RV and Camper-Trailer Plumbing Repairs and Maintenance

Updated on March 19, 2017
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Randy is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and especially camping. This article is intended to help the RVer save money and time on repairs.

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Camper Plumbing Maintenance and Repairs

Doing plumbing repairs in your particular camping unit is a part of regular maintenance. Inspection at the beginning of the season is a must if your sojourns to our great campgrounds are to be a success. No one, especially your campsite neighbors, wants an RV sewer system acting up during vacation time.

By checking the RV plumbing at least annually, you can prevent or fix most plumbing problems before they cause trouble. Leaky faucets should be fixed as soon as possible by replacing the rubber seals and valve seats, just as you would in your home. It is a good idea to replace them every two years even if they aren’t leaking.

Since these RV plumbing parts are usually only exposed to water a few times a year, they tend to dry out and become hard and brittle. If not changed, they may not seal correctly, or they may break. The same goes for the shower and bath fixtures.

RV Water Supply Lines

The water supply lines in an RV can be of different materials, but all have one purpose: to deliver water to the sink, bath, shower, or toilet. Plumbing materials for RVs need to be flexible because the plumbing flexes while the camper is being driven to and from the campsite.

Older camper units may use copper tubing, while newer models use flexible plastic materials. The copper tubing may require a flare tool to connect the pieces when you are replacing or repairing a broken water line, while the plastic tubing uses rubber or plastic pressure fittings to ensure a good seal. These parts can be found in most Home Depot or Lowe’s building supply stores.

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How RV Toilets Work

Toilets in RVs and camper trailers use different mechanisms than toilets use at home. Instead of retaining water in them at all times, toilets in campers use a trapdoor-type slide plus a water flush component to dispose of the waste. The water connection to the toilet is no different than used at home.

One of the most common problems with the toilet is incomplete closing of the sliding trap door. When operating correctly, the slide fits snugly into a groove. After a period of time, bits of toilet paper may become lodged in the groove preventing the slide from closing tightly. This will allow air to seep from the waste holding tank, causing an odor problem. Carefully clean this groove with a small piece of wire until the slide seats properly into the groove.

Size Doesn't Matter

RV Plumbing Repairs Are Usually Simple

Another common problem with an RV waste system is the short life of the rubber seals contained in the outside valves that lead from both the gray-water and black-water holding tanks. These seals are merely rubber o-rings which fit tightly around the slide valve rods.

These need changing at least every three years because of their exposure to chemicals in the gray or black water tanks. A messy job yes, but better to do it at home than in the campground. Inspect both RV holding tanks regularly also.

Any leaks can be easily repaired with patching kits made especially for this purpose. Be sure to follow directions on these products as the hardening time is very short.

In most cases, the sewer lines are ordinary ABS black plastic tubing. This kind of pipe, as well as elbows, couplings, and other connections for it, can also be purchased at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

You may even want to extend the drain hook up closer to the edge of the unit for easier connection. These repairs only require the correct couplings and a can of cement. It is not a bad idea to carry spare couplings, tubing, and glue along with you on your trips, just in case.

Keeping your RV camping unit in good shape is an ongoing job, but well worth the effort. By doing an annual inspection you can rest easy while enjoying the great outdoors. And so can your camping neighbors.

RV Toilet Replacement and Repair

Eventually the RV toilet may need replacing because of wear and tear, or because the plastic used in some older-type RV toilets can become so brittle it cracks around the flushing valves or where it attaches to the floor.

Depending on which type of RV toilet you decide to replace your old one with, you can spend from around $100.00 to over $200.00. Low-profile toilets or oversize models can be substituted for the older model camper toilet if you so choose.

In most cases, a new camper toilet can be purchased for a little more than the cost of the parts to repairing an older model. These newer, more efficient model RV toilets have easy-to-operate flushing valves and better odor control features than the old types.

Check clearances and RV plumbing connections before changing the type of toilet you use. Follow installation instructions closely to ensure proper operation. Unless the problems with your old RV toilet are minor, it is better to just replace it with a newer model than to repair it.

RV Hot Water Heater Replacement

Although many older RVs and camper-trailers used propane in their water heaters, today many campers use electric water heaters. Whichever type your camper uses, repair parts are available from most RV parts dealers. Heating elements and valves are usually the culprits needing repairing most often. Gas models need to be cleaned annually for safe and efficient operation. This may be a job for a professional unless you are knowledgeable about propane gas mechanics.

