Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-02-2019, 08:20 PM   #1
Green Horn
 
kevin211's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Lancaster,Pa
Posts: 173
freshwater tank

Tank seems to drain slow,filled tank 2/3 full (test water pump and check for leaks) opened up low point drain (rear of coach) seems to drain slow is this normal?
__________________

kevin211 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2019, 08:42 PM   #2
Pickin', Campin', Mason
 
5picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Western PA
Posts: 12,142
My drain hose was kinked from the factory.Click image for larger version

Name:	20160416_134901.jpeg
Views:	99
Size:	29.4 KB
ID:	200594
__________________

__________________
_________________________________________
2016 Flagstaff 8529IKBS Diamond Package 5th Wheel-Goodyear Endurance Tires
2017 Ford F-Series SCREW 4x4 - Factory Puck B&W Companion
TST Tire Monitor w/Repeater - Sinemate 3500w Gen.

Days Camped: '17=30 '18=51 '19=58 '20=83
5picker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2019, 08:45 PM   #3
Jayhawker
 
Jayhawker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Suburbs Kansas City
Posts: 226
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevin211 View Post
Tank seems to drain slow,filled tank 2/3 full (test water pump and check for leaks) opened up low point drain (rear of coach) seems to drain slow is this normal?
We had a similar problem last summer with our fresh water tank not draining. Discovered a mud dauber had plugged it up. Took a wooden dowl rod and rubber mallet to unplug it.
Jayhawker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2019, 08:48 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Ohio North Coast
Posts: 539
You need to use the fresh water tank drain to drain the tank itself. The low point drains drain the water in the water lines. When using them you need to open up a hot and cold faucet to vent the lines.

Bob
__________________
2013 Ford F250 SD 6.7L
2014 Wildwood Heritage Glen 282RK
Certified Rumble Strip Tester
retiredcamper47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2019, 09:06 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 4,688
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevin211 View Post
Tank seems to drain slow,filled tank 2/3 full (test water pump and check for leaks) opened up low point drain (rear of coach) seems to drain slow is this normal?
Low point drains do not drain the FW tank. There is usually a valve at the tank to drain it.

Sorry Bob, didn't see your post. You nailed it.
TheWolfPaq82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 07:40 AM   #6
Green Horn
 
kevin211's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Lancaster,Pa
Posts: 173
ok, I'm lost, We have a 5th wheel silverback, the only valve I see i have is "city" and "gravity" I used Gravity to fill the tank but now i want to drain the tank, (i'm a new camper and this is our first rig) I am also still hooked up to my house (City) water do i need to disconnect then will it drain?

We are "camping in our yard to learn how to work everything

Thank you
kevin211 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 07:42 AM   #7
Green Horn
 
kevin211's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Lancaster,Pa
Posts: 173
oh and the underbelly (frame) is enclosed
kevin211 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 07:44 AM   #8
Green Horn
 
kevin211's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Lancaster,Pa
Posts: 173
ok i did notice at the friont of the coach i have another set of low point drains these have "caps" on them would these be the ones to drain the tank?
kevin211 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 07:45 AM   #9
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 14,178
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevin211 View Post
ok, I'm lost, We have a 5th wheel silverback, the only valve I see i have is "city" and "gravity" I used Gravity to fill the tank but now i want to drain the tank, (i'm a new camper and this is our first rig) I am also still hooked up to my house (City) water do i need to disconnect then will it drain?

We are "camping in our yard to learn how to work everything

Thank you
I can't see under your unit from here but my fresh water tank has a pipe/tube coming straight out the bottom of it - centered side to side of the tank but closer to the outside end of the tank. That pipe/tube on mine has a cap on the bottom end - no valve. I have to take a knee and screw off the cap (and retain the rubber washer). I usually open the fresh water gravity fill cap to allow air in faster than just the vent tube.
__________________
SEARCH is your friend!
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: '13 = 49/'14 = 74/'15 = 74/'16 = 85/'17 = 110/'18 = 111/'19 = 86/'20 = 40; booked = 28
Mr. Dan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 07:46 AM   #10
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 14,178
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevin211 View Post
ok i did notice at the friont of the coach i have another set of low point drains these have "caps" on them would these be the ones to drain the tank?
Can you find your fresh water tank? I'm guessing it's right below your gravity fill.
__________________
SEARCH is your friend!
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: '13 = 49/'14 = 74/'15 = 74/'16 = 85/'17 = 110/'18 = 111/'19 = 86/'20 = 40; booked = 28
Mr. Dan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 07:58 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
frank4711's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: North Port Florida
Posts: 2,023
Mine is below the fill ... a tube with a valve ... back of 5ver ... no where near city hook up or flushes they are in side storage pass thru
__________________
Frank & Cindy---S Class Solitude 2930RL (SOB)---2019 Ram 3500 Cummins 6.7 SRW 4x4 8' bed--- Payload 4394------Remi & Sage camping pups---TST 507 TPMS ... B&W Patriot 18K---3.73 axle ... Predator 3500---2019 48 days ---2020 14 days Camping
frank4711 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 08:42 AM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 87
My fresh water drain is right below the tank on the underbelly. Looks like thisClick image for larger version

