Winterisation of a 2010 model of a swift escape 664

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  1. Breezelle

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    I have only had my motorhome 3 months and have now drained the water but have no idea how to drain the water tank under the bed. Is there a drain underneath van or does the large black knob turn off to get inside it. I would appreciate if anyone can advise. Thanks
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    Is the water tank under the bed the main fresh water tank or is it the water heater tank?
    Oh, and welcome.
     
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    On my swift you unscrew the large black cap on top of the tank,then inside there is a red rubber bung on a chain.Pull the bung out and drain tank,refit bung to stop insects etc put cap back on job done.Hope this helps
     
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    Thanks for reply. I have drained the boiler with the yellow tap but it is the main water tank under bed and it's awkward to get in to it
     
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    When you pull rubber bunt out where does the water go inside van or outside
     
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    It will go outside van
     
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    Outside
     
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    Thanks for your help I will try this.
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    Don't forget to drain the water from your pipes and taps
     
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    1.... 2015 and a rubber bung :doh: :whistle2:

    2. It's only October... Loads of time to use yet (y)

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    @Breezelle Before you ask........

    Draining the pipes is a bit of a faff - after emptying the freshwater tank (and by the way don't forget your waste tank and toilet cassette too) I run the water pump for about 30 secs with all the taps open. It doesn't drain them completely but enough, I think, to avoid damage if it does freeze up. Leave the taps fully open and in the midway position between hot and cold. Lay your shower head on the floor to also allow water to run away.

    Although we go away now for winter, it's still possible to get a sudden cold snap and if you can't get to your van quickly you could be in trouble. At this time of year I do this to ours even if we might be going away again soon. It only takes a few minutes.

    Don't forget to shut off all the taps though when you come to refill..............:LOL:
     
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    Well, doesn't look as though I'll be going somewhere warm anytime soon:( so I suppose I need to drain the alde heating system down, any tips?:)
     
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    @Breezelle

    In addition to draining the tanks, loo etc, I use one of these. See www.keepfloeing.com or plenty of vids on You Tube

    It gets rid of the residual water that's left in the pipes (that can cause split pipes and blown joints when frozen).

    Some advocate blowing down one of the taps to achieve this, but human lungs don't have the capacity to clear the pipes.

    You just need a standard 12v tyre inflator, connect up to the floe, pressurise your system, open taps/valves one-by-one and that's it.

    Probably worth a look, especially as your location is more prone to freezing and snow.

    Oh and don't forget to cover your fridge vents.

    Hope this helps?
    James
     
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    I don't think Alde needs draining.I always thought it has antifreeze in it.I'm sure some one on here will be able to confirm
     
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    Thanks for that Dave(y) Think I'd better read the destructions.:rolleyes:
     
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    >>Winterisation of a 2010 model of a swift escape 664

    To be brutally honest they struggle to cope with the summer.
     
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    Bit like hymers and rapido then.
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    I found that my Swift coped admirably with all winter could throw at it last year(y)




    We were however in Spain;)
     
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