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Old 10-16-2015, 05:43 PM   #31
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I'm not trying to hijack this thread, but I'm having the same problem. I have the 2016 Coachmen Leprechaun 319DS, and I have looked (literally) all around the bottom, around the low-point drains, etc., and cannot locate a dedicated fresh water tank drain valve. I've been doing the camper/travel trailer thing for 35+ years, but this motorhome has me stumped with the drain plug location! The only way I have found to drain most of the tank is to run the water pump and open the faucets so that the water drains into the grey tank (which then needs to be emptied). There has got to be a faster way! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Perhaps this info will help- was useful for my MH
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:20 PM   #32
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MarsMan: the information and pictures were very useful. Thanks so much!
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Old 10-16-2015, 11:20 PM   #33
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MarsMan those instructions are great! Where did you get them? Our Dealer didn't give us anything like that. One thing I want to confirm about our Leprechaun is there is no fresh water tank drain other than the low point drain?

Appears that the low point drain IS the fresh water tank drain.

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Marksha83: I initially thought that as well, until I located a third drain valve on the left side of the outside kitchen area. It is very difficult to trace it back to its origin, but I believe that it may be for the fresh water tank, since the water tank is so close.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:59 AM   #35
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MarsMan those instructions are great! Where did you get them? Our Dealer didn't give us anything like that. One thing I want to confirm about our Leprechaun is there is no fresh water tank drain other than the low point drain?

Appears that the low point drain IS the fresh water tank drain.

Thanks!

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Mark- Glad you were able to utilize the info. I too was frustrated by the lack of a coach manual and learn most of my stuff on this and the Sprinter forum. However, I made contact with Coachmen and asked for help .I figured they would have the details for our MBS based coaches. They sent me this info. I find them very responsive for a few things I have requested.

I was pleased to hear I can easily introduce the pink stuff into my system and keep out of the FW and HW tanks.... I did blow out the lines 1st...
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Old 10-17-2015, 11:22 AM   #36
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MarsMan thanks....did you just contact Coachmen by email or calling? That's good to hear they are responsive.

DocP thanks for that piece of info. I haven't actually utilized the outside kitchen yet but we are making one more camping trip next weekend and I plan to winterizing it before we leave the campground. Where is this drain valve located? I did see an on/off valve for the water line but didn't look for a drain valve in that area. I was going to slide under the rear area and look for a fresh water drain valve.
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:03 PM   #37
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Thank you Leprechaun. That seems to do it. Originally I had considered that maybe you were supposed to pull up on them and I did that a little bit but not very aggressively. (Didn't want to fill the coach up with water). But when I went back after reading your reply it worked.



That was my major hurdle but I still have a couple of questions. I wouldn't be asking if I hadn't already tried the owner's handbooks, etc but they were no help.



The compartment where you put water in has a lever labeled city water in one direction and the other direction is labeled fresh water/winterize. I hooked the city water to the city water supply and all is well. The rig came with a full fresh water tank so I haven't filled it. But it appears that you use the same (only) hose inlet and flip the lever to fill it. No problem. But if I want to winterize, it would appear that the antifreeze is going to go right into the fresh water tank. The owner's manual would seem to support this. Is this what I want to do? My fifth wheel had one bypass lever for the fresh water tank and one for the hot water heater. Not so here. And in any event, how do I keep the antifreeze out of the hot water heater? Is there some type of secret valve for this also?



I would again appreciate any help you could offer. Thanx.

To keep the antifreeze out of hot water heater, there is a panel under the stove, I believe, with two screws holding it on.
Take the drain plug out of hot water heater (don't have water pump or any hose with water pressure hooked up).
Once the panel it off, get a flashlight and look into the hole. You'll see heat/AC silver piping. To the right way back in there are 3 valves. Then all 3 90 degrees. That bypasses the water heater (to de-winterize, reverse the procedure).


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More water heater valve stuff.

Well, I got it winterized...I think. Thank you for everyone's input. Still a lingering question, though. I, too, received a prompt reply from Ronald Ross at Coachmen, along with the same PDF file shared by MarsMan. In the text of his answer he states with regard to the water heater bypass valves, " For normal mode all the valves are horizontal, for bypass mode they are vertical." However, in the PDF file, figure 2, if you look very carefully, the top and bottom valves are in the vertical (shutoff) position but the middle one is in the horizontal (flow-through) position. Further, the PDF file says to reverse the position of all three valves from the previous position. This is what I did and it ended up looking exactly like the figure 2...two off and one on. No pink stuff came out of the water heater (with the plug out) during the process. I hope I'm OK?

Also, I have the propane-only water heater (what a drag!) and when I pulled the plug there was no anode rod attached there or anywhere else that I can tell. Thinking about it, I guess that makes sense if it is not electric but I would appreciate confirmation. Documentation that came with water heater not helpful. Also, I know that even the propane models need 12 volt to run, but I wouldn't expect that to cause electrolysis...right?

Thank you all for all the help and comments previously.
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This is the diagram I work off of, and I believe that it is consistent with what Ronald Ross told you.
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Thank you so much DocP! If only I had had that diagram a week ago. That is exactly how mine is set up. And you are right...it is consistent with what Ronald Ross told me. The confusion was in the terms vertical and horizontal. I thought he was talking about the orientation of the valve with respect to the hose. Now that I know he is talking with respect to the floor, everything makes sense.
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