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Old 05-15-2005, 03:33 PM   #225
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Ironing out the kinks

Just got back from our second post-resto trip. I had the front dinette turned into a bed for the dogs, and stuff stored under it. I pulled out a bag, and found it was wet on the bottom. Instead of panicing, I just tried to avoid pressurizing the water system for the weekend, and ignored it.

When I got home I pulled up the carpet to find this mess. I emptied the tank, an am drying the floor now, and then I will try and figure out where the leak is. Hopefully it's just a loose connection. It was hard to tell because it was a hot humid day, and the tank was full of cold water, so everything was sweating on Friday, and was still wet today. I guess once it's all dry I'll be able to spot the problem.

Sure will be nice to take a trip without any unexpected surprises! Oh well, maybe next trip!
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Old 05-15-2005, 04:54 PM   #226
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I'm thinking about post 189 in this thread. Perhaps the repair didn't hold up. Glad to see you are out enjoying your trailer though.
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:29 PM   #227
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The welded neck is the first suspect. The pump is a maze of hoses coming and going, with a filter, pipes for backfilling the tank form the city water inlet, and drain pipes. There's probably ten hose clamps in that mess, it wouldn't take much for one of them to have come loose. I'm still drying it out (the fan is making it go fairly quickly), so I should be able to start testing things soon.
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Old 05-17-2005, 01:41 PM   #228
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Some kind of drain pan?

Of course the idea is to find and fix the leak but it does look like you could use some sort of plastic drip pan under that area just in case something leaks again. I am reminded of the over flow pans that you sometimes see underneath washing machines. Maybe you could use a piece of plastic tarp turned up at the edges and with some kind of a drain tube running out through the floor.

I hate water leaks...

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Old 05-17-2005, 02:36 PM   #229
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I thought about that too. My home water heater has a big drain pan under it, and I think that would be a great idea for the water tank area in the Airstream. It would be easy to drain through a hole in the floor. But the curves make it difficult to fit a pan under the tank and pump.

I hate leaks too, especially on my new floor!
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Stephanie,

I was visualizing making up something by creating a dam around the edges of the area using something like wood or plastic strips perhaps 1"x1" and flexible enough to fit the curve. Then use some type of plastic or rubber as a liner. I would think that a piece of clear vinyl of the type available at most fabric stores would work pretty well. You could even just staple it in place around the top and let it sag into the cavity.

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Old 05-17-2005, 11:04 PM   #231
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build a little "dam" like Malconium suggested, put a flush fitting through the floor, and then paint everything with a thick coat of POR15 or a similar tough material that is completely water proof. In case of a slow leak, the water would run through the fitting out the bottom of the trailer, instead of making ruins of your recent hard work. Dang, I hope this won't happen to my Overlander. It'd freak me out, after all the work I've done to it.
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Well, as long as you catch it. It dried out just fine. I think it was harder on the old plywood furniture - it's already delaminating near the floor from previous leaks, it can't take much more abuse! The new marine plywood on the floor dried out like it never happened.
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Old 05-18-2005, 06:49 AM   #233
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Take a good look at the water tank fitting. Got me a fancy new coupling that fixed the problem at the HD. The necks on these tanks are not long enough.
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