Eventually an RV water heater needs replacing. Today's energy-efficient models perform better and cheaper and may actually pay for themselves in gas savings over a period of time.

When ordering a new RV hot water heater ,make sure the dimensions and water capacity will suit your needs. Some changing of water supply fittings may be required. You may want to consider one of the "hot water on demand" type units for the kitchen or bathroom sink to keep from using water out of the main water heater. These units are great for eliminating leaky hot-water lines running from the main RV water heater; they only use the cold-water line.

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    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Rachel, I'm retired from repairing RV's. Sorry! :(

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      Rachel Webb 

      2 weeks ago

      I need help with the plumbing in my rv. Do you do that type of work?

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      Debbie 

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you for the info

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Marcus, sorry as this article is all I have on this subject.

      Randy

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      Marcus Williams 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a 1972 KIT Companion trailer and it is a total gut job, Do you have a post for a full bathroom rebuild

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Carson, hopefully there is an access hatch to get to the connections somewhere. Otherwise, you may have to remove the shower.

      Randy

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      Carson 

      4 weeks ago

      1976 anerican clipper leak behind shower. How to fix

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Tania, in some cases the tub must be removed to access the drain.

      Randy

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      tania 

      4 weeks ago

      having a hard time reaching the drain under the tub and its leaking. The space between the flour is small.

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      Randy Godwin 

      7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Richard, you can replace the handle easy enough by visiting an RV dealer or finding one online.

      Randy

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      Richard Healey 

      7 weeks ago

      i have a 2017 28 sab. i am in canada on the east cost. i have 1 black drain and 2 grey water pull handles. my grey water handle fell of during my travle. now i cant drain gallery tank. do any one give me a hint to drain it .cant find anything in book of trouble shooting. Thanks

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Carl, have you tried using a snake to probe the lines?

      Randy

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      Carl David 

      2 months ago

      Owner of 2014 Skyline Koala 23CS. Very happy with the unit. However when trying to use the cleanout port on the outside wall above the drains, The black water does not drain. The water from the hose is going somewhere...I cannot trace it. Help!

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Teddie, I have no way to get a manual for your camper. You might try contacting the maker of your camper as they should have a plumbing schematic.

      The plumbing is normally run on one side of the camper for both kitchen and bath so this may help you locate and repair the leak.

      Randy

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      Teddie Gallegos 

      2 months ago

      We bought a 1984 Presidential we do not have a manual. We've had to fix the toilet it needed a coupler, we had to buy new propane tanks the older are not legal and now we have a water leak thats causing water to drip like rain under the camper. We do not know much about campers and would like to know where we can purchase a manual. We need to repair the water line but do we have to take the whole bottom off to find the leak?

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Brian, I'm not familiar how the plumbing is run in this model, but it should be simply basic plumbing, probably using standard ABS black pipe which can be found in most hardware stores.

      Randy

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      Brian 

      2 months ago

      I am looking at purchasing a 1968 Globestar but when we tested the water nothing came out of either the bathroom or kitchen sink. Its a great and I mean great price for the camper and everything else is solid and works. How do I access the plumbing to see if there is a crack or break in the pipe?

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Ray, I have no specs on this trailer's plumbing system. Hopefully you can find some info from the maker.

      Randy

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      raybradford506@gmail.com 

      3 months ago

      How do you remove the blackwater tank on a 1978 Layton travel trailer

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Robin, you may have to remove the toilet--which isn't a very difficult chore--to get access to the line. It can be lengthened if necessary

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      Robin 

      3 months ago

      Just bought 1978 sunlight 16 foot. Anyway turned water on and have a leak in back of my aqua magic 3 it has a turn knob to flush. Where its located i cant reach water line as it to close to wall. It has four screws under toliet bowl i guess u would say. Could i take these out and lift top off to be able to reach water line..help please and thanks

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Randal, do you mean to say the "black tube"? What is "sloudes"?

      Randy

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Gary, I don't have a plumbing schematic for your camper. Do you have enough of the pipe left to mend them with a sharkbite connection?

      Randy

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      Gary 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2000 Fleetwood​ Southwind 36T before I could get it in the lines froze it split 2 lines that I can see. The lines are in the back of the unit by the valves by the the black and grey valves how do you replace them

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Mark, there's normally an access panel for plumbing maintenance, but I don't know about your camper.

