Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-30-2015, 11:47 AM   #1
4 Rivet Member
 
rfield54's Avatar
 
2002 19' Bambi
1989 29' Excella
1980 28' International
Avon , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: 1989 29' Excella
Posts: 274
Images: 106
Blog Entries: 2
Send a message via AIM to rfield54
Fully Drain The FW Tank?

Regarding winterizing, how important is it to completely drain the FW tank via the petcock ('89 Excella), versus running most of the water out via the water pump. I ask because the drain valve handle snapped off two winters ago. I didn't drain via the valve last winter, and all seemed well this year. (cold winter climate, nights usually in the teens or colder)

Thanks

PS: I've already done the requisite search, with very few specific results.
__________________

__________________







AIR #2753

www.roybloomfield.com
rfield54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2015, 11:53 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
mandolindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,155
Images: 4
The tank can handle a small amount of freezing water

But the hose pipe going to the pump AND the small outlet of the tank that the hose is attached to ÖÖcould freeze and crack.

Try tilting the trailer to get as much water out as you can, then store the trailer in a slight pitch so the water flows away from the outlet
__________________

__________________
mandolindave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2015, 11:57 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
AnnArborBob's Avatar
 
2014 27' FB Eddie Bauer
Chelsea , Michigan
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,774
Images: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by rfield54 View Post
Regarding winterizing, how important is it to completely drain the FW tank via the petcock ('89 Excella), versus running most of the water out via the water pump. I ask because the drain valve handle snapped off two winters ago. I didn't drain via the valve last winter, and all seemed well this year. (cold winter climate, nights usually in the teens or colder)

Thanks

PS: I've already done the requisite search, with very few specific results.
I would put a small amount of antifreeze in the FW tank and run it through the pump to be sure. Next year when you replace the broken valve, you can easily flush the remaining antifreeze out of the FW tank.
__________________
Bob Martel
WBCCI# 5766
AnnArborBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2015, 12:34 PM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
rfield54's Avatar
 
2002 19' Bambi
1989 29' Excella
1980 28' International
Avon , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: 1989 29' Excella
Posts: 274
Images: 106
Blog Entries: 2
Send a message via AIM to rfield54
Quote:
Originally Posted by mandolindave View Post
Try tilting the trailer to get as much water out as you can, then store the trailer in a slight pitch so the water flows away from the outlet
The trailer is set semi-permanently, so tilting is not a realistic option.

Maybe I've been lucky the past 12 years with regard to not putting antifreeze in the pipe leading to the water pump from the FW tank. I guess emptying the FW tank via the pump has been enough. (I add antifreeze to the system thru the pump, after the air compressor purge...no effect on the pipe from the FW tank)
__________________







AIR #2753

www.roybloomfield.com
rfield54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2015, 12:43 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Long Island , New York
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 6,418
Could you get the broken drain valve replaced, or is it inaccessible because of the way your rig is stored? Might be a good investment, but since you have gotten away with things for this long, you may be OK.

You could pour a gallon or so of AF directly into the fresh water tank via its fill spout, which would help out IMO.
__________________
OTRA15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2015, 12:51 PM   #6
4 Rivet Member
 
rfield54's Avatar
 
2002 19' Bambi
1989 29' Excella
1980 28' International
Avon , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: 1989 29' Excella
Posts: 274
Images: 106
Blog Entries: 2
Send a message via AIM to rfield54
I guess I'm a bit reluctant to put anything but fresh water into the FW tank, though oddly I don't seem to mind AF in the lines post water pump ��. Maybe I'll try that.
__________________







AIR #2753

www.roybloomfield.com
rfield54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2015, 06:01 PM   #7
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawas"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,165
Images: 1
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by rfield54 View Post
Regarding winterizing, how important is it to completely drain the FW tank via the petcock ('89 Excella), versus running most of the water out via the water pump. I ask because the drain valve handle snapped off two winters ago. I didn't drain via the valve last winter, and all seemed well this year. (cold winter climate, nights usually in the teens or colder)

Thanks

PS: I've already done the requisite search, with very few specific results.

