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Old 05-05-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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water leak near toilet in a F.E. 230BH

Hey guys,
We have a 2013 Coachmen Freedom Express 230BH that we bought in June 2012. We had a great year last year and are getting ready for our maiden voyage in 2013 I winterized with anti freeze making sure the pink stuff went everywhere!
I de-winterized on Friday and my wife and I redneck camped in the driveway Fri and Sat night
Fri night....in the middle of the night we found water on the floor of the bathroom. I didn't see any water Sat morning but I did find it this morning It seems to be coming from the back of the Thetford Aqua Magic 5, Model 31688. I dried all the water up this morning and flushed the toilet several times, tonight I don't see any water leaks? I left the water pump turned on all day to make sure the pressure stayed on.
Does anyone have any idea where the leak may be? Any issues with the Aqua magic 5? I did a quick search but didn't find my exact issue.
If I can find the leak....thinking it might be the Water module/water valve is the cost of parts and time involved to fix the leak worth me taking it to the dealer? The closest dealer is 30 miles away....but I didn't buy from them. The dealer I bought my camper from is 160 miles away. I am pretty handy and can fix most anything as long as I can get the information I need I would like to get this taken care of before we leave Fri for the weekend.
Thank you for the help. Joe and Monica.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:53 PM   #2
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Hey guys,
We have a 2013 Coachmen Freedom Express 230BH that we bought in June 2012. We had a great year last year and are getting ready for our maiden voyage in 2013 I winterized with anti freeze making sure the pink stuff went everywhere!
I de-winterized on Friday and my wife and I redneck camped in the driveway Fri and Sat night
Fri night....in the middle of the night we found water on the floor of the bathroom. I didn't see any water Sat morning but I did find it this morning It seems to be coming from the back of the Thetford Aqua Magic 5, Model 31688. I dried all the water up this morning and flushed the toilet several times, tonight I don't see any water leaks? I left the water pump turned on all day to make sure the pressure stayed on.
Does anyone have any idea where the leak may be? Any issues with the Aqua magic 5? I did a quick search but didn't find my exact issue.
If I can find the leak....thinking it might be the Water module/water valve is the cost of parts and time involved to fix the leak worth me taking it to the dealer? The closest dealer is 30 miles away....but I didn't buy from them. The dealer I bought my camper from is 160 miles away. I am pretty handy and can fix most anything as long as I can get the information I need I would like to get this taken care of before we leave Fri for the weekend.
Thank you for the help. Joe and Monica.
I would lay down dry paper towel all around the bowl and its attached tubing. As you are already, leave pressure on next few days and check for spots every few hours. It will be much easier to spot the source. Could be just a dried out seal or gasket that has since expanded and tightened itself. For more reassurance lay down an old bath towel and enjoy your weekend.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:24 AM   #3
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We had 2 toilet issues this year. Different toilet- but still.

We didn't properly winterize one and the water valve developed a slow leak. The part was about 45-minutes and only took the RV guy 15 minutes to install. I probably could have, but apparently suck at plumbing issues and he was there for other stuff.

The other toilet leaked after filling it very full of water between the upper and lower halves. It leaked that time and again a bit later after running water for a bit into it. Dometic says there are no user-replaceable/serviceable parts there and are replacing it under warranty (they even helped me get setup with a local shop since my dealer is 150 miles (second closest Sabre dealer) away).
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick responces. I checked this morning everything was dry as a bone. I did put paper towels in various places to see if they get wet. I also flushed a few times and left the WP on. I will check later for wet paper towels. I will probably call Thetford after this weekend's trip. Thanks again, Joe
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #5
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Must be a bad week for toliet leaks. Just got back from our second trip out and had the same issue. It appears to be a connection in the back on mine. Doesn't seem to leak all the time.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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how does the water supply attach to the toilet? Ours is a different toilet, but the PEX water line attaches with a threaded cap. I think most do.

Our leaked this spring, I tried the cap and sure enough it was not tight enough. hot/cold cycles may tend to loosen it. I tightened the cap up and no more leak.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:37 PM   #7
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Well it was dry as a bone all day long. It is possible that it is the fitting, it is a screwed on fitting. I checked it with my fingers only, I am not sure if I tightened it any. I am going to keep my eye on it and enjoy my first trip of the year!
Thank you everyone for your advice. If I end up finding a leak I will let everyone know where the leak was.
Joe
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