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Old 08-16-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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Fresh water drain and vent

For starters, 2008 FR Georgetown SE TS 350.

Does anybody know where the approximate location of the fresh water tank drain can be found?

I tried to pour my sanitizing bleach solution using the fresh water tank hose fitting on the panel, a hose screw into the fresh water fill and a funnel. I only got about maybe a couple of cups in, then it stopped and the funnel and hose would not drain any more.........Plugged vent tube? And I do believe the tank is actually empty, even with the panel showing 1/3 full. When you run the water pump , the water comes out in spurts and starts and stops. I did not do that for any length of time, as to not ruin the pump.

The low point drains are in the propane tank compartment, I did open the valve on the one and unscrewed the cap off the other. It is my understanding that those drains drain the plumbing and the plumbing only. Correct?

Next to the low point drains is a plastic tube, about 1/2 inside diameter, someone previously has placed a piece of screen over the end and secured it with tap. I'm assuming the screen was to keep flying insects out.

Is that the vent for the fresh water tank? Can I insert something into the line to see if it is blocked? Or do I need start removing panels and crawling under underneath?

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Old 08-16-2016, 04:11 PM   #2
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My fresh water tank overflow/vent tube came with screen over it and tape around the end like you are saying. You can't see your fresh tank to tell if it's full or empty? The gauges are not very reliable. Have you tried hooking a hose up to a water source to see if you can fill your fresh water tank? A hose and funnel may not work since you are working against gravity, pressure from water already in your tank and possibly not getting enough pressure to open the check valve at the fresh water inlet. Just a couple of thoughts. Hope it helps.


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Old 08-16-2016, 04:24 PM   #3
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fresh water tank

That is very helpful. I have scoured the internet and of course there is no diagram of the water panel and where things actually go.

We are going out this weekend, when at the park I will try filling the fresh water tank with the parks pressurized system.

We can not park it at the house, and it is parked about 15 miles away, and there is no water hookup.


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Old 08-16-2016, 04:54 PM   #4
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Hi JohnnyMeteor,

Forest River just can't seem to understand that people need a gravity feed line into their fresh water tanks to make life easier. When I want to add stuff, I use one of these: Milescraft 1314 Drill Pump 750-13140103 - The Home Depot

You can also just pour some bleach into the hose before you hook up to the campground water source and pump it in that way.

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Old 08-16-2016, 10:33 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip on the drill pump. I had one of those a few years ago. Loaned it to someone and now I have no idea where it is.

We have had the unit for a little over 2 months now. I'm starting to realize that Forest River didn't understand a lot of things.

Such as the water issue and the biggest oversight......holding the walls to the frame with puny self tapping screws.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:12 AM   #6
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Sorry I know nothing about your MH,,, but was wondering,,, how much Bleach are you trying to add ??? Seams I read a 1/4 of a cup will sanities a 20 gallon tank ???
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I have seen a few different formulas for the bleach concoction. I went with the 1 oz of bleach for every ten gallons of the tank. I have a 80 gallon tank so I mixed a batch of 1 gallon of water and 8 oz of bleach, 1 cup to bleach to be exact. Poured in the tank it will be the right concentration.
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I have seen a few different formulas for the bleach concoction. I went with the 1 oz of bleach for every ten gallons of the tank. I have a 80 gallon tank so I mixed a batch of 1 gallon of water and 8 oz of bleach, 1 cup to bleach to be exact. Poured in the tank it will be the right concentration.
Sounds Right !!!
I thought you were putting straight bleach in,,, by the cups full !!! LOL !!!
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Bleach

Put bleach in hose before hookup and also town water has already been
Treated. Just my thoughts
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:42 AM   #10
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On my georgetown 332 i can access the waterpump and see the freshwater tank in the second door back from the entry. I believe there is an antiback flow check valve in the fresh water line that will stop most attempts at gravity feed into the fresh water tank. I removed the partial cover inside the compartment and gained access to the waterpump. I then added a bypass hose between the pump output line and the tank fill hose. I put a shut off valve in this line. Ican now take the winterizing hose, put it in a container and pump directly into the fresh water tank. I boondock a lots ant this lets me pump in fresh water without moving the motorhome. Its sounds complicated but is just like the water heater by pass. All i have to do is put thehose in a container and turn the valve on and it will draw from a container. Nothing has to be shut down to do this
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