Is it safe to put RV antifreeze in the fresh water tank?
Posted: April 14, 2020
Putting RV Antifreeze in the Fresh Water Tank - Dos and Dont's
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Is It Safe to Put RV Antifreeze in the Fresh Water Tank?
I am winterizing my Hi-Lo and am wondering about putting RV antifreeze in the fresh water tank and pumping it through the system. That is what the book says to do. I don’t know if that is safe. Can I pull off the pump inlet hose, and put it directly into the jug of antifreeze and pump it through the lines? — Dave A.
The RV Doctor's Orders
Dave, you can absolutely pump the antifreeze throughout your RV's fresh water system as you suggested. However, please be sure to use RV-specific antifreeze, which is pink and non-toxic. Automotive antifreeze is blue and highly toxic. It can be easier to pump it backwards through a faucet spout using a backflow kit with a hand pump, but it is totally acceptable to pour the antifreeze directly into the fresh tank and use the RV’s water pump to pump it throughout the system as well.
However, you should also know that Lippert has an even easier solution they just introduced called Floë. It's the RV industry's first water drain-down system that integrates directly into your camper's fresh water system. Once installed, Floë uses compressed air pressure to clear your water lines. It's a great, convenient way to clean your RV's freshwater system, saving you time and money without the mess of all that antifreeze.
Whether winterizing your RV or cleaning out potentially stagnant water that's been in your system for too long, Floë is worth a look. Here's all the info you need on Floë.
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Use Compressed Air to Blow Out Your RV Water Lines with Floë
Compressed air has always been one of the most efficient ways to remove water from pipes. We’ve just made this process more convenient and accessible. Floë makes it easy to drain your freshwater system, the moment you need to. In no time, you can get back to enjoying water that’s ready for your family, friends, and pets to use. Or you can use Floë to winterize your RV, trailer, or boat.
Pictured: Floë Induratec 868: 115V AC Integrated Drain Down System