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Old 07-18-2011, 08:49 AM   #1
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Leaky Fresh water tank

Can anyone help me out with a problem with my fresh water tank on my 1998 Tradewinds. When I fill it full the compartment next to the door gets wet and when I go down the road water comes out the over flow to the point I loose about a quarter of the water. Where do I gain acsess to the fresh water tank?
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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Not familiar with your system, but I would think you would access the tank from below and I'd bet it's made of plastic. If it's metal, Aluminum/stainless, cracks can be repaired fairly easily. But before you do anything too drastic...try filling your fresh water tank just until the 'full' light starts to blink. On ours, if I fill it until the light stays on steady, I get the same effect...it starts to go to the over flow and siphons almost a quarter of the tank before it stops. Same thing happens if I park with a full tank on the low side...siphons a quarter and stops. Can't explain why yours is draining into the adjacent compartment unless you DO have a tank leak or one in a line.

At any rate, if you do have a leak around a fitting boss...those are hard, if not impossible to repair, again if it's plastic. However, I just ran into a fellow rv'er that had a leak around a fitting in his FW tank and was quoted a ridiculous price to drop and replace the tank. I've never heard of it before, but he found a shop that can 'weld' plastic tanks...works like a TIG or MIG welder but uses a plastic rod instead of the normal metal ones. I'm assuming that other shops would have the same type of equipment. Just a thought just in case you do have a leak.

Could be just a loose clamp somewhere...not MY luck, but it could happen. Good luck and Bob

Holy Cow...there's all kinds of plastic welding...check it out here.
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I found how to get to the tank. It is in the first compartment next to the door. On the top shelf there is a panel with 2 screws undo those and the plastic tank with all the plumbing is right there. The problem that I was having was a very wet compartment. Come to find out the over flow elbow had broke and was not venting out like it should. A $ 1.99 part and I was back in business
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