      Randy

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      Mark Hepfner 

      3 months ago

      Hi Randy my 1986 ford tioga has the shower faucet on the wall next to the fridge. The fridge has a small drawer below it where I can see the lines for the faucet. But no way in hill can I reach the connections, cant even see them. The connections are approx., 23 in from the floor. Any other way to access the shower faucet connections, other than cutting through the shower wall?

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Bill, a bit more info is need before I can assist you. Is the connection under the sink, or where?

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      Bill 

      4 months ago

      Hi there,

      I have somehow pulled off the connector where my shower is hooked to my sink in my Minnie Winnie FB1801. I can't tell if it is broken or just pulled loose. Heeellllpppp me please.

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Michelle, look under the bed for the gray water tank or it may not have one.

      Randy

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      Michelle 

      4 months ago

      Hey Randy, thank you so much for all of the info. After 10 yrs of looking for an affordable vintage camper I finally found one, a 1969 Tag-A-Long. Information on these is sparse. I am not sure where my potable water holder is, or my gray water tank. Near the bottom of the camper by the door, the outer metal has pulled away from the camper. It looks to me like someone forgot to put the steps up, hit a curb and ripped the steps off and damaging the lower part of the camper. Option 2, bunch of men drinking beer and the biggest lost his balance on the steps, grabbed the door frame to keep himself upright and tore everything loose. Any advice you can give me would be so appreciated. I am on my own on this project and a bit lost. Thanks again

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      Randy Godwin 

      5 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Thomas. from the factory they should last at least 5 years if not longer.

      Randy

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      Thomas 

      5 months ago

      how soon after purchasing an rv should i have to replace sealants around my gray water tank?

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      dmansf 

      10 months ago

      Thanks Randy. I've about decided to use a rubber sleeve, but I'd really still like to have a solid connection instead of something that "floats". I've found a couple of products that claim to adhere poly to ABS, but I'm still a little skeptical. And I am going to reroute the gray valve. It's stupid that the manufacturer put the black valve in front of the slide and the gray valve 10' away under the opposite end of the slide. It really doesn't make sense to have to move the sewer hose, so yes one of the main things I want to accomplish is easier dumping. Thanks again.

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      Randy Godwin 

      10 months ago from Southern Georgia

      @dmansf--You can find rubber connection sleeves in many sizes and adaptions. They do use hose clamps but seem to seal quite well.

      You can also purchase another dump valve and extend the gray water valve to an easier location.

      Randy

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      dmansf 

      10 months ago

      Thanks for your post. My first camper is a 2008 Wilderness. The gray tank outlet is leaking. Since it had a hose clamp, I'm assuming the tank is HDPE. The outlet pipe is ABS. I'm finding conflicting info on whether you can bond the two; I wouldn't mind a permanent connection. If I don't find a reliable answer on whether something works well to bond them, how is the best way to put the connection back together so it doesn't leak? Pipe thread sealant and hose clamp just doesn't seem like a very good connection in my opinion.

      Second question is related. I want to go from two separate dump valves to one (well a double valve). The current set up has the gray dump valve way up under the slide, and I don't like moving the hose from the black to the gray, or crawling up under the slide to do it. I think it would be ok to come out of the gray tank with an ABS elbow fitting similar to a trap, if I can find such a thing, since I need to turn 180 degrees to get the gray line over to where the black valve is. That shouldn't be an issue should it? I wouldn't think a sharp turn like that would cause clogs or anything, as long as I have a good slope after the turn. Your thoughts?

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      Randy Godwin 

      14 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey Cynthia, any plumber worth his salt should be able to do this installation. It isn't much different from an ordinary household plumbing job.

      Randy

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      Cynthia 

      14 months ago

      Hello, I own a mobile food trailer and need the 3 sink compartment and hand washing sink water flow system installed with fresh water tank and drain tank and the drain sysytem fixed. Are there any plumbers that do this kind of work?

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      Randy Godwin 

      14 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Jason, this sounds more like a plumbing leak than an AC leak. There should be an access panel to the plumbing connections somewhere.

      Randy

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      JasonPA 

      14 months ago

      Hi Randy,

      I have a Grey Wolf Travel trailer with bathroom at the back of the trailer and notice water collects in the tub deck when the shower is not in use! I'm thinking maybe it's either ac condensation water from the roof making its way down the back wall behind the tub walls and onto the deck or maybe a slow water line leak behind the tub walls if they are there. The roof looks tight and I can't figure any water leaks. It's driving me nuts...

