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Old 02-24-2014, 08:03 PM   #11
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Oh yeah, my husband wanted the red one.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:07 PM   #12
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Check all tanks,they don't need pressure,just water. Youroo!!

The ONLY way to make sure all your lines, and fixtures do not have leaks is to pressurize them.

Ive had both my sink fixtures and toilet fixtures freeze and break lines during extreme cold spell.

But, to each their own.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:51 PM   #13
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I think I would be call company and refusing that unit completely. In TN we have the lemon lay, you have a time period that it can be rejected in. Make the call and see about getting a new unit.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:15 AM   #14
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According to some websites I looked at Tenn & Kentucky's law does not cover RVs without a chassis.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:19 AM   #15
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The only way to really tell if everything is working is to use everything. Fill it full of water, turn on the pump and use every faucet, toilet, sink and shower you have. Then let the pump pressurize the lines and let it sit. If the pump starts pumping for any reason at all you have a leak!

Even turn the hot water tank on and make sure it gets hot and that it gets to where it's going hot.

Only way you are going to know.


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I know how to check the (Hot & Cold) water system in the (COLD) you use (AIR pressure)! If you have a (Leak) there will be NO (WATER) cleanup involved. This way will (NOT) check the (12V water Pump for operation, but will also check it for Leaks). The statement I made in a prior Post was Strictly for the (Holding Tanks) that must be filled with fluid for proper test,best to use water (Not Anti-freeze) for money saving reasons,best done in Warm conditions! Youroo!!
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:18 AM   #16
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You bought the thing, they owe it to you to put water in it, check it, demonstrate to you during the walk through, then they can take the 15 minutes, yes 15 minutes, to rewinterize it. 15 minutes and three gallons of antifreeze. That won't ding their profits too badly.

It's on them either way especially since water was discovered on site, then they didn't check it for freeze damage.

Good luck, I'd request that all the faucets and flush valves get replaced, lean on them, remind them that they delivered a defective unit.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:39 PM   #17
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You bought the thing, they owe it to you to put water in it, check it, demonstrate to you during the walk through, then they can take the 15 minutes, yes 15 minutes, to rewinterize it. 15 minutes and three gallons of antifreeze. That won't ding their profits too badly.

It's on them either way especially since water was discovered on site, then they didn't check it for freeze damage.

Good luck, I'd request that all the faucets and flush valves get replaced, lean on them, remind them that they delivered a defective unit.
I doubt a trailer that size would even take 3 gallons. Don't let them make their problem your problem. The dealer screwed up....they know it and they know what needs to be done. How cold was it? If well below freezing while filled with plain water I'd be concerned that the water lines had been weakened by the ice. They may not leak right away, but might be prone to premature failure later.

If they say its too cold, ask them where they work on the trailers cuz you'd like to pay a visit to it to see why its too cold for them to put it in there, warm it up, fill it up, and show you that everything works.

I agree with a previous poster. Fill the tank, use the pump to run water out of every faucet, etc, check where the pump sits for water on the floor, fill the water heater, then with the water lines pressurized, leave everything off for a few minutes. If there is a leak, you'll hear the pump come on once the line pressure goes down. It may take a while if its a seep. If the water heater was absolutely full in hard freeze temps it might have frozen solid. Dunno what the result of that could be.

Honestly, I think you've got a pretty big potential problem. Could depend upon how long it sat with water and how cold it was. Absolutely impossible for any of us to know exactly what damage was done. Hard for you to know too.

Only way I know to have what should be a leakproof trailer would be to have all new plumbing and tanks installed. Thats gonna be a struggle to get but the trailer isn't very big so there can't be too much to replace. Just hope that the dude that left the water in it isn't the one who gets to do the work. If the dealer is reputable, they should decide they're not going to make any money on this sale now due to their screw up and take their profit and fix it right for you.

Keep documentation of every discussion with the dealer. When they refuse to do what you want, let them know you'll be calling the manufacturer. Another idea, talk to whomever you financed it with and see if they have any suggestions. Stopping payment would get the dealers attention real quick.

Really sucks. Keep us posted.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:21 PM   #18
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Yet another example, I'm afraid, of the benefits of buying a rig that has been "gently used". We did and have had no problems other than those self-inflicted.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:34 PM   #19
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Yes, you need to follow through on all that has been suggested that you deem necessary. Last year while traveling through Amorillo, Tx, in our 18EC we hit a cold front. The camp ground had signs not to hook up water hoses because of the freeze. When I awoke in the morning all our tanks were frozen with ice and snow on the ground. Toilet wouldn't flush, pump wouldn't pump and I couldn't even dump my tanks.

I feared that the freeze would damage our tanks, plumbing or something and was really worried until everything thawed out two days later in Arizona. To my relief, there was nothing wrong at all.

Yes, you need to follow through with dealer to winterize and and do a complete inspection, but so far you are not aware of any damage. You may find all the worry was for nothing. That's what I am hoping for you. Good luck.

PS. We really like our 18EC. I think once you get past all this you will enjoy you camper.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:23 PM   #20
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I am with the others that the dealer should fix it. With that said, changing out faucets is not a big deal and pretty easy. Again the dealer should fix it but if you are faced with either arguing with the dealer or replacing a couple faucets and using your trailer ...
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