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Old 11-19-2013, 03:58 PM   #11
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I think it would be great if some of these mods like shut off valves would be made standard items.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:04 PM   #12
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Water in Winter

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Gotcha. We have done winter camping when it was freezing outside and our trailer was winterized. We had a supply of water in containers for cooking and washing which we filled at the "winter water" supply in campsites. This was no hardship. Here is a photo of Salal with hoar frost near Fort Ebey on Whidbey Island in February 2011 to show you it was cold outside!
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Even if a campsite has water connections in winter and the trailer is warm there will still be the challenge of keeping the water in the lines from freezing when you are travelling. Won't you need to winterize the trailer again?
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:02 PM   #13
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Update Exterior Shower Shut Off

Old thread but FYI, Kim just informed me that they won't install a shut off for the exterior shower on our yet to be built 19. We camp a lot at high elevations and even in summer it regularly drops below freezing even in summer (1/2 inch of ice in the dog's water bowl), so I think we will just delete it and put an extension out the bathroom window when needed, makes sense after spending all the $$ on foam and heat pads - I'm probably a bit gun shy having experienced the consequences of a frozen hose bib.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:19 PM   #14
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I have shut-off valves on mine. It would be an easy retrofit depending on shower location.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:31 AM   #15
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I don't believe that the external shower valves and shower head are free draining. So even with the shut-off valves installed, in order to drain the shower lines to prevent freezing, you would have to blow the lines out with air before closing the shut-off valves. Now this could be done before you left home with your trailer, but if you do not have access to an air compressor, it could be difficult to accomplish in a remote campsite. Thus, the shut-off valves would work fine if you had no plans on using the external shower, but maybe not so good if you were planning on showering (although if it is cold enough outside to freeze water, showering outside may not be a great experience anyways).
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:16 AM   #16
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I don't believe that the external shower valves and shower head are free draining. So even with the shut-off valves installed, in order to drain the shower lines to prevent freezing, you would have to blow the lines out with air before closing the shut-off valves. Now this could be done before you left home with your trailer, but if you do not have access to an air compressor, it could be difficult to accomplish in a remote campsite. Thus, the shut-off valves would work fine if you had no plans on using the external shower, but maybe not so good if you were planning on showering (although if it is cold enough outside to freeze water, showering outside may not be a great experience anyways).
That's a really good point, maybe that's why they won't install a shutoff. I think a longer hose to the interior shower and sticking it out the window is the best solution.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:11 PM   #17
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I have a thought about this very thing. My idea was to shut off valves after winterizing in the fall so in the spring I could flush the antifreeze out and leave it in the outside shower untill it is warmer out. Then in the early fall use the easy winterize kit to push some anti freeze through and then shut them off and flush out the rest of the system. that Ibelieve could extend the season for us quite a bit.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:52 PM   #18
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The only times my outside shower valves have been used (other than once) was when I open them to drain the water out in the fall. I just leave the shut-offs closed all the time, so even if it freezes, there is just air in the lines from the shut-off valves.

As I have mentioned before, the only reason I would get outside taps again would be on the curbside for use for washing dishes. It is way too inconvenient for most places with park to use them on the backside.
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:29 PM   #19
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We use ours quite a bit, washing the dog if needed. Small white dogs tend to get a bit grubby sometimes. Also find rinsing sand off the feet if there is a beach . I like the idea of having it on the awning side for dishes though. Although if it was used for the dog and such it would make a wet mes around the door area.
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:50 PM   #20
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I tried to wash our dogs feet once, but the hose only goes to 2' from the ground. It has sat idle since.
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