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      Randy Godwin 

      14 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Brad, are the sides and roof on the slide-out water tight? Or do you think there's a plumbing leak?

      Randy

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      Brad 

      14 months ago

      I have water on the floor of my slide-out can't figure where it is coming from looks like it is going under the vinyl

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      Randy Godwin 

      15 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Jak. the black ABS pipe and fittings should match the black pipe used in your camper in most cases.

      Randy

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      Jak 

      15 months ago

      Is the black RV plumbing the same size as regular home fittings? I feel 1 1/2" on the RV doesn't thread into the Home Depot stuff...

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      Randy Godwin 

      15 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Earnest, there should be an access panel for the plumbing connections in your camper. Sometimes you have to unscrew a panel to get to the plumbing in the bathroom and kitchen. Unfortunately, I don't have a plumbing schematic for your Innsbruck.

      Randy

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      ERNEST F. GONZALES 

      15 months ago

      Is there an entrance to the plumbing connections in the bathroom closet on a Innsbruck travel trailer?

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      Randy Godwin 

      15 months ago from Southern Georgia

      This usually an easy removal, Pierre, I assume it is PVC material. You may have to cut and replace the toilet attachment.

      Randy

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      Pierre 

      15 months ago

      Hello Mike

      I bought a camper and the floor is rotting, I am replacing the floor but running into a problem in the bathroom, I can't figure out how to get the piece out that the toilet attaches to

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      Randy Godwin 

      15 months ago from Southern Georgia

      The only remedy is to remove the toilet so you can see where the leak is occurring unless you can see the plumbing from an access hatch either behind the toilet or from the outside where the plumbing enters and exits, Vern.

      Randy

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      Vern 

      15 months ago

      Hello.

      I have water leaking from back of trailer drivers side and it is leaking from toilet. Appears to leak from the bottom of the wall directly behind toilet?

      Last year toilet was repaired?

      Can't figure it out and no experience with dis-assembling toilet!

      Any advice?

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Susan, sorry to be late in responding to your query but I've just now logged in. It sounds as if the leak is coming from a fixture in the bathroom. I assume you've already disconnected the water supply which makes finding the leak a bit more difficult. First check the connections on the bathroom toilet , sink and shower/tub. You may have to remove some access panels for the sink and tub.

      It may be necessary to have someone turn the water pressure back on when the access panels are removed to find the leak. Some trial and error is often called for. Ask for more info if needed. :)

      Randy

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      Susan Hunsperger 

      2 years ago

      RANDY, have a 2015 trailer with 3 tip outs that my inlaws live it, they just came in and told us that there is water on the floor. about 1 inch from the bathroom to the bedroom. Where do we begin to try to find the leak? It is hooked into our well water and our septic. All has been great until now. Suggestions?

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hello Dan, is the tub itself leaking or is it the plumbing fixtures or the drain the problem?

      Randy

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      dan R. 

      3 years ago

      I have a terrible leak under the tub in my Coachman 1988 camper 29 ft. How do I remove the tub to repair the leak?

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Scott, in most cases you can easily repair or replace bad water lines if you can get to them without tearing something out of the RV. I hope you used a pressure reduction adapter, and if not, the city water pressure may be the cause of the leaks thus far.

      Check into using Sharkbyte quick connections for all sizes and types of plumbing repairs. They are simple and easy to use on most plumbing repairs. Let me know if I can further assist you when you find the problem. :)

      Randy

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      Scott Keyek 

      3 years ago

      Just bought 1994 Passport by Cobra, hooked up city water in a few minutes water starts pouring out the bottom of the rv. I guessing it's a cracked or split inbound water line, is there a way to check this and fix?

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Depends on the size of the wheels and tires, Jim.

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      JimG 

      3 years ago

      just wondering if anyone makes updated wheel hub kits for the onlder trailer wheels so you can use standard wheels and tires

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Stan, all of the gate valves I've repaired or replaced use screws to attach to the holding tank. However, your camper is an older model and may have a different method for mounting the gate valve. Is the piping black ABS type? If so, you may find what you need at Lowe's or Home Depot.

