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Old 04-27-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Tank Support Failure

I was prepping my 2013 Rockwood ROO 23rs for this camping season when I got back to the fresh water tank.

Has anyone seen this type of structural failure on a new (1 season) camper?

I am taking it in on Monday to have the dealer look at it and hoping that it will be covered by the factory.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:26 PM   #2
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The supports on my FW tank failed and my tank was right above my rear axle. It caused an axle failure. My rig was about 6 months out of warranty (not my current setup, I had a Coachmen Catalina at the time). Coachmen initially denied the claim, but my dealer took them to task and they eventually paid for all parts and I struck a deal with my dealer on the labor.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:46 PM   #3
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im thinking that someone tucked the water hose into the filling spigot too far, put the water on full... and there was a major build up of water pressure in the tank .. bending the support rails.
i basically did the same thing 20 years ago in my very first tent trailer, the pressure built up so much i broke a part of cabinetry under the dinette seats.

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Old 04-27-2014, 02:20 PM   #4
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You posted in the A-frame section. Mite get better response in the Roo section.
Here the Address for Roo section.

Roo | Shamrock - Forest River Forums

That is a bigger tank then we have in the A-frame.

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Old 04-28-2014, 04:38 PM   #5
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im thinking that someone tucked the water hose into the filling spigot too far, put the water on full... and there was a major build up of water pressure in the tank .. bending the support rails.
i basically did the same thing 20 years ago in my very first tent trailer, the pressure built up so much i broke a part of cabinetry under the dinette seats.

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Agree with this, a pressurized fill vs a vented fill.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:04 PM   #6
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Agree with this, a pressurized fill vs a vented fill.
I can see this happening. It fits the observed damage well.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:07 PM   #7
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That being said, I wouldn't suggest that the water rank is the most over engineered part in these lightweight campers. They all generally seem to be a bit of an afterthought. Haha.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:14 AM   #8
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Water Tank Bulge

May I ask/add something here? We have a 2014 A122S. We do boondock camping and fill the tank before we leave. This last trip when I went to open the drain for the ride home, there was quite a bulge (see highlighted area). Is that normal/ok? The bulge went away as soon as the water finished draining. I have read the threads regarding travelling with the water empty vs. filled but they seem to relate to fifth wheels and this is not a pressurized system.

The way the water tank is mounted on the A122S it seems like it would be impossible for it to dislodge or even bend the supports.

Has anyone noticed this bulge?

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Old 07-02-2014, 12:35 PM   #9
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5th wheels are not pressurized either.
The bulge is from water weight.
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Has anyone noticed this bulge?

Thanks!
Looks like they changed the tank design in the 2014 models. The tank on my camper is different and the bulge, when full, is noticeably below the drain point on the side. It partially flattens out when the water is drained. It seems to be part of the tank by design, to me, rather than a defect. The support brackets do not worry me either.

It irks me a bit to loose the actual capacity through the bulge though, relative to the stated capacity. I treat it as a smaller tank in planning and move on. I can't see the drain line on yours, but it looks like you get closer to the full rated capacity.
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