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Old 10-21-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Dropped Fresh Water Tank

We just discovered that the fresh water tank in our '99 Safari seems to have dropped and is pinching off the drain line and the cover which holds it in place is sagging.

Does anyone have any info on how to correct this?

Thanks in advance, and sorry if this is not in the correct forum.

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Old 10-21-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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Just bumping this to the top. I hope somebody with a 1999 Safari can give you specific information that will help.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
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Can you post some pics of the droppage?
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:35 AM   #4
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Through certain model years, the fresh-water holding tank was held in place by a single, 1/2 inch (or 9/16 inch), galvanized bolt and a fender washer. This bolt passed up through a molded "tunnel" in the holding tank and into a cross-member.
Three things could happen:
1. They could vibrate loose (highly unlikely)
2. The could break (highly unlikely)
3. A water leak above, and a soggy floor could rust the cross member through which the bolt is attached ( more likely)
Not sure if they still used this method in '95.
The clue will be a single, large, exposed bolt head right in the middle of the pan that protects your fresh-water holding tank.
By the way, any method of holding the holding-tank may be susceptible to rust and failure if you have leakage above.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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Belegedhel and Ken, thanks so much for responding.

Belegedhel, DH is at work now, but when he gets home we'll take a couple of pics and see if we can post them -- we've not posted pics on the forum before, so I hope we can.

Ken, sounds as though you know this area well, and that's comforting. We'll let you know how this one was held in place. We're a little concerned about dropping the cover since it looks as though it could be holding water as well, so thinking where is that water coming from -- the tank or a break in the water line?

We'll keep you all posted, and thanks again for your help.

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #6
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Something you can do to get the process started is to go ahead and drain absolutely every bit of water from the tank.

Posting pictures is easy, just click on the little "paperclip" icon that is just above the window that you compose a reply in, and this will allow you to attach pictures to the post.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:21 AM   #7
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Update on fresh water tank................Last night my DH went out to drill a small hole into the fw tank's cover (someone mentioned that they had done this to theirs), and found that there is already one there. Due to this, he now thinks that there may not be water standing in the cover, but rather when he knocked on that cover and it sounded solid, that is because the fw tank is in there and has some water in it.

Also, last night he unscrewed the fw tank's drain valve and gently pulled it toward him, opened the valve and ran a very small wire up there. When he did this, black residue came out for a while along with water, so he now thinks that the drain line is too long and when you have to push it backwards to be mounted, it puts a kinck (sp) in it, thus closing it off. He is planning to put a new valve on it and see what happens.

Thanks to everyone for their help, and if anything new comes to light, we'll make certain we pass the info along in case someone else needs the info.

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