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Old 08-06-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Possible leak at freshwater tank fitting.

Hi all,
I noticed a drip comming from my utility bay. I found a puddle of water buy my freshwater tank and there was wetnes coming from the area of the small blue pipe from the pump to the tank (at the tank). I believe that there may be a leak at the brass fitting directly to the tank that the blue pipe is attatched to. I'm currently emptying the tank in hopes to dry the area out. I'm hoping the big tank flush pipe is lower than the blue pipe at the bottom of the tank. They are both parallel to each other. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can get it dried out to seal it better and that it's also not a crack in the tank. I'll keep you all posted.

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Old 08-06-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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Well okay, I got the area dry and I have sealed the area involved, ie: fitting at tank with silicone. I also added rescue tape to the blue plastic pipe that is attatched to the fitting just in case that was the culprit. (Extremeley good stuff BTW that Rescue Tape) All I can do now is wait for things to dry before putting water back in the tank. The bad thing about this whole ball of wax is that I'm still not sure that that was the leak or where or if there was a leak. Thank goodness the utility bay is it's own compartment. No major emergency but a big pita.
Keeping my fingers crossed,
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:32 PM   #3
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Rats! Some of the "Rescue Tape" came unraveled and took some of the silicone with it, messing up my seal job. I had to redo it. I'll find out tomorrow if I got it sealed. Let's just say I'm very sceptical at this point.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:50 PM   #4
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AK...Ya know I am all about the visuals!!! How about some photos so we can se where you are talking about?



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Old 08-08-2009, 02:32 PM   #5
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Wellllllll, as it turns out, there is NOT a leak in the freshwater tank. YIPPEEEE!!!! Buuut, there is a leak somewhere in the front of the hotwater heater. BoooooHissss!!! However, I'm sure it won't be as much of a hassle to fix as it would the freshwater tank YIPPEEEE!!!
This morning I had a closer look when I saw more water leaking from the bottom of the MH even after I emptied the freshwater tank. What the heck!? I stuck my hand down by the hotwater tank and noticed that there was a lot of water on top of the plywood platform that the hotwater heater is sitting on. More water flowed from it as it called for hotwater (my theory) when we took our showers. And no, the pressure relief valve is not leaking. It's leaking behind the front panel and could be coming from the threads that the relief valve is screwed into. The valve looks like it may be cocked off to the side a hair. I checked the water lines around the H/W heater and they were dry. It's all conjecture until I get someone to look at it. Right now it's stopped leaking after our short trip to Maine and having the heater turned off while moving.

I'll keep you updated and maybe I'll come up with some pictures when the H/W heater is worked on. Fingers crossed on this one too. Things are definately looking up.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:11 PM   #6
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CheetahGirl and I drove the motorhome to an rv dealer/service business and had them look at our hot water heater. They found that it had a leak in it's tank. They said it had either a pinhole or a crack in it's weld. The hot water heater made by Atwood is still under Atwood's warrenty and Atwood is sending us a brand new hot water heater free of charge. We get it put in next week when we get back there. We are currently in Belfast, Maine in a site looking out over one of the many bays of Maine. Very beautiful. It looks like everything is comming together nicely and we'll have a new hot water heater before we head to Vermont, then Niagara Falls, NY and then back to Casa Grande, Arizona for the winter.
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:51 PM   #7
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Hi All,
We drove to the RV service/sales center in Auburn, Maine to have our new water heater installed. They installed it within 3 hours and tested it. No leaks and free! You just can't get any better than that. We are now in Apple Island Resort in Vermont. A very nice rv park with a nine hole par 3 golf course in South Hero, Vermont.
The good times keep roolin' along. Alls well that ends well.
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Nice! My repair jobs don't usually go that well. Glad that Atwood warranty stood behind it. That is always a great feeling


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