RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-26-2020, 08:31 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Eaton, CO
Posts: 23
Red or blue antifreeze?

That time of year and I forget, red or blue antifreeze?
ColoNative is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-26-2020, 08:47 PM   #2
Community Administrator
 
NLOVNIT's Avatar


 
Tiffin Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
LA Gulf Coast Campers
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Entegra Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 32,722
Blog Entries: 1
If you are referring to the antifreeze used to winterize an RV, you want the non-toxic kind, which is normally dark pink. Look for bottles labeled Marine/RV. Blue, which could be the type for automobiles, is toxic.

Lori-

P.S. I clarified the title to eliminate/thwart any political assumptions & to aid Google to direct to us.
__________________
Lori & Dave - FMCA #F419886 | RV/MH Hall of Fame Lifetime Member
2018 Phaeton XSH 40 IH & 2014 CRV EX-L AWD, My iRV2 Photo Albums
2006 Bounder 36Z, 2004 Cougar 285EFS 5-r, 2000 Aerolite 25FBR TT
There is great need for a sarcasm font.
NLOVNIT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2020, 08:50 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 32
The only blue antifreeze I’m familiar with is the windshield fluid kind. It’s made with methanol which is really poisonous. Don’t put that in your pipes.
__________________
2008 Itsaca Latitude
R26 UFO 8.1 gas pusher
2020 Chevy Spark Toad
RS505 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2020, 09:27 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
R.Wold's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Freightliner Owners Club
Retired Fire Service RVer's
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Rosemary Farm, Northern Ca
Posts: 2,646
In that case, PINK
__________________
2016 Ventana 3427
R.Wold is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2020, 09:36 PM   #5
Member
 
Stateboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: St. Joseph, Michigan
Posts: 52
Propylene glycol (without the addition of ethanol alcohol) seems to be the preferred choice. The non-alcohol based antifreeze is preferred because the ethanol alcohol based antifreeze has been reported by some to leave a "taste" in the waterlines after flushing them in the spring.

You may also see that the antifreeze (either type) will appear slushy when put into sub zero temps (more like -30 or lower). That's ok though because the slush state won't expand and burst a waterline like a solid freeze will.

I've read that the propylene glycol will stand up to a deeper (lower temp) freeze than the ethanol alcohol based stuff but I have no personal experience with that. I use the propylene glycol without the ethanol. It's 50 cents to a dollar more a gallon (except when on sale) but it's a preference.

By the way, both types are various shades of pink. I've not seen it in any other color. It's probably an industry standard to help us DIY out.
Stateboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2020, 05:44 AM   #6
IC2
Senior Member
 
IC2's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 3,182
Pink, not red or blue. Walmart locally (and probably nationally) has a big display at $2.78 per gallon. I use two for our 5er after a drain and blow out after bypassing the HW heater and fresh water tank. If yours doesn't have a winterixing port, you may need a couple more gallons and use the fresh water tank as I did years back when we had a TT
__________________
Dave W along with my DW, Susan and our poodlepups, Callie & Molly,2011 Ford F250 6.7 CCLB, 5er Hitch Option w/B&W Hitch,,Ride Rite air bags, 2014 Montana High Country 343RL (38')w/disc brakes
IC2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2020, 06:56 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Eaton, CO
Posts: 23
Red or blue antifreeze?

Yup, thatís it, red or pink! I expect youíre all correct, the red is just a different shade of pink. Now that Iíve thought about it, I like the lighter pink, one time I used the very dark stuff and it took almost all season for the smell of it to clear from the faucets. BTW- I am a blow it clean guy, I just use the antifreeze across the pump and in the drain traps, air seems to be fine for us.
ColoNative is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2020, 06:57 AM   #8
Member
 
Cferguson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 43
fwiw, our local chain auto repair supply stores usually beat the walmart price when its in season.
Cferguson is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2020, 10:53 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
tuffr2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Palm Coast Florida
Posts: 8,577
I just winterized and remembered how to turn the valves. It used 2.5 gallon and was very easy. Last year I had it all messed up the the valve positions and it took awhile for me to figure it out.

The pink stuff I used says good to -50 degrees F.

Definitely use the PINK RV antifreeze.

Not sure where you ever saw blue antifreeze - was that in a dream?
tuffr2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2020, 08:31 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
keymastr's Avatar
 
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 3,355
There are two kinds of RV antifreeze as well but you have to read the contents to tell the difference. The good kind contains nothing but Propylene Glycol. The kind you see most at Walmart etc. contains Ethyl alcohol and water and can harden and damage the plastic parts in your plumbing system and has a terrible taste that is very hard to rinse out of the pipes. Propylene glycol rinses easily and does not leave a bad taste. Cost difference is about a dollar a gallon but you may have to go to an RV dealer to find it. Worth it to me.
__________________
2020 F28 RKS Titanium
2017 Creekside 23 RBS
2016 F250 Super Crew XLT
keymastr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2020, 10:57 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 224
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cferguson View Post
fwiw, our local chain auto repair supply stores usually beat the walmart price when its in season.
Which one. I've found O'Reily's to be about 3x the price of Walmart.
Goodspike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2020, 10:58 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 224
Quote:
Originally Posted by tuffr2 View Post
Not sure where you ever saw blue antifreeze - was that in a dream?
Subaru vehicles use a blue antifreeze.

I long for the day when there was only one type. I now have four different types sitting in my garage, five if you count the RV stuff.
Goodspike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2020, 01:28 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: South of Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,118
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goodspike View Post
Subaru vehicles use a blue antifreeze.

I long for the day when there was only one type. I now have four different types sitting in my garage, five if you count the RV stuff.
Yes, due to the peculiarities of cooling systems I have learned to lean toward the OEM coolants. Mercedes antifreeze for the Sprinter was blue and I have most of a gallon left. I use the red concentrate from Toyota for my Pontiac Vibe (it was built by Toyota (actually NUMMI) and serviced with Toyota antifreeze at the factory), and my '03 Cummins I flushed with acid and alkali flushes from Cummins and LOTS of water, HOURS of it really (previous owner had MIXED in green), and then reserviced with Zerex G05 as that is the proper compatibility for the truck, then I use Low tox Prestone in my '91 Ranger, yes, its a mess keeping up with the stuff now days.

Charles
__________________
'03 Ram 2500 CTD, 5.9HO six speed std cab long bed Leer top and 2008 Bigfoot 25B21RB.. Previous, Being repaired and will be sold, is a 2008 Thor/Dutchman Freedom Spirit 180. SOLD - 2007 Winnebago View 23H Motorhome.
CharlesinGA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2020, 06:17 PM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by keymastr View Post
There are two kinds of RV antifreeze as well but you have to read the contents to tell the difference. The good kind contains nothing but Propylene Glycol. The kind you see most at Walmart etc. contains Ethyl alcohol and water and can harden and damage the plastic parts in your plumbing system and has a terrible taste that is very hard to rinse out of the pipes. Propylene glycol rinses easily and does not leave a bad taste. Cost difference is about a dollar a gallon but you may have to go to an RV dealer to find it. Worth it to me.


Or a marine store
Sailing Guy is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Meet Big Red & Lil' Red! Our 2015 Winnebago Minnie Trailer! cmr3877 New Rig Show-Off! 19 08-08-2018 05:31 PM
Returned to Red Bay to see my finished Allegro Red Grandcanyon Tiffin Owner's Forum 2 01-10-2015 07:52 PM
Ub40-red red wine BUS4US Entegra Owner's Forum 4 07-31-2014 10:25 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.