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Old 07-13-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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3051s fresh water drain ??

Can any of you 3051S owners tell me where the drain is for the fresh water tank? I located two tubes, one red and one blue, on the right side behind the wheels under what I thought was the fresh water tank. The red one had a pipe threaded cap on it, so I figured that was the one. I removed the cap and lots of water came out and kept coming and coming....the tank level indicator never budged from 2/3. Finally, on a hunch, I shut off the city water supply and sure enough the water stopped flowing out of the red tube. So, obviously that was not the fresh water tank drain. The blue tube is just open on the end. I need to drain my fresh water tank, but for the life of me, can't figure out where the drain is. Can anyone help?

Also, on another mystery subject....there are 2 overhead lights in the overcab bunk area, but nowhere can I find a switch to turn them on.

I'm too old to deal with these frustrations!!
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There seem to be different variations of the drains on certain models and years, but yours sounds like mine. Look in the compartment above the lines. You might see the blue line with a quarter-turn valve in it. Open the valve and your fresh water tank will drain.

The red line drains your hot water piping. To drain your cold water piping, take off the filter canister.

Unless yours is different than mine.
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There seem to be different variations of the drains on certain models and years, but yours sounds like mine. Look in the compartment above the lines. You might see the blue line with a quarter-turn valve in it. Open the valve and your fresh water tank will drain.

The red line drains your hot water piping. To drain your cold water piping, take off the filter canister.

Unless yours is different than mine.
Yes...found the blue line valve and that seems to work. The tank is in process of draining right now. If I drained water out of the red tube, does that mean my water heater is now empty and will have to be re-filled before I turn it on? or will it fill automatically since the city water is connected and on?

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Also, on another mystery subject....there are 2 overhead lights in the overcab bunk area, but nowhere can I find a switch to turn them on.


There should be a little button on each light that you push to turn on/off. There is no external wall switch for these lights.
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Yes...found the blue line valve and that seems to work. The tank is in process of draining right now. If I drained water out of the red tube, does that mean my water heater is now empty and will have to be re-filled before I turn it on? or will it fill automatically since the city water is connected and on?

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In that case your water heater is filled.
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Also, on another mystery subject....there are 2 overhead lights in the overcab bunk area, but nowhere can I find a switch to turn them on.


There should be a little button on each light that you push to turn on/off. There is no external wall switch for these lights.
Push on the lens.
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Also, on another mystery subject....there are 2 overhead lights in the overcab bunk area, but nowhere can I find a switch to turn them on.





There should be a little button on each light that you push to turn on/off. There is no external wall switch for these lights.

Mine are slide switches on the sides of the actual lights
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Actually your Forester probably has upgraded light fixtures compared to my Sunseeker. So maybe you don't just push on the lens. Sorry for any confusion.
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Yes...found the blue line valve and that seems to work. The tank is in process of draining right now. If I drained water out of the red tube, does that mean my water heater is now empty and will have to be re-filled before I turn it on? or will it fill automatically since the city water is connected and on?

Thanks so much for your help.
It will refill the water heater from city water provided you open a hot water faucet (or the pop off on the tank itself) and allow the air to escape.

An filling an empty tank without bleeding the trapped air can ruin the electric element because it is not submerged in water.
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It will refill the water heater from city water provided you open a hot water faucet (or the pop off on the tank itself) and allow the air to escape.

An filling an empty tank without bleeding the trapped air can ruin the electric element because it is not submerged in water.
It is my understanding that you should NOT open the pop-off relief valve on the tank to bleed air out. There is supposed to be trapped air in the top, to provide for expansion as water heats. If you bleed out that air, then your heater tank will become what they call saturated. It will bleed water out of the relief valve. I have had this happen to me. The air pocket can also become too small with normal use too. If it does, it needs to be re-established. Here is an article:

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This short thread highlights how horrendously poor is the printed documentation and instructions given to new owners by most RV companies. Heck, all it would take these days is a nice CD or DVD. Instead all of the forums are filled with perfectly good questions by new owners.

And then there are the dealers...

It would not hurt them to hand out a CD either.
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Actually your Forester probably has upgraded light fixtures compared to my Sunseeker. So maybe you don't just push on the lens. Sorry for any confusion.

The lights over the bed have the push lense, the lights over the front bunk have slide switches.
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Actually your Forester probably has upgraded light fixtures compared to my Sunseeker. So maybe you don't just push on the lens. Sorry for any confusion.
You are correct. I pushed on the lens and "let there be light".
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This short thread highlights how horrendously poor is the printed documentation and instructions given to new owners by most RV companies. Heck, all it would take these days is a nice CD or DVD. Instead all of the forums are filled with perfectly good questions by new owners.

And then there are the dealers...

It would not hurt them to hand out a CD either.
Amen...I've never bought a product before that was so poorly documented with instructions. Even the dealer doesn't know about some of the functions, switches, operations, etc. I think the mfr could at least give better manuals, either paper form or a CD. The owner's manual we got with our Forester was pretty much useless, since it was so generalized as to cover pretty much all motorhome models....no specifics for my model.
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I have a 3051S forester just bought it couple weeks ago mine is a 2014 class c 32 ft the light in mine is on the right side cabinet forward on the left side sorta hidden found it by accident
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Sounds like the red and blue lines you found are the low point drains which are for draining down for winterization. There should be another fw tank drain besides those.
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Sounds like the red and blue lines you found are the low point drains which are for draining down for winterization. There should be another fw tank drain besides those.
You would think so, wouldn't you.

No, FR does it differently, as described earlier.
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