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Old 03-04-2016, 10:27 AM   #1
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Why are there two 'spigots' on my fresh water tank?

I wonder what these two 'spigots' on my fresh water tank do...

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One is the low-point drain, the other is the lower-point drain.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:46 AM   #3
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Probably the one on the side is tank-manufacturer-installed and the other is Airstream-installed.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:54 AM   #4
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The plastic one is the common tank drain. Not sure what the brass one is and the picture is not clear enough to draw any conclusions.
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I'm thinking the lower one is the low point drain but looking at the lever it doesn't seem what Airstream would use but I could be wrong. It could be the cold and hot systems drain from a common low point drain. The plastic drain on the side is the water tank drain. Is there another low point drain under there somewhere? On my 25fb I have two low point drains; cold and hot but they aren't the lever but a wing nut type of fitting.

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Old 03-04-2016, 12:42 PM   #6
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On my Classic I have a plug that is accessible with the removal of an inspection plate. I use this cause my plastic valve does not work.

Is it possible that someone took out your plug and plumbed in another valve?
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:09 PM   #7
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What KJR said. Tank drain (plastic), low point cold water drain and low point hot water drain (brass). Had me puzzled for a long time until enough folks splained it. Thanks - safe travels. Pat
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I have the same drain arrangement on my 2014 23D International. The lower brass one has a red handle which may indicate hot water. Does anyone know off hand if that is the only hot water drain valve.

It is the lowest point on the trailer and I was hoping to plug it for a trip that I'm taking to Yukon/Alaska.
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There you go Rob, you only have 2 valves that could break compared to my 3

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There you go Rob, you only have 2 valves that could break compared to my 3

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I have the same drain arrangement on my 2014 23D International. The lower brass one has a red handle which may indicate hot water. Does anyone know off hand if that is the only hot water drain valve.

It is the lowest point on the trailer and I was hoping to plug it for a trip that I'm taking to Yukon/Alaska.
Like yours, ours is a 2014 23D International (Serenity).

So, I hooked up to city water and turned the water on with both spigots open. Water instantly spewed out of the lower spigot (the 'red handle' one), but not out of the one up on the side of the tank. That tells me that the lower spigot is a 'line drain' and not a 'tank drain.'

As with so much about this trailer, the Owner's Manual is essentially worthless.

Anyway, I'm officially de-winterized and just waiting on that legendary Easter 'hard freeze!'

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I'm puzzled. All the rigs I have seen have two low-point line drains. One for hot and one for cold. How can just one drain work for both the cold and hot lines?
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The plastic plug on the side drains the fresh water tank (only) and is used when you want to drain the fresh water tank only. The brass valves at the bottom are the low point drains and drain the entire hot and cold water distribution systems (i.e., the pipes.) These are generally used when winterizing.

I'm not sure if the cold water low point drain would also drain the fresh water tank but it would be worth trying in a non-critical setting to see if it does. I do know that the hot water low point drain does not drain the hot water tank so I suspect that the cold low point drain similarly does not properly drain the fresh water tank. All these valves are useful so I'd hesitate to get rid of them, but they are also definitely vulnerable to extensive travel on gravel roads.
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:27 AM   #14
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The white valve is the drain for the fresh water tank. The brass valve with the red handle is a low point drain. You should have another one nearby, plus one behind the water heater. The one near the water heater should be at floor level, inside.
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