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Old 03-05-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Gravity Fill

I went to sanitize the fresh water tank for the first time on our new 26BHS and ran into a problem. Luckily, I first tried to pour some water through the funnel instead of the bleach solution. When I poured it in, it all came back out. I finally figured out that the gravity fill pipe goes up before it goes down to the tank. It only goes up an inch or two, but enough that I can't pour water into the tank. I then figured out that with the hose on high, water will go into the tank without much spilling out. For a quick fix, I poured the bleach into the hose and quickly turned it on sending the bleach and water into the tank. Not the best solution, but it worked. I hope I can access the hose without unscrewing the gravity fill from the side of the trailer to adjust and then have to reseal. If I need to do this, what should I reseal with? Butyl tape or dicor? Maybe I can carefully take a big screwdriver, put it in the gravity fill, and gently push the pipe down... Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:33 AM   #2
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Can you get to the hose from inside the camper? I have a 264BH and if I remember correctly I can see the hose under the kitchen sink area. May have to remove the drawers to get to it.
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:37 AM   #3
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I just remembered your kitchen is on the opposite side of mine. Was thinking you had the 26bh. Duh. Maybe get to if from underneath?
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I might be able to get to is from under the sink. The problem is that is it behind the oven and there is a partition that I will need to remove. I will first try to gently move it by putting something into the tube from the outside. If that doesn't work, then I will try to gain access to the tube from under the sink.
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:43 AM   #5
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I have the 2008 version of the same trailer - and had the same problem (and then some)

- the panel between the sink and stove is held in by a few staples and the front end of the cabinet and screws on the bottom and the back. I recommend carefully removing the staples and replacing with some small wood screws.

- take the panel off and locate the gravity fill hose.
- remove the hose clamp the connects the hose to the fill connection.
- with a utility knife, shorten the fill hose.
- inspect the connection fitting to see if it had been damaged during initial construction, and replace if necessary ($5 or so from trailer store). THIS is the problem I had.

Frequently I would notice water underneath my sink and would panic trying to find the source. Finally it dawned on me that I only noticed the water after I had filled my water tank. Sure enough, the gravity fill connection had collapsed enough during construction when the factory tightened the hose clamp to cause a gap and a leak. I replaced the connection, shortened the fill hose a couple of inches, used plumbers tape and reconnected the line.

Now it doesn't leak inside the trailer, nor does the water run back out when I fill it.

I put the panel back in good as new.

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Old 03-05-2015, 11:46 AM   #6
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Great info ^^^^. Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:50 AM   #7
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take a look at my undersink mods on this.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...ods-20261.html

I got rid of the antifreeze fill connection (not used where I live) and added some silencing mods. being able to easily remove the panel between the stove and sink is a simple mod.
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Old 03-05-2015, 02:31 PM   #8
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My 32BHDS does this as well. I use water "freshener" from walmart and have a hard time getting it in the hose. I will have to see if I too can shorten the hose a couple of inches and get the angle I need.
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:39 AM   #9
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I took a Pennzoil quart bottle and cut the side of it out. Ran it thru the DW dishwasher a couple times to be sure it is good and clean and wallah a good funnel that will stick into the gravity hole and stay there and have enough elevation to force the water into the tank

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Old 03-06-2015, 11:10 AM   #10
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I fixed my problem. After contorting under the sink and not being able to access the hose, I realized that I could access it if the stove was removed. All it took was 6 screws and I was able to slide the stove forward and access the hose (propane connection was flexible hose so I didn't have to remove it). I cut about 6" off the hose and ran it under the wiring that it had previously been ran over. I did have a problem with a slight leak when filling the tank. Even though the clamp was tight, it still dripped a little. I realized that Jayco had put some sort of silicon sealant on before they clamped the hose on. I cleaned things up and put a little silicon on the pipe that comes out of the wall. I then slid the hose on and clamped it. I think that should take care of the slight leak. I put everything back together for now, but will check for leaks the next time I fill the tank.
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