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Old 11-05-2014, 12:09 PM   #43
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If I had to put the pink in my fresh water holding tank I wouldn't use pink! When we bought our MH the first thing I did was was put a two way valve in front of the fresh water pump with a foot and a half of hose so I can suck the pink right out of the jug. Easy..peezee and it flushes completely out once hooked back up to fresh water without any after taste. If your putting the pink into your freshwater holding tank I'm sure you'll have the pink taste for quite some time.
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:16 PM   #44
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I'll say it again. Unless you love that sweet sickening taste of pink, use VODKA! I have been doing it for years.

1. Doesn't freeze.
2. And most important, no taste.
3. Sanitizes.
4. Party in the Spring.

But..........if you do love the taste of pink, enjoy.
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If I had to put the pink in my fresh water holding tank I wouldn't use pink! When we bought our MH the first thing I did was was put a two way valve in front of the fresh water pump with a foot and a half of hose so I can suck the pink right out of the jug. Easy..peezee and it flushes completely out once hooked back up to fresh water without any after taste. If your putting the pink into your freshwater holding tank I'm sure you'll have the pink taste for quite some time.
I agree with you concerning not putting the pink into the fresh water tank, just like the water heater it is just too easy to empty completely.

As for the rest of the lines, I have found that using any pink with "ethanol" (usually the cheap pink stuff) causes the pink taste. Look for the pink with propylene glycol as the main ingredient, it leaves no after-taste.

Both ways work, no sense in trying to convince anybody which is best. Actually, the best way was pointed out to me (was it you, Mel??), simply move south!

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Old 11-05-2014, 12:39 PM   #46
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If I had to put the pink in my fresh water holding tank I wouldn't use pink! When we bought our MH the first thing I did was was put a two way valve in front of the fresh water pump with a foot and a half of hose so I can suck the pink right out of the jug. Easy..peezee and it flushes completely out once hooked back up to fresh water without any after taste. If your putting the pink into your freshwater holding tank I'm sure you'll have the pink taste for quite some time.
I installed that set up on my last motorhome and it worked like a charm and only used a couple of gallons of the pink stuff. One day I'll get around to installing one of those kits in this one and maybe save $10 to winterize. Doesn't really matter much about the taste, since the DW won't drink tank or CG water. She doesn't feel it's healthy. I'm not going to argue wth her, because I'm not going to win anyway... We buy cases of cheap bottled water and use them to make coffee and for occasional drinking. Same with ice... we buy ice even though we have an ice maker...
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Move south. If not I use air and pink. Life is too short to spend it replacing lines, fittings and valves.

Does not take long to hook up the water and flush out the lines. Park beside the lawn, run the hose out and let-er rip. Grass seems to like the pink.
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As for the rest of the lines, I have found that using any pink with "ethanol" (usually the cheap pink stuff) causes the pink taste. Look for the pink with propylene glycol as the main ingredient, it leaves no after-taste.

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Like I said previously, Prestone RV antifreeze does not have the disgusting smell, or taste. You can get it at Walmart too. Just a buck a gallon more.
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Good morning, Tim.

I used to follow your procedure exactly, until a friend asked why I was duplicating the process. Most folks use one over the other, and since I like keeping everything lubed all year, I just dropped the air compressor procedure. The process of pumping the antifreeze thru the lines pushes the water out, so am I missing something, what is your reason for doing both?

Thanks in advance for any advice, never too late for me to learn something!

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Just like the lawn the neighbor's tell me instead of mowing I am vacuuming the lawn. I would hate to have a pipe burst just to save a buck. It can and has been 30-45 below in the winter up here. I also run each faucet till the pink comes out same with the toilet and WH and the water pump gets filled too. I flush the system out a few times in the spring, and have never tasted the pink stuff.
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Anal retentive I've been told.
Just like the lawn the neighbor's tell me instead of mowing I am vacuuming the lawn. I would hate to have a pipe burst just to save a buck. It can and has been 30-45 below in the winter up here. I also run each faucet till the pink comes out same with the toilet and WH and the water pump gets filled too. I flush the system out a few times in the spring, and have never tasted the pink stuff.
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If it really gets that cold where you live you are very close to the Pink stuff freezing. It is only good to -50f
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Like I said previously, Prestone RV antifreeze does not have the disgusting smell, or taste. You can get it at Walmart too. Just a buck a gallon more.
This is good to know. Most look for an alternative to the pink stuff because of lingering taste. Most, me included, probably thought all pink stuff was the same chemistry.
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Anal retentive I've been told.
Just like the lawn the neighbor's tell me instead of mowing I am vacuuming the lawn. I would hate to have a pipe burst just to save a buck. It can and has been 30-45 below in the winter up here. I also run each faucet till the pink comes out same with the toilet and WH and the water pump gets filled too. I flush the system out a few times in the spring, and have never tasted the pink stuff.
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Thanks, Tim. I, too, am a lifetime member of the Type-A club! Maybe that explains my membership with the "Pink Stuff" club, also. . .

I thought it got cold here in Colorado, you can keep the 30-45 below! That is just tooooo cold, never even thought about the pink freezing.

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Based on my personal experience I can tell you that 2 gallons, (or more), of water left in a fresh water tank and allowed to freeze will not hurt anything, (even in sustained sub zero temps).
However, letting a FULL tank freeze solid is a different story.
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Mel, the issue with leaving 2 gallons of water in the freshwater tank occurs when you follow the manufacturer's directions of putting 5 gallons of the pink stuff in there. Now you've diluted the stuff enough to cut it's effectiveness down to 75%. Then when you run and leave the diluted stuff in the lines, and we have a cold winter like we get here in upstate NY, it's a recipe for disaster...

The best way to winterize (IMO) is to run the pink stuff from just before the freshwater pump and not through the FW tank... Although that is the way I'm doing it now.
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If it really gets that cold where you live you are very close to the Pink stuff freezing. It is only good to -50f
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CLOSE "doesn't count" when it comes to freezing!
CLOSE to 32 degrees F will NOT freeze water....
CLOSE to -50 F will NOT freeze "good to -50f pink stuff".
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Go pink, taste just like chicken
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Very funny I still have never had the taste after flushing the system out in the spring, that's so far away
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