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Old 11-20-2014, 05:43 AM   #1
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We bought a 2014 Salem 27RKSS this year and while hubby was trying to winterize we poured 4 gallons of antifreeze in the fresh water tank. the dealer said that the drain is about 3 inches above the bottom of the tank. Now I might not:confused know a lot but I would think the drain should be on the bottom of the tank. Who wants to mix fresh water with water that may have been sitting in the tank for a couple of months. Anyone with any ideas on this? Also I would think the value handle would be off if it is turned crosswise of the hose, Am I wrong? Could be everything drained out as it was dark and cold and I could not see everything. I never could get anything to come out of hose. after the 4 gallons of antifreeze and several gallons of water.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:17 AM   #2
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You poured antifreeze in your fresh water tank or you mean the gray water tank? You should never put antifreeze in the fresh water tank.
The valve will be open if the handle is aligned with the hose. You will need to drain and fill the tank several times to get the antifreeze out of the tank.

Run the pump to flush the lines.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:45 AM   #3
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DH and I both agreed that it would be wise to flush the tank several, several times before using any water from the fresh water tank. I am thinking that maybe water and antifreeze wound up on the ground. Like in the OP, it was dark and he had just drained the water heater and it was on grassy ground. Guess we will have to wait until next year to find out as it is too cold to be trying anything else at the moment here in north Alabama. Still do not why pump would not pick up any antifreeze or water when we did this. The handle was aligned with the hose and I believe it still is.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:25 AM   #4
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I am a little confused on what you are trying to do. If you are trying to pump antifreeze into the system there is a separate hose and winterizing valve near the fresh water tank.

If you are trying to drain the fresh water tank, there is a small valve in the drain line. It does not drain very fast and could be far enough under the rig that you can't see it easily.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:34 AM   #5
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My husband poured antifreeze in the fresh water thinking the water pump would pick it up and winterize the TT. It did not work so he went inside and undid a line on the water pump and then winterized the lines using 3 more gallons of antifreeze. I never saw anything coming out from the drain under the TT and was wondering why. The dealer told my husband that the pump did not pick up the antifreeze from the fresh water tank because the pick up is about 3 inches from the bottom of the tank. I understand that he also said that the drain is about 3 inches from the bottom of the tank. I am hoping that everything went straight thru to the ground but have no way of checking as it was a grassy area and he had just finished draining the hot water heater. Exactly where is the pickup for the pump located in the fresh water tank and shouldn't the drain be located at the bottom of the tank?
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:35 AM   #6
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Don't ever put antifreeze in your fresh water tank (or water heater for that matter).

If you've already winterized the unit, I would drain the fresh water tank just store the trailer. However, in the spring you're going to need to sanitize your fresh water tank. This process will be outlined in your manual.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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if you did not turn the valves to the water heater you probably pumped the antifreeze into that tank, my salem, will not fully drain the water tank and mixing antifreeze with water is the point of the operation as long as it is fully rinsed come spring.
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Don't ever put antifreeze in your fresh water tank (or water heater for that matter).

If you've already winterized the unit, I would drain the fresh water tank just store the trailer. However, in the spring you're going to need to sanitize your fresh water tank. This process will be outlined in your manual.
The manual is what caused the antifreeze to be put in the tank. Dealer side manual is wrong. DH told dealer then the manual needs revision.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:41 AM   #9
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The drain is at the bottom of the tank. My drain did get plugged once with construction debris and I used compressed air back through the line to clear it. It is a small hose and does not drain very fast.

If you pump is not picking up any water it may have lost it's prime or there is not enough water in the tank. Check you quantity indicators to see if it is showing anything.

Does you system have the winterizing valve?
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if you did not turn the valves to the water heater you probably pumped the antifreeze into that tank, my salem, will not fully drain the water tank and mixing antifreeze with water is the point of the operation as long as it is fully rinsed come spring.
I am thinking that a lot of water will be going thru the entire TT come spring. Probably at least once to twice a week until I am satisfied that the water is clean and no antifreeze is present.

Thanks guys and by the way I just checked the valve on the drain and the handle is aligned with the hose.
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