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Old 07-26-2011, 10:10 PM   #1
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Dumb question

I am not a new to RVing and am technically inclined. But I really do have a fairly obvious question I can't find the answer to in the owner's manual or walking around and crawling under our new to us 2010 Cougar 5th.

I want to drain the fresh water tank but cannot find an outlet (tap) to do so with. The bottom is enclosed and the manual mentions the drains are under the unit but the only things I find are two capped off hoses between the axles. The caps do not twist off and they don't snap down either.

Who'd a thunk it? Mechanics ticket and 6 years of university and I am still baffled.

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Old 07-26-2011, 11:07 PM   #2
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Go back and look at those 2 lines. Take the caps off, probably with a pair of wrenches. Open the faucets upstairs of course.
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They do not have a hex cap on them. The caps are tapered and fit over what looks like a torx type spline. I really can't believe that Keystone expects their owners to crawl under the trailer on their bellys to remove two caps that will have them laying in a puddle of water if they do indeed drain the system. but thanks

Maybe tomorrow I'll phone the dealer and ask there.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:36 AM   #4
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I am not a new to RVing and am technically inclined. But I really do have a fairly obvious question I can't find the answer to in the owner's manual or walking around and crawling under our new to us 2010 Cougar 5th.

I want to drain the fresh water tank but cannot find an outlet (tap) to do so with. The bottom is enclosed and the manual mentions the drains are under the unit but the only things I find are two capped off hoses between the axles. The caps do not twist off and they don't snap down either.

Who'd a thunk it? Mechanics ticket and 6 years of university and I am still baffled.

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First welcome to the forum and the world of 5er's
On my Cougar, there are three low point drains. Two are by the door and can be accessed from the curb side. The other which is the fresh water drain, is located at the rear on the driver side, behind the stabilizer jack.
I use a creeper to get to this drain and can control the water flow out of the drain line.
The Caps are on really tight and I needed a pair of pliers to take them off the first time.
This fall when I winterizing the camper. I will be installing ball valves to make it easier to open and close.
Here is another forum that you maybe interested in.
http://www.keystonerv.org/forums/index.php
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:01 AM   #5
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If you have an outside shower, you can disconnect the shower head from the hose, open both faucets and then run the fresh water pump to empty the tank.

If not, just run the fresh-water pump through the kitchen sink faucets and into the gray water holding tank, then go dump it.

In either case, listen for the pump reaching the last of the water and turn it off before it runs completely dry. Some folks reckon the ShurFlo pumps can run dry without damage, but I wouldn't risk it.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:43 AM   #6
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The two capped hoses are low-point drains.

Now, I know you said the tank is enclosed, there are two places where I"ve seen tank drains, the proper point is the bottom of the tank.. alas, that's not where they put mine.

The other point is "T" fitted into the outlet

On my tank there are a pair of quarter turn valves, the first is the tank outlet valve, the second is the drain, between them is a "T" that goes to the pump, open both to drain all but about 5 gallons from the tank.. Why they put it there I don't know.

also there is a 2nd outlet on my tank, after a bit of work I opened it, drained all but about 5 gallons, replaced the plug with a valve (petcock, quarter turn) and on the "inlet" end of the petcock put a short flexable hose that sits on the bottom of the tank,, I add a 2nd hose on the outlet end and it will siphon most of that remaining water, Leves me with just a little in the tank.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:34 AM   #7
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Dumb Question

Well the prize goes to, wait there is a tie, to jawildman and to jimcumminsw. Yes Virginia, there are drain points under the trailer. I went back under and took a pair of pliers to the caps and lo and behold the water came out just as promised.

Many thanks to all who replied and wishes for happy and safe wanderings.

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When I found mine, like you did, I connected a piece of pvc, ran to the side of the trailer and put a valve on it so I can drain it. Easy to do. Good luck.
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