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Old 02-19-2018, 11:37 PM   #1
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Frozen tank valve handles

Need a easy fix other than wait until in warms up (32 now going too 10 over night)water hose not connected have been emptying tanks at night
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:44 PM   #2
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Hair dryer?
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Old 02-20-2018, 09:39 AM   #3
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Thanks some we over think things ��
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Yes, hairdryer works and is relatively safe but it can take hours sometimes.
Take your time, don't yank on the handle.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:57 AM   #5
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If you expect this to be a problem in your future with lots of camping in freezing weather you might consider adding the heat pads to both 1-1/2 and 3" drain pipes and valves.


This company makes some heaters for drain pipes, elbows, and valves, that run a little hotter and are designed to just be switched on shortly before draining.

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Old 02-20-2018, 02:14 PM   #6
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People overlook a common item. IPA -Isopropyl alcohol Just add to tank.

Often folks not in the know use such in the winter to add to the fuel tanks. Commercially sold as Heat.

The IPA will free the handle and is available at the dollar store for around $.75 per pint.
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People overlook a common item. IPA -Isopropyl alcohol Just add to tank.

Often folks not in the know use such in the winter to add to the fuel tanks. Commercially sold as Heat.

The IPA will free the handle and is available at the dollar store for around $.75 per pint.
Gonna take a lot of IPA to do that to a tank with liquid in it, and no reason not to use RV antifreeze which is propylene glycol, same effect, freezing point depression.
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:37 PM   #8
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Never thought of using Heat to free up a Frozen Tank Valve Valve.. but next time you empty your tank. Poor a cup or 2 of RV antifreeze in after you close the valve..
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:46 PM   #9
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When it is going to be below freezing I put a 110 volt trouble light in the compartment with the valves and leave the light on. Assuming you are not dry camping. And make sure the bulb is incandescent, NOT LED.
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Gonna take a lot of IPA to do that to a tank with liquid in it, and no reason not to use RV antifreeze which is propylene glycol, same effect, freezing point depression.
5 Gallons would unfreeze a 25 Gallon tank in less that 5 hours @ 10 degrees F

I live in the cold and have helped many a neighbor in the CG fix the draining issue.

RV antifreeze Gels which is undesirable.
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