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Old 02-29-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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Angry My laziness came back to bite me in the butt!!

I played lazy this year and didnt do any winterization other than keeping a
small electric heater plugged in inside the rv. My thought was that I didnt
want the lines full of antifreeze if our odd weather patterns here brought a
nice weekend and we decided to take a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip.
Well, I got off work early today and rushed home to hook up and go. We
were hoping that a quick, close to home trip would give us a chance to see
what items we need to purchase to be prepared for the season. Well, I
stepped inside the rv to make sure everything was situated for travel and
noticed that the cold water knob on the kitchen faucet was loose. I decided
to bump the water pump switch to see if water would leak from the faucet.
I heard water running near the bathroom so I immediately knew that "OH
CRAP.... MY PIPES BUSTED". I quickly went outside, (running right by the
jugs of antifreeze that I bought and set just inside the door), crawled
underneath and started dismantling the underbelly covering so that I could
search for the bad pipes and make a quick run to Home Depot. Shortly after
getting started, my son got home from school and was gonna help with
the project. I took a moment to take him inside and show him the damage
that I had noticed. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment but I hit the pump
switch again but this time it sounded like the water was coming from the
cabinet that houses the pump. I opened it up to find that my water filter
canister had busted just below the threads. The plastic where it broke is
about 1/2 inch thick all the way around. WOW!! It musta took a good bit
of force to break that. From a little more inspection, it looks like the pipes
were all ok so we reassembled the underbelly and I guess its off to the store
first thing in the morning to get a replacement canister and a new kitchen
faucet. I called and the canister is in stock and not too terribly expensive
but I think the the faucet will be a little more pricey.

I have definately learned my lesson from this. You guys may wanna buy stock
in antifreeze because from now on, I will have plenty on hand and make sure
I use it!!!!!

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Old 02-29-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
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Lesson learned then???

It happens.....
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Old 02-29-2008, 07:48 PM   #3
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OH MY GOSH!!
I kid you not Keith I experienced the same thing yesterday. The tip of the kitchen faucet had frozen and busted and the canister had busted just has you said. I go in the morning to take care of the replacements. I am in the Taylorsville. NC weather GGRRRRRRRRRR
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:24 PM   #4
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Yeah, water filters will do that. And you can't "winterize" them. All you can do is de-install them and take them in the house, if you want to save it over the winter instead of replacing it in the spring.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:15 PM   #5
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Yeah, water filters will do that. And you can't "winterize" them. All you can do is de-install them and take them in the house, if you want to save it over the winter instead of replacing it in the spring.


dude your are one lucky guy
those plex pipes sure can take a beating
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:04 PM   #6
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I bet this happens much more in temperate climates. Up here, I know when Sept. comes...in goes the pink stuff. Temps dropped to -40 F this winter. My antifreeze is only good for another 5-10 degree drop!

I'm a firm believer in antifreeze. I'd rather spend time winterizing and flushing than shopping and replacing. Up here...there is no forgiveness.

Thanks for posting the story...it will probably save someone elses pipes someday.
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:04 PM   #7
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If there is no pink stuff around, you can always blow the system out with air and leave all the faucets open then remove the filter and canister. I lost a hot water heater my second year camping, When I winterized I forgot to remove the plug from the hot water tank, in the spring during our first camping trip we stayed at Drummer Boy in PA, I turned on the water and heard water running nonstop water was running out from the bottom of the floor. One other problem I had in a different year was the flush valve for the tolet, it froze and split the valve...... Two lesson learned.....First thing remove plug from hot water heater and second thing prop flush valve open and leave open. I am sorry to hear about your luck.....I fell your pain!
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:43 PM   #8
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Yeah, water filters will do that. And you can't "winterize" them. All you can do is de-install them and take them in the house, if you want to save it over the winter instead of replacing it in the spring.
Oh great... yeah, NOW you tell me!!!!!!!!
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It is interesting that they mount the filter where it will freeze then put a diclaimer on it "keep from freezing" mine is in the outside water manifold area so even if we are camping in it, it could get cold enough to freeze as there is no heat there. And these are supposed to be "All Season" coaches. If you look ant my picture above closley, just in front of the kitchen slide is an open door, that is where my filter is.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:08 AM   #10
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One tip I came across on another forum regarding winterizing when you have the larger size water filter cannister was to put an empty plastic bottle with the top on it in the cannister before adding the antifreeze, cuts down on the amount of antifreeze required. I,m guessing this would also help if you didn't use antifreeze as the force of the water freezing would crush the plastic bottle before it busted the cannister housing.

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