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Old 12-11-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Black water release handle froze shut

We are dealing with the extreme load temps here in Branson as is the rest of the country. No problem with our well insulated Washington by Crossroads staying warm but we try to heat with electric rather than $$$propane. Electric is included in our site fee.
Once the temps dropped below freezing for several days, I was unable to release the black water.
Has anyone encountered this problem?
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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The problem with heating your unit with electric and not propane is the propane furnace is ducted thru the underbelly and helps keep things thawed out thru radiant heating. Electric does not. Your valve sounds like it is frozen and will need to be thawed out, try a heat gun or hair dryer and hope it doesn't crack.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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or run your furnace for a while to heat the underside and that may be enough to thaw it out. that is if ist hidden under the plastic cardboard liner.
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I agree with Jason about the heating of your rig.
Where is the valve located for the black tank release? If it's outside of the trailer you could try pouring warm water over it, if it's inside, maybe place and electric heater in with it, or try the hair dryer. I wouldn't get the hair dryer to close for any length of time for fear of damaging the valve.
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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Same problem here. I'm running a heater inside basement area behind panels. Last two days. No luck with that. This morning a wrapped heat tape around small section of black pipe exiting belly of trailer. Praying that works. Been around 10 to 20 here for over a week. Waiting for it to warm up. Might just use RV anti freeze in bathroom next time. Cheap way to not freeze up.

Now trying heat gun up drain pipe..wish me luck.

Dumped rock salt into black tank. No luck with heat gun.

Some how need to install a heat vent hose from furnace into black tank space
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:37 PM   #6
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Hot water in the black tank will thaw it out.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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Not if black tank is too full....
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:15 PM   #8
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A 100 watt bulb (work light) will generate a fair amount of heat in basement that along with running the furnace may do the trick. It may be a good practice to use the light reguarly in cold weather. Be sure it is hanging free and clear with good air space.
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Valve open...yee haw...
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Our next unit we intend to full time in so I plan on having the Cheap Heat system installed when the unit is delivered to the dealer. This will allow us to heat the trailer and under belly and keep us from burning through propane during cold spells. I also plan on getting tank heaters and the water inlet heat taped from the factory. We do not plan to be in really cold weather during the Winters but if we get caught in some I prefer to be prepared.

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