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Old 01-29-2020, 03:07 PM   #1
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New Airstream owner trying to find the source of a water leak??? HELP

My wife and I purchased a 2014 International Sterling 27' about 2 months ago. It took us a month to get it to the site we intend to use it. Once everything was hooked up as far as city water I noticed a small drip at the front of the port side wheel well and along the frame underneath. I have removed the panels and doors and inspected at the rear and bottom of the closet which seems to contain all of the main plumbing but cannot find the source? Does anyone have any thoughts?

Couple of details...at first hookup I did not use a pressure reducer...my bad.
The trailer is in Florida so nothing could have frozen. Also I have installed a 40-50 psi reducer as our spigot pressure was 75 PSI.

I haven't figured out how to post pics yet but I have plenty of them!

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Old 01-29-2020, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hi Jim, if you have not already, remove the four screws from the outside, and inspect this part for leaks while connected. If that is the source of the problem, as it often is, replacement is a breeze.
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:08 PM   #3
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Thank you!

Thanks for the tip Joe it was a little wet so new one is ordered! I am hoping it's the only source for sure. It does make sense that I wouldn't see it from the inside since it would drip behind the wall. Also I guess I didn't need the external pressure reducer either since the Shurflo acts as both regulator and check valve.

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Old 01-29-2020, 04:43 PM   #4
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Water drip

The reducer does leak sometimes and easy to replace.
The air conditioner drain drips in front of the left tire.
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Old 01-29-2020, 05:50 PM   #5
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Also I guess I didn't need the external pressure reducer either since the Shurflo acts as both regulator and check valve.



Thanks again,

Jim


An external pressure regulator set at about 55 pounds or so is good protection against hose blowout. I always put an adjustable regulator with a pressure gauge on the supply spigot to help protect my hose and filter. I don’t really trust the cheapie plastic regulator behind the water inlet and check valve connection.

I’ve been in campgrounds that hit over 100 pounds pressure on their water system. They noted the need for a good regulator to prevent blowouts in their brochure.
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Old 01-30-2020, 10:26 AM   #6
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Water drip

If you check the fridge condensation drain that might be the problem if the fridge & drip is close to the tire
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Old 01-30-2020, 11:14 AM   #7
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Is it possibly the AC condensate...I don't know your trailer so can't speak to the location, but that was my first guess
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Thanks for the tip Joe it was a little wet so new one is ordered! I am hoping it's the only source for sure. It does make sense that I wouldn't see it from the inside since it would drip behind the wall. Also I guess I didn't need the external pressure reducer either since the Shurflo acts as both regulator and check valve.

Thanks again,
Jim
If I were you I would still use a regulator/reducer in case something goes wrong with your Shurflo. Check valves are known to go bad and internal reducers can do the same.
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If you were using your air conditioning in humid weather, it may very well be condensate from the air conditioner. That really concerned and baffled me the first time I was running the air conditioner in hot, humid weather at a campground. The trickle was at the wheel well of the street side of my 20 foot Safari.
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Old 01-31-2020, 10:40 AM   #10
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I don't know anything about what you're talking about, but I do know a little about water leaks. One thing I discovered was that the leak is probably not where the drip is. Water tends to travel a circuitous route from infiltration to exfiltration, so even the obvious source is sometimes far away from the actual source.
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Old 02-05-2020, 02:52 PM   #11
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Outside shower connection?

Our leak (2017 FC25) was about one metre ahead of the left side tire, dribbling down from the opening in the under panel where the propane line entered the underbelly. On a hunch I suspected it was traveling along the line from the outside shower and it turned out that the hot water PEX fitting approached the faucet at quite an angle because it was cut a few millimetres too long. As soon as I made it a little more ‘hand tight’ the whole faucet leaked profusely from every pore, blasting past the o-rings, even with a pressure reducer in line. Amazingly, from Amazon, you can buy parts for these things! $10 later, and a bit of caulking along the top and sides of the housing, all was well. Fortunately there was no water damage because the propane line provided a direct path outside.
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Big THANKS to all!

Thanks for all the tips on the water leak! Looks like replacing the Shurflo did the trick and we are nice and dry👌.

Nice to have a group of minds willing to help.

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