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Old 08-26-2016, 07:54 AM   #1
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Sand in fresh water tank

We recently stayed at a state campground and water from the campground well brought sand into the fresh water tank. How can we remove the sand from the tank?
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:59 AM   #2
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You could check your water pump suction line, mine has a filter on it, you may need to improve it a bit.
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I was going to suggest to fill up the tank and then open the drain valve, but now I'm not so sure if the valve is large enough to allow the sand to pass through without clogging it.

Did you use a water filter when filling up?
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You might have to remove the drain valve assembly IMO, if possible (to get a larger opening), and then flush flush flush it out. Is your tank original? Any chance there is a hidden drain point you can get to if you remove the exterior underbody aluminum pan?
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That's why we always use an inline filter. I got tired of cleaning the aerator screens in the faucets.


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That happens with rural water. It's not dangerous to your health, though may mess with your teeth.

In general, though, your plumbing should have a sediment strainer located between the pump and the water tank. This keeps tiny bits from making their way into the pump itself, causing it to fail to maintain pressure within your system. Here's a common one:



As for the sediment that's in your tank, well, just leave it there.


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We recently stayed at a state campground and water from the campground well brought sand into the fresh water tank. How can we remove the sand from the tank?
Sand can get into the water in any water system, well or municipal.
Most fresh water tanks have some accumulation over time, unless all water is filtered.
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If you run water into your sink and/or shower when dumping your tanks, you will see the sand slide right out.

I always have this problem when camped on or near beaches.

I think a lot of this sand you see is airborne, landing on surfaces things that get washed...ultimately ending up in your grey tank.


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If you run water into your sink and/or shower when dumping your tanks, you will see the sand slide right out.
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Whoops! -- the OP's sand is in the fresh water tank.

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Future preventative solution here, excellant company to do business with.

https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/A...ingASystem.htm
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There should be a large drain plug under an access panel in the pan that covers your fresh water tank. Remove the access panel, unscrew the large plug, I think it's either a 1" or 1 1/4" plug....
In the future get yourself an inline filter and put on the water spigot at the campground...

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There should be a large drain plug under an access panel in the pan that covers your fresh water tank. Remove the access panel, unscrew the large plug, I think it's either a 1" or 1 1/4" plug....
In the future get yourself an inline filter and put on the water spigot at the campground...

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We recently stayed at a state campground and water from the campground well brought sand into the fresh water tank. How can we remove the sand from the tank?
I don't think they put bottom drain in 76 Argosy models as my 76 Sovereign does not have drain, only way to drain is with water pump, this is another great engineering job by AS. Don't reply that I don't no what I'm talking about just check owners manual and service manual, you won't find valve listed. I pur. this 1976 new in 1977 [still own] so I'm well versed in this trailer having done all repairs and upkeep. Except for 2 panel replacements.
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There is also another thread draining fresh water tanks that I found after posting above.
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