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Old 03-16-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
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filling fresh water tank

I'm getting ready to fill my fresh water tank for the first time. It's currently empty. Found a thread that describes how to sanitize the tank (thank you very much) by pouring bleach into the hose with a funnel, then hooking up the hose and putting water in the tank. I have two related questions:

When I'm sanitizing the tank, how much water should I put in? And...

How do I know how much water I've put in, and specifically, how do I know when it's full?

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Old 03-16-2014, 12:43 PM   #2
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I would fill the tank full or over just to flush out the over fill line.

I would also cap the overfill with a screened cap of some type to keep mud dauber and the like out.
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:36 PM   #3
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There should be an indicator in a gauge cluster inside the trailer? You'll also be able to hear it get close to full because the tone sort of changes as the water level nears full. When you fill, go slowly so the air has a chance to purge out and it'll be easier to determine when your getting close.
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Thanks, much. Is there a vent pipe or something for the air to escape or do I need to leave taps open or something?

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There may be an overfill drain tube that would vent the air but there should be no problem if you just crack open a tap.

Just be sure to keep an eye on the gray tank as that water will fill it.
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Okay, I have no idea what the heck just happened.

Background: when I bought my FR3 in September, it had ~1/4 tank of fresh water (based on what the monitor read). I have never used it as I have always been in full-hookup parks. At some point I decided that water was probably getting murky, so I unhooked the city water, turned on the water pump and opened the faucets until they ran essentially dry. By the way, after that, the monitor read full--big surprise, these monitors are almost useless as far as I can tell.

So, I just went out and hooked up the city water to the water tank and turned on the faucet. I could hear it filling. I stood there less than 2 minutes (no way it could have filled 50 gallons in that time) when I started hearing water pouring out somewhere. Huh? So, I turned the water off and walked around the RV. On the right side, I saw water pouring out of a low-point drain onto the ground. There are three little hangy down pipes down there. Two seem to have white caps on them. The one that was draining did not. So does that mean my fresh water tank drain was open? If so, how the heck did it get that way since I didn't even know where these drains were before just now looking.

By the way, the monitor stills reads full...

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Old 03-16-2014, 05:00 PM   #7
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The fresh tank has an overfill vent/drain.
As I understand this will also cause water to siphon out if the tank is full or nearly.
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The fresh water drain will have some sort of 'twist' handle on the pipe for easy draining. It should look different than the low point drains.
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The two tubes with caps are the fresh water tank drain and the low point drain, the other tube which is open all the time is the fresh water vent/overflow tube that lets you know when the tank is full when your filling it.
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Thanks to all for the suggestions. What I still can' figure out is why water would be coming out of the overflow tube when I thought I had emptied the fresh water tank previously. Maybe I was trying to fill it too fast.

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