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    Pool antifreeze

    The pool store sells 5 star pool antifreeze for $5.00 a gal, the farm supply store sells RV antiffreeze for $3.oo a gal. Both are good to -50f. Will the RV antifreeze mess with my water balance next spring when I open? Should I not use the RV antifreeze?
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    Re: Pool antifreeze

    It's the same thing.
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    Re: Pool antifreeze

    thats a really good price. I think walmart costs more than that.
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    Re: Pool antifreeze

    Quote Originally Posted by meber
    The pool store sells 5 star pool antifreeze for $5.00 a gal, the farm supply store sells RV antiffreeze for $3.oo a gal. Both are good to -50f. Will the RV antifreeze mess with my water balance next spring when I open? Should I not use the RV antifreeze?
    I've seen two "flavours" of antifreeze up here in Canada anyways, one is alcohol-based (I just can't think of the exact name right now), the other one contains calcium chloride. The LPS sells the calcium chloride one and has a sample of the other one on the counter. The customer thinks he's getting more bang for his buck because the calcium-based one is noticibly heavier.

    I've used the 'regular' alcohol-flavored version* (it does say RV on it) and had no problems with our winter weather sometimes approching -22F. I'm not sure of the effect of adding a calcium based antifreeze on the water balance.

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    Re: Pool antifreeze

    Quote Originally Posted by CaOCl2
    Quote Originally Posted by meber
    ....I've used the 'regular' alcohol-flavored version* (it does say RV on it) and had no problems with our winter weather sometimes approching -22F. I'm not sure of the effect of adding a calcium based antifreeze on the water balance.

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    Re: Pool antifreeze

    I was at WalMart this morning and saw that the RV anit-freeze is now $4.59 a gal. I paid $3.69 at the same WalMart just 10 days ago. Also, Lowes has the RV anti-freeze for sale at $4.95 a gal.

    I'm glad I got mine at $3.69. I got 22 gals of the stuff.
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