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Old 11-22-2010, 01:57 PM   #15
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The previous owner of my 13' Scamp said to drain the freshwater tank, it had to be siphoned out. My question is, if I turned on the pump and water to the sink, and let it run, would this also empty the freshwater tank?

I'm going to try to do the winterizing myself, and am trying to think this thru along with the winterizing instructions found here.

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Old 11-22-2010, 05:05 PM   #16
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Your water tank should have a drain valve on it.
Look for a line coming out with a valve and then the line goes through the floor. You turn the valve 90 deg.

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The previous owner of my 13' Scamp said to drain the freshwater tank, it had to be siphoned out. My question is, if I turned on the pump and water to the sink, and let it run, would this also empty the freshwater tank?

I'm going to try to do the winterizing myself, and am trying to think this thru along with the winterizing instructions found here.

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Old 11-22-2010, 10:34 PM   #17
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Wink Winterizing a Scamp

The Scamp Owner's Manual is located here:

Scamp Trailers - Owners Manuals

Chapter 19 covers winterizing.

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Old 11-23-2010, 07:50 AM   #18
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Bill & Oremus,
Thanks for the info. Hope to get home tonight before dark to do this. The video makes it look sooooo easy.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:28 PM   #19
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Alice it is easy! Once you get the water tank drained using the valve which should be under the back seat hatch going into the water tank (the water will come out of a small black pipe under the trailer under the tank area) also make sure you drain out your holding tank and hot water tank as well if you have one. The fastest way to cover your bases is after you have drained the water tank and holding tank just close the valves and pour the RV anti freeze into the water tank and turn on your water pump and make sure what comes out of the tap is very pink. This way the anti freeze will get into the water pump, water lines and into holding tank as well. Got down to -14c at my house last night - not your typical Vancouver weather!
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:04 PM   #20
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YEAH!!!!

I just finished it. And I was going to pay someone 60$ to do it for me. HA. It was easy, like every one said. The only stumbling block was not having an 15/16" socket. Thanks to a neighbor, I was able to borrow it to empty the hot water tank. Just in time for nasty weather coming our way tonight. Suppose to get down to 19 degrees.

Thanks to everyone for your help and encouragement.
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Alice if you check you might find that your tire iron from your car also works.
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Alice if you check you might find that your tire iron from your car also works.
Last time I checked, it wasn't working. Just the person behind it.
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I took a different approach and I know this would not be acceptable to most, but -- I deleted anything that could freeze so I just don't have to worry about it.

We carry all our water in 5-gallon water containers carried in the tow vehicle. While in the travel mode our usage is about 2 gallons per day. So we carry 2 one gallon containers in the trailer. These are most often filled during the day at rest area drinking fountains (we taste the water first) and we also use a filter for water we drink or cook with.

Gray water is collected in a 2 1/2 gallon container via a hose from the sink drain and disposed of daily.

For hot water, we fill a kettle before we retire for the night. Then pop out of bed just long enough to start the burner below the kettle and pop back to bed. In about 5 - 10 minutes the kettle boils, the trailer is nice and warm and water is ready to make coffee. The excess goes into a large thermos to be used later.

We know this is not for most, but we'd much rather have this slight inconvenience than have to take all these precautions to avoid freezing pipes and appliances. Makes the Scamp lighter on it's feet also.
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