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Old 06-11-2016, 07:40 AM   #1
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Due to a heavy hand I have probably a gallon plus of antifreeze in my fresh water tank. In an effort to practice the 3 "R's" I was wondering if I could drain it an reuse it, or does it degrade over time. Any insights would be appreciated. Peace
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Old 06-11-2016, 07:52 AM   #2
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I buy RV anti-freeze at the end of the season, on sale, for $3.99 a gallon. I use two gallons a year to winterize. <$10 a year is cheap maintenance. I wouldn't bother trying to recycle from year-to-year for that price. IF the anti-freeze is reused and doesn't do its job... the price could be very high. YMMV
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:00 AM   #3
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I buy RV anti-freeze at the end of the season, on sale, for $3.99 a gallon...
I get mine at Walmart and always pay well under $3 a gallon. I wonder if there is any difference between the cheaper "Super Tech" brand and, lets say, Prestone. One thing for sure, either is better new than used.
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:11 AM   #4
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Hey Donna & Gordon,
Thanks for the replies, it's not an expense issue for me. I was more concerned with the environmental impact.
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Hey Donna & Gordon,
Thanks for the replies, it's not an expense issue for me. I was more concerned with the environmental impact.
Wayne, RV anti-freeze is food safe (vs motor vehicle anti-freeze). You could actually drink the stuff and it won't "hurt" you... although I can think of a lot better beverages!
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Hey Donna & Gordon,
Thanks for the replies, it's not an expense issue for me. I was more concerned with the environmental impact.
RV antifreeze is generally not an environmental concern. Auto antifreeze should be recycled (not reused) but if you are using it in your RV then your family has bigger problems, including a possible funeral.


From the horse's mouth, but not all that helpful really:
http://www.rsu34.org/safety/safety/m...Antifreeze.pdf
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http://ops.americanamb.com/1101MSDS/...Antifreeze.pdf

Another consideration is that it might be diluted in your RV.. can you be sure about how much water was left in the tank? So you really don't know how much protection is offers when you dilute it a second or third time.
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Donna & Gordon,
Thanks, I'm going to drain the RV antifreeze, dispose of it properly and rather than the pink stuff, I think I'll have a beer.
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Donna & Gordon,
Thanks, I'm going to drain the RV antifreeze, dispose of it properly and rather than the pink stuff, I think I'll have a beer.
Darn Wayne.. drinking at 09:42 AM? Maybe we need to have a different talk...



Oh you meant have a beer when you drain the tank later in the day I guess.. yes, a much better beverage for sure.
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Old 06-11-2016, 09:58 AM   #9
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Propylene Glycol (pink stuff) will not deteriorate significantly over time - I use it in a solar hot water system with a ten year expected life. The main considerations for you are dilution and contamination. It is already dilute when you buy it in the gallon jugs and any water added makes it freeze at a higher temperature.
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I dont know if it is just Texas or hot areas but I put the RV pink stuff from Walmoat into my holding tank last winter and then when I went to drain it this spring it literally was like jello in the bottom. Big globs of black molded jello. I bleached it and killed the mold and then forced high sprays of water into the tank and flushed it out the drain but never had that happen before. We are notorious for black mold here in Tx. I never use it for drinking water anyway but it was disgusting. I was worried about it clogging my water lines to the heater and bathroom but managed to get it all flushed out.
Not sure what went wrong but will be careful this winter.
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I dont know if it is just Texas or hot areas but I put the RV pink stuff from Walmoat into my holding tank last winter and then when I went to drain it this spring it literally was like jello in the bottom. Big globs of black molded jello. I bleached it and killed the mold and then forced high sprays of water into the tank and flushed it out the drain but never had that happen before. We are notorious for black mold here in Tx. I never use it for drinking water anyway but it was disgusting. I was worried about it clogging my water lines to the heater and bathroom but managed to get it all flushed out.
Not sure what went wrong but will be careful this winter.
I bought a case (6 gallons ) of RV antifreeze last fall for $ 10.
It isn't worth the time and effort to try reusing it plus it may be contaminated . We live in Northern Wisconsin where temps get to 30 below Zero and we still get mold growth in our RV antifreeze.
Every Spring I have to pull the pump screen and clean off the mold and slime .All brands of RV antifreeze are basically the same and whether you pay $10 / Gal or $2/ Gal mold will grow. I flush my lines / tank out with a bleach solution each Spring and go on with my life. We drink / cook with the water from our tank , because I am too cheap to pay $4 / Gal for bottled water. We went fishing last week in Canada and our only source of water was out of the lake filtered through a pair of clean socks.
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Whew. What lake was that? I think I'll avoid that one next month. No socks in my water thank you. LOL

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