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Old 11-09-2014, 03:36 PM   #1
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Oops

well i thought i winteerized my 91 excella but.......

heres what I did

1. opened 2 twist drain points
2. raised & lowered AS to allow water to drain
3. closed drains and hooked up air compressor to push out excess water in lines
4. removed water filter and replaced with block off plate
5. pumped in anti freeze

Then i went elk hunting in the rockies (got a nice 5x6 bull btw!).

came home & relealized i forgot to drain the fresh water tank & grey water tank! Grey water shows empty but fresh warer shows 3/4 full! what do I do now? could i add hot water to fresh tank to get it to thaw & drain?

please advise.....
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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well i thought i winteerized my 91 excella but.......

heres what I did

1. opened 2 twist drain points
2. raised & lowered AS to allow water to drain
3. closed drains and hooked up air compressor to push out excess water in lines
4. removed water filter and replaced with block off plate
5. pumped in anti freeze

Then i went elk hunting in the rockies (got a nice 5x6 bull btw!).

came home & relealized i forgot to drain the fresh water tank & grey water tank! Grey water shows empty but fresh warer shows 3/4 full! what do I do now? could i add hot water to fresh tank to get it to thaw & drain?

please advise.....
How cold is it there? Are you sure the tank is frozen solid? I would open the tank drain, then fire up your furnace & let it run for a few days. This should pump warm air around the tank allowing it to drain fully.
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:30 PM   #3
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its 60's for high today, sunday but tomorrow high 51 low 16 followed by a polar blast - with a couple days of lows 1* & 3*…..
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quick update - cranking the heater idea seems to be working - its down from 3/4 full to 1/2 full….hopefully I have enough propane to get it all out!
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:45 PM   #5
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Hot water?

Well it doesn't seem to be draining after all....


Should I add hot water to the fresh water tank to try and get the tank to drain?

Very concerned as the temps are to drop into the teens tomorrow night followed by single digits the next night....
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:47 PM   #6
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I doubt that adding hot water is going to hurt anything. If it was me and I knew that brutal cold was on the way I would do what I had to do to get the water out of the trailer.


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Old 11-11-2014, 08:21 AM   #7
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I added hot water to the fresh water tank from my house then I took the AS over to a buddy's shop and we placed a torpedo heater at the drain point went & had breakfast came back & it drained thru the fresh water drain between the two wheels just fine.

Just in time as the temp had gone from 55 > 25 degrees in 2 hours, its now 15 outside and the low is to be 3 tonight…..
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I added hot water to the fresh water tank from my house then I took the AS over to a buddy's shop and we placed a torpedo heater at the drain point went & had breakfast came back & it drained thru the fresh water drain between the two wheels just fine.

Just in time as the temp had gone from 55 > 25 degrees in 2 hours, its now 15 outside and the low is to be 3 tonight…..
That's good to hear. Keep in mind that those drain spigots are pretty hopeless & their routing is very suspect. I had an 05 Safari in here a couple of years ago complaining about a drip on the bottom of the tank shroud. We removed the tank & discovered that the spin welded inlet fitting was half broken away from the tank. This allowed the tank to leak when it was relatively full. This was a very poorly welded fitting that caused this problem. We did however notice that draining the tank through the original spigot was very slow. Once the tank was removed, we discovered that the drain spigot was not lined up with the drain fitting in the tank. This allowed the vinyl tube that connected the two of them to become kinked...............really poor workmanship Anyway, we replaced the fittings & realigned the pipes, using a pex ball valve & pex tubing, so now it drains really well.
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