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Old 02-14-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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I just bought a brand new cougar x-lite and picked it up 3 weeks ago. I go to the storage yard today to see what kind of fitting is on the dump pipe before i order a new hose. When I take off the cap I find a solid chunk of ice. It appears that the whole pipe is full. I don't know how much is in there. I put a bucket under there to catch the water as it thaws to see how much is in there. Any one else have this happen. What kind of damage could there be? Hopefully it was just the last foot or so. If this is true, am I ok?

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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I'd be tempted to email a picture with a time/date stamp to your dealer right away - just in case?

If you wait, you and I both know who's going to be taking the blame for any damages.

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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I called immediately and spoke with the owner of the dealership. He seems to think that it was a small amount of water from me hauling it home. I told him that it was completely blocked off. He was willing to take it in the shop, dewinterize and check the whole system. Im not sure if I am being too paranoid or if I should make the 30 mile trip and let him make the checks.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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30 mile trip could buy you a lot of piece of mind come spring.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:34 PM   #5
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I agree with you. I sent him an email and a picture of what I found. I am going to suggest he thaw it and test everything. The more that I think about it, that should have been antifreeze in there if anything. I think someone missed a step when it was winterized after walk through. Hopefully there is nothing wrong. Thanks for the input.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:35 PM   #6
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If they simply missed winterizing the tanks, and left only a minimal amount of water, I would think the damage if any could be limited to the valves for the black and gray tanks.

Take it back to the dealer and let them check all systems. You'll buy a lot of peace of mind for 30 miles worth of fuel.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:08 AM   #7
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It's not uncommon for the gate valves to leak on new units. Construction debris often gets caught in the valves. It's best to find out about the problem before the black tank has been "broken in".

If you do have any damage, it will probably be limited to the pipes and not involve the tanks.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:28 AM   #9
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I think I'm going to take it in. I don't want any surprises, especially at the dump station. I'll let you guys know what the damage is if any. I have a pic but don't know how to post.
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I would most definately contact the dealer on this one. Better be safe then sorry. There's really no telling how much liquid could have been in the tank/tanks at this point.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:03 AM   #11
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Here's what I found. Just shoot me.
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At least it looks like clean ice... this time.
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Wow, that would not be a pleasant surprise. Hope all works out for you.
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Is the ice PINK? If the unit was winterized, and they poured pink stuff in the tank that will freeze, but it does not expand when it freezes thus it does not crack the pipes.

Just so you know.

NOTE: Though this does NOT apply to the waste tanks.. This is part of the reason I prefer the DRY method to the wet method for winterizing, Air.. No freeze (and if it does cracked pipes is not somethign I'll have to worry about.. Breathing on the other hand... IS.)

The other reasons are cost and chemicals in the enviorment.

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