Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Thoughts.

Got up at the usual time and had our coffee, Donna headed to work and I went down to my office, I had a bad sleep night as I went to bed with the start of a sore throat and then my sinus's started draining so not much sleep.

I wanted to clarify something about my winterizing procedure as Rick,  Rick&Paulettes RV Journal brought up a point I didn't explain in my text. He was worried about putting to much air pressure into the water lines and perhaps breaking one, this is a very real possibility since most shop compressors are capable of a tank pressure well over 100 psi, the easy way to preclude this happening is make sure and have a valve and gauge in line and set it for 40lbs of pressure, this is more than enough and most water lines are rated at 70lbs probably with a little fudge factor. Then before I even attach the air fitting to the city water inlet, I open or remove the two low point drains under the trailer, this provides an outlet for the air pressure so it won't be bottled and build up pressure in the lines, then I attach the air and turn it on at the valve. Since the low point is always open through out the procedure, you still have enough air to go from sink to sink and shower and then the toilet and open them one at a time and drain them of water in the lines, you will be surprised how much is actually in there, when each of them show clear and only dry air comes out you are finished. then I shut the air supply off and cap the low points. You will still need some pink stuff for the P traps and like I said I put a gallon in each tank(Black & Grey) not the fresh water tank, since that is drained empty.I put the gallon in the tanks just so it will lay against the slide valves and not let any water freeze and damage the valves.

Hope this makes it clearer for those that have access to a compressor, If your wondering why I don't put a fitting on the water pump and pump the lines full of antifreeze, That is a good system too, but I feel the air pressure does a better job of getting rid of trapped water and have not had a problem in over a dozen years, the one time I had a problem I did it with the pink stuff in the lines and somehow water was still trapped in the toilet valve and froze so when I charged the water lines the first time I had a mess in the bathroom and a valve to replace, went back to the air system after that.

Anyway I am going to stay inside and try to doctor this throat before it gets worse. Hope all is well with our friend's out there. Be safe, Sam & Donna.


  1. Sam, I hope you get to feeling better soon. Being sick is no fun! Take care...

  2. Wow! You did a great job explaining that one!

    Stay Safe

  3. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. Take it easy and get some rest.

  4. Angela and I had the sick stuff for 2 weeks just now getting over it.

    As far as winterizing the trailer that is the way I did mine for 15 years. I left it parked on a lot at Lake Of The Ozark.We sold all of it last spring and are waiting for time to hit the road and then buy one.

  5. You must have been hanging out with Al...can you catch a cold by just reading his blog???cause I think I did too!!
    Hiker is winterized too. Frost is possible here Sunday morning...That ought to make the mums pop out...

  6. Hope you haven't picked up whatever it was I had 6 weeks ago. Not nice!! Am hoping we do not have to winterize before leaving in early November. If we do I'll just take the rig down to the RV shop in town & have them do it. That way I will sleep better knowing I didn't do it:))

  7. Oh I hope you aren't coming down with this nasty bug that seems to go floating around this time of year. My daughter has it too.

    We are not winterizing yet, got a few more weekends to go camping if the snow don't fly!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  8. I set my regulator for about 25 pounds and blew all the lines out. Then I came back and pumped in the pink stuff. But that's just me, I got a belt and suspenders on too. LOL

  9. That was a thorough explanation of winterizing...great job.
    I hope you aren't getting something like Al had.
    Take care and doctor yourself up.
    Mike & Gerri

  10. Great job of explaining how to use air to blow out the water lines, Sam.

    So, about your cold, I think you may have a solution right at hand. Just put that air pressure hose in your right ear, pinch your nose, open your mouth then turn the air on to about 90lbs. - that should blow everything away.

  11. One of the beauties of fulltiming is not to have to winterize! I bet you are catching a bug from being around all those people at the rally! Seems there's always a price to pay for good times. :(

  12. Sorry to hear you are a little under the weather. Hope you get to feeling better real soon.

  13. Hope you are feeling better and that it doesn't get worse.

    Kevin and Ruth

  14. Sorry to read you are under the weather. Judy is right. If you full time you don't have to worry about all that stuff, but you do have to protect your pipes while in cold areas.