Name:	Screenshot_20190403-084201_Google.jpeg
Views:	57
Size:	52.5 KB
ID:	200616
happyttowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 08:52 AM   #13
Green Horn
 
kevin211's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Lancaster,Pa
Posts: 173
Quote:
Originally Posted by happyttowner View Post
My fresh water drain is right below the tank on the underbelly. Looks like thisAttachment 200616
Yep that's what mine looks like, I ended up putting a metal rode up thru the opening and found it was blocked, now we are draining..... now do i trust to fill it up the whole way to see if the overflow vent is working...lol

Thank you to everyone that help me....
kevin211 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 08:54 AM   #14
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 14,178
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevin211 View Post
Tank seems to drain slow,filled tank 2/3 full (test water pump and check for leaks) opened up low point drain (rear of coach) seems to drain slow is this normal?
Tell us what kind of unit you have.... motor home, 5th wheel, bumper pull? And what kind is it?
__________________
SEARCH is your friend!
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: '13 = 49/'14 = 74/'15 = 74/'16 = 85/'17 = 110/'18 = 111/'19 = 86/'20 = 40; booked = 28
Mr. Dan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 09:39 AM   #15
Jayhawker
 
Jayhawker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Suburbs Kansas City
Posts: 226
[QUOTE=kevin211;2062403]Yep that's what mine looks like, I ended up putting a metal rode up thru the opening and found it was blocked, now we are draining..... now do i trust to fill it up the whole way to see if the overflow vent is working...lol

You should be good to fill now. When we have been filling our fresh water tank at the gravity fill sometimes it won't take water in very fast, and will spray back even though it is far from full. The problem is the screened vent is clogged. I remove the clear tube from the Camco water tank filler and blow on the screened vent to clear it. Works every time. Hope this helps!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	71mk+0YT7KL._SL1500_.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	113.6 KB
ID:	200619  
Jayhawker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 09:52 AM   #16
Pickin', Campin', Mason
 
5picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Western PA
Posts: 12,142
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevin211 View Post
ok i did notice at the friont of the coach i have another set of low point drains these have "caps" on them would these be the ones to drain the tank?
I know you resolved your fresh tank drain issue but I don't believe anyone addressed this question.

These are your low point drains for the hot & cold plumbing.
You mentioned low point drain when describing your fresh tank drain in your original post but I'm betting you were referring to your tank drain then.

These often colored blue/red lines (not always) with the caps are your actual low point drains as they are called in the R/V industry.

I put valves on mine to make draining easier.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	low_point_drains.jpg
Views:	50
Size:	105.8 KB
ID:	200625  
__________________
_________________________________________
2016 Flagstaff 8529IKBS Diamond Package 5th Wheel-Goodyear Endurance Tires
2017 Ford F-Series SCREW 4x4 - Factory Puck B&W Companion
TST Tire Monitor w/Repeater - Sinemate 3500w Gen.

Days Camped: '17=30 '18=51 '19=58 '20=83
5picker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 10:02 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 774
I find that my tank drains faster when I open a cold faucet.

Marty
__________________
2016 Rockwood 2703WS Sapphire
2016 F250 SD 6.2L
Martsing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 10:02 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Georgia
Posts: 574
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevin211 View Post
ok, I'm lost, We have a 5th wheel silverback, the only valve I see i have is "city" and "gravity" I used Gravity to fill the tank but now i want to drain the tank, (i'm a new camper and this is our first rig) I am also still hooked up to my house (City) water do i need to disconnect then will it drain?

We are "camping in our yard to learn how to work everything

Thank you
Low point drains will not drain fresh water tank. There should be a pipe comming thru the underbelly just below the fresh water tank. My experience is most come from factory with a scew off cap on the end... Some replace this cap with a valve for easier use. Remove this cap to drain Fresh water tank.

Oops.... already solved I guess
gbaldwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2019, 07:48 PM   #19
Green Horn
 
kevin211's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Lancaster,Pa
Posts: 173
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Dan View Post
Tell us what kind of unit you have.... motor home, 5th wheel, bumper pull? And what kind is it?
Purchased a 2015 Silverback 29IK 5th wheel, looks to be a demo unit,all the labels are still on everything.
kevin211 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2019, 10:21 AM   #20
Denver To Yuma In 90 Days
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Yuma, Arizona
Posts: 3,882
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martsing View Post
I find that my tank drains faster when I open a cold faucet.

Marty
Opening a faucet should have no effect on how the fresh water tank drains.

Unless maybe if the check valve has gone bad in the water pump.

It will, however, allow the plumbing to drain faster.
__________________

JohnD10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tank, water, water tank

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:08 AM.


×