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Old 09-20-2016, 05:26 PM   #1
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My wife & I just recently purchased a used 2007 Rockwood HighWall Pop up camper. We are long time campers but new to this RV world. I am a fairly handy guy but I was unaware of what I was getting myself into. Long story short this camper had no manual, no instructions and my relative had (relatively) no clue on many parts of it. he / they Used it only a few times. And it had been abused previously. I just filled the fresh water tank in an effort to clean it out but I have no idea how to drain it. I have cleaned and drained the hot water tank. I have opened some blue and red valves but to my knowledge the lowest point in the camper is the fresh water tank not the valves. I have turned on the water pump and allowed the pump to pull water from the tank into the sink and into the grey water tank and then onto the ground (as there is no grey water yet) but is this the only way, seriously?! I do not want to leave a camping area with a tank with water in it. What am I missing? Any assistance would be appreciated. Again newbie, be gentle.

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Old 09-20-2016, 05:35 PM   #2
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Generally there is a drain valve of some sort on the fresh water tank. Have you crawled under your rig looking for one yet? Oh, by the way, welcome to the forum and rv'ing. Once you get thru the bugs it will be enjoyable!

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Old 09-20-2016, 06:09 PM   #3
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When I had my 2008 Shamrock 183 Hybrid the fresh water tank was under a dinette seat and above the camper frame. The drain was accessed under the seat (push/pull arrangement), not under the camper itself. Maybe yours is like that???
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Old 09-20-2016, 06:16 PM   #4
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A model number would go a long way to us helping.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:09 PM   #5
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There should be a stopcock on the tank itself. My old hw277, I had to reach under the camper to get to it. Fresh water tank was just in front of the axel.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:27 PM   #6
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Try this link, I think you'll find some general help/knowledge here.

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Old 09-20-2016, 10:42 PM   #7
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I learned the hard way if you run the water pump dry with the low point drains open, you can burn out your water pump. On our fiver we have a hard time getting water out of the FW tank. Opening a tap helps but sometimes it is a matter of angles. Tipping the trailer forward or back using your tongue Jack or side to side using levelers can help. I have also had to remove the drain plug from the water heater to help release the vacuum holding the water in.

Often times the drain point can be high enough you can't get all the water out. Also are you going merely off sensors as tank sensors, especially on older trailers, are notoriously inaccurate.

The red and blue lines/handles are for putting your hot water heater in and out of bypass mode.
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Have you contacted Forest River???
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:14 PM   #9
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When we bought our first pop-up, we didnt know a thing about it either. The forum called Popupportal saved us. Any information you would need concerning pop-ups is on there
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:30 PM   #10
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A model number would go a long way to us helping.
it is a Rockwood Highwall 276G. I have not climbed under to look for a stopcock yet but on my way. Thanks for the help.

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