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Old 05-29-2013, 12:48 AM   #1
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How to drain the fresh water tank?

Greetings,

We are very new to owning a trailer and we are trying to figure out how to drain the fresh water tank. We have a 2013 Windjammer 2609W.

We have reviewed the owners which mentions it's good practice to drain the tanks, but it doesn't actually tell you how to drain the fresh water tank. We reviewed the materials from our dealer as well, but it fails to mention it as well. There is a small port by the black & grey water valves, but it doesn't seem to drain the water eventhough we know the fresh water tank is almost 2/3 full.

Any suggestions?

Obviously, we'll contact our local dealer, but thought we would inquire here as well.

Thanks!
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:59 AM   #2
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Look under your rig at the fresh water tanks you should see a hard plastic hose or dump valve on the tank it self
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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I have the 2013 Windjammer 2809W, next size up from your model.

My drain is labeled on the side so it was easy to find under the trailer (in the back on the side opposite the doors). Here's what my fresh water drain looks like (pic attached) under there. Let me hear back if yours is similar.
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Thanks, my valve is located in the same position, but water will not come out. The trailer is level and I know the tank is 2/3 full. I did read about blowing compressed air into the system from the fill line, but it seems like it should drain without doing that.
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is it a 1/4 turn valve or a 360į turn valve? some valves are different. you may need to vent the tank with your cold/hot valves at the sink. just a thought.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:21 AM   #6
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Remove the cap on the fresh water fill and then turn the valve 90 degrees (should work in either direction). If you use compressed air do not use pressure more than 30lbs. The first time I drained mine it seemed like it was not coming out. After you open the valve go inside and walk around to shake the TT a little. Could just be an air lock.

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Old 05-30-2013, 01:10 PM   #7
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Thanks, my valve is located in the same position, but water will not come out. The trailer is level and I know the tank is 2/3 full. I did read about blowing compressed air into the system from the fill line, but it seems like it should drain without doing that.
Mine empties water freely by simply opening my drain valve without opening faucets or the fresh-water gravity fill cap (which has a screened vent next to it).

Since you're sure fresh tank is nearly full and not draining, on mine I'd suspect perhaps a clog at the valve outlet caused by insects/mud or perhaps within the tank at its low point.

Personally, I would not apply air pressure to my tank at all, the most I'd try on mine might be a very low pressure back-flow of water using my fresh water hose at the open valve. More than likely, I'd be at my dealer for warranty service.

The air pressure you may be reading about are others' discussioins about applying very low-pressure at your city-water connection with a special fitting to clear your water lines (not fresh tank) for a particular winterizing technique. Typically, your water lines are cleared by opening the two colored low-point drain lines located elsewhere. There are whole different sets of instructions for that.

Don't confuse your fresh water tank and your city water connection.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:18 PM   #8
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My 3025W windjammer has a petcock under the fresh water fill also and it also drains freely. My question to anyone on here while on the subject of fresh water tanks. What do you sanitize your tank with or do you?
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Rigman, I use bleach to sanitize. You can either add it straight to the tank or pour it into your potable water hose and then hook it up and turn water on. I think it's a quarter cup for each 15 gallons of water that your tank holds. I let mine sit for a day or so after running it through all the taps and getting the smell of bleach in the water. Drain & fill tank to rinse, making sure to run water through the taps also.
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Rigman, I use bleach to sanitize. You can either add it straight to the tank or pour it into your potable water hose and then hook it up and turn water on. I think it's a quarter cup for each 15 gallons of water that your tank holds. I let mine sit for a day or so after running it through all the taps and getting the smell of bleach in the water. Drain & fill tank to rinse, making sure to run water through the taps also.
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