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Old 09-19-2013, 04:38 PM   #15
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Our way of winterizing is" keep moving south" till it stops freezing .
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:58 PM   #16
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Our way of winterizing is" keep moving south" till it stops freezing .
What a nasty comment, that's hitting below the belt!
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:59 AM   #17
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Gravity Drain

I've gotten away with the gravity drain before too. Then one spring I sprung. Actually the valve on the commode leaked when I put water in the system. I pulled the toilet out and had to replace the durned valve as it had split! I guess enough water had some how accumulated in there and when it froze... Since then I've either had it winterized or been in warmer places. However this year I'm forced to leave later and want to learn to DIY. Easy enough with help from the good folks on this site

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"Gravity draining" is not my recommendation, (or suggestion).
It just is what I do, (and have done for 12 years), before storing my coach in WI winter temperatures with no freeze problems.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:13 AM   #18
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This limits the amount of air that can go through them, and you have to hold a tire chuck on them the whole time.
They make tire fillers that lock onto the stem. Take out the inner valve since you don't need to hold air pressure and it's pretty close to your solution.

Personally I just use the antifreeze. Too many stories on various sites about broken pipes from water running back into low points and freezing.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:57 AM   #19
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They make tire fillers that lock onto the stem.
I've had mixed results with them: poor locking action, low flow, and they fall apart after a distressingly short time. I finally found one that is solid and good quality, I wish I could remember where I got it, I want a couple more.
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I've gotten away with the gravity drain before too. Then one spring I sprung. Actually the valve on the commode leaked when I put water in the system. I pulled the toilet out and had to replace the durned valve as it had split! I guess enough water had some how accumulated in there and when it froze...
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As I said in a earlier post, when I winterize I simply "Gravity Drain" the fresh water system.....(I use NO RV anti-freeze and NO compressed air).
If/when the"gravity drain" method is used to winterize, everything must be drained.
If everything is not drained properly freezing damage can/will occur....
(especially at risk are the water pump, the toilet flush valve and the ice maker solenoid valve).

BTW, if the "blow out with compressed air method" is used, any/all water must be blown out, (or freeze damage can/will occur).....
If the "RV antifreeze method" is used, everything must get antifreeze into it, (or freezing damage can/will occur).

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What I do is blow all the lines out, each spigot one-by-one, and then I run anti-freeze through the pump and in all the lines and check it at each spigot. Then I blow the anti-freeze out so the anti-freeze isnt sitting in the water lines all winter, and I found blowing it out gets rid of the anti-freeze smell and taste out of the lines faster. That is what i have been doing for the last.....5 years ish
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