Frequent question: Is it safe to drink RV antifreeze?

RV antifreeze is used in the plumbing systems of your RV while automotive antifreeze is used in your car’s coolant system. RV antifreeze is always less toxic, as automotive antifreeze completely and totally poisonous and should never be consumed.

Can RV antifreeze harm you?

No, RV antifreeze will not kill you. It’s a valid concern, especially if you drink the water out of your RV’s plumbing system.

Is non-toxic antifreeze safe to drink?

In addition to being safe for kids and pets — as well as cheaper to dispose of because it’s nontoxic — the patented product may even be more efficient than the poisonous standard. Propylene glycol is already “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA, and it’s used as an additive in foods and cosmetics.

What happens if you ingest RV antifreeze?

You can safely ingest small amounts of RV antifreeze, especially if the bottle is labeled as safe, non-toxic, and/or non-hazardous. Generally, propylene glycol-based antifreeze is non-toxic and safe to ingest in small amounts. Because it’s non-toxic and safe to ingest, you can run it through your freshwater system.

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What is the difference between RV antifreeze and car antifreeze?

Usage. Car antifreeze and RV antifreeze are not meant for the same kind of usage. Car antifreeze is strictly for the engine and to keep its temperature stable; while, RV antifreeze has a wide range of applications ranging from the water tank, plumbing to even substitute for emergency ice removers.

How do you flush antifreeze out of a camper?

Simply sprinkle baking soda directly into each drain or dissolve it in water and pour it down the drains. Flush the system again until the water tastes clean. Instead of using your RV water pump to flush antifreeze from your camper’s water system, you can also use a garden hose or city water supply.

Is pink RV antifreeze toxic to dogs?

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.

Should I put RV antifreeze in freshwater tank?

Please be sure to use a non-toxic antifreeze though. … 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.

What color is RV antifreeze?

Though the company may differ, RV antifreeze is typically labeled as “RV & Marine Antifreeze,” and it often comes in pink color. While Dollar General does have antifreeze in stock, the products they have are not viable because they have automotive antifreeze, not RV antifreeze.

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What is RV antifreeze good for?

RV antifreeze is non-toxic and used to protect the plumbing systems in your RV from freezing. Automotive antifreeze is extremely toxic and used to protect the cooling system in engines, like the one that powers your tow vehicle or motorhome, from freezing.

Can I use regular antifreeze to winterize my camper?

While the unit is in use you will not need to add any antifreeze to the holding tanks as long as you keep your heat on. there are ducts than run to the tanks to keep them from freezing. Automotive antifreeze is very toxic. RV antifreeze is not.

Does RV antifreeze have rust inhibitors?

Although the PG in RV antifreeze is expensive, the corrosion inhibitors are not. RV antifreeze is intended to protect drinking water systems from rusting. Drinking water systems are composed mainly of steel piping. For this reason the only corrosion inhibitor found in RV antifreeze is phosphate.

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