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Old 04-06-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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After winter we hooked up the water hose and water started coming out under the trailer. No water is coming out of the taps. We did drain pipes before winter. Do we need a plumber? Could it be clogged pipes or a burst pipe? Is there any way we could check for either? Suggestions please.
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Old 04-06-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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After winter we hooked up the water hose and water started coming out under the trailer. No water is coming out of the taps. We did drain pipes before winter. Do we need a plumber? Could it be clogged pipes or a burst pipe? Is there any way we could check for either? Suggestions please.
Sounds like the pipes have frozen.

Instead of checking the system with water, use "air."

Then you can hear where the leaks are, without any mess.

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On our first outing in our new 07 30', as soon as I turned on the 'city' water, attached to the trailer, water immediately began flowing from under the trailer, where the water hose attaches. As it turned out, it was relatively minor. A clamp had come loose during the drive from the dealer to our house and/or the campground. We just used the onboard water, finished our camping and then had the dealer fix it.

Hope you are as lucky. Good luck.
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First are you sure the drains are shut. If so you most likely have a broken pipe.

I would make up an adapter, or buy one, for the water fill point and supply air at a regulated pressure to the system. 30 lbs or so, and start looking for the leak. You will hear it. You just have to get in there and look.

From your description of just draining the system the first place I would look is the head of the pump because draining will not remove the water from it. Second is did you drain the hot water heater?

In general draining alone will not winterize your trailer. You need to either blow it out with air, one fixture at a time, or fill it with antifreeze. I do both because the plumbing is not installed with drains at all the low points. Also there is no other way to get the water out of the fill point than air. That section of pipe is remote to the rest and you have no way to brake the vacuum on that section of the piping. If you just drain and fill with antifreeze that section will still have water in it.
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