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Old 07-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Thumbs down A slow leak? No

I got a new Puma 253-FBS and have it parked in my driveway while I get it set up and checked out. One of my checks was to fill the fresh water tank and leave the pump turned on. Sure enough, after 3 days, the tank was empty. OK, I thought, there is a leak in a fitting somewhere.

I refilled the tank and turned the pump off. After 3 days, the tank was empty again. Time to rethink the leaky fitting theory. I filled it once more and crawled under. What I found was a very slow drip from the drain valve. Aha, the valve isn't closed tightly. Nope, no matter how tightly I turned it, the drip was unchanged.

Wait a minute, I'm turning the wrong way. I turned it 1/4 turn clockwise and the drip stopped immediately. All this time, the valve had been completely open. I screwed it off and found that it was so tightly packed with wet sawdust that it took 3 days to drain the tank.

Sawdust in the heat ducts, I understand. Sawdust behind the electrical panel, I understand. Sawdust in the basement bays, I understand. What I do not understand is how they managed to get all that sawdust into the fresh water tank.

Joel
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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... What I do not understand is how they managed to get all that sawdust into the fresh water tank.

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They, FR, want to make sure that if you have spare time on your hands, you have something educational to do. Like taking numerous things apart, like faucets, toilet valve, aerators, water pump, etc. Part of "Learning your camper 101". There is no extra charge for this benefit either. Aren't they nice?
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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If they move the F/R plants to Myrtle Beach then we wiil find Sand in our units! Youroo!!
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If they move the F/R plants to Myrtle Beach then we wiil find Sand in our units! Youroo!!
Not if the government takes over managing the beach, in 2 yrs we'll be out of sand.
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