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Old 11-19-2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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Winterizing Disaster

I've been trying to get to my 3171 to winterize for the past 2 weeks but its about 25 miles from the house and I haven't been able to get down there. This week it dipped below freezing for the first time so I rushed down during work and the kitchen faucet had frozen water in it and had cracked. Tried turning on the pump and running water through it but only got a little drip. So I ran the heater for 3 hours and blew some air through the lines and several gallons of water drained out. I don't have any way of telling though if there is a giant ice block in my tank or lines and its going to do more damage. Any advice on what I could do? It won't be warm here until Monday when it will be near 70. I'm in Virginia and normally we don't get a freeze like this so early. I guess next year I'll know I need to winterize a lot sooner.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:00 PM   #2
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Others may have a little better idea of what to do, but I would wait until Monday and pretend it's spring. Chances are any damage has already been done and you've done what you can for now. Go through your normal "start up" process and find any leaks or problem areas. At least you can get those resolved before you need to use the camper. One thing, if you haven't done this already, pull the P traps and drain those. Then a full winterize operation and wait for the cherry blossoms next spring. There are several threads on this site if you have any questions about winterizing, antifreeze etc.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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I've been trying to get to my 3171 to winterize for the past 2 weeks but its about 25 miles from the house and I haven't been able to get down there. This week it dipped below freezing for the first time so I rushed down during work and the kitchen faucet had frozen water in it and had cracked. Tried turning on the pump and running water through it but only got a little drip. So I ran the heater for 3 hours and blew some air through the lines and several gallons of water drained out. I don't have any way of telling though if there is a giant ice block in my tank or lines and its going to do more damage. Any advice on what I could do? It won't be warm here until Monday when it will be near 70. I'm in Virginia and normally we don't get a freeze like this so early. I guess next year I'll know I need to winterize a lot sooner.
Where do you live in Virginia? We are now on a warming trend by the news, supposed to stay above freezing tonight that will help. This week or next week go down and start your water pump and see where the damage is. I would go to a HD or somewhere and get a standard kitchen faucet and replace that one or cap off the hot and cold lines then do your winterization as normal. This is the first year I did winterize here in Virginia. If I can be of help PM me...Good Luck .....
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:35 PM   #4
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If your trailer is fairly new-you probably have "PEX" plumbing for supply lines.Pex is very forgiving-you should be ok there.As was stated-get those drain traps thawed and put Rv anti in there or they Will crack.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:47 PM   #5
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Don't forget to empty the water filter.

As for the kitchen sink fixture, you haven't lost anything. You can buy another one like it at a Home Depot, Lowe's, etc., for a few bucks. I replaced ours as soon as I could with a single handle fixture with a pull-out spray head. Look under the cabinet and figure out what connection type you need. The first one I got would not work without modifying the PEX. I had to drill a center hole in the countertop. The new fixture was made for one hole and had a plate to cover the two existing holes. I also replaced the bathroom fixture with a single handle one. Just our preference.
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I winterized this morning camping in Virginia. It was 14 degrees outside. I couldn't wait to do it when we got home because everything would have frozen solid as soon as heat was turned off. Tonight we are dry camping except for black tank. That gets flushed in the morning. Tomorrow we are home.

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Old 11-20-2014, 07:48 AM   #7
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I've been trying to get to my 3171 to winterize for the past 2 weeks but its about 25 miles from the house and I haven't been able to get down there. This week it dipped below freezing for the first time so I rushed down during work and the kitchen faucet had frozen water in it and had cracked. Tried turning on the pump and running water through it but only got a little drip. So I ran the heater for 3 hours and blew some air through the lines and several gallons of water drained out. I don't have any way of telling though if there is a giant ice block in my tank or lines and its going to do more damage. Any advice on what I could do? It won't be warm here until Monday when it will be near 70. I'm in Virginia and normally we don't get a freeze like this so early. I guess next year I'll know I need to winterize a lot sooner.
I wish you luck but if the faucet inside the insulated part of the coach froze and broke I'm afraid things underneath like the pump, line fittings, and even the outside sprayer probably got damaged too. When you fill and pressurize the system with antifreeze you can look for leaks. If the system holds pressure with the pump off that would be a good sign for areas you can't see.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:46 AM   #8
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Where do you live in Virginia? We are now on a warming trend by the news, supposed to stay above freezing tonight that will help. This week or next week go down and start your water pump and see where the damage is. I would go to a HD or somewhere and get a standard kitchen faucet and replace that one or cap off the hot and cold lines then do your winterization as normal. This is the first year I did winterize here in Virginia. If I can be of help PM me...Good Luck .....
Thanks everyone. I'm in Northern Virginia. Hopefully when everything thaws on Monday it will only be the sink that broke.
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Thanks everyone. I'm in Northern Virginia. Hopefully when everything thaws on Monday it will only be the sink that broke.
Good luck with it!

A soon as the Halloween trip was done I blew the water out and pumped the red stuff in. I actually opened all the low point drains while unloading at home to minimize risk of getting behind the ball.

I know you learned (I usually prove the adage about wisdom coming from bad experience myself) but just a couple of suggestions for next year.
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Thanks everyone. I'm in Northern Virginia. Hopefully when everything thaws on Monday it will only be the sink that broke.
Richmond chiming in. If you don't own one, beg, borrow or rent an air compressor. Get a blow out plug (see here)Blow-out Plug - Camco 36104 - Winterizing - Camping World
and push air into the system at 40 psi. I'd rather listen for hissing than I would chase leaks of liquid.
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