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Old 09-09-2014, 07:33 PM   #1
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Question Tanks....

We will be making our first trip in the trailer on September 18th-21st. This coming weekend is our "get it ready" weekend. We'll be putting the linens in, getting all of our dishes etc, and stocking it with the necessities.

Until now, the extent of our plumbing testing has been the re-installation of the water heater, pressurization of the lines using the city water connection, and brief running of the faucets. We have not had any significant amounts of water/liquids in the tanks.

I dont think I can inspect the tanks visually from the underside of the trailer because there is a black tarp like material covering everything.

Whats the best way to test the tanks to make sure we dont have any leaks before we travel? Just fill them up and let it sit?

Also, aside from chemicals in the black water tank, is there anything else that we need to do to prepare them? a

I'm assuming its been at least a year or more since they were last used, IF they were used.
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Are you camping in a CG with full hook up? If you don't have water at your site and you need to fill the fresh water tank you will want to sanitize it.
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You got it !! Thats i would do, if leaking you should see it weeping thru the fabric underbelly liner , at least mine did. Are the drain valves holding ? You should/have to fully sanatize the fresh water tank and lines if you plan on using them.

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We will have water/electricity, but no sewer connection. I'll have to dump Sunday when we leave the CG.
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You got it !! Thats i would do, if leaking you should see it weeping thru the fabric underbelly liner , at least mine did. Are the drain valves holding ? You should/have to fully sanatize the fresh water tank and lines if you plan on using them.

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That under belly material may contain a lot of leaked water before it appears. Simply punch small holes at any low points to check for leaks. You can seal the holes with Gorilla tape later.
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My T/T is 2 months old. (its a 2015 made date 7/02/2014) 2nd T/T I have owned and the water has never had a very good taste in either one be it city or tank water. I did purchase a inline water filter for city water. Did not seem to work very well. I think there are other things to do when I use a inline filter just not quite sure.
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My T/T is 2 months old. (its a 2015 made date 7/02/2014) 2nd T/T I have owned and the water has never had a very good taste in either one be it city or tank water. I did purchase a inline water filter for city water. Did not seem to work very well. I think there are other things to do when I use a inline filter just not quite sure.
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With a new trailer you should have received a owners manual. The manual should have instructions on sanitizing and flushing the water system.
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Good Point lynnmor-now i remember seeing the fabric wet and bowing down, punched a small hole and out it came !

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Gee's I hope there's no tank leaks....
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We will have water/electricity, but no sewer connection. I'll have to dump Sunday when we leave the CG.
You can save some towing weight by not filling up your fresh tank before towing, especially if you know you are going to have water/electrical hookups at your campsite. If you are worried about leaks, it wouldn't hurt to fill it and let it sit to see if any leaks show up.
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At this point i would be much more concerned about the Black water tank and valve. If you go using it and either one is leaking, your going to have a mess/stink on your hands,and campgrounds don't like that !!! Test before you head out.

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At this point i would be much more concerned about the Black water tank and valve. If you go using it and either one is leaking, your going to have a mess/stink on your hands,and campgrounds don't like that !!! Test before you head out.

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It all seems ok. No leaks and the valve works. Let's hope it works and nothing breaks. We are headed out on Thursday for our first trip!!
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Have a great first trip ! Will be looking forward to see how it all goes . Good Luck.

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Have fun. Take bottled water to drink and cook with. We travel with empty tanks but fill up or hookup when we get there. Several campgrounds...yuck...there water was awful...too chlorinated I think. Couldn't even use it to brush out teeth.
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