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Old 10-11-2018, 09:16 AM   #1
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Water Tanks - Empty & Clean ?????

Please advise a newbie on how to empty the Fresh Water Tank -

We have a 2017 17B & camp only in the RV Parks, the few times we had it out, use the city water supply via the blue colored Filter for all our water needs & keep it connected for the camping duration.

I had filled some Fresh Water at one time initially & the interior Fresh Water Tank Gauge shows 1/3rd full. How do I empty this, I have never used the Water Pump.

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Old 10-11-2018, 09:19 AM   #2
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There is a valve under the fresh water tank you open to drain.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:44 AM   #3
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Jim , do you leave your fresh water drain valve open or closed during the winter ?
One year I drained my fresh water tank for winter and then closed the drain valve
Some how water ended up accumulating in the valve , froze and split the valve .
Since my trailer has the underfloor insulation , it appears that the valve could be difficult to replace
Woke up to 27 deg F this morning with snow , luckily valve is open but long range ?
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Jim , do you leave your fresh water drain valve open or closed during the winter ?
I leave it open.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:25 AM   #5
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There is a valve under the fresh water tank you open to drain.
It should look like the valve in the picture. Ignore the vertical pipe that comes down on the left side of the frame. This is a low point drain, but was not used on trailers any longer starting in early 2014.

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Old 10-11-2018, 10:34 AM   #6
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I leave all my valves, interior and exterior open during the winter after winterizing except the hot water tank which is isolated and has the anode removed. I open them all the way then close them slightly so if they”stick” over the winter I can “exercise”’them (open and close) a little till they break free and operate properly again. If you close them hard you don’t have any play in the close direction. Also closing them tight all the way compresses the seal which is fine for regular use but “less than tightly closed” puts less pressure on the seal and should lengthen the seal life over time. Works for me. If your tank drain is hard to turn you can spray it with silicone and the silicone will “walk” down the exterior of the nylon shaft and make it easier to turn. If you’re concerned, food grade silicone is available, I’m not so I use CRC silicone on my stems and awning slides too.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:20 PM   #7
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Thanks Jim,
I opened the drain Valve on the underside of the Fresh Water Tank, & the stored water came out. ( I forgot to close it )

Coming back home & to the Forum, I learn people want to & keep it open. Good, now I do not have to go back to the Storage Facility to close the Valve. Although, it does not get that cold in Central Florida.

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