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Old 01-01-2018, 02:58 PM   #1
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Frozen lines

Live in British Columbia, Canada full time in 2016 Cedar Creek 40CCK. Forgot to turn on tank heater switch and now all pipes are frozen. Left tank heater switch on for 5 days and still no running water from fresh water tank which control panel says is full. Any ideas?
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:01 PM   #2
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Id guess there is probably still a slug of ice somewhere in the lines, but Ill defer to the more experienced members of the forum.
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:13 PM   #3
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Tank heaters won't keep pipes from freezing... just the contents of the tanks. boxman117 is probably correct in his suggestion that you have ice in your lines.
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:16 PM   #4
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How cold is it? The tank heaters are only small heat pads attached to the underside of your holding tanks and do nothing to keep the lines open. If the water pump is still open you could put a temporary water tank in the front storage bay and run a line to the pump. To thaw the dump valves a hairdryer pointed inside the 3" pipe for a few hours might lose the blade valves enough to release. Also, put a thermostatically controlled space heater in the storage bay, the furnace alone is not going to keep it warm.
I hope for a break in the weather, the last week and a half were brutal with down to -42C, I can't believe we made it.
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:33 PM   #5
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Making some assumptions here based on your post.
You are not connected to public water as you are trying to use the water tank.
your water lines froze as you say pipes froze.

You tried to run your water pump as you say no water flows.

Based on these assumptions if the water in the pump was frozen when you turned it on, it may have blown the fuse for the water pump. I would check this.
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:14 PM   #6
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I to have a question, to maybe better help you. How are you heating your unit? The new Cedar Creeks do not have an open heat duct to the underbelly, as most of the waterlines are above the underbelly area, except for the suction hose to the fresh water tank, and low point drains. You made need to place a small electric heater in your front storage compartment near the control panel and really heat it up for a bit. If yours has a plastic shield closing in the plumbing pull it back to get heat back to all the plumbing.

I'm sure it is super cold there, but you could try to very gently open the fresh water drain valve if water comes out you will know that your water is not frozen in your tank.
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If the CC's have the freshwater tank in a horizontal position behind the axles as it is in our RiverStone or in our previous Trilogy than that is a problem in extreme cold weather. There is not enough space for insulation between the tank bottom and the suction line to the bottom panel to keep them from freezing up.
Even though the FW tank has a heat pad, the water is only 2 deg. C (35F) "warm" - at least here it is - and it doesn't take much for it to freeze, we have never been able to keep this tank open through the winter. That's why we use a temporary tank in the front storage compartment where we keep a space heater and it is exposed to the furnace duct under the bedroom.
The water that goes into the waste tanks is much warmer and the heat pads have a much greater chance keeping them from freezing up.

We also have remote thermometers in all crucial places, just in case...
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X2 on the remote thermometers.
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