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Old 07-05-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Draining your fresh water tank

Is it possible that our book is in fact correct - that the only way to drain our fresh water tank is by way of the outside shower taps. Hence with the pump running, we can expect a pressurized flow versus a gravity fed flow if the pump was off and we were to open the cold water tap, both means of which is the only way to drain the fresh water tank prior to winterization.
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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We have a valve and a drain pipe that has a hose connection coming out of the bottom side of the fresh water tank. Just open the valve and drain through a garden hose.
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You didn't say what year or model your Tradewinds is. Ours is a 99 front door. The fresh water drain is in the first compartment behind the door on the passengers side. Inside the compartment on the back wall high on the left side is a cover velcroed on. Pull it off and you'll see a valve, open it and the fresh water tanks will drain.

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On ours, there is a cubby hole to the right of the water station and were the electrical line comes out. You reach back into that hole and you will find a valve. Open that valve and it will drain the fresh water tank.





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On my '01 LTC it's in the wet compartment on the drivers side and there is a valve on the bottom of the fresh tank that drains thro a hole in the floor. The part about the shower is that it is usually the low point drain when you want to drain the whole system.Drop the shower head on the ground with the button pushed and the faucets open and then open all the fasucets in your MH and it all drains out.Then open the pressure relief valve on the hot water tank and the drain on the bottom of it and you've just drained everything.That's how you winterize it too.
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You didn't say what year or model your Tradewinds is. Ours is a 99 front door. The fresh water drain is in the first compartment behind the door on the passengers side. Inside the compartment on the back wall high on the left side is a cover velcroed on. Pull it off and you'll see a valve, open it and the fresh water tanks will drain.

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I don't believe the OP said they had a Tradewinds!

Winter prep is not the same as draining the fresh water tank.

I believe NRV refers to the use of the external shower as a low point drain used to siphon out water from all the pipes and water heater.

OP look for a separate ball valve drain in the area of the water compartment. This will drain just the fresh water tank.

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OP has Tradewinds in there Public Profile but not the Model or Year.

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Dick, I looked at some of his previous posts and he has a 2000 Tradewinds. So, the drain should be like yours and my 2001 7390, first bay behind front door, unless his is a mid door then it would be like Dan's. Wonder why he never posted again so we know he found it???
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Thank you to all for your input on draining our fresh water tank. Will remember to put that we have a 2000 National Tradewinds each time we post - sorry. Yes the fresh water tank is in the first compartment behind the passenger door. Have located the valve behind the velcro cover. Just was not entirely sure what this valve was for. Thanks for all your help. Keith
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You can add your RV make and model to your signature by going to the USER CP tab upper left, click open go down left side of the page to Edit Signature, click it and add your information. The information will appear at the bottom of all future post.
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Our '97 Dolphin's manual says that the outside shower can be used as the drain for BOTH the winterization process and OPTIONALLY as the fastest way to drain the 100 gallon fresh water tank by opening the faucets for the outside shower and then turning on the water pump. This forces the water out of the fresh water tank. And if goes faster than just the drain plug, believe me as I just had to do this.

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Have located the valve behind the velcro cover. Just was not entirely sure what this valve was for. Keith
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That valve is to drain the fresh water tank. Open it and water will drain out behind the front wheel onto the ground.

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This is very useful information... thanks to all
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