Peggy says long term use of clorox in the water system causes seals and impellers etc to degrade.
08-25-2006 12:59 AM
Though I use the pink stuff on the boat I have used air to clear the water lines in the RV. It's a little harder to prime in the spring but not really a big deal. The problem with the air is that you have to be more carefull as to where you inject it so that the water is actually driven out well. Once you figure it out it's easy with a small compressor.
I also use a water tank bypass on the boat before the pump so I can pump the pink stuff in without even putting it in the tanks. The current boat had a disconnected forward tank so I just cut the intake tube for it so I could immerse it in the gallon pink stuff jug.
For the hot water tank on the boat I use a bypass kit and drain it so I save several gallons of the pink stuff.
Of course by using air there isn't a taste issue when you do refill.
For the winterization I've added access ports to the water tanks so that I can clean them after they are empty. They tend to get some orangish residues around here. One tank had some dune looking striations on the bottom before I vacuumed it out.
Make sure to hunt down any intake strainers and winterize them too. Sometimes an A/C strainer is overlooked.
08-24-2006 11:29 PM
Yes, you should probably fog the diesel engine.
08-24-2006 10:57 PM
FoxGlove: Here is how you get rid of that nasty anti-freeze taste and smell:
1. fill up your tanks with water and drain them.
2. Add a cup of Chlorox and fill the tanks. Drain Them.
3. Add a cap full of Chorox and fill them. That should do it.
08-24-2006 10:46 PM
we never winterize
no antifreeze, no trickle chargers, no removal of canvas,
no removal of sails---just head south.
it is a lot more fun than winterizing.
08-24-2006 05:53 AM
thanks - the site has some good advise. Tell me, do you fog diesel engines? I'd never heard of that one. I didn't ask before after sailingdog's post because I focused on the warning about ethanol. I think the only thing I missed was the business about changing the oil in the fall rather than in the spring. Can't do much about that now so I hope I haven't caused any dammage to my engine. Wish I'd have invested in a solar trickle charger to keep the batteries up while she's on the hard, too.
I'd sure like to see what you've got. And thanks in advance!
08-24-2006 01:57 AM
I have a check list I use, I can poast it if anyone would like to copy and past it to your documents
08-24-2006 01:50 AM
The trickle charge is actually a function of the boat's on-board 120v power system when I'm hooked up to shore power. The Seward Small Boat Harbor has enough folks that pull their boats out for the winter (mostly 6 pac fishing charter boats) that they graciously allow us a winter slip with power during the off-season. We paid a deposit on the electricity and pay a monthly meter charge (usually about $20/month) and that keeps the batteries up and allows us to camp out on her over the winter as a sort-of winter cabin.
I did look up the specs on the pink RV style antifreeze and it is used full strength. Can be diluted but looses some of it's effectiveness. I think the frozen head had to do with the head intake seacock not being fully closed. (I discussed that in another thread).
It is with some trepidation that I look forward to seeing how she fared on the hard this winter...I may have to replace the batteries if they don't take and hold a charge in the Spring. I wish I had taken time to install a solar powered trickle charger to keep them up over the winter...oh well, water under the bridge, I suppose.
BTW - I talked to my wife yesterday and she said there was snow on the hills about 500 ft in elevation above town. Looks like it might be a heavy snow year back home.
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