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Old 09-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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I have a brand new 286rlt hemisphere fifth wheel that i am not happy with. I have run out of water in 2 days every time i have gone camping thus far. So today, i filled my tank until it came out of over flow, then drained it into calibrated containers and ended up with 25 gallons. That is far less than the 44 gal advertised capacity. What's wrong or what am I missing besides water?
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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I wonder if they hooked up your black and fresh tanks backwards....

How much water can you get in your black tank.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #3
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I hope thats not the case. If that is the reason then i would request an entirely new camper.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Factoring in the hot water tank i am still over 10 gallons short of the advertised 44 gal
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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The specs for your unit says your black tank is 30 gallons.


Gotta wonder.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #6
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Can you see your fresh water tank? Sometimes the pickup tube for the pump is located high on the tank and won't allow you to drain the tank completely and short change your available water.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #7
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I have a brand new 286rlt hemisphere fifth wheel that i am not happy with. I have run out of water in 2 days every time i have gone camping thus far. So today, i filled my tank until it came out of over flow, then drained it into calibrated containers and ended up with 25 gallons. That is far less than the 44 gal advertised capacity. What's wrong or what am I missing besides water?
Believe your problem is the "vent/overflow" piping. Its too low and does not rise high enough outside the tank. Very common problem with FR. Try to search for this title (in the forum)cause lots of people have had or still have the problem. You can try to slowly fill the second half of the tank, it may prevent the vent covering and allowing the water enter to flow out prematurely.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:43 AM   #8
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I appreciate the suggestions. Whatever the reason I think my first step is to contact my dealer. I cannot go on week long trips and have to start adding water 2 days in every time. Unacceptable!
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:15 AM   #9
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I am curious if anyone else has experienced this with the Salem or other FR rv's???
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:27 AM   #10
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not with the one i have now. on a previous camper i had problems with the vent line getting water in it and keeping the tank from accepting much water. i would blow back thru the vent and it would work.
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