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Old 10-14-2018, 11:18 PM   #1
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water system questions

Dear Escape owners:

We got our new escape 19' this summer, I have a few questions about water system:

1. Do you always sanitize your fresh water tank? Like before the first time use, before every trip? (assume not going to use the water for drinking and cooking, will bring bottle water for those purpose)
2. Do you always drain your fresh water and water heater after each trip? I assume gray and black tank you should always do it.
3. Do you need to winterize your trailer if you live in California where in winter the temperature rarely drop below 32F?

some questions not related to water system:

1. Do you take the battery out after each trip because the propane detector could quickly use up all the battery?
2. I saw on Escape web site, they have an new option for Canopy: Is it good if we have to store the trailer outside in window?

Thanks a lot,
Jing
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:46 PM   #2
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Dear Escape owners:

We got our new escape 19' this summer, I have a few questions about water system:

1. Do you always sanitize your fresh water tank? Like before the first time use, before every trip? (assume not going to use the water for drinking and cooking, will bring bottle water for those purpose)


We do this once a year.. We only use the fresh tank for shower and toilet, so we think that's sufficient.


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2. Do you always drain your fresh water and water heater after each trip? I assume gray and black tank you should always do it.
We haven't drain the water heater tank since we got the trailer (a little over a year) I plan to do that this coming week. I guess I will find out if there's any ill side-effect.



We don't always dump the black and gray tank tho, the longest we've left them intact is maybe 3 months? Ordorlos is a good thing.



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3. Do you need to winterize your trailer if you live in California where in winter the temperature rarely drop below 32F?
I dont think you need to worry about it unless it stays below 32F for more than half of the day..



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some questions not related to water system:

1. Do you take the battery out after each trip because the propane detector could quickly use up all the battery?
We didn't.. Where we store our trailer, the solar panel seems to always keep the battery charged. (I think it gets about 2-3 hours of mid-day sunlight) We plugged it in when we cover the trailer.



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2. I saw on Escape web site, they have an new option for Canopy: Is it good if we have to store the trailer outside in window?

Thanks a lot,
Jing
No idea about the cover Escape is currently selling. We have a cheap cover that we only put on when we don't use the trailer for extended period of time (winter, 3 months)
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:47 PM   #3
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Dear Escape owners:

We got our new escape 19' this summer, I have a few questions about water system:

1. Do you always sanitize your fresh water tank? Like before the first time use, before every trip? (assume not going to use the water for drinking and cooking, will bring bottle water for those purpose)
2. Do you always drain your fresh water and water heater after each trip? I assume gray and black tank you should always do it.
3. Do you need to winterize your trailer if you live in California where in winter the temperature rarely drop below 32F?

some questions not related to water system:

1. Do you take the battery out after each trip because the propane detector could quickly use up all the battery?
2. I saw on Escape web site, they have an new option for Canopy: Is it good if we have to store the trailer outside in window?

Thanks a lot,
Jing
1) no, we use it often enough that i don't feel the need to sanitize it.

2) if its going to be parked for weeks, I drain the fresh water tank. of course, you drain and flush the black+grey, usually at each campground we visit, or after each leg of boondocking.

3) I have not bothered to winterize anything around here in coastal Santa Cruz.

battery:

1) no. our trailer has solar, anyway we plug it in when we're home so it stays 100% charged. besides that, the propane detector is like 0.075 amps or something, it would take 1000 hours to put a measurable dent in the battery charge.

2) no idea what you mean by Canopy.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:33 AM   #4
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Dear Escape owners:

We got our new escape 19' this summer, I have a few questions about water system:

1. Do you always sanitize your fresh water tank? Like before the first time use, before every trip? (assume not going to use the water for drinking and cooking, will bring bottle water for those purpose)
2. Do you always drain your fresh water and water heater after each trip? I assume gray and black tank you should always do it.
3. Do you need to winterize your trailer if you live in California where in winter the temperature rarely drop below 32F?

some questions not related to water system:

1. Do you take the battery out after each trip because the propane detector could quickly use up all the battery?
2. I saw on Escape web site, they have an new option for Canopy: Is it good if we have to store the trailer outside in window?

