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DFord

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Posted: 10/09/19 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Light bulbs / spot lights inside the sink cabinets and shining on the holding tanks will help. After a few hours, open the cabinet doors/drawers and see if the lights are doing any better than you small heater. 1/4 cup of rock salt in the shower drain and the others if they aren't removed like was suggested.

Lot's of luck!!


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Posted: 10/09/19 09:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, a little cold weather plus a winterizing "emergency" sure gets the keyboards a hummin' on here.[emoticon]


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All sounds good.
Blow thru your fresh water (25psi) thru open valves.
Leave all valves open.
Water in the tanks is not a problem but it would be better to open the valve

Don’t forget the outside shower.

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Don’t forget the outside shower.

It was the black tank flush that was my demise. [emoticon]

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Has anyone mentioned draining the hot water heater. Blowing pipes isn't enough to drain some water heaters.


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1: water pump
on the inlet side of the water pump is a strainer. Lay a towel on the floor below it and open the case. Drain the water out of it and run the pump for like a minute to clear the lines. Then blow again. (Do this after the 1st or second of like 10 blows to get all water out)

2 Toliet. Flush wile blowing to insure that line is clear

3[emoticon]e black/gray water.. If less than 5 gallons can you bucket carry to a toilet?


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Thinking out loud here. I learned in school that freezing water expands and bursts pipes. however IF it has some where to expand to. It will not burst the pipe. So if the black, fresh, or grey tanks are not full. The water has room to expand. Even the water in the drain pipes has room to expand back into the tank.

I leave 5 gal or so in my black tank year round. And yes it does get cold here, sometimes in the single digits.


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Dave H M wrote:

Don’t forget the outside shower.

It was the black tank flush that was my demise. [emoticon]


Ah for cripes sakes. I winterized this week and totally forgot about the danged outside shower.
Nearly 30 years of RVing and I finally did it.

Thanks for the reminder!


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Your on a ranch. Got any Hay or straw bales? Stack them up around the bottom of the RV all the way around to block out as much air as possible. Before you put the last one in Hang a trouble light from the frame near the tanks. Should keep it warm enough under there to keep the tanks from freezing. Empty and bypass the water heater, blow out the lines and/or add antifreeze to the system.


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MFL wrote:

If you blow everything out, and run the pump dry, you should be okay inside a barn. Big difference between temp of 25, and 10. I am thinking inside the barn should stay considerably warmer than out door temp. An electric heater inside should protect pipes. If you are sure of the small amount in tanks, they should survive too, as long as you are in the barn.

This is just an opinion, don't call me if everything freezes solid. [emoticon]

Jerry


Not sure where you got the idea he was in a barn!!


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