Can I use RV antifreeze to winterize my boat?
RV antifreeze and marine antifreeze are chemically the same. For most parts of winterizing your boat, RV antifreeze can absolutely do the job for a boat.
What is the difference between RV antifreeze and marine antifreeze?
Once again, there is a big difference between auto antifreeze and RV antifreeze. RV antifreeze is designed to be pumped into the plumbing system of an RV and is therefore non-toxic, like marine antifreeze. In contrast, auto antifreeze is toxic and should not be used in your boat engine.
Do you leave antifreeze in boat engine?
You do NOT want to leave puddles or buckets of engine coolant lying in the open, and it must be handled carefully and disposed of properly. Boat antifreeze is a tasteless and non-toxic blend of propylene glycol and water used for preventing freezing in boat systems.
What is the problem with using your boat’s engine to drive it onto a trailer?
NOTE – While many people drive the boat onto the trailer, it isn’t advised. Using the engine to assist trailering erodes the ramp bed, can lead to debris being sucked into the engine, and can cause an accident! Make sure you drain all water from the boat – the bilge, the live well, the trailer lights, etc.
Do you need antifreeze to winterize an outboard?
Do you have to use antifreeze when you winterize your boat? You should use antifreeze to winterize your boat if you have an inboard engine or any systems with pipes or that carry water. You should also consider using it in your bilge. For outboard motors, you don’t have to use antifreeze.
Is RV antifreeze safe to dump on the ground?
So, can RV Antifreeze go down the drain? RV Antifreeze used on your RV water lines can be safely dumped down the drain, its nontoxic, and is in fact used in many cosmetics. Automotive antifreeze (Ethylene Glycol) is toxic and should be disposed of safely.
Can you put antifreeze in RV holding tanks?
If you want to RV in cold climates with the use of your holding tanks, you can use antifreeze to prevent your holding tanks from freezing. You can buy non-toxic antifreeze that is specifically made for RVs.
Is RV antifreeze toxic to pets?
Of note, it is commonly found in ‘pet-safe’ anti-freeze products. While this form of anti-freeze is less toxic than those containing ethylene glycol, these products still pose a risk to pets if ingested. Propylene glycol can also be found in RV antifreeze, hair dyes, disinfectants, paints and varnishes.
Is winterizing a boat necessary?
Winterizing a boat is an essential process unless you plan to make necessary repairs to your boat come springtime. If you do not winterize your boat, any water droplets left could freeze, expand, and crack the components they were in. This could cause anything from blowing off a hose to completely ruining your engine.
How much antifreeze Do I need to winterize my boat?
To winterize the engine with antifreeze, you’ll need a five-gallon bucket, and enough antifreeze for your engine and related plumbing (at least two gallons).
How much does it cost to winterize a boat?
The Cost of Paying to Have Your Boat Winterized
As noted above, the average cost of having a professional winterize your boat for you is about $300. That price is an aggregate of a wide range of costs, so we need to look at some more specific examples of boat winterization costs in order to give a more accurate quote.