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Old 09-08-2016, 12:36 AM   #1
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A Question about the fresh water tank

When storing the trailer, I assume I should completely drain the fresh water tank? I know that I need to keep some water and chemical in the black tank, but what about the grey tank?
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:52 AM   #2
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Drain them all.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:34 AM   #3
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I would sanitize your fresh and rinse out your black water to remove any solids. But then fill the system with RV antifreeze.
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I see the op is in CA. Depending on just where in CA. should decide whether he needs the pink stuff or not.
I would warn against putting it in the water heater or the fresh water tank.
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Yes, only fill the lines but you wouldn't recommend the water heater just drain only?
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Yes, only fill the lines but you wouldn't recommend the water heater just drain only?

I never put anti freeze in the water heater. All that is necessary is to remove the drain plug and just leave it out for the winter.
If you place the winterizing valves in the correct position, you will be able to suck anti freeze out of the jug and pump it thru all the water lines without getting any in the water heater or the fresh water tank.
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Great I probably would have filled the water heater, I do remember the salesmen talking about the valves for weatherization.
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Maybe this will help.

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Or option #2: Drain water lines, fresh water tank, water heater and holding tanks. Attach air hose to city water connection and blow out all water lines opening all fixtures and water valve on toilet. Pour pink stuff down each drain to fill p-trap, add pink stuff to toilet bowl to keep seal from drying out. I personally pour enough down the drains to add some to each tank. It's probably a little over kill but have never had to replace a dump valve because of a bad seal or replace a broken pipe. Have done this method on last 3 trailers and only problem I had was a busted shower head because I forgot to open it and blow it out.
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This guy lives in CA. He doesn't need the pink stuff.
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This guy lives in CA. He doesn't need the pink stuff.
I will sometimes use the pink stuff even in the summer if the trailer is not going to be used for a month or more. The pink stuff wont evaporate like just water will so I don't have dry seals or odor coming from drains.
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If you're just storing the rv for a few weeks or months, drain the freshwater tank AND the hot water heater. Drain your lines. I still do a flush when I go back out camping just to get any stale water out.
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I too am in Cal. However, in So Cal and we don't need to winterize our trailers. Maybe if up near the Sierra's and/or No Cal.
The only thing I do periodically if mine sits a long stretch, is to add a few tbs of bleach to the freshwater tank even though we don't drink from there. I try not to leave the freshwater tank more then 2/3rds full if it sits as well. No manual for that opinion.
I always empty the black, galley, and gray water after each trip.
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I always empty the fresh water tank after a trip, but I do keep some water in both the black and gray tanks so the seals won't dry out. In winter, I dump some anti freeze in the tanks. (not the freshwater tank)
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I always empty the fresh water tank after a trip,

I just wish we could empty the fresh water tank, but with where they positioned the drain line, it's not possible.
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I just wish we could empty the fresh water tank, but with where they positioned the drain line, it's not possible.
I think that might be illegal here in CA. We can only water on certain days, not use hoses without end nozzles, etc.

I'd hate to get caught by the Water Police!
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I think that might be illegal here in CA. We can only water on certain days, not use hoses without end nozzles, etc.

I'd hate to get caught by the Water Police!

Bob, I don't understand your response.
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Bob, I don't understand your response.
Lloyd,
Just referring to "wasting" water when emptying a tank. Here in CA, water restrictions are such that it's become a big issue. Not like the southeast these days. Many areas for that matter.
In L.A. City, they have designated police for water control.
My humor, that's all.
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Lloyd,
Just referring to "wasting" water when emptying a tank. Here in CA, water restrictions are such that it's become a big issue. Not like the southeast these days. Many areas for that matter.
In L.A. City, they have designated police for water control.
My humor, that's all.
Hey Bob, I get it...but I didn't think southern Calif cared about using our N California water (also inside joke).
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Hey Bob, I get it...but I didn't think southern Calif cared about using our N California water (also inside joke).
Oh ya. Nothing better then that aqueduct water redirected from your home, right to mine!

Snow melted, pure spring water. Tastes great, right from the tap.

Then again, I could be in Bakersfield where they too watch the water go by them, down here, and drink water from 77 different ground water wells.

By the way...thanks for sharing. Someday, we will share something in return. I hear you have great sewage plants that are hungry? Just a thought.
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