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Old 09-22-2017, 04:48 PM   #1
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The Great Water Mystery

Here's a mystery I cannot solve. I am looking for better detectives than myself.

This morning my wife stepped out of our 2006 34' Winnebago Voyage and saw water cascading onto the campsite pad from under the coach. When I looked, I thought my fresh water tank had sprung a leak.

I looked at the tank and it was full and the storage compartment just behind the entry door (where the tank is located) was dry. My wife turned off the water at the campsite hose bib. The water gradually stopped BUT that was entirely coincidental.

When I got under the coach to investigate the problem I found that the water had come from a section of corrugated split loom running a wire pack from what appears to be the electrical distribution under the kitchen unit to the engine compartment in front of the front of the motorhome. There is a 3 foot long section (essentially a low point) where the water leaked out of the split loom. Feeling around inside the loom, it seemed to be dry either side of this section. Once it voided itself there was no more leak. Everything is back to normal.

Where did this water come from?

My wife's theory is that the condensate drain on the dash A/C is plugged and somehow the water found its way into this loom and then found the lowest point. Finally it gave way this morning and let the water go. It was extremely hot in East Texas the past two days we have been on the road and the A/C has worked plenty hard.

So far this is the only explanation I have. It's weird, but I have no explanation of my own. If you have a different one, I would be more than happy to know it.

Many thanks.
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Likely the water tank was being filled - either knowingly or as a result of a valve not fully activated or defective - and the water came from the tank overflow.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:49 PM   #3
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Likely the water tank was being filled - either knowingly or as a result of a valve not fully activated or defective - and the water came from the tank overflow.
I was just getting ready to write that I solved it when I read your post. You are correct.

Apparently the tank was too full and over the course of the day, with the heat contributing, the water dripped down from an overflow I didn't see previously. Some of this water found its way into the split loom which filled in the section under the overflow. This morning it had enough water in it to shift a bit and turn the slit of the loom downward causing the morning's cascade.

I saw it begin dripping again this afternoon and that's when I found the overflow (which seems semi-clogged - an investigation for another day) tube. It seems the heat of the day expanded the water enough to cause a bit more overflow. We're off the park water now and on the tank.
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Or your water pump was allowing backflow into the tank and it overflowed.
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Or your water pump was allowing backflow into the tank and it overflowed.
That would be my guess. Backflow valve in water pump is failing/has failed.
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Another place to look is the valve that directs incomming water to the fresh water tank, or directly into the motorhome. These valves have been known to fail.
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