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John S

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I was thinking of using the standard anti freeze that you use in cars for the toilet bowls and the toilet tanks. Since we do not drink out of them I figure there is no problem with toxicity. Has anyone done this or do you recommend against it? I have used RV antifreeze for the motorhome but that is because our drinking water lines are involved.


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You guys are mostly discussing fluids, but what about getting a shelter? I have no covered space to store my RV. Does anyone know of a good place to get a shelter? A friend recommended This One, but I wanted some other opinions.

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John S wrote:

I was thinking of using the standard anti freeze that you use in cars for the toilet bowls and the toilet tanks. Since we do not drink out of them I figure there is no problem with toxicity. Has anyone done this or do you recommend against it? I have used RV antifreeze for the motorhome but that is because our drinking water lines are involved.


Do not do this, it is very poisonous and will pollute the ground water when you drain it.

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Good point. Thanks

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A lot of homes have a drain somewhere in the basement or crawl space that allows you to "gravity" drain the water lines. Just close the valve on the line coming into your home and open the drain, it should empty all water out of lines. Don't forget to empty your toilet tanks and bowls too. The most important thing though is to turn the water off, that way even if something does go wrong and cracks/bursts the damage will be pretty limited. If you're leaving your home heated I'd recommend picking up a Freeze Alarm too, they're pretty cheap and let you check in any time you want to get a real time temp. reading at your home. We use this one http://www.absoluteautomation.com/freezealarm/fai/index.html - and love it.

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What are some of the best places in Florida and Arizona for the first time to the south or west in the winter somewhere that is a really reasonable in price.it's only me and my dog probably going to stay for five months. Has anyone been to Tybee Island Georgia Is that a great place to go? thank you

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I was not a big fan of Tybee Island Ga. They had many restrictions on dogs and it seemed that parking was always having to be paid for.


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Anyone use a device or service that alerts of problems over the phone line? I have a standby generator at the S&B (runs off natural gas so no worry about fuel), but I unplug the WiFi and the cable while I'm gone, so the normal home security stuff sold at HoD won't do.

I'm most interested about house temp. I'll be shutting off the water and draining the pipes, but plan to leave the heat on set to 50. If something happens to the heat (failed expansion tank, over temp/under pressure), I'd like to know. If the heat fails, the heating pipes would most like freeze.


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Hey jplante4, that Freeze Alarm I linked to above (http://www.absoluteautomation.com/freeze-alarm-intermediate-model-fai/) does EXACTLY what you're looking for.

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jplante4 wrote:

Anyone use a device or service that alerts of problems over the phone line? I have a standby generator at the S&B (runs off natural gas so no worry about fuel), but I unplug the WiFi and the cable while I'm gone, so the normal home security stuff sold at HoD won't do.

I'm most interested about house temp. I'll be shutting off the water and draining the pipes, but plan to leave the heat on set to 50. If something happens to the heat (failed expansion tank, over temp/under pressure), I'd like to know. If the heat fails, the heating pipes would most like freeze.


I've been using a Honeywell security system at home for about 4 years. Besides the normal door, window and motion sensors, it has a smoke/fire alarm and a high/low temperature sensor. I also went with a cellular connection instead of a normal phone line.

It's remotely monitored by a security company. They can tell exactly which sensor was triggered.

The full model name is Honeywell Ademco Lynx Plus. I got it through a local security company, but I believe ADT and others sell the same system.

I don't leave a key with anyone, but I do have a front door lock that uses a keypad code. If there is a problem, I'll give a neighbor a one-time code to unlock the door.

That's my setup. So far the only time it went off was when my wife burned a bagel. That was embarrassing. I discovered if the fire/smoke sensor triggers, the security company calls both me and the fire department simultaneously. I guess every second counts.

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