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Old 02-03-2012, 09:40 AM   #15
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Yep, those guys as WRV must have stayed up nights trying to figure out how to hide things from future owners and RV techs! The large pipe from the water tank (I know not its purpose) is sealed tight on the underside (not visible in the photos). I think the critter got into the bin by going over the top of the carpeted panel as there is a small gap between the panel and the coach floor. There are many potential sources of ingress into the main storage bins for small creatures. If you have one of these hidden panels in your coach you may want to remove the panel just to see what might be hiding out in there! And, yes, ain't it GREAT that we have this forum to share info that we glean about our coaches with our fellow Alpine owners. It is an invaluable resource!
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:09 PM   #16
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That tube is your highspeed drain for the fresh water tank. As you can see, there is a blade valve attached to it (similar to your dump valves). At the end of the attached cable, you will find a handle to open and close it. Mine is high up, in the bin aft of the propane tank. IIRC some folks have it in the same bin as the propane tank. Open the bin doors and look up high along the bulkheads.

That will empty your tank in just a couple minutes.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:59 AM   #17
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Thanks Takepride! I didn't know about the high speed drain. I did previously see the handle attached to a cable high up & toward the front of the storage bin on the driver's side - that disappeared into "somewhere" but had no idea what it was for. Thanks to you, I now know its purpose. It amazes me that I'm still constantly learning things about my Alpine that I didn't know were there or what they did. I appreciate that you took a minute to let me know about the drain.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #18
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And let me tell you, it does drain that big tank FAST.

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