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Old 09-25-2006, 11:48 AM   #1
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Holding Tanks

My husband and I went out camping this weekend with our new Sunseeker.

This is the first RV we've had with a galley holding tank in addition to the black and grey. We were told the kitchen sink water goes to the galley holding tank. Here's what we ran into this weekend:

At the control panel at the beginning of the trip, eveything showed empty. Used the kitchen sink a few times to wash our hands, etc. Did not wash any dishes.

Saturday morning, DH and I both take showers. The galley tank shows full, the grey tank shows empty. We drain some water out of the galley tank onto the ground. I ran some water in the kitchen sink to see what would show up. The grey tank finally showed 1/3 full.

So, I'm assuming the tanks or lines are mixed up. Has anyone had this problem before? What a pain in the neck.....


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Old 09-25-2006, 12:28 PM   #2
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We are having the same issue with our toy hauler. I will be discussing the issue with my dealer this week and let you know what happens.
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Old 09-25-2006, 04:27 PM   #3
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OK, so the dealer says that we are to pull the lever for the galley holding tank and it will drain into the grey tank. Why the extra tank (galley) is not clear to me. I guess it's considered an extra holding tank in the event the grey fills up.
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OK, so the dealer says that we are to pull the lever for the galley holding tank and it will drain into the grey tank. Why the extra tank (galley) is not clear to me. I guess it's considered an extra holding tank in the event the grey fills up.
Sounds like a load of crap to me. I talked to my dealer about it and he said that isen't right (he is a friend of mine, we go camping together all the time). He is going to tear the under belly out and have a look. I will keep you posted.
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Old 09-25-2006, 09:40 PM   #5
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I have a separate galley tank and it has its own dump valve. I attach the sewer hose to it and it dumps. It does not go to the gray tank or anywhere else but the sewer. Is it possible that the sensors are switched on the display panel so you are reading the galley tank but it is the gray tank that is actually full?

The galley tank is on mine because it was not feasible to run drain lines from the rear kitchen to the gray tank which is in the middle of the trailer.
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I'm set up like Hokie. My front tank is only for the galley and is not connected to the rest of the system. The sesors in these things are pretty touchy and a little soap suds or something on the sides of the tank can give you false readings also. But as Hokie said you may want to have the sensor wires checked.
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Old 09-26-2006, 08:28 AM   #7
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Well, my DH and I will be out again this weekend in the RV and I am going to see if the galley tank will drain into the gray tank if we pull the lever. We do not, however, have to attach the drain hose to the galley tank to drain it -- it does go out through the main shoot.

The shower is definitely draining into the galley tank, which doesn't hold a whole lot. Two showers and it was full.

This is our first Forest River product and although this is the only issue we've had so far, it's irritating. I may call another Forest River dealer and ask this question to see what kind of answer I get.
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UPDATE:

Well, we tried pulling the lever on the galley holding tank to see if it would drain into the grey tank, like the dealer told us and no, it did not. The water just sat in the drain pipe and came barreling out at my DH went he opened it up at the dump station.

I have found another FRiver dealer in my area and am going to call to see if the shower should indeed be draining into the galley tank. It just doesn't make sense to me that it's draining into the galley tank. We end up with almost nothing in the grey tank at the end of the weekend. Since that's the larger of the tanks, you would think the shower would empty into that and the kitchen sink would drain into the galley.
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Sunseeker, do you have two separate sewer connectors on the outside of the camper, one before the axles and one after? If so, the forward connector should be galley only and the rear connector is a combo for the grey and black water tanks. If so, I would also suspect your control panel is wired incorrectly.
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No, we don't have two separate sewer connectors - just the one. We have three levers to pull - one for the black, one for the grey, one for the galley.

The galley holding tank sensor is fine - the water starts backing up in the shower for whomever is taking the 3rd shower of the trip. This tells me that the galley holding tank is about 15 gallons, which isn't much. The sensor at the control panel shows full also.

I still think that the pipes are connected wrong - the water from the shower should be going into the grey tank - NOT the galley.

Anyone else care to share their thoughts on this?
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