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Old 07-06-2016, 01:19 PM   #1
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Fresh water tank capacity

Anybody else have issues with their "quoted" fresh water capacity? Brochure says my Vibe should have 44 gal capacity! Tank only holds 25 gal, they claim the water heater, and all the water lines add up to that capacity? But your still only have 25 gal available to use!
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How are you measuring?


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Old 07-06-2016, 01:34 PM   #3
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Its common..........if its advertised as 44 including he heater thats a 38 gallon tank. If you can only get 25 in it then thats the size of the tank or for some reason its not filling all the way. No way in the world will the lines hold 13 gallons of water lol.

This falls under the "specifications subject to which way the wind is blowing"disclaimer or in laymans terms "We ran out of the tanks that day so we threw in what was laying around."
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[QUOTE=lbrjet;1250059]How are you measuring?

I took a 5 gal bucket and ran out side shower into it to measure how much i could use. refilled and then used tank drain to measure how much came out. I had also had a friend, on first outing when I figured out problem, who had an auxiliary water tank and pump. When I ran out on day 2 we refilled and only put in about 25 gal out of his tank.

I agree with "wind blowing that day" comment also. It is a very deceiving issue. Most of camping is dry. Have been doing it for many years without any issues in my old RV.
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Its common..........if its advertised as 44 including he heater thats a 38 gallon tank. If you can only get 25 in it then thats the size of the tank or for some reason its not filling all the way. No way in the world will the lines hold 13 gallons of water lol.

This falls under the "specifications subject to which way the wind is blowing"disclaimer or in laymans terms "We ran out of the tanks that day so we threw in what was laying around."
Tank sizes are critical though. If the RV is new I would definitely be seeking a warranty claim for the undersized tank.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:19 PM   #6
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run around

I've been trying to get something done, dealer sends me to FR warranty, and they just give me the run around about subject to change, etc. etc.

I figure if I don't get some kind of resolution, i will blow up every vibe review I can find, better business bureau, consumer protection department, truth in advertising subjects, etc.
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When you are attempting to fill your fresh water tank, what indication are you using to tell you it's full - tank level sensor lights, water spewing out of fill hole, water spewing out of overflow or vent?
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There is a difference in the actual capacity and usable capacity. It all depends on where the outlet waterline is installed. I know on mine, it is installed about an inch above- the bottom of the tank, so I have about 8 - 10 gallons I cannot access, or drain, when I winterize.
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Mr. Dan: I've used overflow method and fill lights, in case overflow was siphoning.

Tailwind: I can pump out of tank down to less then a gallon!
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Mr. Dan: I've used overflow method and fill lights, in case overflow was siphoning.
Do you have a chloroplast (or whatever it's called - corrugated plastic) sheet as a bottom enclosure. If so, I believe I would take the undercover loose enough to get eyeballs on the fill tube from its port in the side to the tank itself. I've read about owners finding kinks and other oddities that prevented water from getting into the tank easily. Sometimes these tanks 'burped' water and made the operator believe the tank was full when it wasn't. I didn't have that problem but I did find a leak because a clamp wasn't tight. It wouldn't hurt to look.
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