hook to your compressor hose?

Thanks again!
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Just pour about a pint of antifreeze into each drain. If you run each pump for a second or two, that should empty them pretty well.

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An old-fashioned rubber plunger works great to empty out traps. Then add anti-freeze.
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Thank you all.

Now just need to figure out the ice maker situation which we have never used, so not sure if it has any water in it or left over antifreeze from delivery.........
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I use air to blow out the lines. I then pour pink stuff in all the drains using up a gallon. Then I pour a gallon of pink into the black tank. I did have the water pump strainer freeze and break one year.

For the ice maker, I disconnect the line going into the freezer and let the water drain. You can blow out the line leading to the fridge. If there is water left in the ice forming tray I do not worry about it for obvious reasons.
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Don't want to blow out the traps, the odor from the Grey and Black tanks may make you regret cleaning them out.
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The water pump makers say to just run the pump dry, but sometimes that involves a fairly lengthy time of sputtering and glugging before the last of the water is gone.

For washers, just pour in a cup or two of pink antifreeze and start a drain or spin cycle for 15-30 seconds to get some fluid into and through it. We don't get severe freezing where I am, so I only worry about getting some antifreeze into whatever water is there. If you are in colder climate, try to make sure it is ALL antifreeze and not a blend.
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Normally, I would just run the pump a few seconds after blowing out the lines, but up in Alaska, I removed it and drained it. Surprising how much water dribbled out. Don't have an ice maker or washer but I've heard people run them after turning off the water. Seems like it would work.
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