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Old 02-25-2015, 12:45 PM   #1
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I need input from my r v partners, my friend that I camp with had a problem with his black water tank leaking on his new 5th wheel. The trailer is under warranty and when he took it to the dealer he was told that over filling the tank could cause a pipe to break. I need to know if anyone knows if this is true, or if this is fiction. I have had several campers , and know a lot of you have a lot more road time than I do. I have never heard of this and was not aware if this can happen. I would welcome any information on this subject.Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:56 PM   #2
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What does "over filling" mean? How is an owner supposed to figure out when is too full? The only way is when stuff doesn't go down when you flush! That's absolute garbage and an attempt to avoid warranty work.
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:06 PM   #3
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That sounds like a cop out trying to blame the owner. We have completely filled the gray tank (several times on two coaches) and the only thing that happened was water backed up in the shower. Even overfilled a freshwater tank and the only thing that happened was water came out the breather vent
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Total BS from the dealer. I do not know what is wrong with RV dealers these days and never wanting to stand behind the coaches they sell and always pointing a finger at someone else. I have less and less faith in any dealer and it keeps going downhill daily.
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:17 PM   #5
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It is not a pressure system so their is no way overfilling could cause a pipe, or seal to break. As previously posted the water will only back up to the point you have to drain the tank to be able to use it without it coming out up the toilet or vent pipe. Most likely he has a cracked tank/pipe that once it gets full leaks due to the pressure of the weight, and spreads the crack a little, whether it's at the pipe/tank connection or somewhere else on the tank. He needs to make the dealer fix it under warranty.
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If you over-fill a black tank you will have one heck of a mess on your floors. The dealer is total BS. Most likely trying to avoid any warranty work.
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I'll make it unanimous, Whoever told your friend that is lying. It is impossible to overfill a non-pressurized, vented tank. Anything more than full is a mess on the floor.
Even with the toilet valve closed and running the tank flusher from city water, when the tank gets full it will come out the top of the vent pipe. Er, speaking from experience_.
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Yup, total BS. Either the dealer is trying to dodge doing the work under warranty or has marginal competency in RV systems.
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Another to agree,, the dealer is trying to avoid fixing an obvious problem !!!!
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Something smells with the Dealer's response. The only way that could possibly happen is if the weight of the tank was supported only by the pipe from the toilet (with nothing under the tank at all to support it). It is amazing what some Dealer's come up with to avoid honoring Manufacturer's warranty or their own shoddy work.
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I need input from my r v partners, my friend that I camp with had a problem with his black water tank leaking on his new 5th wheel. The trailer is under warranty and when he took it to the dealer he was told that over filling the tank could cause a pipe to break. I need to know if anyone knows if this is true, or if this is fiction. I have had several campers , and know a lot of you have a lot more road time than I do. I have never heard of this and was not aware if this can happen. I would welcome any information on this subject.Thanks in advance.

How is it possible to "overfill" the black tank? If it fills up, the rest is gonna go straight up and out of the toilet!
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How is it possible to "overfill" the black tank? If it fills up, the rest is gonna go straight up and out of the toilet!

It actually goes up through the roof black tank vent. Didn't you see the Robin Williams movie
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It actually goes up through the roof black tank vent. Didn't you see the Robin Williams movie

Yeah, you're right! That was so funny!
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