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Old 08-12-2017, 06:39 PM   #1
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Isulated Water Tanks

Hello everyone. I have a 21 foot 2017 escape with the extra insulation under the trailer. I opted not to get the heated pads though. In Washington state, temperature can get to upper 20 degrees fahrenheit where I live in the winter. Does anyone know if water in the tank is likely to freeze at that temp?

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Old 08-12-2017, 07:12 PM   #2
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Your black tank is inside, under the bed, only the fresh and grey tanks are outside, encased in foam. With the heat on, movement in the tanks should keep them from freezing. If sitting still you would want to winterize the trailer and empty the water heater once they call for freezing temperatures. So it depends if you are using or not on whether you should winterize.

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Old 08-12-2017, 08:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions. So unless the inside of the trailer is heated to reasonable temp, definately winterize?
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:20 PM   #4
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I recommend you winterize. There is a drain spigot at the bottom of the tank poking out through the insulation. It is partially exposed and if it freezes, water in it could crack the plastic.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:55 PM   #5
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I'm just outside Portland, Oregon - so similar weather to Puyallup. I just leave the fresh water drain open in the winter when not camping. Upper 20s at night hasn't caused any issues as it's usually back above freezing the next day. We don't bypass the water heater either as we prefer hot water when camping and that sucker stays hot for many hours overnight.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:28 AM   #6
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I've had no problems when the temp drops into the low 30's or high 20's at night as long as it warms up during the day. If I were to hear it was going to be below freezing for a longer period then I'd winterize. This is with us using the trailer so it's being heated, not sitting empty.

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