Originally Posted by Dave Tremont
We dry camp a lot so using every bit of water is important, and yes after the pump lost water pickup I emptied the tank into a 5 gal pail. Does anyone know how the pickup is designed in the tank ?
Sorry Dave, I wish I knew your tank's setup. With these enclosed bellys the simple things get difficult, eh?
I know on my old '04 Surveyor by Forest River the FW tank did in fact have a low point on the rear at the middle of the tank. The pickup hose was hooked to the low point. There aren't many Tank manufacturers, and if I recall, the pickups on most are molded into the tank.
For your sake and mine... I hope Jayco isn't using some sort of bulkhead fitting drilled into the side of the FW tank... that sounds like a leak just waiting to happen.
One more possibility - they use some sort of bung on the TOP of the FW tank, and stick the tube down into the tank. If the tube starts to recoil due to it's natural curvature, then the pickup could potentially lift off the bottom of the tank. But - that's pure speculation.
theres' only one way for you to know the truth. Cut open the belly enclosure, get some light in there, and take a look. Even if a fellow forum poster happens to have your exact model and year... these campers are basically custom built by humans, based on the model guidelines. They simply are not perfectly identical like automobiles being built by robots.
Good luck Dave, and post some pics when you get the nerve to create a looky-loo "door" into the enclosed belly. Be sure to fashion up some way to seal that "door" back up