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Old 10-17-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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newbie with no water flow to tub/shower

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I recently bought my first motorhome - a 1998 Winnebago Chieftain 33' - and while I have many many questions, the most pressing after having just spent a few days out at Lake Mineral Wells State Park is this: Water runs fine, hot & cold, in the kitchen & lav, but just a tiny little trickle from the tub faucet &/or shower. From reading, I gather I'll need to check out the shower head for blockages. Flow from the tub faucet doesn't matter to me, but I'm guessing if water isn't flowing properly from there, it won't flow thru to the shower either. (Situation was same whether running city water or tank.) I'd appreciate any guidance you can offer. VC
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Hello VC and . We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. I am sure you will enjoy the forums and website. Good luck, stay safe and keep us posted.
It sounds like you may have a bad faucet or you may have kinked lines or possibly an obstruction at the faucet. Usually there are no cut off valves for the tub & shower on this brand MH. There should be some type of access on the back side of the faucet. It may even be from within a cabinet or behind a mirror. Let us know what you find.
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Happy to report that it appears the problem was an obstruction in the tub faucet. possibly the minerals in the water at Mineral Wells State Park? Took the faucet handles off & screens out, ran water thru', rinsed off screens, put back together, & the flow is now much improved. Will test it out during a few days at Lake Murray State Park (near Ardmore, OK). Thanks for the help. VC
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Welcome to the forum and glad you got your problems solved so quickly. Enjoy it because not all will be that easy.

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Thanks! Yes, while I consider myself to be fairly "handy" and The Beast seems to be in excellent condition for its age, it seems there is one challenge after another. For example, the day after fixing the shower I took The Beast into town for gasoline & found that the dash heat blows cold. Brrrrr!

My screen name? Yes, I am the proud mom of 3 wonderful West Highland Terriers (2 of them adopted from Oklahoma Westie Rescue). They've done really well on the two little trips that we've taken so far, except for being terrified of those darn steps! I just put a step stabilizer on, so will find out this weekend if it helps them - and me. VC
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Happy to report that it appears the problem was an obstruction in the tub faucet. possibly the minerals in the water at Mineral Wells State Park? Took the faucet handles off & screens out, ran water thru', rinsed off screens, put back together, & the flow is now much improved. Will test it out during a few days at Lake Murray State Park (near Ardmore, OK). Thanks for the help. VC
The obstructions that you speak of, probably calcium/minerals in the water, is why I run generic white vinegar through my system 1-2 times yearly to help eliminate this problem. 1 gal of generic white vinegar per 15 gals in the fresh water tank. Open each faucett until you smell vinegar, let set for 4-6 hrs then drain and refill with fresh water. Will definately clean up those calcium/mineral deposits in the plumbing.
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