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Old 09-30-2007, 05:59 AM   #1
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I am new to the forum and new to motorhomes after pulling a travel trailer for several years. I have always winterized my trailers with compressed air and using antifreeze in the bottom of the gray and black tanks plus the sink traps. While replacing the shower head and mixing valve in my 2000 Adventurer 35U, I removed the large panel on the shower wall to expose the shower plumbing. I was surprised to see water in the horizontal piping after I had supposedly blown out the water. I now wonder if this has been the case all these years I have been using compressed air or that this is unique with my motorhome plumbing.

Has anyone experienced plumbing failure due to freezing after winterizing with compressed air?
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I am new to the forum and new to motorhomes after pulling a travel trailer for several years. I have always winterized my trailers with compressed air and using antifreeze in the bottom of the gray and black tanks plus the sink traps. While replacing the shower head and mixing valve in my 2000 Adventurer 35U, I removed the large panel on the shower wall to expose the shower plumbing. I was surprised to see water in the horizontal piping after I had supposedly blown out the water. I now wonder if this has been the case all these years I have been using compressed air or that this is unique with my motorhome plumbing.

Has anyone experienced plumbing failure due to freezing after winterizing with compressed air?
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:32 AM   #3
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I had a 2000 35U until last year when I bought a new motorhome. I always winterized with the "pink stuff" and never had a problem. I've owned motorhomes off and on for over 36 years and never used compressed air to winterize--that's not to say that the compressed air method is bad, only I feel more comfortable with the "pink stuff"
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Old 09-30-2007, 02:56 PM   #4
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As a newcomer to RV's for only 5 yrs now.
We only use the pink stuff also put it in the fresh water tank and run through the system. Never had a problem yet.

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we do drain the water heater also
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:38 PM   #5
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I've also always used the pink stuff. It takes almost two gallon pulled into the suction side of the water pump (bi-pass valve installed)to do our Bounder. I've never put any antifreeze into the water heater or holding tanks. I just drain and leave the valves open. I put about a cup+ in all the traps, though. Winter temp has been as low as -10 F with no damage. The washer/dryer required almost another gallon and was a pain. Thankfully the DW wanted more storage and asked me to take it out. Danny
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:48 PM   #6
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Hi Herb,

I have been winterizing motorhomes for 14 years and have never had a problem with a broken pipe (knock on wood). I do what you have done with the trailer. Drain all the lines, holding tanks, water heater, remove water filter under sink and blow out all the lines. I then ad pink stuff to the holding tanks and traps. I feel running the pink stuff through the lines is OK, but overkill. I am trying a new way to winterize this year, after I retire in 30 days I plan to head south!!

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