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Old 07-01-2018, 09:32 PM   #1
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how to I drain my freshwater tank?

We have a new 2019 Wildwood x-lite 241 RL XL.


We have had it for 1 month now,. The dealer filled up the fresh tank before we drove it off the lot.


My question is we haven't used the fresh water as we've utilized the City water connection in the two campgrounds we have been to.



My question is: How do I drain the fresh tank so this way I can put fresh water in there? that old water has to be stagnant by now.


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Old 07-01-2018, 09:47 PM   #2
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There is a valve (usually near the shower, access panel, or low point of tank). You can do a You Tube search for winterizing your vehicle if someone here doesn't respond before you need to drain it. After winterizing you would need to drain everything.
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Do you know how to locate your fresh water tank?
Can you find the fresh water tank fill?
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:53 PM   #4
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There should be a drain hose with a valve under the camper. Mine is in between my wheels.
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Mine has a screw on/off cap.


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Old 07-01-2018, 10:44 PM   #6
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The low point drains you are looking for are underneath the trailer, usually near your hot water heater panel on the outside. You are looking for 2 lines, the red is hot, the blue is cold. It usually drains best with a tap open. You will likely have to unscrew and remove a cap. Some fresh water tanks will require a fresh water fill hoseto fill them.

If you are concerned about stagnant water you may want to sanitize the fresh water tank before refilling it.
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Both my Bullet 220RBI and my Avenger 21RB had three drain points, in different locations under the respective trailers. Two should be grouped together with either red and blue caps, or valves, depending on the trailer. These are for draining the water lines themselves. The third one, by itself, is the one you are looking for. It is for the freshwater tank. USUALLY it is in the vacinity of the fresh water fill inlet since both are connecting to the fresh water tank and manufacturers economize on materials, but it may be near the edge of the underbelly or almost smack in the middle.

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Old 07-02-2018, 12:39 PM   #8
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I thought the blue/red drained tank. NO. That just drains lines



The drain on my 25RL is between the left side wheels. Lucking for me on the very cold night I ran the heat. My tank after winter still show water in it.


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Old 07-02-2018, 12:53 PM   #9
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Look under the trailer, the drain should be almost below where the intake is on the side. On my last Wildwood trailer, it was between the wheels and has a screw on cap.
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And when people say you are going to need to get under the trailer, they mean that literally. My freshwater drain was between the tires inside the frame, single white line sticking down with a screw on cap. I couldn't see it unless I was on my back. Will probably have a bunch of foam around it (my freshwater drains had foam up to the caps).
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:25 PM   #11
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Drain

When you find it go to Lowes, Homedepo Get some more pipe, clamps, elbows, cot off and move it to the side of the trailer. Make your life easier. 😎
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Denny: The red/blue lines asquared mentioned are NOT your fresh water tank drain. They are the "low point" drains that drain the plumbing. (I think he got confused.)

As mentioned, you will probably need to crawl under the unit to find the drain. If your unit has an enclosed underbelly, there SHOULD be a drain valve somewhere under there.

If you don't have an enclosed underbelly, you should be able to actually see the tank. The drain will be at the lowest part of the tank. In the case of an exposed tank, note that some rigs come with a valve located there, while some have a threaded plug that must be removed. On my Mini-Lite, I replaced the plug with a 90 degree elbow, some PEX hose, a threaded fitting and a valve and piped it to the side of the rig so I didn't have to crawl under to drain. See pic. (You can also see the red/blue low point drains in this pic.)

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We have a new 2019 Wildwood x-lite 241 RL XL.


We have had it for 1 month now,. The dealer filled up the fresh tank before we drove it off the lot.


My question is we haven't used the fresh water as we've utilized the City water connection in the two campgrounds we have been to.



My question is: How do I drain the fresh tank so this way I can put fresh water in there? that old water has to be stagnant by now.


thanks

There is usually a petcock valve beneath the bathroom area of the trailer. I will try to post a picture of what it may look like.


As also posted, the blue PEX tubing (same vicinity) should have a cap that, when removed, will drain most of the water from the cold water lines.
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Wow thanks to all of you! I'm a "visual"person so thank you also for the pictures. I'll have to crawl under the rig and look for the valve.

Yes, we initially unplugged the Low Point Drains.....but it only emptied for such a short time. So when I checked the gauges...the fresh water tank still read "FULL".

Once I do get to draining, i'll try the sanitizing method with bleach.
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You should only have to sanitize once a season. Doubtful the dealer did that for you, so it would be a good idea to do it. Our TT has the white petcock for the tank drain (previous pictures). I usually let it drain on the ground since it is fresh water and then leave the petcock open while I am driving a bit to rock any water left over out for the winter so it doesn't freeze. With the tank drained completely, you don't have to dump any antifreeze in the freshwater tank (haven't had a problem in over 40 years). I try to keep the FW tank drained while traveling, too, leaving only enough to do a couple of emergency flushes, since the weight can be a drag on gas mileage. If no water hookup, we fill when we get to the campground. We use bottled water for cooking and drinking and buy only a gallon or so at a time. Lately, we have tried for full hookups on all our trips and stays. The low point drains only drain the lines after the pump/city water inlet, which is why your fresh tank, on the intake side of the pump doesn't drain from them much. Enjoy your camping. Great pix from the poster!
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If you don't have or can't find the FW tank drain, as an alternate, you can turn on your pump and open the low point drains or just open a couple of faucets and pump the water into the waste tanks...
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If you don't have or can't find the FW tank drain, as an alternate, you can turn on your pump and open the low point drains or just open a couple of faucets and pump the water into the waste tanks...
That would take a looong time!

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That would take a looong time!

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And probably not drain it completely. Lots of pumps pull from the side of the tank.
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Mine looks similar to Summit's post above. The drain is a stopcock valve that is mounted to the side of the frame nearly directly below the fill port (which is on the side of my trailer).

On smaller units, such as a PUP trailer, there is simply a screw in plug on the actual tank.

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