Originally Posted by SKnight
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.