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Old 07-10-2019, 04:57 PM   #3375
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Attachment 345915 Why are there two valves on my fresh water tank and what are the used for? I know the white on on the side is for draining but I am a little confused about the one directly below. Thanks in advance!
We’ve been traveling and just pulled into the KOA at Mt. Rushmore yesterday.

While checking in I noticed water streaming from around the white plastic drain valve on our fresh water tank.

Initially I thought a rock kicked up and broke the valve. After further inspection it appears the valve is not broken and is still functional. I checked the screws that secure the valve to the side of the tank and they are tight.

As near as I can tell, without pulling the tire off, the water is leaking from around the base of the valve.

When we checked in yesterday the tank was 100% full, this morning it’s empty.

We’re on city water at the campsite, but if I can’t fix the leak it will be a major inconvenience for the rest of our trip.

Does anyone know what is or if there is a gasket etc. under the valve base?
Also if I remove the two screws in the valve base, will the base be released from the tank?

Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:01 PM   #3376
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:36 PM   #3377
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Help! Fresh Water Drain Valve Leaking

Ronnie,

Here’s what I’m thinking might be a possible solution, and perhaps you would know if this will work;

If I remove the white valve assembly and can find a piece of thin sheet metal large enough to cover the opening, drill two holes in it to make a cover. They have patch kits for rubber rafts at the KOA store that might work as a gasket.

Could something like this seal the tank, or is there an inner plastic tank that I’m dealing with?
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We’ve been traveling and just pulled into the KOA at Mt. Rushmore yesterday.

While checking in I noticed water streaming from around the white plastic drain valve on our fresh water tank.

Initially I thought a rock kicked up and broke the valve. After further inspection it appears the valve is not broken and is still functional. I checked the screws that secure the valve to the side of the tank and they are tight.

As near as I can tell, without pulling the tire off, the water is leaking from around the base of the valve.

When we checked in yesterday the tank was 100% full, this morning it’s empty.

We’re on city water at the campsite, but if I can’t fix the leak it will be a major inconvenience for the rest of our trip.

Does anyone know what is or if there is a gasket etc. under the valve base?
Also if I remove the two screws in the valve base, will the base be released from the tank?

Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:55 PM   #3379
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There is an inner plastic tank. The metal is just protecting the plastic tank against road debris damage
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Ronnie,

Here’s what I’m thinking might be a possible solution, and perhaps you would know if this will work;

If I remove the white valve assembly and can find a piece of thin sheet metal large enough to cover the opening, drill two holes in it to make a cover. They have patch kits for rubber rafts at the KOA store that might work as a gasket.

Could something like this seal the tank, or is there an inner plastic tank that I’m dealing with?
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:48 PM   #3381
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FYI—experts at Bay Area Airstream had the door deadbolt repaired and in good working order less than an hour after I pulled into their service lane! Good people, and they didn’t charge me.
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I spoke with Keith. I think he will be able to repair his broken water valve on the road.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:26 AM   #3383
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Ronnie, all this advice while standing on a beach?? You are ‘da man - kinda like a guardian angel out there for us!

Enjoy the rest of your mini-vacation.
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Ronnie, all this advice while standing on a beach?? You are ‘da man - kinda like a guardian angel out there for us!

Enjoy the rest of your mini-vacation.
Well Bruce,
It could be done from worse places for sure.

Fortunately I’d been there before, so I could help.
Kevin should be able to access the freshwater tank valve from an access plate in the tank cover. Then he will be able to disconnect the white drain valve and place a plug in the flexible hose attached to the tank.
This will at least salvage their trip and he can seek a permanent solution once they have returned home.
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Yeah I'm keeping him on speed dial!
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Meriwether (Keith) just informed me after a few hours of gathering supplies and work that he has repaired he’s water tank and is ready to continue their trip.
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Ok I got one for you guys to help/advise me on. We just got back from our third trip this summer today. We went to Twin Falls State Park,West Virginia had a great time even with the high heat and high humidity! Everything worked great! But the first evening I noticed the trim along the left side of bathroom counter top toward the rear there was a 1/4 inch gap. Also along the lower medicine cabinet and the wall the gap was maybe 3/4 inch gap. So I went on commode side and was able to push the wall back in place, Which revealed a loose rivet up high on the curved part of the wall. Then I looked under the counter top,toward the back, and found a L-bracket with the screw pulled out. The drive to the park was a rough two lane road for about 35 miles or so with tons of sharp curves! It’s this something to worry about or replace the screw and keep an eye on it.

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Replace the rivet and replace the screw with a # 10 3/4 “ and you should be good the go. Next step up would be to add a Rivnut in the wall and 10-32 machine screw.
You may also want to check the med cabinet as those have a tendency to leap from the wall while traveling.
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