      Randy

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      StanLogan 

      3 years ago

      The gate valve form the holding tank on my '63 Mallard Drake is cracked. How do I replace it without replacing the entire holding tank. All the piping appears to be glued in place.

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Linda, the only thing I can tell you is it will usually be near where the power cable comes out of the camper. Look inside for a panel or access door near the cable exit.

      Randy

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      Linda 

      3 years ago

      I would like to known where the fuse box is its a 1985 model

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi David, have checked all of the GFI(ground fault interrupter) outlets near the sinks in the bath and kitchen? They have a reset button which can easily trip off if any moisture comes in contact with the outlet. This may have had something to do with the rainy weather or not.

      Check the 12 volt fuse panel for a blown fuse or tripped breaker as the thermostat on the HW heater is operated by the 12 volt system. Hope this info helps you out. :)

      Randy

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      david 

      3 years ago

      On a 2005 fema trailer the switch above the cabinet quit all of a sudden and the hot water heater will not come on.we checked the fuses but all are good .hot water heater will not come on at all.this happened when it started raining .the light will not light up on the switch when its turned on.i dont know what do you think.

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Yvonne, there should be a valve outside of the bathroom which slides in to close the system. I'm confused as to why a small amount of water is flushing down the toilet, however. Perhaps a bit more info may help me solve your problem.

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      yvonne Hannington 

      3 years ago

      Hi, we have taken our Hymer out for the first time it is a B544, we seem to have trouble with the awatersystem, when we try to flush the tiolet only a small amount of water gose doen the tiolet, the rest is running out side the van just forward of the bathroom , there is a small pipe that has a diaganal cut to it that the water is comiung out of, how do we stop the water going this way it isd clean water.

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hello Tera, have you disconnected the hose from the RV to see if there's a restriction? If not, then do so and check the filter screen where the hose connects to the RV to see if you have pressure to the unit.

      You may also have a restriction valve on the hose or the faucet itself which may be clogged when the water was turned back on. Often debris will clog the screen or valve when the pressure resumes. Feel free to ask for more info if needed. :)

      Randy

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      Tera 

      3 years ago

      my core unit is parked at a camp site with water access. We disconnect it between weekend use bc it's winter time and temps frequently fall to freezing. Well came back and hooked up the water and can't get water throughout the camper. (A very tiny stream of water will drop from any one water source of your choice like the kitchen sink or the bath sink but nothing more). If you tirn that same sink off for a period of time the water will for a few second come out more generously but then reduce back to that tiny stream. The water pump and its fresh water tank does supply water but am so frustrated bc we can't figure out why water is no longer coming out with the proper amount of pressure consistently. Please please provide me a ck list of items as I am desperate and in a very rural area with no options to take to a service shop. I would have to tow it approx 3 hours away to get done professionally. I'm desperate for your assistance. It's a 2010 grey wolf camper.

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      It may be the supply line is damaged, especially if it was not replaced along with the faucet. It isn't uncommon for this to happen when a plumbing fixture of any kind is replaced. Also, just because a faucet is new doesn't guarantee it to be without flaws as I learned the hard way long ago.

      Thanks for the question and feel free to ask for more info if needed. :)

      Randy

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      Randy 

      4 years ago

      I'm at a loss I have replaced a faucet in my 1974 camper and on the hoyt water side of the faucet it leaks and I thought it wasn't tight enough but it's as tight as I can get it the faucet is new

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      @Johnnyboy--Have you filled the tub without using the shower, or can you do that on your model? If you can, you can narrow the problem down if water still drips from beneath the camper. If it doesn't, that should indicate water is getting past the silicone barrier along the tub and side panels.

      Randy

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      Jonnyboy 

      4 years ago

      hi, I recently picked up a used 1990 gulfstream innsbruck, I am not expeirianced at rv. I was in a pinch to find lodgings in a small and completely full town which ill be working from. I know a coworker jad it sitting last fall and it was offered to me then. Asked about it die to sheer necessity. I managed to figure out most functions..but the first time I used the shower I musnt have been draining properly as it flooded a bit. I have inspected both of the two holes and havnt I.d. any leaks.. I ran thw hot and cold separate and then together and no sign of leaking.. the faucet inspetion hole is awkward to say the least. Haha and the drain one is yeilding no results either. Water on floor.. none on pipes. Dry to touch (I dab papertowl to see if it absorbs anyhing) it did not. The walls in the shower are the same wallpaperd panel board as the rest of the camper. It has hadsemi-recent silicone around the tub trim, I suspected it may have been just outrite channeling uner the tub through crappy sealing.. but I am also a big ladd (about 280lbs) I noticed a posible culprit aswell, if pressure is put directly around the drain flange a minute amiunt of space can be observed. I figured it might get through.. but it seemed to be alot. The unit is drainig (dripping) outside below the tub area. There's is a large black membrain stretched across the underbelly of the unit so I cant see up.. any thoughts? I was goint to try to put a curtain arount the inner shower wall to divert water to the tub rather than let it channel through all the siliconed pannel joints and junctions where the tub meets the interior walls (not a surround)

