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Old 11-21-2017, 01:47 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Intake Issue

When I try to fill up my fresh water tank it will take water in for a few seconds and then start spewing out the intake and not fill up. What could be the cause of this?
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Old 11-21-2017, 01:54 PM   #2
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Try starting the water a little slower, then gradually increase the flow.
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Old 11-21-2017, 01:58 PM   #3
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Check for kinks in the intake hose to the tank and/or the vent hose.
Many reports here of problems with both from the factory.

Also be sure it isn't already full.
You wouldn't be the first.

Don't trust the sensor indicator lights.
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X2 on post #2 and 3.
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Old 11-21-2017, 05:38 PM   #5
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jsmart, I learned that a lot of our fresh water tanks sit above the frame, on the floor and the fill port is just slightly higher than the top of the tank. Any sag in the fill tube traps water while filling and requires the weight of incoming water to push the trapped water up hill and into the tank. If you can get to the fill tube and there is a sag and you can eliminate it, then you are good to go. As an alternative, make yourself a fill adapter hose about 5 feet long that you can carefully insert into the fill tube and push it in so it goes through the sag. I say carefully because a lot of these fill tubes have a spiral support rib that you can feel while inserting your new adapter hose. Turning it while pushing it in helps get past these ribs. Not hard. It is so common that Amazon also sells a device called Secure Fill for about 30 bucks that helps with the sag problem. There is a YouTube video about it. You have several options.
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Old 11-23-2017, 05:59 AM   #6
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You can make a tank fill tube, by cutting one end off a washing machine hose. It should fit nicely.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:59 AM   #7
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If you search your problem here on this forum,,, you will find several good ideas !!!
Air vent must be clear !!!
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Old 03-21-2018, 03:25 PM   #8
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When I try to fill up my fresh water tank it will take water in for a few seconds and then start spewing out the intake and not fill up. What could be the cause of this?


I had the same issue with my 2018 Forester. Very frustratng. I found a gizmo online that cost between $35 & $50 (that also had a youtube video) that looked like a freshwater cap with a hose attached & vent holes drilled in it...a possibility.

Today at Tractor Supply I found this for $10 and it workedlike a charm. It shoots a very thin, powerful stream of water down the hose with very minimal backflow. A winner!!
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:31 AM   #9
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I would never stick that thing in my fresh water fill !!!
Nothing is going to work if air vent is not clear !!!
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Old 03-23-2018, 10:39 AM   #10
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My 3011ds did same thing. Pulled up rear matress and removed plywood cover. Found the intake hose was lower than intake port on the holding tank. There is not much height difference from outside fill port to the holding tank port. So I framed up a support for the hose and solved my same problem.
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