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Old 11-12-2014, 03:58 PM   #121
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Talked to Tammy today and ETI says as long as the black tank is empty, it is not necessary to add anti-freeze to it.
Are they ever really empty? I would think that any expansion due to freezing temps wouldn't be a problem.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:03 PM   #122
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Talked to Tammy today and ETI says as long as the black tank is empty, it is not necessary to add anti-freeze to it.
As long as it is completely empty - just one litre (or quart) would fill the valve area and potentially cause damage.

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Are they ever really empty? I would think that any expansion due to freezing temps wouldn't be a problem.
It wouldn't be in the tank; the potential problem is that if water sitting in the drain plumbing freezes it may burst that piping, since the expansion doesn't neatly flow along the piping. The first time I saw an Escape 17', I noted that the black tank dump valve was immediately below the floor, very directly connected to the tank (rather than down further where the black and grey waste pipes meet); if this is still true, then the valve and that short stub of piping might be okay with freezing... just a guess.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:18 PM   #123
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Once I winterized my trailer I would put a bucket under the drain and open both valves and let the excess antifreeze and water drain out. The next day I would spray silicone spray up towards the valves/O rings and that was it. Never had a problem.

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Old 11-12-2014, 06:59 PM   #124
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Once I winterized my trailer I would put a bucket under the drain and open both valves and let the excess antifreeze and water drain out. The next day I would spray silicone spray up towards the valves/O rings and that was it. Never had a problem.

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So any remaining antifreeze is just in the traps then? And lube valves at same time. Sounds like a good approach.........
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:09 PM   #125
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I just got back from winterizing Ten Forward and I'm here to say it's a PITA. I broke two fingernails... grrrrrrrr.

Can't wait until I can head south for the winter...
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:08 PM   #126
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So any remaining antifreeze is just in the traps then? And lube valves at same time. Sounds like a good approach.........
Yes thats right, traps full, lines and tanks empty and O rings lubed, all is good for the winter.

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Old 11-12-2014, 08:20 PM   #127
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When I winterize, I rinse out the black & grey tanks, leave the valves open and cover the pipe with a snap-on plastic screen to keep the critters out. Don't have to worry about water freezing in the lower pipes.
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Old 11-13-2014, 01:03 PM   #128
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Hi there.. regarding winter cover for our 19'escape.. do you know the cover size and could you recommend a brand of cover. thx B&B
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:54 PM   #129
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Just took my trailer out of storage.
The first thing I noticed was that the Faucet top wasn't there,
It was laying on the bed beside the sink.
So after major investigation, it seems that I did not open the faucet valves last fall when putting the trailer away.
The water in the faucet froze, expanded, pushed up the faucet top, and broke the plastic hold down screw.
Checked all valves, connections etc. very carefully, did not find any other issues, and replaced the hold down screw.
put some water in the tank and ran the onboard pump.
Found the aerator also had cracked, replaced it as well.
Checked external water supply, all working.
No leaks
"Note to Self" open all valves next fall.
Hope this helps someone else.
Total Cost of repair $6.00 for hold down screw kit with O rings and an aerator.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:00 PM   #130
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Reviving an old thread

Anything new to report on winterizing 2017 17b? It has toilet shut off valve & winterizing t something (I forget). 1st time winterizing & video leaves much to the imagination. Thanks for help! Julie.
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