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Old 02-19-2013, 04:35 PM   #21
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It's official, we are now the happy owners of an "06 Escape 17C. The previous owners took very good care of the trailer and it looks great. This one has been painted and although we thought we were looking at a 17B, turns out its a 17C. But that wasn't a deal breaker for us.

It was an adventure getting it home from B.C. to Alberta. Mud, snow, ice, and 850 km of towing makes for a long first day with the trailer. I also had to winterize it in the hotel parking lot, and as this is my first time owning an RV of any kind, I already messed up my winterization. I did not pull the plug and drain the hot water heater!! Now, it's -12C and I'm not sure if I should try to heat things up with a heater and get the plug out ASAP, or leave it for the first above zero day. Is the damage already done?? I ran a lot of RV antifreeze through the plumbing and got quite a bit in the hot water tank (another mistake, I now realize). I'm not sure if I will do more damage trying to open up that drain now.

I would appreciate any opinions as I am a little worried about my first mistake...

(14.2 L/100 km towing with the Runner makes me happy!!)

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Old 02-19-2013, 04:42 PM   #22
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Get that plug out and let it drain and leave it out until it gets warm, stuff a rag in the hole. It may not have enough antifreeze so leaving it empty is best.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:42 PM   #23
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It's official, we are now the happy owners of an "06 Escape 17C. The previous owners took very good care of the trailer and it looks great. This one has been painted and although we thought we were looking at a 17B, turns out its a 17C. But that wasn't a deal breaker for us.

It was an adventure getting it home from B.C. to Alberta. Mud, snow, ice, and 850 km of towing makes for a long first day with the trailer. I also had to winterize it in the hotel parking lot, and as this is my first time owning an RV of any kind, I already messed up my winterization. I did not pull the plug and drain the hot water heater!! Now, it's -12C and I'm not sure if I should try to heat things up with a heater and get the plug out ASAP, or leave it for the first above zero day. Is the damage already done?? I ran a lot of RV antifreeze through the plumbing and got quite a bit in the hot water tank (another mistake, I now realize). I'm not sure if I will do more damage trying to open up that drain now.

I would appreciate any opinions as I am a little worried about my first mistake...

(14.2 L/100 km towing with the Runner makes me happy!!)

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I agree with Jim and your mistake of running RV antifreeze into the hot water tank may well save you. If you displaced enough fresh water with antifreeze you may have gotten enough in to prevent the tank from freezing solid. I would go ahead and take the plug out, then you can get a better idea. If water drains out normally maybe it did not freeze solid. And if you can get enough out, then even if it does freeze there should be expansion room in the water heater tank.

You will want to really flush the hot water heater out REALLY well to get the antifreeze out of it in the spring before you use the water heater. I made the same mistake once and once that antifreeze heats up inside the water heater it leaves a bad taste and smell that takes a while to get rid of.

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Old 02-19-2013, 04:49 PM   #24
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You could leave the low point drain open and run the furnace as you will not be able to remove the plug and anode until it warms up. You could try lighting the water heater if it is full and melt it first then remove the plug and anode.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #25
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Alright, I will get that plug out tonight and hope for liquid...

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:27 PM   #26
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You could leave the low point drain open and run the furnace as you will not be able to remove the plug and anode until it warms up. You could try lighting the water heater if it is full and melt it first then remove the plug and anode.
Why would you not be able to remove the drain plug when cold?

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:44 PM   #27
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Shawn, Congratulations on your new Escape! Glad you made it back.
Good chance there won't be any damage. Hope you have the right tool for that as it is difficult even when not frozen. Yes, we are all waiting for it to warm up!
Hope you post some photos.
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I do not think he wants to heat that tank with anitfreeze in it. He may never get that taste removed.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:11 PM   #29
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I do not think he wants to heat that tank with anitfreeze in it. He may never get that taste removed.
I can vouch for the fact that it takes a long time and lots of flushing to get rid of!
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:06 PM   #30
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Why would you not be able to remove the drain plug when cold?

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On the end of the plug is an anode that will be frozen into a block of ice, if you put a wrench on it and turn it will probably snap off the anode rod.
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