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Sounds like you have a blockage somewhere, Alicia. Have you checked the screen where the hose attaches to the camper? If there's no screen to catch the debris then you may have a blockage in the small cut-off valves going to the bath and kitchen fixtures. They are prone to being clogged with debris because of their small openings. I'd start checking the closest valve to where the hose is attached first and work your way to the furthermost valves.

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      alicia 

      4 years ago

      it doesn't have and on-board water tank. It hooks up to an outside source with a waterhose. The cold is not working either. Sorry, I should have put that. The water is going to the water heater and heating up, just not running through the plastic tubes when we turn on the facets.

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hello Alicia, The plumbing in some of the FEMA trailers is very badly done as I had friend who had one and also experienced problems with his. Is the cold water not working either? Does your camper have an on-board water tank other than the H/W heater?

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      Alicia 

      4 years ago

      Hello, I have a fema camper. The water worked great for a while. Then, one day, out of the blue, went to shower, and no water. The water tank is filling up and getting hot like it is supposed to. I can turn the valve and get the water to come on in the sink and turn the valve again to turn it off, but nothing in the shower. I have drained the water tank, and filled it up again. It seems to be working fine. I am at a lose. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I suggest you try using some of the Shark-byte fittings as they will work on almost any type of pipe or tubing. There are some advertised on this page and when clicked on they will take you to other types and sizes of repair fittings. Good luck on your repairs and feel free to ask for more info if needed.

      Randy

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      Lindsey Kubik 

      4 years ago

      We recently purchased a 1999 Terri fleetwood. We took it camping and had a clog in the pipes. We then noticed water dripping from the bottom of the camper, and also at the two small drain pipes at the back (the ones to winterize the camper) So we got some drain cleaner and a plunger and went at it.

      We unclogged the drain, but its still dripping, especially from the two small drain pipes at the back. The pipes are made from the almost see through plastic. My husband says to replace those we have to replace all the piping underneath because they don't make that specific pipe anymore. I would love to believe him but he's a girly man :) so I don't.

      Do you have any suggestions?

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Rudy, without seeing the layout of your RV I'm hesitant to suggest the best way to access the leaking pipe. Just guessing, I would prefer going underneath rather than through the floor itself. This is merely a guess though. Sorry I can't be more help on your query. Do feel free to ask more questions if needed.

      Randy

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hello Nyles, sorry to be so late in responding to your question but I've been a bit under the weather the last few days. Yes, you should be able to find new connections or even some which will do a better job of sealing the lines. Good luck and feel free to ask for more info if needed.

      Randy

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      Rudy 

      4 years ago

      Hi I have a leak in the front part of our 2009 Springdale camper. It's a few feet I front of the water tank and can't get access to it. Not sure if I should cut into under pinning of camper or go through the floor. Any suggestions?

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      nyles 

      4 years ago

      I have a 1980 24 ft nomad trailer. The copper lines for the kitchen and bathroom faucets won't stay in the plastic connection that hooks to the bottom of the faucet. Can you buy new connections or is there a better fix?

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      The gray valve is called a cut-off valve, cnev. The simplest thing to do is remove it and take it to a Home Depot, Lowe's, or simply a local hardware store. Anyone worth their wages at these places will have no trouble getting you a replacement valve to replace the original, or an adapter valve with SharkByte or similar easy installation fittings. Don't fear these plumbing problems as they aren't difficult to repair the majority of the time.

