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Old 07-04-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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Expensive Mistake

Just thought I would throw this out for any other 'newbies', so that you know you are not the only one to make a 'blonde moment' mistakes (I am a blonde, so love that term..........

I thought that I had completely winterized my TT last Fall. Turns out I forgot one major component; the water heater.

I did not drain it and when I took my first trip, in the Spring, had water pouring out of my TT and in my TT.

Took it in to be looked at and it was the hot water heater. WOW, you should have seen it!! Looked like a bomb went off inside of it, or an Alien forced it's way out. Ice is an amazingly powerful medium!! That thing had a massive hole in it and it was completely cracked up one side to boot.

$400 later I have learned that I am going to have a hard copy check list, this Fall, to make sure that I cover everything!!


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Old 07-04-2010, 02:29 PM   #2
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and probably won't be the last ...

{happened to my brother-in-law}

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Old 07-04-2010, 06:37 PM   #3
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I have seen what it looked like.... Thankfully.. It was NOT my water heater.

When I first got my Motor home (MAY, Warm, no freezing) I was walking through the shop with a service consultant and an insurance adjuster.. The Adjuster stopped at the water heater.. I looked at it and ask the consultant if the owner had done.. as you did. "yup" was the response.

So, that winter.. I drained mine

I don't drain it any more

I use a different method of winterizing

There are 3 methods you know

WET (Bypass and drain water heater, pump in pink stuff for the lines)

DRY (Drain water hater, re-install plug, blow lines out with compressed air, re-drain)

SOUTH: Drive south till you no longer see "Bridge ices before road" signs.
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... SOUTH: Drive south till you no longer see "Bridge ices before road" signs.
I think that is the best method for ensuring that your pipes, etc do not freeze up.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:28 PM   #5
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Thats what I thought too, until I went to Florida last winter. I disconnected my water hose, and left the faucet drip over night at our site near the Villages. Others in the park didn't, and some looked like a public fountain. Going south of the "Road freezes before bridge surfaces" doesn't always work like it should. The only consolation was when I called home to tell them I was freezing, I was quickly told they didn't want to hear it as it was REALLY cold in Ohio.
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