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Old 07-21-2007, 09:53 AM   #1
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Potty overflows in the night!

OK... so riddle me this Airstreamers....

Last night I wake up at 3:30 in the am to a sound of running water in the bathroom. WHA? So I stumble out of bed, flip on the lights and behold! The toilet is overflowing with water! Huh?

We are on city water hook up and everything was fine otherwise. No water running or on anywhere. We opened up the black tank valve and drained it all out which worked fine. BUT! How the heck did that happen in the first place? Maybe I am a brick head... but I am just not getting it.

Can anyone enlighten me as to what went on there?
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:04 AM   #2
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Sounds like a faulty "flushing" valve in your toilet that got stuck in the "open" position. It kept running until it eventually overfilled your black water tank. Just my guess, without actually inspecting it.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:15 AM   #3
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:19 AM   #4
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Hi Mike... I guess that is about the only logical explanation huh? The toilet valve seems fine now with no visible or audible leakage.... but maybe last night it was stuck somehow.

It was a real shocker to wake up to I'll tell you that. I stood there looking at it with my mouth hanging open for a good long while before I snapped to and thought...Turn off the water outside!...drain the tank!!! Luckily I woke up early on and it did not flood out the whole floor of the trailer.

I guess I will have to keep an eye on the water outlet in there.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:28 AM   #5
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That is strange. From the looks of your profile, you have a new trailer, so, a stuck valve being a little open sounds unusual. Keep an eye on it for sure. Did it fill you black water tank? Or just the bowl of your toilet? If it was a slow leak, I would imagine just your bowl filled up, otherwise you probably would have heard water running if it filled your black water tank.

Thank goodness it was confined to the bathroom. I hate over flowing toilets, yuk.

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Old 07-21-2007, 10:36 AM   #6
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Hi Sam...

It actually DID fill up the black water tank. But the weird thing was it was just clean water spilling out of the toilet onto the floor. Well, it LOOKED clean anyway! When I stepped on the flush mechanism it opened up the hatch in the toilet as usual but no water drained out because it was full, full, full!

I guess we will just have to keep a close eye on it and see if anymore funny business seems to be going on in there.

Our "new" trailer has had many a bizarre thing wrong with it since we hit the road in March! This is just another weird one to add to the growing list!
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:48 AM   #7
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That stinks!

Hope you get it figured out...

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Silverpeanut - what type of toilet is installed in your A/S?

At the Salem Int'l, friends with a newer 30' A/S (2005?) MoHo had the same problem, only their head started its constant running (hooked up to city water) during breakfast.

They summonded the Mothership repair techs in attendance at the rally - apparently, the problem was fixed under warranty - faulty O ring in one of the toilet fittings.

Part of the techs explanation was that the water pressure was too high, which exacerbated the "faulty" O-ring problem, causing premature failure. As part of the repair, the city water inlet/pressure regulator was replaced.

One of the neat things about this forum is that, if you throw a problem out there, chances are someone has had the same experience . . . .
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:12 AM   #9
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Ahhhhh! Thanks Whitelight! This is something to look in to!

We have also had weird problems on and off with our fresh water tank filling up slowly while on city water. I wonder if this is all connected and if we have a faulty water pressure regulator which is causing other stuff to break? We took the trailer in for repair (to have the water pump replaced under warrenty) while in Massachusetts (left it at an authorized dealer for TWO WEEKS...and we live in this thing full time so that was kind of a big deal) and they handed it back over to us in the same condition we had left it off in. They said the water pump was on back order. Actually they said a lot of things which were amazingly goofy to explain why they had fixed nothing we asked them to...and we packed up and went on our way with all of our repair work still needing to be done. Now we are up in Maine where there are no Airstream repair shops that I know of... so we are hanging tough and dealing with the problems we have as best we can. Our eventual goal is to land in Jackson Center in September to get all these problems fixed but this toilet issue may not be able to wait that long. *Sigh*

Where is the magical trailer genie when you need him to fix all these things in the blink of an eye?
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i had that happen to me one time. replaced the flush valve and that took care of it. took the old one apart and found a piece of trash stuck in it.
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Old 07-21-2007, 12:31 PM   #11
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Could the problem be the shore water pressure? If it is too high, I suspect it could cause leakage past the toilet flush out valve. Some units have built in water pressure regulators or you can get them off the shelf.
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Ahhhhh! Thanks Whitelight! This is something to look in to!

We have also had weird problems on and off with our fresh water tank filling up slowly while on city water. I wonder if this is all connected and if we have a faulty water pressure regulator which is causing other stuff to break? We took the trailer in for repair (to have the water pump replaced under warrenty) while in Massachusetts (left it at an authorized dealer for TWO WEEKS...and we live in this thing full time so that was kind of a big deal) and they handed it back over to us in the same condition we had left it off in. They said the water pump was on back order. Actually they said a lot of things which were amazingly goofy to explain why they had fixed nothing we asked them to...and we packed up and went on our way with all of our repair work still needing to be done. Now we are up in Maine where there are no Airstream repair shops that I know of... so we are hanging tough and dealing with the problems we have as best we can. Our eventual goal is to land in Jackson Center in September to get all these problems fixed but this toilet issue may not be able to wait that long. *Sigh*

Where is the magical trailer genie when you need him to fix all these things in the blink of an eye?
silverpeanut,
I don't have the fone number but, in Maine, there is an Airstream dealer by the name of State Line RV. I realize this info is one year old but you can check em out~ If you can't find any info, I check with a friend of mine who went up there this morning. Good Luck on that issue.
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An update, thanks to a forum member.
The telephone number is:
207-339-0032
I don't have the address except for what Mark gave me.
It's just off Rt 202, in Maine near the NH stateline..
If that's any help..?
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Thanks 53FC! I will look into that. Maybe we can swing down there from our next location which is actually right on the ME/NH border. I'll map it out and maybe we can at least get the valve checked. Although our experience in MA with the dealership repair shop there has left me feelin' pretty cold about heading back into another one!

I have been keeping an eye on the water in the toilet all day and it seems to be fine... of course if it is gonna DO something it won't DO IT while I am watching. It'll wait until we are gone for the day and/or the middle of the night again.
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