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Old 08-01-2020, 08:14 AM   #1
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HELP! What is THAT??

Good morning all! I jumped into my 1984 Allegro motorhome headfirst and I have no idea how any of this works. First and foremost, what is this?
I don't have a city water attachment, only a place to fill the tank. Is there a way to use city water?
And I don't know how to empty my tanks. This is what the underside looks like. Which one is for black water and which for grey?
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More pics

I did hook up the sewage hose but I'm honestly scared to use it.
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:58 AM   #3
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Loks to me some fool has cobbled the potable water system together. Personally I would pull all that garbage off and replumb it correctly before anything else.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:27 PM   #4
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Amia,

See if you can find something on YouTube about emptying the tanks on your particular rig. YouTube can be an amazing tool for you.
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Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to do that. Thanks for the reply though and I hope you have a great day ��
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Amia,

See if you can find something on YouTube about emptying the tanks on your particular rig. YouTube can be an amazing tool for you.
I will do so. Thanks!
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Old 08-01-2020, 09:21 PM   #7
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Just giving it a quick look, the
'what are these" valves are water drain valves, one is the lowest point water plumbing valve, the other dumps the pressure out of the pump. it looks like there are elbows off each that dump water under them to the ground. The grey waste water valve," (sink and washing water) "the smaller pipe" has a wire on it that prevents freezing. The slide gate that you opened with the shiny rod is the black water from the toilet. The faucet on the side is the connection to fresh water. Someone has replaced the fitting that's supposed to be there. it will work as long as you turn the valve off when you disconnect the hose, and (you need an adapter to connect 2 male ends), Is that ok to say still? The fitting that is supposed to be there has a female end and won't require an adapter, it also has a check valve so when the pump is on, water won't squirt out. In your case the valve they put on the side that you have to close, replaces the check valve. Good luck.
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I looked again, the sewer valve with the black handle is the black water valve, the valve with the grey knob is the grey water.
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Just giving it a quick look, the
'what are these" valves are water drain valves, one is the lowest point water plumbing valve, the other dumps the pressure out of the pump. it looks like there are elbows off each that dump water under them to the ground. The grey waste water valve," (sink and washing water) "the smaller pipe" has a wire on it that prevents freezing. The slide gate that you opened with the shiny rod is the black water from the toilet. The faucet on the side is the connection to fresh water. Someone has replaced the fitting that's supposed to be there. it will work as long as you turn the valve off when you disconnect the hose, and (you need an adapter to connect 2 male ends), Is that ok to say still? The fitting that is supposed to be there has a female end and won't require an adapter, it also has a check valve so when the pump is on, water won't squirt out. In your case the valve they put on the side that you have to close, replaces the check valve. Good luck.
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I really appreciate the help. I don't feel quite as lost as I did before. I hope you have a fantastic day!
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:22 PM   #10
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So, I get an adapter, connecting 2 male ends, a water filter and a regulator. It worked perfectly and there was a giant whoop of joy, followed closely by crushing defeat as water began POURING out of what looked like the frame of Dirty Gerty. I shut off the water, ran inside and found that all along the back of the toilet, the old copper pipes were leaking.
I keep reading that fixing the plumbing in an RV is easy. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:33 PM   #11
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I bought an adapter, connecting 2 male ends, a regulator and a water filter, turned on the water and whooped with joy as water flowed from my kitchen faucet. It was closely followed by despair as I saw water pouring out of what looked like the frame of Dirty Gerty. I shut the water off, ran in and saw a puddle of water outside of the toilet area. When I opened the door, I saw that the old metal copper pipes were leaking.
I keep reading that plumbing is an easy fix in an old RV.
Any suggestions?
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That looks like freeze damage. If so, there will be more. If you are near Milwaukee, I am willing to give RV lessons.
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Those look like plastic lines. they make a union for copper and plastic. cut out that piece with the leak, take it to your hardware store, ask them if they have a union for that size tube. make sure the ends are pushed in all the way and tighten it up on the tube. some of those plastic tubes, you just have to cut the ends good and straight across and just push them in the fitting. I think where that copper line is, it was once plastic. So glad it worked for you. This is a great site. BUT, everyone has a different opinion of what's wrong sometimes. That's what makes life interesting sometimes.
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opinions are worth just what you pay for them, so is advise.
all anyone here can do is give you a guess, educated or not.
someone who has exactly the same problem, takes a different fix, especially on older rigs. i have repaired rv's since 1967, and have encountered some of the most awful fixes out there. dont be surprised by some of the fixes suggested. some work some dont. all are offered in good conscience. just want to be helpful.
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