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Old 04-24-2014, 09:12 PM   #1
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Fresh water tank problem

Hey guys, I'm feeling really dumb right now. I'm dewinterizing my camper right now to take it on its first trip tomorrow. Its raining and the forecast is a little grim but we need to get out!!! So I hooked up the city water and flushed the antifreeze out and also want to fill up the fresh water and run some fresh water through that and the water pump. This is my first time since i picked the 5th wheel up a couple weeks ago

when I put the hose to the fresh water tank it back up right away and spits water back out the fill hole. I had the drain open so I know it was empty now theres maybe 2 or 3 gallons and it will not take anymore. This has to be something simple but cant seem to figure it out I feel really dumb asking somthing like this but do you guys know what I'm doing wrong? Can the air vent be plugged? I dont know its a brand new camper do they do something from the factory I need to undo? All i ever did with my travel trailer was fill it up and turn the pump on... Any ideas?

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Old 04-24-2014, 09:14 PM   #2
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The fill tube for the fresh water tank may be kinked
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:16 PM   #3
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you actually have a fill hole? Not a connection in the "control panel" with the other connections and water valves?
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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As for a kink, its pretty hard to get back there. I'm going to try checking it out right now.

Dave, I'm not sure what your asking. I have two spots for water right next to each other one for hooking a hose to for city water and one that opens to fill the fresh water. It looks the same as my old setup for the most part. The fresh water has a breather next to it. um...

I guess Im going to try to crawl in there. Its a bummer its wet and cold out
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Might be the same thing I have with the fill in my TT. If you try to fill it at full house pressure it seems to be more than the hose can take. I use one of these http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...off-valve/4674 to slow it down. No more issues filling the tank.
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Might be the same thing I have with the fill in my TT. If you try to fill it at full house pressure it seems to be more than the hose can take. I use one of these Water Tank Filler with Shut-Off Valve - Camco 40003 - Fresh Water Pumps - Camping World to slow it down. No more issues filling the tank.
Thanks guys!! I feel stupid asking that question but now after going in there and taking down that wall to see whats behind it I have a better understanding of whats all back there. I'm assuming I just need to back down on the pressure and amount of water I'm putting in. Thats kind of a pain in the butt but oh well. the tube go's down and over right away so it might be choking off a bit. I guess I will have to wait a few extra min before and thanks again for the help guys...... next thing is to crawl back in to check out the water pump. It pumps good and strong but when off it keeps going off and on every other second.

Maybe a task when at the camp ground tomorrow, hopefully its not raining but i will have to use fresh water tank and pump because the grounds still frozen up here and campgrounds dont have water on yet.

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Hey guys, I'm feeling really dumb right now. I'm dewinterizing my camper right now to take it on its first trip tomorrow. Its raining and the forecast is a little grim but we need to get out!!! So I hooked up the city water and flushed the antifreeze out and also want to fill up the fresh water and run some fresh water through that and the water pump. This is my first time since i picked the 5th wheel up a couple weeks ago



when I put the hose to the fresh water tank it back up right away and spits water back out the fill hole. I had the drain open so I know it was empty now theres maybe 2 or 3 gallons and it will not take anymore. This has to be something simple but cant seem to figure it out I feel really dumb asking somthing like this but do you guys know what I'm doing wrong? Can the air vent be plugged? I dont know its a brand new camper do they do something from the factory I need to undo? All i ever did with my travel trailer was fill it up and turn the pump on... Any ideas?



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Old 04-26-2014, 07:39 AM   #8
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I use a washing machine hose that's been cut in the middle.
This gives me 2 hoses with a female (faucet) fitting on one end
and plain hose on the other.
It's about 3 feet long.
I stick that sucker 2 feet or more into the fill port.
I can fill at full pressure with no blow back.
Give it a try and good luck!!

Use the other half to fill watering cans or buckets at the spigot without
getting your feet wet.
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If the pump is going on and off, you either have a faucet on, a leak or the pump is going bad.
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If the pump is going on and off, you either have a faucet on, a leak or the pump is going bad.

I was told during my PDI it could also do that if you don't make sure the fresh water fill cap is put back on right.
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I was told during my PDI it could also do that if you don't make sure the fresh water fill cap is put back on right.
I think you might have been mis-informed as the tank is vented and having the cap on or off has nothing to do with the pump functions.
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I bought the fill hose thing when filling up at the camp ground same problem after scratching my head I took outdoor shower hose off and blew into air vent. That fixed my problem!!!!! Must of been air locked. Thanks guys now to figure out why i have no heat
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I think you might have been mis-informed as the tank is vented and having the cap on or off has nothing to do with the pump functions.

Quite possibly. While the dealers been good to me the kid the had doing the PDI didn't seem the brightest of the bunch.
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Try KyDan's method. I used to have a camper that did the same thing. It used to take twenty minutes or more to fill till I stumbled upon KyDan's method.
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I use the outside shower hose to fill fresh water tank. When hooked to. City water, just remove the shower head from the hose and put it in the fill tube. Lots of air can escape for venting, the water is filtered, and when done just replace the shower head, close up the film tubs and when you use the onboard water, it gets filtered a second time as the pump draws through the filter.
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Backflow filling fresh water tank

I bought a Sunseeker 3010DS, and am in the midst of checking system before going on first shakedown cruise. I had the same problem. Turns out it was due to my inclined driveway. The incline put the fill tube at an uphill angle, so water would just flow back out. To solve the problem I just pulled forward into the driveway, instead of backing in. Now the fill water goes in without a problem. Hope this helps.
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I use the outside shower hose to fill fresh water tank. When hooked to. City water, just remove the shower head from the hose and put it in the fill tube. Lots of air can escape for venting, the water is filtered, and when done just replace the shower head, close up the film tubs and when you use the onboard water, it gets filtered a second time as the pump draws through the filter.


I never thought of that.. Great Idea..
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Found the problem with the no water from the water pump.. hairline crack in the diverter valve .. probably won’t replace it..
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