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Old 05-13-2011, 07:56 AM   #1
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Shower drain question 27FB

Just took our very first two morning showers in our brandy new Int'l Sig. CCD 27FB.

Other than some hot water questions, things are going pretty danged good for a Friday the 13th in a new AS with a rented truck.

Have you guys noticed that the drain in the shower seems really slow? Can't find any blockage within site, and it's the first time we've used it. Wondering if this is normal. It's really slow.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:27 AM   #2
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When taking your shower, look to see if your foot is over the drain hole. If it is, move it, and the water will drain.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:32 AM   #3
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well...it wasn't my foot that was plugging it, the first time. ha ha...

seriously, I am wondering whether this is normal or if I need to buy a small plumbing snake.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:45 AM   #4
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My foot was my problem. It seems the drain in the shower is directly where I stand.
If that's not it, then I'd look elsewhere. The drain should work like the one at home.
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Make sure the trailer is level otherwise water will pool away from the drain.

We also use a strainer over the drain to catch hair. I figure it is easier to clean the strainer than the tank.

Enjoy your new trailer.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:26 AM   #6
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welcome to the flat plumbing world

As I've been told by more than one person . . . the plumbing in an airstream is basically all on the same plane... so if you are looking for a dramatic whirlpool, either go see the new Pirates of the Carribean or back to the Bermuda Triangle with you, matey!
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:59 AM   #7
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Congratulations on actually having your new trailer.

As for the drain, hair can get hung up at the drain and slow down things. We put a removable drain thing in the drain that makes it easier to get the hair out.

Is the tank full?—if you are not used to RVing, you may have used much too much water in a long hot shower and washed lots of dishes. The monitor that tells you how much water is in the tanks is notoriously inaccurate and people recalibrate them frequently. The sure way to tell if the grey water tank is full is when you are standing in an inch of water by the end of your shower.

Or, there's a dead raccoon family in the tank.

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I feel like such a fool! The tank was full. Duh. Well....now I know how long it takes two people to go through 39 gallons of water.

I need to downshift on this uphill part of the learning curve.
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If you are a fool, Gringo, we all are. We all make mistakes with these things and the adults admit them and move on.

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The monitor that tells you how much water is in the tanks is notoriously inaccurate and people recalibrate them frequently.
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How do you recalibrate the tank monitor?

Thanks Mary D.
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I have a 2009 27FB and also have drain issues. When I drain the kitchen sink, grey water comes up into the shower. The factory has not been able to come up with an plausible explanation or fix. I'm inclined to think it may have something to do with the automatic vents in either the sink or the shower. Have you experienced this?
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How do you recalibrate the tank monitor?

Thanks Mary D.
Mary,

There should be a booklet that came with trailer that explains how to do it. The dealer did it once, it may have been done at JC once, then the warranty ran out. By that time we had a pretty good idea of how full the tanks are, so I never have bothered to fix it myself.

Another problem with the system is the contacts get dirty under the trailer. I believe they are just telephone wires with telephone plugs and dirt gets in there. Access to them is difficult because of the compartment in which the tanks are. Some people cut access holes in the compartment to get to the things in there and then screw plates to the holes.

You can also call the company that made the monitoring system to ask them how to calibrate, or the instructions may be on their website if you do not have them.

I have wondered why something that seems so simple cannot be designed better. The wiring should be better and sealed better. The sensors seem to be unreliable and the monitor may be too.

hhendrix, you may be right. There could be an obstruction in the soil stack (vent pipe) such as a wasp nest, bird nest or other such thing. Badly installed plumbing could also be an issue—sloppy plumbing is not unknown in recent years.

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Hey - you know what else is cool about your shower drain? If you step on it once, it becomes a stopper. Step on it again and it opens fully. Of course, it is possible that it was a stopper the first time you stepped on it - then it opens!! What a wonderful world this is.

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Old 12-17-2011, 10:30 AM   #14
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It maybe the cheater vent under your sink is not working correctly. I had a problem of grey water coming up into my shower from the kitchen sink in my 2005 28 International. This is caused by inadequate venting of the grey tank. See this thread where I describe my fix. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f444...m-66068-2.html. Not sure if venting is the same on the 27fb.
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