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Old 09-19-2016, 08:43 PM   #1
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Water leak when filling fresh water tank

I have a 2014 Salem Hemisphere 282RK travel trailer. The fresh water fill is on the back side (driver's side). It is just to the rear of the hot water heater and in line with where the bathroom is located.

I never turn the hose on full. This weekend for the first time while tank was filling, water ran out from the area below the fill valve under the trailer. I know it was not coming from the over flow or tank drain valves. The fill valve on this trailer screws onto the hose so I know it wasn't backflowing up the fill hose.

The underbelly is sealed and a gas line runs under the frame and plastice seal material so opening it up won't be easy.

I read a thread once where someone hsd a similar issue but I couldn't find it.

Any thoughts of where the source is and how to get to it?

Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:13 PM   #2
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You could try removing your freshwater tank gravity fill port and taking a look. Typically attached with three screws. It should pull out a little once the screws are removed. If it pulls all the way out the tubing probably has become unattached at one end or the other. Also the coroplast bottom is not very hard to open. Carefully cut a small 3-sided trap door where you need to access. You can just duct tape it closed or put a more permanent patch over it.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:14 PM   #3
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Does the water connector have screws in it attaching it to the trailer. If so, I'd remove the screws, remove any caulk from around the connector and pull to out to see if the hose attached the backside is water tight. Sounds like you could have a loose connection somewhere and that's the easiest place to start looking.
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On my rig the outside fill valve has a long neck that goes inside of the flexible fill tubing that goes to the tank. The joint between the two was just glued. Of course it failed. I took the outside flange off, and it had enough play in the tubing to gain access and repair (with a hose clamp). But they are all different so you will have to explore
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I had almost exact same issue with my 2016 26RR. Opened base cabinet under bathroom sink, removed lower panel to expose water pump, outside shower connections, heat ducting to bedroom and outside fresh water fill. The hose clamp on the fresh water fill had never been tightened and was also about 4" too long, caused the fill hose to form a goose neck before going down toward the tank. Check there, hope this helps.
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Does the water connector have screws in it attaching it to the trailer. If so, I'd remove the screws, remove any caulk from around the connector and pull to out to see if the hose attached the backside is water tight. Sounds like you could have a loose connection somewhere and that's the easiest place to start looking.
Unfortunately it doesn't. The fresh water fill isn't the type where you can insert the fill hose into the opening. On this trailer the fill hose screws onto a garden hose-style fitting. There are no screws or any obviously apparent way to loosen or remove this fitting.

I think I may have to remove the LP gas line and the underbelly cover or cut a hole in the underbelly to try and access the fill line. This is what I was hoping to avoid if possible.
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