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Old 01-13-2024, 11:13 AM   #1
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Frozen water tank

I had to leave town abruptly and at home we are having a sudden deep cold snap. I forgot to remove the water from my van like an idiot. How much trouble am I looking at when I get back. I am pretty sure eveything is going to freeze solid and it was about half full.



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Old 01-13-2024, 12:23 PM   #2
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Cold water plumbing only or full RV (hot water, toilet, etc.)?

If your hot water heater freezes you could be looking at a new one. Your city water inlet and toilet valve if you have one are very prone to freezing, neither expensive.

Water pumps are pretty tough if the housing doesn't crack.

Don't worry too much about it. You could come home and have no problems whatsoever.

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Old 01-13-2024, 12:26 PM   #3
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Is there an external drain valve?
Maybe a local member could help you out?
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Old 01-13-2024, 03:39 PM   #4
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What layout do you have & where in the van is the tank located?

Mine has a drain for the tank underneath & below the tanks location. This valve is accessible under the van, and is pretty easy to spot. I suspect all the SM's would have the same. BUT, I also have a valve located inside (prior to the line going through the floor) which I have to open first - maybe you don't have the one on the interior??? Or maybe it's already in the 'open' position ???
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Where's the vehicle located?
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Old 01-14-2024, 01:44 PM   #6
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The tank itself and pex tubing will likely be fine.
Any plastic or metal fittings or valves could get damaged, depending upon how cold and for how long.
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One other area to check is your gray water drain pipe. I had drained my water lines but forgot to fully drain the gray water. The black abs pipe under the frame cracked when the water in it froze. Argh.
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I had to leave town abruptly and at home we are having a sudden deep cold snap. I forgot to remove the water from my van like an idiot. How much trouble am I looking at when I get back. I am pretty sure eveything is going to freeze solid and it was about half full.



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Sorry to hear that. This is exactly the reason I opted for a dry SM. Carry all my water in containers, which removes all worries when winterizing.

Wish you the best going forward.
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