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Old 08-20-2019, 04:53 PM   #1
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Hello All - New to community and already need your help.
We just purchased a 2014 25' Flying Cloud from a private owner took our new baby to the Airstream dealer with instruction to go over and advise what was what. When completed with their list we gave them the green light to do everything on the list except for cosmetic stuff. Now here we are 1000 miles away and discovered a leak. It appears that the black plastic tank that's banded by metal has two small holes (pictured). Can someone identify the what this tank holds and what we need to do to remedy.
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Old 08-20-2019, 05:34 PM   #2
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Wow. That looks like your freshwater tank but something is very wrong. There is no metal shroud/ tank cover. Looks like someone replaced the. Tank with an aftermarket tank and did not reinstall the tank cover. It should look like this.....
Here’s a pic of mine dropped. Note where the metal straps where located.
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Old 08-20-2019, 05:39 PM   #3
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Look at your valves and see which valve is attached to that tank. Have you recently filled the fresh water tank? Sometimes the fill hose leaks when the fresh water is full.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:37 PM   #4
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Could that be a cover? In one picture the hole (which is obviously too perfect to be accidental) is adjacent to what looks like a diverter. Possibly it’s the fresh water overfill drain?

Most curious indeed...

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Old 08-20-2019, 07:41 PM   #5
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I suspect you are missing your low point drains. I will get a pic of mine and post in a few mins..
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Is that a tank shroud or an aftermarket tank?
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:44 PM   #7
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Here you go. These are located on the passenger side on my 2015 25ft RB..

Apologies for the gravity defying pic.. joys of posting from the smarty phone...
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And the view from the other side. Probably also defying gravity...
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Welcome.
I learned something new. I’ve never seen a plastic tank shroud.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:54 PM   #12
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Right, nor had i before this! I did lose a drain during a cold snap, the dealer replaced it for me while doing other warranty work. So I know what the problem is but as I didn’t fix it myself i am not able to advise any further! Hopefully someone else will step in.
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Hey, Shorty! Welcome.

Step 1: Take a deep breath... stuff like this is common with RVs.

Step 2: Gather facts, particularly facts that are relevant to your specific trailer. Consider what we pay for advice here on the Forum. That's precisely what some of it is worth.

I have essentially the same trailer that you have. I wrote an extensive post (profusely illustrated!) about that mysterious black box, what's inside it, and how to remove and replace everything in there. Here's a link: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f443...ml#post2166842

Now... what you have is undoubtedly a fresh water leak. That's all that's in or above that box. (For info on black water leaks and the mysterious galvanized tank in front of the black plastic one, watch for my upcoming post about replacing a black tank dump valve using only hand tools at a campsite... but I digress).

Inside that black box is a separate plastic tank to hold fresh water. That tank has four active connections (the fill tube, the vent, the water pump connection and the drain). The low point drain lines pass through the box and emerge through the bottom where the valves are attached. There are also water lines in the space above the tank.

Something in that series of hardware items is leaking on your trailer. The weep holes in the bottom of the tank enclosure are there to let leaking water escape. That's a good thing!

Question for you: Just how much fresh water are you leaking? I was losing about a gallon or two per day. I lived with that for a couple of trips until I had time, learning and a place to undertake repairs. Your leak may or may not require attention urgently. I'm inclined to think your situation isn't urgent.

The next step is to decide how you want to locate the source of the leak and repair it. The first step in that process is observational. It is quite possible that the water fill tube or its connection to the tank is leaking. Does the leak only occur after a fill up? Does it stop after the tank is drained down a bit? Or it could be the pump and it's lines. Does the leak stop when the system is depressurized or maybe stop when on city water as opposed to the pump?

In my case, a fitting at the bottom of the tank was cracked. Mine leaked all the time until it ran dry.

Digest that a bit. Send more questions as you have them or as you learn more about your situation.
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GammaDog - Thank you for getting me down off the cliff.
After my purchase we drove the AS to our home in NC while we wait for septic tank fix and Duke to run power. So, it sits, not plug in to any power it's just waiting for permanent home . It's was raining for a few days when we arrived so my initial thought it was just the rain ..after several sunny days with a wet mark running down the drive. I crawled under to investigate and found 2 locations dripping ..The Holes! So, if I understand you correctly the black box is merely a container for another box that holds the fresh water? Do I need to remove black box to check the fittings you mentioned? Is this a job for a novice? I have tools and know which end of the screwdriver to hold but I'm not a wrencher.
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