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Old 11-22-2012, 10:13 AM   #11
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Many comments appear to leave a point of confusion. Low point drains and fresh water tank drains are completely separate and are not related in any way. The Low point drains are strictly to drain the plumbing. As others have pointed out, you need to open a hot and cold water faucet to allow air to enter the system and facilitate draining. Draining the fresh water tank(s) are done with a separate valve(s).

In most cases, not all, the low point drains are the push/pull type valves and are usually located inside the trailer or in one of the storage compartments. The fresh water tank drain valve(s) are usually the turn type and located outside the trailer.

It's a shame the owner manuals for each unit are not more specific about these issues.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:59 AM   #12
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Many comments appear to leave a point of confusion. Low point drains and fresh water tank drains are completely separate and are not related in any way. The Low point drains are strictly to drain the plumbing. As others have pointed out, you need to open a hot and cold water faucet to allow air to enter the system and facilitate draining. Draining the fresh water tank(s) are done with a separate valve(s).

In most cases, not all, the low point drains are the push/pull type valves and are usually located inside the trailer or in one of the storage compartments. The fresh water tank drain valve(s) are usually the turn type and located outside the trailer.

It's a shame the owner manuals for each unit are not more specific about these issues.

Nevertheless, the drain for my fresh water tank has a label above it, "low point drain", as do the two that drain the plumbing. It may not actually be a low point drain, but that`s why I mentioned it.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:39 PM   #13
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I'm guilty - never heard of a plumbing drain I guess - only the fresh water tank on the bottom of both my trailers.

That would be useful for me to have since I use the blow out method for winterizing in my POPUP. I could just drain the water out perhaps everywhere.

My 2005 and 2008 trailers may have something Im not aware of... Will take a look see...

Thanks for the info...

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Old 11-22-2012, 01:11 PM   #14
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Lee, it so happens that my fresh water drains are also labeled "Low Point Drain". I would challenge that as poor labeling since it has nothing to do with the plumbing system low point. My guess would be that Jayco employees, which probably don't use these trailers, either don't know the difference or did not have access to "Fresh Water Drain" decals.

As I previously stated, it would help tremendously if Jayco would provide a layout sheet with each unit specific to that unit showing the valve locations, the function and the method of operation (push-pull and turn). It seems MANY users are left in a haze about these valves.
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Lee, it so happens that my fresh water drains are also labeled "Low Point Drain". I would challenge that as poor labeling since it has nothing to do with the plumbing system low point. My guess would be that Jayco employees, which probably don't use these trailers, either don't know the difference or did not have access to "Fresh Water Drain" decals.

As I previously stated, it would help tremendously if Jayco would provide a layout sheet with each unit specific to that unit showing the valve locations, the function and the method of operation (push-pull and turn). It seems MANY users are left in a haze about these valves.
Yes the manuals are very general in nature, covering many floorplans and models in some cases. In my manual for instance, there is no mention of where the slide motor override is located. I had to investigate and hunt that down myself. And it was not that easy to find, under the couch and under the slide motor gear which was hard to see. Luckily found it one day when I was bored and the TT was here in my yard, and NOT in a stressful situation where the slide would not retract.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:25 PM   #16
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Lee, it so happens that my fresh water drains are also labeled "Low Point Drain". I would challenge that as poor labeling since it has nothing to do with the plumbing system low point.
To me the fresh water tank is part of the plumbing system. As much a part of the plumbing system as the cold water heater. My camper also has the low point drain label on the outside of the trailer above the fresh water tank drain. It is the low point to drain the fresh water tank. I have the pull type valve inside the trailer and twist type outside of the trailer, near the fresh water tank, and near the cold water heater. There are 2 outside twist valves near the cold water heater. One is on the cold line and the other is on the hot water line. I wonder if the pull type valves are on the inside of the trailer and the twist type on the outside of the trailer???
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There are 2 outside twist valves near the cold water heater.
Q. What is a cold water heater?
A. A hot water heater that's not turned on.
A. A hot water heater in an alternate universe.
A. A refrigerator.
A. A heater that only heats cold water, since hot water doesn't need heating.
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Just wanted to post an update. Went out to the camper today and thanks to all for the info! It turns out the valves on the outside have to be pulled to be opened (as some of you suggested), not turned. I have to admit felt pretty dumb once I was able to open them. Why they use 2 different valves makes no sense to me? Just wanted to say thanks again and now at least I will not be worried about the valves freezing! Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.
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