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Old 10-08-2017, 06:27 PM   #1
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Fresh water drain

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My 2008 Southwind 35a is going to get real cold tomorrow night. I tried to drain the fresh water tank but am unable to turn the valve. It is in a pretty tough spot and looks like a ball valve. I do not want to crank on it and break something, anybody know if it is counter clockwise or clockwise to open?
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:50 PM   #2
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I'd be more concerned with the lines, the tank probably has enough expansion volume, it is flexible and will take a long time to get cold enough to freeze other than a possible surface skim.
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:57 AM   #3
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I did do the low point water drain.
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:26 AM   #4
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Most of the water drain valves are PVC ball valve types and are prone for handle breaking off. I would use a hair dryer to warm up the valve. Turn/grasp the plastic handle as close to the valve stem as possible, not near the end of the handle or it will snap off. Using the hair dryer try working the valve slowly back and forth to free it up.

Also on our water drain valve, the valve must be completely closed and the handle resting against the valve stop, or it will leak water through the valve, even with a the handle 1/16" or less open and in a few days your fresh water tank will be empty! Also If you fill the water tank with the park water connected to the fresh water plumbing inlet, make sure the other water inlet is open so pressure doesn't build up in the water tank.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:50 PM   #5
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Thank you KF5UMC the hair dryer worked
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