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Old 09-24-2014, 10:17 PM   #41
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That idea sounds good, and I think others have commented they do similar. Still makes me wonder about the fresh water drain valve. It is similarly exposed, but I am in the camp of not wanting to add RV antifreeze to the fresh water tank.
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Old 09-24-2014, 11:39 PM   #42
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The fresh water drain is not exposed, the foam is cut out to allow the valve to operate, that is all you see of the drain. I always drain all the sewerage at my last cg and the fresh tank before the first freeze. I then winterize all the drain lines with antifreeze all my black tank liquids will then be flushed with antifreeze. All the lines up to the valves are foam protected so with antifreeze in the tank there should not be any issues.
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Old 09-24-2014, 11:51 PM   #43
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So I suppose someone could use spray foam around the valve and that would work for a while into colder weather but, of course, you could spray the whole fresh tank, couldn't you? I would wonder why anyone could not do that and extend their season?
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Exactly why I choose ETI to add that option to my trailers.
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I mean without someone spraying the entire trailer underneath which I cannot imagine most people doing themselves, only spraying the fresh water tank (yourself) would extend your season.

The rest of it is to keep the rest of the trailer, floor and all, warmer.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:27 AM   #46
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Actually one can carry water for drinking consumption and just flush with antifreeze and forget about the fresh tank.
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:14 AM   #47
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That is what I was thinking semi winterizing the trailer so I can still camp during the less cold days of the winter.
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...Re-read ice-breaker's post and further wondered if it was merely the pull handle that froze. I don't know where the actual openings in the bottom of the black/grey tanks are located - close to the pull handle or covered by spray foam?
The problem manifested itself when we were unable to move the pull handle on the black tank (the grey tank valve was still unfrozen). I actually pulled hard enough on the black tank pull handle to break off one of the two pull tabs on the handle, so it was frozen pretty good. However, I have no way of knowing whether the frozen zone extended back from the valve or not, and if so, how far.

In hindsight, I could probably have been better prepared for this by having a hair dryer along or even bringing RV antifreeze to add to the grey and black tanks. However, this was the "pick-up" trip for our 19' and we were a little new to using a camper, especially in cold weather. I know the folks at Escape were trying to be helpful by handing over the trailer to us with the water tank having water in it, especially since April does not bring a lot of danger of freezing weather in Chilliwack; however, if I was picking up another trailer in winter I would ask that they winterize (drain the tanks and waterlines, and add antifreeze to the grey and black tanks) the trailer before I pick it up, so that there would be no freezing risks on the trip home.
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Anyone know of an online source enabling us to locate dump stations open in the winter?
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Anyone know of an online source enabling us to locate dump stations open in the winter?
Many of the campground apps for your phone list these. I imagine Apple has the same ones.
https://play.google.com/store/search?q=rv%20dump
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