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golfknut

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Posted: 10/07/12 05:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are there any advantages/pluses to using a name brand rv anti freeze or negatives in using a brand "x" product.


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Posted: 10/07/12 05:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A few years ago I used some brand (forget which) and it turned to gel in my lines (yes, I'm sure it was the right stuff).
I had a heck of a time getting that junk out of my system so I won't use it anymore. Just blow mine out and leave everything open so the lines dry.


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Posted: 10/07/12 06:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The "Tech" brand RV antifreeze from Walmart has always worked well for me.


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There was one brand that was good to -25 and the major brand is good to -50 so read the label.





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Ethylene glycol is ethylene glycol no matter who makes it.
Pre-mixed anti freeze may have different strengths, often determined by where it is sold and the areas expected low temperatures.
Make sure that any spills are properly cleaned up as it is deadly to pets that are attracted to it by its sweet smell and taste.

OOPs Went by the title and missed the two little letters "rv".

I use the pink and have done for years. Can't take the chance that there may be water in an elbow etc when temps reach -40

* This post was edited 10/10/12 04:24pm by stubblejumper *


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I've always bought the cheapest I could find--usually Walmart. Never had a problem with our 0 degree weather in Eastern Oregon.


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Don't use that******and just blow out the lines.

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Stubblejumper is pretty much on the mark - for engine cooling antifreeze, ethylene glycol is the active ingredient, and price usually is directly related to the concentration of the gylcol in the antifreeze. Additive packages differ, and it is best to make sure you stick with the same brand already in the engine when you top it off. Also make sure you use a antifreeze type recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Ethlylene gylcol is toxix to both humans and pets, so be careful where you leave it.

Now if you are talking about the "pink stuff" - the non toxic antifreeze used in the water systems, that is made from proplene gylcol whick is also used as a food additive. Again, the basic difference in price are directly realated to concentration. As PastMIDirector said, read the label - the -50 stuff is more concentrated than the -25 stuff. Personally, I buy the cheapest I can get, but make sure plenty of it flushes through the system.


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stubblejumper wrote:

Ethylene glycol is ethylene glycol no matter who makes it.
Pre-mixed anti freeze may have different strengths, often determined by where it is sold and the areas expected low temperatures.
Make sure that any spills are properly cleaned up as it is deadly to pets that are attracted to it by its sweet smell and taste.


I believe that the OP is asking about the antifreeze for RV water lines, not antifreeze for autos. Totally different products.
To the OP, if you are asking about RV antifreeze I buy whatever is the lowest price and have never had an issue here in Colorado's winters.

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Yes, my question was regarding RV water line antifreeze.

I found a good price this morning on a brand name antifreeze product.....under $3 purchase price and under $2 final cost with rebate.
I also got a good deal on Sta Bil.

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