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Old 06-02-2014, 02:36 PM   #1
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33ft 1985 Fleetwood Pace Arrow Water Leak

Hello, I need some help with a water leak that I'm having.

DESCRIPTION OF ISSUE:
I fill the fresh water holding tank. No leak.

I turn on the water pump (it's an on-demand style pump), the pump pressurizes the system (I can hear it) and within a minute or two, I see liquid near the bottom of a particle board wall that separates the shower area from the kitchen area/stove. I can see the water saturating the bottom of a particle board wall however, I can't see the source of the leak.

I see no leak(s) directly under the stove and oven. Rather, the leak seems to be coming from the shower side of the wall.

WHAT I KNOW:
The water pump is not leaking (no visible leaks from it).
The leak isn't the shower drain (because I haven't turned on the shower).

WHAT I DON'T KNOW:
I don't yet know whether the leak is from the hot or cold water supply. I need to look into this.

MY QUESTION:
I want to remove the shower tub floor to get a better look at the source of the leak. Do I need to remove the shower walls first (before removing the tub) or can I remove the shower tub and leave the shower walls intact?

I'll post photos once I get home, if necessary.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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I believe your shower walls overlap a flange on the tub part. If that is the case, you will need to remove the wall panels before taking out the tub.

You really do need to find and fix his leak, before it does more damage.

Good luck!
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A water leak around the shower is usually the shower faucet. Mine can be seen by removing a square panel with 4 screws in the hallway. I also have a square panel in the bathroom next to the tub with 4 screws. Also do you have a heat duct in the bathroom? I do it's round and has 2 screws , when removed I can see the right of the tub bottom.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:01 AM   #4
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I believe your shower walls overlap a flange on the tub part. If that is the case, you will need to remove the wall panels before taking out the tub.

You really do need to find and fix his leak, before it does more damage.

Good luck!
GrampaDennis, thank you for the insight and you're right, I definitely have to find and fix this leak otherwise, I can't pressurize and use the fresh water system.
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A water leak around the shower is usually the shower faucet. Mine can be seen by removing a square panel with 4 screws in the hallway. I also have a square panel in the bathroom next to the tub with 4 screws. Also do you have a heat duct in the bathroom? I do it's round and has 2 screws , when removed I can see the right of the tub bottom.
I'm not sure whether I have a heat duct in the bathroom but I will certainly double check later today.

Yes, I do have that square panel with four screws in the hallway. My access port is underneath the shower tub, so it's close to the source of the leak. However, I don't see any direct leaks here when I remove it. This access port is to the left of my leak but it's just too small to actually work with tools or squeeze my head in that area to see where the leak might be coming from. You made me realize though, that I might be able to squeeze one of those small inspection cameras in there to see if I can feed it through and spot the leak that way.

Based on your recommendation, I am going to try removing the shower faucet and valves from the shower surround and see if that uncovers anything.

Based on GrampaDennis's response, I may have to remove the entire shower surround so I'm mentally preparing for that, although I'm really hoping I don't have to.

I will try to post photos of the leak and the surrounding areas, so others may benefit too.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:56 PM   #6
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I managed to find the leak and thankfully, didn't have to remove the entire shower to access it.

It turns out that the leak was coming from the back of the shower's cold water faucet. I had to remove the stove/oven to access it.

Thank you 3wheeljunkie and GrampaDennis for your help.

Here's the video of what I found.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1111211...31980505104354
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