Thanks a lot,
Jing

Hello neighbor (Pleasanton is about 15 miles N/E of Fremont, Ca.), I’ll try to answer how we do it as we have had no problems in 2 1/2 years. I’ll preface that we do have the undercarriage spray foam, dual pane windows, and extra insulation options.

1. We sanitize the system annually, usually around the slow month of January. Between sanitation’s, we keep about a quarter tank of fresh water in the tank, and bring it up to about 2/3 before a trip or camping. We do drink this water as it has been pre-filtered before entering the fresh water tank and filtered again using a Brita Water Pitcher before use.

2. As stated above, we do not drain the fresh tank between uses; we add to it. However, we do use the trailer at least once a month. If the gray and black tanks are 1/3 full or less, we do not dump them before storage, as we will have the trailer out again soon. We do use Odorlos or Thetford tank treatments in both tanks and have never had a tank odor.

3. We have NOT winterized our trailer as it is stored in temperatures you describe. As long as daytime temps rise above 32*, the interior and areas within the foam prevent a hard freeze.

1. We have never had our batteries out, however I do check them every 2-3 months for corrosion and water level. We have never had any corrosion, but have added water on each occasion. Our trailer is stored under a carport and the solar panel receives no direct sunlight. I do turn the battery cut-off switch to the OFF position when in storage. 3-4 weeks later, the battery is always at 90%.

2. In the California sun, UV rays are an enemy to the fiberglass and gelcoat. I wash the trailer after almost every use and wax it with a good marine wax twice a year. I have not used a canopy/cover, but may consider it if I were not under a carport.

Good Luck,Jing! I hope this helps
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:04 AM   #5
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Hi: jmcrv2017... Why sanitize? There should be enough sanity in the water already. Battery storage is good where it is. Use the "Kill" switch to prevent phantom drains!!! Alf
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:09 AM   #6
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Dear Escape owners:

We got our new escape 19' this summer, I have a few questions about water system:

1. Do you always sanitize your fresh water tank? Like before the first time use, before every trip? (assume not going to use the water for drinking and cooking, will bring bottle water for those purpose)
2. Do you always drain your fresh water and water heater after each trip? I assume gray and black tank you should always do it.
3. Do you need to winterize your trailer if you live in California where in winter the temperature rarely drop below 32F?

some questions not related to water system:

1. Do you take the battery out after each trip because the propane detector could quickly use up all the battery?
2. I saw on Escape web site, they have an new option for Canopy: Is it good if we have to store the trailer outside in window?

Thanks a lot,
Jing
1. I have not sanitized yet in two years, and have not needed too, though I think when I un-winterize when heading south in the new year I will. I always drink from the fresh water tank. I only fill it with water I would be willing to do so with. If at a campground and connected to water that does not smell or taste all that great I only use it with the city water system and do not put any in the tank.
2. I only drain the fresh water and water heater when winterizing. Grey and black almost always after a trip unless just a little remains.
3. You should be just fine to not winterize, lucky you.

1. Batteries never come out. With solar they are always charged, and if no solar if you can keep plugged in the will be charged too. You can always turn the battery disconnect off.
2. Sorry, not sure what you are asking.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:12 AM   #7
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We sanitize our water system only once or twice a year depending how ambitious I am .
We use the water from our tank for cooking , cleaning and drinking
Not a fan of bottled water , too much plastic waste already
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:56 PM   #8
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Not a fan of bottled water , too much plastic waste already
Most definitely! Even when we take extra water it is in a 5 gallon can which is also handy if we need to pick up more water while boondocking. I never buy water in a plastic bottle, as I feel we really do need to get rid of all of these single use plastics we use.
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:53 PM   #9
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Most definitely! Even when we take extra water it is in a 5 gallon can which is also handy if we need to pick up more water while boondocking. I never buy water in a plastic bottle, as I feel we really do need to get rid of all of these single use plastics we use.

We carry our drinking water in a 3.5 gallon container... home water tasted better If we ran out we use the filter and get campground water.. or sometimes at the parks that have "water filling station" for water bottle... It was a little weird trying to fill 3.5 gallons at those place, but still doable.
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I was just at Safeway checkout, behind a young couple, each with a 12 oz. bottle of water. They were examining the labels and then the woman wandered off and came back with a different brand. It was also different from the guy's bottle, but still contained water.
It took all I had for this cantankerous old bugger to keep his lips zipped.
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