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Old 09-29-2012, 01:25 PM   #15
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G'mornin ALL :

As mentioned above, we HAVE gotten into the habit of shutting OFF the shore water connection WHENEVER we are leaving the rig, ...even for a short trip to..say..a restaurant, or an area Walmart etc. It's not a foolproof way of avoiding inadvertent flooding inside your rig, BUT...since we live FULL TIME in our rig, our ONLY home,....and in addition have a pet (ok, ok, THREE of em) it's just safer.....kind of like putting your awnings IN when leaving your rig even when it's a calm appearing day.

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We try to remember to turn off the city water at the spigot too when we leave, yes, it's a very good idea ...just in case. However, the OP sounded as if he wasn't connected to city water (shore water) as he said that he left the water pump on.

Since the OP implied that I was the only one who couldn't follow his explanation in his opening post, I just assumed that the dripping in his kitchen sink faucet had filled the gray tank and then the contents of the gray tank overflowed out the shower drain (since the shower drain is the lowest point and where the gray tank will overflow) which got his carpet wet.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:59 PM   #16
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Sorry... Never meant to imply that you were the only one that didn't understand my original post.... Just figured I'd take it step by step to make sure It was clear to everyone as to how I totally screwed up so they could possibly avoid the same mistake....

Did go out and completely shampoo everything and turned on my huge fan to totally dry things out....
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I just assumed that the dripping in his kitchen sink faucet had filled the gray tank and then the contents of the gray tank overflowed out the shower drain (since the shower drain is the lowest point and where the gray tank will overflow) which got his carpet wet.
These are actually very real scenarios too which are worthy of thinking about. Frankly, I don't think I ever thought about a leaky faucet being able to pump 100 gallons from my fresh water tank into my 67 gallon grey tank.

I appreciate the insights.

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Old 09-29-2012, 02:43 PM   #18
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Sorry... Never meant to imply that you were the only one that didn't understand my original post.... Just figured I'd take it step by step to make sure It was clear to everyone as to how I totally screwed up so they could possibly avoid the same mistake....

Did go out and completely shampoo everything and turned on my huge fan to totally dry things out....
Sorry, I was being a little thinned skinned. I'm glad everything turned out okay for you.
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These are actually very real scenarios too which are worthy of thinking about. Frankly, I don't think I ever thought about a leaky faucet being able to pump 100 gallons from my fresh water tank into my 67 gallon grey tank.

I appreciate the insights.

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Well, funny you should mention it because we thought the same thing. However, one freezing winter night years ago when at a RV park, we were hooked to city water and all our neighbors had told us just to let one of the faucets drip so the fresh water hose would not freeze up so we could have running water in the morning.

So we left the water dripping but didn't realize the gray tank valve was closed. When we got up in the morning, the shower stall floor was filled with water and just about ready to come over the edge. If we had stayed in bed a few minutes longer, it would have overflowed onto the floor.

We were surprised that just letting the water drip just would have filled the gray tank overnight. There may have been a little water remaining in the gray tank as we had washed the dinner dishes just after dumping the tank and closing the valve but that wouldn't have been more than a few gallons we thought. Leaving the faucet drip had filled the remaining capacity of the gray tank where it almost overflowed.

Needless to say, we learned our lesson.
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UP-DATE:::::: Filled my fresh water tank about 2/3 full. turned on the water pump and guess what???? Water flowing across the floor... Crap!!! Wasn't a screw-up on my part after all.... Didn't happen because of leaving sink faucet on...

Noticed that water seemed to be coming from under fridge so I pulled the screen below it off and sure enough... Water dripping everywhere...

Went outside and pulled cover and removed shields and discovered the problem.. The water line for the ice maker had a split in if... A couple of hrs later plus some fittings and problem solved....

Glad I discovered it in my driveway and not in some remote out-of-the-way CG!!!!
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Isn't that always the case? If it's a "weak link" in your stick house, it will be the same for your coach! We had just installed plank flooring in our house and left for vacation...icemaker hose burst and in the week we were gone caused each plank to swell and buckle to the point of lifting furniture and preventing any door from opening inward!

Sometimes you've got to wonder if having an ice maker is really worth the "convenience" LOL

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This thread has got me ready to pull the trigger on this. We usually shut our water off when we leave, but sometimes forget. I am pretty sure that if we leave the remote on the dash of the car, we will always turn it off. Also, we never turn the water off when we go to bed, but a broken pipe can happen anytime.

Has anyone used one of these?

Nelson Remote Faucet Control - GEMPLER'S
I'm thinking about getting one, but I read somewhere (can't find it now) that it shuts off by itself after 3 hours. Not sure how useful that would be.
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Something similar to this could also be plumbed in just after the hose. Install a remote switch inside the coach and you can turn it off and on at will. Still doesn't help with "forgetting" though. 12v DC 16mm 1/2" Normally Closed Brass NBR 2-Way Solenoid Valve: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific
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If I could get to the ice maker connection down in the water control bay, I'd totally disconnect it and cap it off.... I know where to cap it off behind the fridge.... I hate the ice maker in the fridge for numerous reasons: it is usually more trouble than its worth and just doesn't make much ice fast enough... Also: the ice ben takes up too much freezer space....

My solution: I bought a portable ice maker and keep in ons of my bays.... No trouble at all and tons of ice... Cost - abt 200 bucks
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I have been known to turn the shore water on without first making sure the faucets are closed. Makes a mess when the tap is not aimed at the sink. I opens it when disconnecting to avoid getting a cold shower and sometimes I fergets to close it.
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If I could get to the ice maker connection down in the water control bay, I'd totally disconnect it and cap it off.... I know where to cap it off behind the fridge.... I hate the ice maker in the fridge for numerous reasons: it is usually more trouble than its worth and just doesn't make much ice fast enough... Also: the ice ben takes up too much freezer space....

My solution: I bought a portable ice maker and keep in ons of my bays.... No trouble at all and tons of ice... Cost - abt 200 bucks
The ice maker in my motorhome has a shutoff valve in the cabinet under my fridge. I didn't like it either so I shut it off.
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Maybe your house construction codes are different, but we have to have an overflow gully trap that is above ground level and at least 6" below floor level so if there is a blockage in the sewer line beyond your house, the backup flows onto the ground instead of the floor.
I installed an overflow in the grey system that does the same thing. If it gets full, it overflows onto the ground instead of inside.
May not be strictly legal in places where there are strict conditions on disposal of grey water, but ...
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