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Old 02-10-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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Pressure check

Just wondering if there is a way to pressure check the holding tanks.

When I bought the Argosy and hooked up a lot of water came out of the back end. The thought was someone messed up when draining all of the fresh water.

I jacked up the front today and more water came out

It has been raining here, but I have found only one small window leak and everything else inside is dry.

I'm guessing (and only guessing), that it may be the grey tank as I have used water for cleaning etc. What do I do to check this out?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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It could be simply a low point drain that was left open. On your Argosy, the drains would be in the streetside rear corner, inside the lower cabinet. They should be two red-handled valves.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:40 PM   #3
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Overlander63 - thanks for the thought but probably way too easy
The water is not coming out of one the drains but alas the belly pan!
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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It probably IS too easy, but there's nothing to be lost in checking the basics. There are also low point drains under the sink in the galley. There is also the fresh water tank drain which could be open (but I doubt it).
If those aren't open, your options quickly become more involved and costly.
You DO have both dump valves closed?
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:32 PM   #5
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I do have the dump valves closed, but I will go over tomorrow and check all of the others. I would love it if the simple solution is the solution!
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The way I tested my tanks was by the time gravity method. I pulled the trailer on the slab in front of the shop, closed the valves, filled all three tanks, and watched. Three weeks later no leaks, all the tanks still full.
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If someone wants to test all three tanks at the same time, they can add some food coloring to two of the tanks.

In that way, depending on the color of the water that falls, it tells you which tank has the problem.

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Old 02-11-2012, 07:33 AM   #8
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Andy - great minds think alike! That was the same idea I came up with last night. I'll start with the gray tank and keep my fingers crossed!
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:52 PM   #9
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Okay, went over this morning -
Make sure all valves are closed - check
Put dyed water down both sinks and shower - check
Jack up the front and what do I see.......?
Nice clear water running out of the back of the belly pan
So I left it up in the air long enough to have nothing dripping, leveled her back down and now I guess I'll wait for the rain tomorrow and see what happens.
Hopefully it will get dry enough long enough for me to crawl all around the outside and seal everything.
Thanks for the support everyone!
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