Did the broken valve look like this?


This is how I fixed ours


Good Luck!!

Bob
__________________
PFC

Sandra wanted to go to Cleveland on vacation,
but Iím the Husband, so we went to Cleveland.
RLC

Step aside Starbucks, this is a job for alcohol.
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2015, 07:02 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
rfield54's Avatar
 
2002 19' Bambi
1989 29' Excella
1980 28' International
Avon , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: 1989 29' Excella
Posts: 274
Images: 106
Blog Entries: 2
Send a message via AIM to rfield54
That's it!
__________________







AIR #2753

www.roybloomfield.com
rfield54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2015, 03:41 PM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
Wolf Alaska's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Currently Looking...
Madison , Alabama
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 154
Images: 7
It won't hurt nothin' to put pink RV A-F into fresh water tank & then run pump to get pink water out of nearest faucet. Then the tank, line, & pump will be protected. If tank is empty, a gallon of A-F will be enough.

Blowing out lines with air won't protect this area.
__________________
Wolf Alaska
M.S./CFI/IR/ME/CP
FMCA SKP GS GPAA NRA USN (Ret)
Wolf Alaska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2015, 04:05 PM   #10
4 Rivet Member
 
rfield54's Avatar
 
2002 19' Bambi
1989 29' Excella
1980 28' International
Avon , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: 1989 29' Excella
Posts: 274
Images: 106
Blog Entries: 2
Send a message via AIM to rfield54
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wolf Alaska View Post
It won't hurt nothin' to put pink RV A-F into fresh water tank & then run pump to get pink water out of nearest faucet. Then the tank, line, & pump will be protected. If tank is empty, a gallon of A-F will be enough.
I'll try it. Thanks for the replies 😎
__________________







AIR #2753

www.roybloomfield.com
rfield54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2015, 06:04 PM   #11
Flying Cloud 27
 
smlbob's Avatar
 
2015 27' Flying Cloud
Union Hall , Virginia
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 90
I swear I drained mine on the 170 mile trip home today...but the meter reads 100% !! Guess I'll ignore it !
__________________
smlbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2015, 06:13 PM   #12
4 Rivet Member
Commercial Member
 
Castaway's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Flying Cloud
Celina , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 354
Images: 3
Drain the tank as well as possible then buy a bottle of cheap Vodka or Gin and pour it in the FW tank and then run some through the lines. Next spring fill the tank with fresh water and flush out the lines and all should be well


Gary
__________________
Castaway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2015, 07:31 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
enduroryda's Avatar
 
1994 21' Sovereign
Down on the corner... , CT
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 994
Images: 9
My valve broke off also. I now drain my tank by removing the plug under the tank. I replaced the original with a PVC plug. Easy to get on and off with an adjustable.
__________________
enduroryda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2015, 08:45 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
dscluchfc's Avatar
 
1984 31' Excella
Abernathy , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 849
I have replaced that petcock valve twice on the last 14 years. Easy fix. And it is a cheap part. Takes about 45 minutes to do it.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________

__________________
David
TAC # TX-18

AIR # 410
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsphotoscapes
dscluchfc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Black Tank, Grey Tank, New Tank, Old Tank Bunkroom Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 3 07-22-2014 09:35 PM
Re working kitchen drain- pex for drain lines?? Bwilson11 General Repair Forum 4 04-20-2014 09:42 PM
Help w/ fully dead bat's RiskIt Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 18 06-17-2007 08:18 AM
Value....of 1994 Airstream Classic limited....."Immaculate , fully loaded"!!! route66 Off Topic Forum 7 09-22-2004 08:02 PM
A/C Drain ...leaking at drain hose connection Sav'h Steve Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 5 08-01-2004 05:09 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.