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Old 11-01-2006, 08:38 AM   #1
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My latest bad idea....

I want to extend my season in the Trade Wind. I'm thinking if I have cold water in the galley sink that should be sufficent to limp along. So..... say a guy was to put a valve in the the water line just past the galley sink, and winterize everything behind that (bathroom, water heater). I think it would be a lot more manageble to keep the tank to sink section in operation in the cold. Water could be toted to the toliet to operate that. grey and black tanks could be drained when the weather gets to cold and antifreeze added. So tell me where this plan falls apart.
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Old 11-01-2006, 08:58 AM   #2
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Rodney,

Not a problem! I do this type of thing routinely by cutting off the water heater and toilet (the toilet is really the biggest problem to drain if you don't have an air compressor to blow out the system--the water heater is a problem because to drain it is to waste 6 gallons of water). See my valves in

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Note my last post--the problem with backflow in the sink fixture. Make sure this doesn't happen in yours or you'll have water in the hot side pipes. You'll also get water on the hot side if you're not really really careful when you use the faucet (if it's a single handle type). Any crack towards warm and you've opened the hot side valve, allowing cold water to flow through the fixture into the hot pipes.

I think it's a better idea to just count on draining both sides or isolating the hot to the kitchen, just as you plan to do the cold. My Overlander and Caravel have copper, so I have a drain (hot and cold) under the kitchen and two (hold and cold) near the bath, so no matter if I have a little slope where I'm parked, I can drain everything.

One nice thing about isolating the kitchen is that those lines are all visible, not under the shower or behind the bed or some other place where you're not sure what the temperature is.

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Old 11-01-2006, 09:10 AM   #3
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Thanks! I hadnt thought about the problem of mixing the hot and cold, but thats ok because mine are old style two valve types. Your last coment about not knowing about the temp of waterlines is well taken; I'm thinking the approach of turninging off everyting aft of the kitchen would only leave me about 6 ft of lines to worry about.
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We camp all winter in Wisconsin and have never had a freeze up. I detailed my "winterizing" technique in the current anti freeze thread. Keep you hot water tank working in the winter, you'll appreciate the hot water on a cold day.
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