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Old 10-25-2014, 03:20 PM   #29
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I did find the hot and cold water low point drains and emptied them....maybe 1/2 cup of water came out of each.

There is supposed to be a drain for the fresh water tank by the water pump, but I find nothing in that area that would drain that tank.



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Old 10-25-2014, 03:56 PM   #30
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Of course an 06 would be different than any of the newfangled contraptions everyone has these days. What was I thinking.

Minus enlightened guidance from someone here, I'm going to empty thru the grey system in the am, put my antifreeze in, and run it thru everything.

What little bit of water there may still be in there shouldn't dilute enough to matter.....I hope.


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There is supposed to be a drain for the fresh water tank by the water pump, but I find nothing in that area that would drain that tank.
The drain plug on mine looks like a plastic hexagonal bolt head on the bottom of the tank that you have to unscrew with a crescent wrench. It's not a valve or anything convenient like that. But you should be able to reach under without having to crawl under; you should just have to lay on your back alongside and stick one arm under.
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Old 10-25-2014, 04:28 PM   #32
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Hmmmmm.

My fresh water tank rests on the floor under the galley. Nothing could fit underneath. Oops, you mean outside and underneath. I have laid down on the ground on both sides, with a flashlight, and can't see anything.

Not sure what I am looking for, tho, and afraid to just start twisting on things....if my hand were strong enough to get something loose that has never been loosened to my knowledge.

In the am I will look on the other end of the tank, on the inside, the opposite end from where the pump is.

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My fresh water tank rests on the floor under the galley. Nothing could fit underneath. Oops, you mean outside and underneath. I have laid down on the ground on both sides, with a flashlight, and can't see anything.
If the tank is above floor level, then there must be a floor penetration (a hole) where the drain comes through. If you can find the hole in the metal floor, the drain will be there as well.

The only other thing I can think of is, if the tank is against a side wall of the van, the drain might be on the side rather than underneath.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:11 PM   #34
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I'll look more thoroughly in the morning....when my brain, that sees no logical order, rhyme nor reason, to anything mechanical, is rested. It has had enough for one day.

I am pretty certain Doug didn't do anything like opening a plug on the fresh tank, and he winterized at least once a year...sometimes twice...since 2007. We never had any burst pipes.

However, I really don't know exactly what he did do. I just helped with the dewinterizing, flushing out and sanitizing part. That, I can do.


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I have an identical AI as Maggie. There are two drains located at the front of the left rear wheel well on mine. Simply twist the knobs and drain.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:51 PM   #36
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Yikes! That's the kind of information I need! Thank you!

Are these the low point drains? Do you have a rear bath?

I have a mid bath, and the low point drains are directly in front of the tank dumping paraphernalia. I did find those, after searching in the owner's manual , and drained them.

It's the fresh water tank drain that I haven't located. Where's yours?


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BTW, you don't have to put the plug back in the HW heater as long as you leave the bypass valve in the bypass position.

Also you will need to run some RV antifreeze thru the macerator pump to avoid having it freeze up. Also best to open the low point drains w/ the RV relatively level. That's the last thing I do after running some RV antifreeze thru the fresh water tank into the black and gray and out the macerator. That way the dump valves will be relatively clear of water.

Does yours have the black tank flush system?
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I have an 06.....none of those bells and whistles. No macerator pump, no black tank flush system.

Okay, so run the remaining water in the fresh tank out, then the antifreeze in and thru everything. Open those low point drains last thing?

Doesn't sound like finding the external drain for the fresh water tank is critical. ??

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Do you have the outside shower fitting?
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I do, and know to run the winterization fluid thru it, as well.


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It is done.

I flushed winterization fluid thru everything, til it ran good and pink.

73shark, I opened those low point drains again and water just GUSHED out! I got just a trickle when I did it the last time.

I wonder what was different.


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It is done.

I flushed winterization fluid thru everything, til it ran good and pink.

73shark, I opened those low point drains again and water just GUSHED out! I got just a trickle when I did it the last time.

I wonder what was different.


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Maybe you opened a faucet or shower that is higher than the low point drain. It needs that to let air into the system so the water/antifreeze could run out the low point drains.
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