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Old 03-27-2016, 05:18 PM   #1
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Fresh water tank drain?

Hi Elevation owners. I haven't been able to find the handle or the drain for the fresh water tank(s). I mentioned this in an email to Crossroads and they kindly assured me that it's there. But where?

My belly is enclosed with fabric, so I can't see where things go.

On my old toy hauler I had a big hande under the stairs and a drain right behind it. I can't find anything like this on my Elevation.

This weekend on our shakedown trip I wanted to mess with the fresh water. Even though we had hookups, I wanted to check out the fresh water system. How loud is the pump, etc.

I started to fill the tank, but after just a few minutes I looked at the gauge and it read full. Impossible. Either the dealer filled the tank or the gauge is wrong. I'd like to empty it out and start from zero, but I can't figure out how.

I was pleasantly suprised though that the water pump is so much quieter than the one in our last rig. IT WAS SO LOUD. The old one sounded like a diesel air brake. This one is pretty mild in comparison.

I spend quite a while this afternoon examining the belly and finally gave up. I don't see a handle or a drain.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:27 PM   #2
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Hey speaking of draining, it took longer than I expected to drain the tanks today. Actually there were a couple of surprises.

First, I woke up in the wee hours with the alarming thought that every sales guy and customer has been fooling with those valve handles and what if the black,gray tanks weren't actually closed after this full weekend of use. So when I went to dump I made sure the dump hose was secure at the sewer end and stretched in place so I could hook it up quickly when I removed the cap. Sure enough, I took off the cap and about a gallon of gray (luckily) water jumped out at me like a joke can of snakes. I was ready though.

But once everything was in motion, I was surprised at how long it took for the tanks to actually drain. Between the black and two gray tanks, it took close to a half hour to drain them all. We had only been out for a weekend and didn't use them much. Is this normal?
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Old 03-27-2016, 07:47 PM   #3
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Drain for fresh water should be near the filler underneath the rv. Look around, it may be hidden by chassis. Use a twist on valve on your waste pipe to prevent any water, gray or black from rushing out.


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Always drain black first and then open the gray to flush the line. Use the black tank rinse until you see clear water and pour a bucket down the sink for the gray tank.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:16 AM   #4
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The fresh water drain on my Elevation is not a handle like you are used to. My drain is actually a valve that is the same as a low point drain. If you look under the trailer there should be two chrome colored valves close together and then one all by itself. The one by itself is the fresh tank drain. It is a very small orifice and takes a long time to drain the tank. At least that is the way it is on mine. I don't understand why they build every one different but I have not seen two built the same way yet.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:38 AM   #5
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The fresh water drain on my Elevation is not a handle like you are used to. My drain is actually a valve that is the same as a low point drain. If you look under the trailer there should be two chrome colored valves close together and then one all by itself. The one by itself is the fresh tank drain. It is a very small orifice and takes a long time to drain the tank. At least that is the way it is on mine. I don't understand why they build every one different but I have not seen two built the same way yet.
That makes sense. Not that it makes sense how they built it, but your description makes sense. I'll give it a try. I hate to waste the water, but I need to start from zero before I fill my tanks the first time so I can be sure I really have a full tank. I don't want to get out to the desert and be surprised.

What's your experience when you dump your waste tanks? I don't know if you've had other RVs before, but do these tanks seem to take longer to drain than others?
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:39 AM   #6
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Drain for fresh water should be near the filler underneath the rv. Look around, it may be hidden by chassis. Use a twist on valve on your waste pipe to prevent any water, gray or black from rushing out.


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Always drain black first and then open the gray to flush the line. Use the black tank rinse until you see clear water and pour a bucket down the sink for the gray tank.
I was wishing I had a valve like this when I opened my cap. I just ordered one from Amazon this morning.
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The Tanks take longer to drain than any of my other previous RVs. I think it is the way it is plumbed. The tank level indicators are Crap and never seem to work right. I can leave the tank drain open for two days and the level still says full. the fresh water tank is the same way I can fill it until it overflows and it will say it is empty. Be careful with filling the Fresh water tank if you overfill it and it starts to drain mine will syphon 1/2 the tank before it quits. Bad design on the overflow line.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:54 AM   #8
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The Tanks take longer to drain than any of my other previous RVs. I think it is the way it is plumbed. The tank level indicators are Crap and never seem to work right. I can leave the tank drain open for two days and the level still says full. the fresh water tank is the same way I can fill it until it overflows and it will say it is empty. Be careful with filling the Fresh water tank if you overfill it and it starts to drain mine will syphon 1/2 the tank before it quits. Bad design on the overflow line.
I had a similar problem filling the fresh tank on my last toy hauler. I used a spout with a shutoff valve and a gauge on it. After about fifty gallons I would shut off the valve and listen to the vents (two tanks). If the vents were burping too hard I would wait a minute or two for the venting to catch up with the filling. The gauge was handy to prevent overfilling. I could also use it to fill more precisely depending on the number of days we were camping and the number of people coming with us. I'll have to build a short piece of hose to attach the gauge and a valve to.
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Old 04-13-2016, 11:50 AM   #9
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I called Crossroads customer service this morning. They said that the low point drain handle in the main service hatch should open the drains. They told me to take it to the dealer to have it repaired under warranty.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:39 PM   #10
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Sooo, I have a 2013 Elevation 3912. I still cannot locate the Fresh Tank Drain. What/where is the main service hatch referenced above?


I've been using the water pump to move the water to both Grey Tanks, then pull the Grey 1 and 2 drain.


If anyone has a pic or two to share, that would be great.
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