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Old 08-02-2013, 06:32 AM   #1
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Draining Air Storage Tanks

Manual states "front and rear air tanks should be manually drained once a month or more, depending on operating conditions where humidity is high." I know I've not drained them since we owned the coach, about 4 year. It gives instructions on how to do it, but doesn't speak to any precautions to take.

Is this something that can be done while in a CG with slides extended and jacks down? Or is there a better way/place to do it? Any precautions to be aware of? Thanks.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:49 AM   #2
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Manual states "front and rear air tanks should be manually drained once a month or more, depending on operating conditions where humidity is high." I know I've not drained them since we owned the coach, about 4 year. It gives instructions on how to do it, but doesn't speak to any precautions to take.

Is this something that can be done while in a CG with slides extended and jacks down? Or is there a better way/place to do it? Any precautions to be aware of? Thanks.
The only precaution would be to not have any part of your body in front of the exhaust port when you open the valve. When you open just watch for any water vapor or droplets coming out. I personally have never seen any sign of water & I expect that if you change out your air dryer canister every two or three years you won't either. The monthly drain procedure comes from the same mind set as the clean and pack front wheel bearings annually. Largely lawyer speak.
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Good assurance that nothing bad will get into the air system. I got lazy and failed to,drain mine at all and when I did I got a lot of water. I then realized that maybe that had something to do failure of the air pressure sensor in the front tank the previous month. Cost to drain tank, nothing. Piece of mind, priceless.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:52 AM   #4
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I crack mine open every now and then just to see if any water comes out. Have not had any water yet which basically means that the air dryer is doing its job. If you do get water out time to check the dryer.
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