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Old 05-05-2018, 03:20 PM   #1
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valve behind heater? water pipes behind refrigerator?

Hi all,
I have a 1998 Cutter that I spent many months renovating.
Earlier today, I attached a hose to the water inlet for the first time this year.
The water system had been winterized. However, I discovered water dripping from the outside heater hatch. So looking behind the heater from the inside, on the left side, I found two grey water pipes going up behind the refrigerator. I have no idea what they are for. There is no ice-maker in the frig.
And there is a valve on one of the pipes. At floor level, the pipe with the valve splits into a T, one line going toward the front, one going toward the back.
I spent a long time trying to decipher the schematic, but that line behind the frig doesn't seem to be there.
Anyway, my guess is that the water is leaking out of one of the two pipes going up behind the frig.
I fear I'm going to have to remove the refrigerator to deal with this, but still wonder what these lines and the valve are for.
Any ideas?

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Old 05-06-2018, 05:26 AM   #2
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You’ll find out when you pull the refrigerator, how about a picture or two ??? Maybe washer/dryer ??? Regards, Bob

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Old 05-06-2018, 11:30 PM   #3
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On my CLIPPER, I also had a water line up behind the fridge that I think was for the optional ice maker? It was mounted to close to the fridge LPG, 12V, 120v, Flue, (Heat element,) and expanded under pressure and heat. I caught it before it created a problem. I was able to cut it off from below the fridge and cap it, as it was not of value to me.
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:21 PM   #4
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I agree one line will be for possible ice maker the other could be the frig condensate drain line. Seems there is always some new thing to learn about the rolling houses. Ron
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:45 AM   #5
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Hi all,
Thanks for your responses and sorry I am so late replying. My house sold quickly and I've been scrambling with a thousand things so that I can move aboard my motorhome.
Anyway, I had to remove the refrigerator. That was easy. Getting it back was hard. The frame was warping tight and just catching the flange around the front of the refrigerator and catching on the last two inches. I had to sand the frame to a slight angle to get the fridge back in.
One pipe was some electrical lines. I didn't trace them so don't know what they were. I found that odd since in the entire motorhome, I found only one other pipe with wires.
The other pipe was probably for an optional ice maker. I couldn't see exactly where the leak was coming from and thought I'd have to do some pipework. That might have required cutting through the wood panel separating the heater compartment from the refrigerator compartment. Not something I wanted to do when pressed for time.
Anyway, after opening and closing the valve a couple of times, the leak stopped completely on its own.
The only thing I can guess is that there might have been a little water in it and, with the cold winter in the Northeast, it may have frozen and distorted the seat in the valve. Opening and closing it may have set it back into place.
Anyway, that's my theory.
I'll be living in South Jersey for the summer, then probably going to Florida in the fall. Not sure about Florida. I work over the Internet and can live anywhere. All this happened quickly and I'm pretty excited by it.
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