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Old 06-30-2015, 08:14 AM   #11
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Looks like a pump is the way to go for now. I plan on owning and hauling this trailer for the next 10 years, so I am going to see what it will take to install and plumb in a gravity fill line down to the tank. It may not happen this year, but i will do some measuring and see what I can do...
Just asking.
If you go with a pump for short term why would you install a gravity fill later?
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:36 AM   #12
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:31 AM   #13
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Just asking.
If you go with a pump for short term why would you install a gravity fill later?
If I'm gone for a week or two and my pump quits, then I'm stuck with the painfully slow method of filling it.
I look at things this way:
"long term problem = long term solution"
If I have a gravity fill, and run out of water just before I am getting ready to pack up, I can quickly dump a jug in without having to set up the pump and hoses. I really like having the option, and am disappointed that Forest River decided to make the decision for me as to how to fill the tank. Is there a true engineering reason as to why they did this?
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:44 AM   #14
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If I'm gone for a week or two and my pump quits, then I'm stuck with the painfully slow method of filling it.
I look at things this way:
"long term problem = long term solution"
If I have a gravity fill, and run out of water just before I am getting ready to pack up, I can quickly dump a jug in without having to set up the pump and hoses. I really like having the option, and am disappointed that Forest River decided to make the decision for me as to how to fill the tank. Is there a true engineering reason as to why they did this?
Okay I get the pump failure issue so I can see the need for the gravity option.

As for why it is this way I have no clue, never had a problem filling the tank on my old Bell slide in camper using the gravity port.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:52 AM   #15
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There should be a rise in the tank fill line that reaches above the highest level of the tank. This will prevent unintentional draining by siphoning. This would also preclude feeding the tank by gravity, unless the funnel is sealed against the fill connector and the level of the filling liquid is higher than the tank level..discounting for venting, of course.
Anyone have a picture or diagram showing the typical layout of the water tank and lines? I have 3 small white lines that exit below the underbelly in between the 2 axles. One has a black plastic valve (tank drain?), the other two are bare with no caps (overflow lines if tank full?) If the other 2 are overflow drain lines, where would my "low level drain"? line be located?
The first time I filled the tank with a garden hose, only one of the two white lines had water running out of it...

The last 2 times when I was leaving the camp ground, I opened the black valve and only about 2-3 oz of water came out then completely stopped(so the freshwater tank wouldnt drain. We pulled out of the campsite. Ninety minutes later I stopped for a coffee on the way home and it was gushing fresh water out of the black valve. I am thinking that the drain line is plugging up with some residual debris in tank from manufacture or assembly?
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:57 AM   #16
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Anyone have a picture or diagram showing the typical layout of the water tank and lines? I have 3 small white lines that exit below the underbelly in between the 2 axles. One has a black plastic valve (tank drain?), the other two are bare with no caps (overflow lines if tank full?) If the other 2 are overflow drain lines, where would my "low level drain"? line be located?
The first time I filled the tank with a garden hose, only one of the two white lines had water running out of it...

The last 2 times when I was leaving the camp ground, I opened the black valve and only about 2-3 oz of water came out then completely stopped(so the freshwater tank wouldnt drain. We pulled out of the campsite. Ninety minutes later I stopped for a coffee on the way home and it was gushing fresh water out of the black valve. I am thinking that the drain line is plugging up with some residual debris in tank from manufacture or assembly?

Debris is one possible the other is leaf cutter bees or mud wasps have plugged the open ended tubes.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:37 AM   #17
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Looks like a pump is the way to go for now. I plan on owning and hauling this trailer for the next 10 years, so I am going to see what it will take to install and plumb in a gravity fill line down to the tank. It may not happen this year, but i will do some measuring and see what I can do...
My Rockwood has an inlet for antifreeze. Does your trailer have this winterizing feature?
When I ran out of tank water, I hooked a hose up to the antifreeze pick up fixture, turned the valve at the water pump and pulled directly from my water container. You must elevate the container because this set up doesn't have a check valve so the hose empties.
Easy-peasy!
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This is what my father in law uses on his fifth wheel.

Robot Check

That plus a drill, chuck it up and connect with two small hose lengths and away you go. Less than $10 (unless you need to buy a drill).

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This is what my father in law uses on his fifth wheel.

Robot Check

That plus a drill, chuck it up and connect with two small hose lengths and away you go. Less than $10 (unless you need to buy a drill).

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The reviews on this are terrible. I also wonder if it is safe for potable water.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:58 PM   #20
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I carried a pump that ran from a drill for a long time. after I upgraded the RV I tried to use it. the rubber wheel inside had deteriorated and would not pump.


The only point is to check the gear that you do not use on a regular basis.
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