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Old 07-25-2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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Check plumbing fittings

Over the weekend, I went under the kitchen sink to grab the dish strainer. I noticed the upper shelf that it sits on was covered with a good amount of water.

At first I thought it was one of the drains of the double sink because when I was investigating where the water was coming from I noticed that both rings that hold the drains to the bottom of the sinks were very loose. I tightened them up, but noticed a quarter sized puddle of water after about a half hour.

Come to find out, the connectors that feed the hot and cold water to the faucet were a bit loose also. The hot connection was the leaky culprit. One tiny drip at a time. I tightened both the hot and cold fittings with a couple of wrenches and it appears that the leak has stopped. I urge all you folks with new rigs to check all the plumbing fittings to make sure they're good and tight.
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:09 PM   #2
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Mine was the shower drain, drips in the basement loose.
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Put it on your yearly check list.
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:35 PM   #4
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Ours was the cap on the top of the water pump coming loose. It unscrews so a metal screen can be replaced. Also had to reseal the threads on both the inlet and outlet fittings of the hot water tank after the first season. As suggested - it's on a check list, though I am currently checking several times over the course of this season. Fortunately both are very easy to get to.
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Both of my kitchen sinks leaked too. It was the traps leaking.

After I noticed the kitchen sink leaking (the first night after delivery) I checked/tightened the bathroom sink and shower traps for leaks/tightness. They were all a little loose.

I also tightened the large ring nut on the sink drain itself. It is installed on the top with plumbers putty for the top seal and a rubber gasket on the bottom on top of the ring nut on the drain. The plumbers putty tends to squeeze out of the top until it fully seats permanently causing the drain nut to become loose.

I think after a thousand miles or so of towing its probably normalish for a new trailers plumbing to settle/loosen at first. I check them every few months now. I haven't had them loosen up since initially tightening.

To me it wasn't a big deal. I almost felt like I should have expected these things to loosen being a new trailer/plumbing. I'm just happy I found them before it created a problem.

I guess it's like having your wheel bearings tightened or brakes adjusted on a new trailer after a thousand miles or so. Normal brake in period adjustments.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:42 AM   #6
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I think after a thousand miles or so of towing its probably normalish for a new trailers plumbing to settle/loosen at first. I check them every few months now. I haven't had them loosen up since initially tightening.
I agree, but in my case the trailer hasn't/doesn't moved. It's at a seasonal site so it get no tow stress. I'm thinking all this stuff was loose from the get go. I still need to check ALL the rest of the fittings this weekend when I'm there
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:55 AM   #7
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Yup, my spots were the shower drain and the black tank flush inlet. At the start of every season, when the cabinets are fairly empty, and at least one other time when I feel like playing with the camper I recheck everything I can reach.

On our last trip I found that our black tank flush check valve was leaking a little.

I guess it is to be expected considering we drag these pretty complex boxes down the highways and byways.
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Put it on your yearly check list.
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Your TT is subjected to a mini earthquake every time you drive it down the road, and there are lots of compression connections in the system. They can vibrate loose over time. I try to remember to check mine every year when de-winterizing, and often find one or two that need a turn or two to snug up.
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My outside kitchen faucets were never tightened
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"Come to find out, the connectors that feed the hot and cold water to the faucet were a bit loose also. The hot connection was the leaky culprit. One tiny drip at a time."

We had the exact same thing happen - the first couple of times that I saw a puddle I would get turn the water on and dry off the supply lines and drains and couldn't feel anything wet. By turning the faucet on first it must have taking enough pressure off the supplies so that it would not leak. Once I turned the faucet off I could feel the drip - tightened both lines and no drips!
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