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Old 07-01-2016, 03:58 PM   #1
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Water leak floods RV

I was blessed in that I was gone from RV the neighbor saw water coming from the back of my RV and he cut water off. He got to it very quick in that I had some water in back passenger side compartments and a little wet carpet along wall. I believe the leak may be at the hot water tank I can see some splashing in that area maybe a broke pipe??? I have not turned water back on and am taking it to a trusted RV place.. I am hoping they can charge the system with air and hear the leak??? Any advice or experience?? 2005 fleetwood expedition... Tks for help GlenB
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:03 PM   #2
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A good reason to never leave the city water connection on when away from the RV.

The leak could be from any number of places. I'd open all compartments and take the water heater cover off. As you watch, have someone turn on the water. The leak should make it's location known. Then you can determine if it's something you can fix or whether you need a technician. It might be a simple loose fitting, you'd save a bunch of money tightening it yourself.
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I've had and heard of some really terrible experiences with dealers. You know that using air to find a leak is the much better plan compared to water. Suggest you assume nothing and make sure the tech working on your coach is on the same page regarding that concept.
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I was only suggesting a quick on/off to determine leak location. I'd rather fix myself rather than waste the time and money on an RV service center for perhaps tightening a fitting or replacing a valve.
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A good reason to never leave the city water connection on when away from the RV.

The leak could be from any number of places. I'd open all compartments and take the water heater cover off. As you watch, have someone turn on the water. The leak should make it's location known. Then you can determine if it's something you can fix or whether you need a technician. It might be a simple loose fitting, you'd save a bunch of money tightening it yourself.
After seeing the damage inflicted on a brand new Newmar King Aire last year (posted in the Newmar forum) from 50 gallons of water from a leak, I always shut off city water when we leave the coach and the pump while driving.

Hopefully as mentioned the fix is simple and there is no damage.
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After seeing the damage inflicted on a brand new Newmar King Aire last year (posted in the Newmar forum) from 50 gallons of water from a leak, I always shut off city water when we leave the coach and the pump while driving.



Hopefully as mentioned the fix is simple and there is no damage.

Yeah ... But my family keeps turning the pump on while I am driving, and KEEP it on 🙁. Wish there were a sensor for that.......😀
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That's why I'm trying to remember to turn off the CG water when we leave, even for just an hour or so!
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That's why I'm trying to remember to turn off the CG water when we leave, even for just an hour or so!
I don't leave the city water on, fill the tank and use the pump. A hundred gallons lasts a long time.
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I don't leave the city water on, fill the tank and use the pump. A hundred gallons lasts a long time.
Got to remember to turn the pump off. The King Aire was on the road when the fitting broke and the 50 gallons was pumped into the coach.
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A simple visual inspection at water heater while someone cycles water (use the pump) will ID location of leak.

We had a hose fitting blow off on hot line at water heater during the night while we peacefully slept.
Ran for hours -------our CG site, and the 2 down from us were flooded not to mention the swimming pool in our 5th wheel living room and kitchen.
We woke up to a CG employee pounding on door.

$6000 in damages--------new carpet/linoleum and the large slide out to have a new sub-floor (pull slide out, rip out bad sub-floor, install new and then re-install slide)

We no longer use city water hookups.........fill fresh water tank use pump

I repaired the cause of leak............$1.12 fitting
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After seeing the damage inflicted on a brand new Newmar King Aire last year (posted in the Newmar forum) from 50 gallons of water from a leak, I always shut off city water when we leave the coach and the pump while driving.

Hopefully as mentioned the fix is simple and there is no damage.
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Got to remember to turn the pump off. The King Aire was on the road when the fitting broke and the 50 gallons was pumped into the coach.
You are so RIGHT, so far it has worked for us.
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I'm with Bob. If you want it done right do it your self if all possible. Of course I'm a professional handyman for whatever that's worth. But, I've learned to work/fix things by researching like you are doing, and then diving in. I just bought a 1994 class a and remodeled it from bumper to bumper. As I was going through my plumbing I discovered I ended up having 9 leaks in all. But as Bob says and as you've done for starters is to narrow down the leak. I found it best to have someone turn the water on long enough to provide the pressure you need to track the source and turn it off immediately and if need be bleed down your lines temperately...open outside shower faucet or what suits you. Most of my fittings were just plain loose and only required to be re-tighten. As in all rvs after years of traveling things back down on there own/ loosing. I would go through all your fittings and check them before turning water on. I had 2 fittings that just needed to be tighten on my water heater. Good luck.
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