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Grunders
 


Member Since: 30 Apr 2011
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2008 Discovery 3 TDV6 XS Auto Stornoway GreyDiscovery 3

I found a way was to open all the valves taps etc, then blow up a large balloon and fit it it over a closed tap... open the tap and the air would push a decent amount of water out of the the other taps, I found this worked as it had continual air instead of stop starting when trying to blow down the tap.. I repeated this a couple of times... even got the kids to help by blowing up the balloons
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Bazalab
 


Member Since: 08 Jul 2016
Location: Hampshire
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2015 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech Auto Loire BlueDiscovery 4
Water draining down - Caravan

Following on this tread the link below explains the reason why I will be using one of these from now on!

Hope this helps.




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mick
 


Member Since: 21 Jan 2007
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I do mine after every outing.
  
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James W
 


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United Kingdom 2010 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS Auto Stornoway GreyDiscovery 4

That's a great series of videos and I've been wondering whether or not to buy a floe system since I watched it a few weeks ago. I can't help wondering though if the residual water, over the whole length of the system has more than enough room to expand with a frost? So if I've drained down the hot water tank and run the pump dry as normal, would 800ml to 1 litre of water over the length of all the pipes really cause any damage if ice expands the volume of water by around 9%?
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OJ-LR4
 


Member Since: 01 Oct 2017
Location: Loch Leven
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Scotland 2015 LR4 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech Auto Corris GreyLR4
Re: Water draining down - Caravan

Bazalab wrote:
Following on this tread the link below explains the reason why I will be using one of these from now on!

Hope this helps.

Bazalab


Well, another school day, I always do as most of the others when leaving site, open all the valves, taps etc and assume everything’s drained out on the journey home, at the start of the season sterilise everything and flush out, just watched the excellent video about FLOE, I’m impressed, will look into this further then decide, mind you cant be doing too bad I’ve only being doing the same routine for 38 years without any issues, (not the same van tho Laughing )
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Bazalab
 


Member Since: 08 Jul 2016
Location: Hampshire
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2015 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech Auto Loire BlueDiscovery 4
Re: Water draining down - Caravan

I am taking the view that some water at least will always remain somewhere in the system in hot or cold tanks/boiler/shower head/taps and so on unless driven out fully. If the Alde boiler blows that's money in spite of what the water may do to the inside of the van and any contents perhaps!

Other issue is not covered by insurance as policy is bound to exclude frost damage so for £45 notes or whatever it's a no brainer to me that's why I put the video link up.

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Sudds
 


Member Since: 11 Dec 2011
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United Kingdom 2014 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 HSE Auto Corris GreyDiscovery 4

Decided to bite the bullet and have bought the drain down kit, so will give it a go and see how much more water I get out, had some pressure from SWMBO, she said it's better to be safe than sorry, and she does know best Smile
  
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