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Old 08-21-2016, 02:19 PM   #1
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fresh water fill on my 1071 AS

I will try to attach a photo, but I can not open my fresh water tank intake. Something has broken off of it and I don't even know if it screws in ( I assume it does), but I cant get it open and don't know how to even begin.
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:19 PM   #2
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:22 PM   #3
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:37 PM   #4
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Fresh water door

I would simple remove the four screws to remove the plate. It appears you may have a screw in plug and part of it has fallen apart. Once you have taken the plate off I am sure you will see the problem.

Most likely someone makes a replacement.

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Old 08-21-2016, 02:40 PM   #5
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You will have to drill out the 4 rivets. Use a 1/8" drill bit. Don't go too deep.
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:43 PM   #6
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Can you just pry it open from the bottom?
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My 73 looks different, but that looks like it twists off and the handle is broke off, doubt it will pry off. You might get a flat screw driver, or a flat chisel and place it on the left side of that ridge and tap it with a hammer counterclockwise to try and unscrew it. If not, I agree with TG Twinkie (interesting name )., Drill out those rivets, go from there. Someone with a 71
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:33 PM   #8
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I picture I saw of the same thing shows it pulling straight out, like a spout. An Alum replacement is $188. It looks a lot better but I don't know if it will work. It says for 70's and 80's models. What else will I need? I am going to be replacing all the plumbing this winter with pex, replacing the black water tank to a gray water tank. Should I just wait until I am doing all that anyway. I was hoping to be able to use my AS this fall, but the more things I find, the harder it makes it. We are in NH and go to the Whites for hiking. Many of the Campgrounds don't have hookups and without being about to bring water with me, that is another problem.
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Definitely, pulls straight out.
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Run a screw into it and use the screw to pull it open.
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What has broken off was used to pull on and to lock it if you wanted. Drill a small hole in it, approximately in the center. Screw a stainless sheet metal screw (about a #12, 1 inch long)in about halfway. Pull on the screw (with pliers if your hand won't do it) to open. Push straight in to close. Replace it when you get ready. They do get brittle. If you do get it open and want to lubricate it, get some faucet grease at the big box or hardware store. It is made for use in potable water faucets and won't foul your water supply. If the tank hasn't been used in a while, I would want to sanitize it with bleach solution. (Unless you don't drink it or brush your teeth with it.)
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fresh water fill on my 1071 AS

Have you tested the water system by connecting city water. You may have leaks. So have someone on the inside checking. There may be low point drain valves which will need to be closed.
I would open a faucet while testing to reduce the amount of pressure while looking for leaks. Close the faucet a little bit at a time and keep checking for leaks.
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I had a similar cover on my 1990 camper, and it pull out. It probably at one time had a small chain or string that hooked to the bottom nub to keep the cap from falling on the ground. These things stick and need to be worked back and forth / sideways, to break loose. If it were me I would put two self tapping screws preferably stainless steel and use a screw driver (or some similar item) wedged between the screws and work it back and forth until it breaks loose, then pry it out and replace the cover.
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