      --RG

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      cnev 

      4 years ago

      we have a 2003 Fleetwood prowler travel trailer. we found a leak under the bathroom sink coming from one of the red tubes to the left side of the grey valve, which I call t valve. I had tighten it a few times and it stopped leaking , now the water is leaking more, I put tape around it as this is all new to me and I don't know what to do. I was told to disconnect the grey t valve from the other tubes and get a replacement at homedepot. I don't know what the grey t valve is called, and ive been reading most of your resposnses to ther peoples commnets as to the use of shark bite or gatorbite. do you think this will help/ or should I just get a replacement of the same tvalve to be safe. I hope this will work as it is saturating my bathroom floor. your response is greatly appreciated.

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      There is no universal size, Leo. The pipe usually runs from 1 1/2" up to three inches in diameter. measure your pipe and go to Home Depot or Lowe's and find the match. Hope this helps you out and thanks for the question.

      Randy

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      Leo 

      4 years ago

      What size is the black abs pipe where the gray tank drains at. I have a leak and I have to fix it

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      Randy Godwin 

      5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hello Dawn! There may be a pressure re-stricter in the shower assembly. I've discovered this being the problem before. You may also try removing the shower head and seeing if this increases the water pressure. Worse case scenario is disassembling the shower and/or faucet fixture and removing the restrictor. This is a round, flat plate with a tiny hole in the middle. Ask for more info if needed.

      RG

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      Dawn Ritzel 

      5 years ago

      Good afternoon, we just bought a 98 terry camper. We have great water pressure except for the shower. There is just a trinkle that comes out. What can we do?

      Thank you

      Dawn

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      Randy Godwin 

      5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Darryl, I'm not aware of what type clamps are on your H/W heater. Can you describe them for me?. You may have to simply cut them off and replace them with standard hose clamps. Sorry I cannot be of more assistance to you unless you can give me a bit more info.

      Randy

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      Darryl 

      5 years ago

      How do i get the metal clamps off the hose leading into mt water heater

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      Randy Godwin 

      5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Travis. What size fitting is it and is it easy to get to?

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      travis 

      5 years ago

      how do i get a brken fitting out of the hot water tank

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      Randy Godwin 

      5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Bill, you can find the repair parts at a Lowes or Home Depot in the plumbing department. Good luck with your repairs.

      Randy

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      bill gray 

      5 years ago

      Hello Paul, how do i repair the connection that you hook up the hose to on the outside of the trailer, i

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hello Paul. It depends on what type of sewer line is used in your RV. If it is black ABS pipe you can find both fittings, pipe, and adhesives at any Home Depot or Lowe's builders supply. It may be necessary to remove a section of pipe and repair it with a new coupling to stop the leak. Feel free to ask if this is not the case.

      Randy

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      Paul 

      6 years ago

      I have a leak where the sewer line enters the tank and would like to know what sealant would be best to use.

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Sherry! Yes, there may be a filter inside of the RV which may need cleaning or replacing. Some older models do not have them but it;s possible one may have added.

      There may also be a switch or valve which changes the system from pump to city water. I'm not familiar with this RV so I cannot give you more specific info at the moment.

      If nothing else, you might contact Prowler and ask for an explanation of how the water system works on your RV. In the meantime, I will see what i can find out and will post here with any pertinent info.

      If you find the solution before I do I would appreciate your posting it here to help others with the same problem. Thanks for reading and for your question!

      Randy Godwin

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      Sherry 

      6 years ago

      I have a 2006 Prowler camper with slide out...everything in the begining worked great but now have problems...We have had a couple of nites where the weather has gotten real cold and I ran the water to keep the lines from freezing up....everything was fine to start with now having problems...as far as I know nothing ever froze up but I came home the other day and the water wouldn't work at all in the camper...now im not talking using the water pump im talking hooking directly up to the city water....i have clean the filter where you connect the water hose up to the camper but it still wont work no water is coming out....now if i turn on my water pump and fill the tank I get water....but why cant I get any water while hook up to the city water??? Are there other filters I dont know about??? Any help you can give me would be appreciated!!!

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Have you removed the toilet, Brenda? Often this is the only way to unplug a line in an RV.

      Randy

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      brenda vannote 

      6 years ago

      for some reason our toilet is plugged up, we have the line , tries drano, sneakes ,pligging but nothing is working ,,,,,,, help

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey DG! Try one of the "Sharkbite" type fittings and no glue is required for making the repairs. These no-glue connectors can also be removed easily if needed. Great for all household and RV plumbing applications. Get them at Home Depot or Lowe's builders supply.

      Randy

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