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Old 06-10-2015, 09:04 PM   #1
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How much water is to much?

My friend just bought a new Pinnacle. He was getting ready for a trip and filled his fresh water tank until the gauge inside read full. A few hours later he noticed it dripping water in the center of the RV. You could see the under belly material bulging where the leak was. He called the dealer and they told them to bring it in right away and they would look at it being the trailer was loaded to head off on the trip. A few hours later he picked up the trailer and was told there are a couple of vent pipes that may spill over if filled too much. That's what they think happened. How do you know when the tank is full before it floods? I think I have the same set up as my friend on our 2014 Eagle Supreme 5er. I have not filled my fresh water tank to full capacity yet.
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The vent tubes on the top of the tank should be sticking out the underside already so that they are visible and dont leak into the underbelly. Maybe they had not been connected or something? I fill my tank up until its coming out of the vent tubes anyway. That way i have the max amount of water there. You lose some in your travels as it sloshes and comes out the vent tubes too. Never had a problem with it.
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I agree. Vent tubes should be below the belly cover
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snip... filled his fresh water tank until the gauge inside read full. A few hours later he noticed it dripping water in the center of the RV. You could see the under belly material bulging where the leak was. snip...
I have a similar issue. Sanitized the FW system so filled the system a couple of times until it ran out of the overflow tubes (tubes do extend below the belly cover) and left the FW tanks full for a short, June 1 'camping' trip. The cover isn't bulging down a noticeable amount, but there is a drip.

Both the gray and black tanks are empty.

Have an appointment for the 15th to have it investigated and fixed.
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The vent tubes on the top of the tank should be sticking out the underside already so that they are visible and dont leak into the underbelly. Maybe they had not been connected or something? I fill my tank up until its coming out of the vent tubes anyway. That way i have the max amount of water there. You lose some in your travels as it sloshes and comes out the vent tubes too. Never had a problem with it.
I have a couple of pipes below the belly pan that I don't see a valve on. They are near the low drain pipe valve. Are these the vents for the FW tank you referred too? Do you know where the FW drain valve is located? I did not need to winterize last winter but I will this year.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:24 AM   #6
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lose some? I lose a 1/3 of my tank from the siphoning effect. I extended my vent tubes and put caps on the ends so I can cap them when full and keep all my water on the way to my site..
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I have almost always plugged the vent tubes after filling the fresh water tank to keep the tank full until the FW is parked. Otherwise, you'll lose any where from a little to a lot of water depending on how far you trailer until parking the RV. I just use those little plastic wire nuts to plug the vent tubes.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:07 AM   #8
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The fresh water drain valve on my rig is behind the door side rear tire.
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The fresh water drain valve on my rig is behind the door side rear tire.
I assumed (dang, hate when that happens) there would be LOTS of variation between trailers.

My trailer has two fresh water drain valves on the right side, between the rear door and the tires. My two overflow tubes are almost directly opposite, on the left side behind the tires.
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True but Jayco is pretty good about adding stickers that identify them. Some require a little imagination and a screwdriver.
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