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Old 09-19-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
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Fresh water overflow

If you read my post about my trip to Myrtle Beach, you know it was slightly eventful. Shortly after I had to swerve to avoid an accident is when the fresh water started leaking out of the camper.

When I swerved, the 5th wheel actually went up on one side. A few miles down the road is when I got stopped by the PA state trooper.

Could the swerving of the RV caused the overflow of the fresh water tank to drain into the underbelly? The water was leaking out all around the perimeter of the underbelly encloser, depending which way the camper was leaning. I do not see an overflow tube protruding through the underbelly cover. Am I missing this tube??

Anybody have any idea of how the underbelly filled up with fresh water?
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:15 AM   #2
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the fresh wate roverflow should be with the filler tube, a small screen for venting.
your hose from the screen that connects to the tank may have come off. thus allowing water to come out when swaying.
do not know what the open tube is for.
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:02 PM   #3
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With such a jolt, the full tank might have slightly shifted, pulling or breaking off the filler hose, assembly, or breather when it occurred.
I'd go back and fill the tank back up again a get then under the rig to find where it's leaking from, pulling the underbelly back a bit.
That's a new one to me
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Old 09-19-2015, 03:40 PM   #4
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as r2miller stated with the shift in weight during the swerve the tank shifted and either the overfill or fill line has come loose from the tank. Not sure how tanks are mounted in underbelly but if a bladder type and only mounted with support straps a hard swerve could move the tank to one side or the other. Looks like removal of the underbelly cover is going to need to be done to check the fittings.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:01 PM   #5
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I didn't think most guys even traveled with the fresh water full.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:11 PM   #6
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Tank was not full, maybe 1/3 full. That's why I'm concerned, that something is damaged.
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:18 AM   #7
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The tank is not strapped side-to-side and it is narrower than the width between the I beams. Also the water pump pickup line and the drain line connect to the tank on the side. So, damage to the tank or fittings is fairly likely. You need to drop the underbelly fabric and see where the leak is coming from.
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The tank is not strapped side-to-side and it is narrower than the width between the I beams. Also the water pump pickup line and the drain line connect to the tank on the side. So, damage to the tank or fittings is fairly likely. You need to drop the underbelly fabric and see where the leak is coming from.
I agree. Although not the same situation, I know that the drain plug is not a tight connection and can come loose or be knocked out. I hit the pex pipe connected to it while raising the rear stabilizer jacks and knocked it off. Pulled off the underbelly and reconnected it while changing the direction of the drain away from the stabilizer jacks.
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