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Old 01-27-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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Red an Blue Hose under FEMA camper

Last week I bought a 2006 Forest River FEMA camper. Before hooking any water up to try it out I found that the anode rod had been removed and it was too rusty to put back so ordered a new one. Today the new one got here so I put it in and hooked a hose to the city water supply, when I turned on the water I could hear air coming through the faucets and just a little water but there was a full stream of water coming out of a blue hose under the camper there was allso a red hose beside the blue one. They both were about 1/2 inch with female fittings on them. Could someone tell me what these hoses are and what I need to do to get water to the inside faucets.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
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just a guess but i would say those are your low point drains there should be caps to put on them, dont overtighten then try your water again
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:05 PM   #3
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Last week I bought a 2006 Forest River FEMA camper. Before hooking any water up to try it out I found that the anode rod had been removed and it was too rusty to put back so ordered a new one. Today the new one got here so I put it in and hooked a hose to the city water supply, when I turned on the water I could hear air coming through the faucets and just a little water but there was a full stream of water coming out of a blue hose under the camper there was allso a red hose beside the blue one. They both were about 1/2 inch with female fittings on them. Could someone tell me what these hoses are and what I need to do to get water to the inside faucets.
On prefab homes they use the red and blue hoses for hot and cold water connections. These FEMA trailers were probably made to the same code. Yours may be drains for both the cold lines (blue)and hot water (red). Cap them and see if that takes care of your problem.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:16 PM   #4
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Thanks j2detroit I was thinking that same thing since the anode rod had allso been removed. I wanted someone else to give me there opinion before I bought plugs and tried that.
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thanks kvtaylor
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:48 AM   #6
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The drain hoses sometimes have valves on them on the inside of the trailer in addition to the caps on the outside.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:19 AM   #7
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Just a wild guess, but being that this is a FEMA trailer could those hoses be for external water supplies? The fact that the hoses have female fitings and the anode was removed may point to an external water heater and water connections. Like I said, just a wild guess.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:10 AM   #8
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It would seem that the trailer was winterized, the red and blue lines are your low point drains, most TT's, modular and regular homes are built nowadays using PEX water lines, it is much cheaper than copper and way more flexible.

If the low points are opened and the anode removed that will drain quite a bit of water from the camper and provide space for the water to expand to in case of freezing lines
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I color coded my water lines when i first bought my camper. My co-works make fun of me because i do this a lot at work with parts like belts for our air handlers and other items.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:27 PM   #10
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I color coded my water lines when i first bought my camper. My co-works make fun of me because i do this a lot at work with parts like belts for our air handlers and other items.
Bet they wouldn't be making fun if you weren't there one day and they needed a particular belt for an Air Handler and had to choose from 50 belts to get the right one. Information never hurt anyone, unless it was a big book, fell on their head and gave them a concussion!
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