RV and Camper-Trailer Plumbing Repairs and Maintenance

Updated on January 21, 2019
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Randy is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and especially camping. His articles are 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 they are 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 made from 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, which prevent 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, too.

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 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 to over $200. 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.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Ashley, you may have a bad thermostat in the H/W heater. Check the temp of the water and it should tell you if it's too hot.

      Randy

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      Ashley 

      4 weeks ago

      We have a 2004 wilderness .every time we turn the hot water on and start to use it the hose by the main door next to the kitchen sink burst. Doesn’t do it with cold water. What could be causing it?

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Kbuddeau, yes you need to remove the toile to see where the leak is coming from. You can get replacement parts so there's no deed to replace the toilet in most cases.

      Randy

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      Kbuddeau 

      4 weeks ago

      Water is leaking where it enters the toilet but I can't see well enough to fix it. Do I need to remove the toilet to reach better, and if so, should I replace the whole toilet? Is this a DIY? Thanks, Karen

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      Randy Godwin 

      5 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Jim, is there a pressure reducer inline to the sink? And does the sink faucet have a screen filter?

      Randy

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      Jim Burgess 

      5 weeks ago

      I get very weak water pressure to the outdoor sink of a 2017 Tracer 3200bht. I've tried from the fresh water holding tank and directly from the water supply. There are no noticeable leaks. Any suggestions?

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Walt, if you can tell it's PVC you should be able to measure it. I have no idea what they used. Sorry!

      Randy

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      Walt Wadle 

      6 weeks ago

      I bought 2012 forest river now have leak behind toilet. What size pvc is used to supply water to the toilet?

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Remy, it could be a tank flush valve, but I don't know where it is either.

      Randy

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      Remy54 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Randy, not sure, but i would think id still fet some water from the faucets. I was told its an opdn valve for flushing out gbe black tank.

      cant find a levef for any valve that would causd this.

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Reny, is the toilet allowing the water to drain directly into the black water tank? I can't think of any other explanation.

      Randy

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      Remy54 

      6 weeks ago

      Hook up city water, no water coming into camper. All water is going into black water tank. Never happened before . This is a 1993 Holiday Rambler 5th wheel. 36' ???

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Mandy, you'll have to find the source of the leak before I can advise you.

      Randy

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      Mandy Sears 

      6 weeks ago

      I woke up this morning to an awful smell in the mid bunk room. I saw water lined up in the wall going down the slide out. On the other side of the wall is the bathroom. I ran and checked it. No water from the toilet but could see a little water in the seems of the wall adjacent to the midbunk room. I checked the black tank and flushed it. Noticed a little puddle forming from the mid bunk slide out. Uhh. I’ve cleaned up the mess and now am trying to figure out what has gone wrong. The camper is 2 months old Sabre 36BHQ 2019

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      Randy Godwin 

      7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Bonita, you may have to try a drill powered clog remover if it's very difficult. You probably needed to remove the toilet to access the clog.

      Randy

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      BonitaBoogieBomb 

      7 weeks ago

      Help! Have septic clog problem and need advice

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      BonitaBoogieBomb 

      7 weeks ago

      I had a backed up toilet. Thought a clogged pipe. Pipe is now cut about 1 and 1/2 feet down from,hole where toilet attaches. I am trying to wetvac the clog but not seeming to clear very well or suck up much. Any advice?

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      Randy Godwin 

      7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Alyssa, hope it doesn't cause further damage. Let me know if I can help.

      Randy

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      AlyssaHerman 

      7 weeks ago

      I recently replaced my hot water heater. I noticed water building under the carpet next to the cabinet. Hopefully I can swap for a new one at lows....I have no clue what’s going on. I hope it’s a faulty appliance, and not the water lines!

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      Randy Godwin 

      8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Vincent, even when the toilet is filled with water?

      Randy

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      Vincent 

      8 weeks ago

      New toilet installed seated well no water leak. Odor in unit constant

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Sara, if you can get close to the outlet valve, you should be able to tap into the line.

      Randy

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      Sara Kinsley 

      2 months ago

      It will be in what WAS the old closet - on the opposite wall from the shower and sink drains. It's literally right above the graywater OUTLET valve. Do you think I could carefully cut a hole in the floor there, and get close enough to a drain line?

      I know you can't give me a hard answer, so any kind of Magic 8 ball answer will be welcome - "most likely" or "very doubtful"? LOL!

      I so appreciate your responses! It's nice just "talking" about this with someone. :)

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Sara, if the location is near to any graywater drain--shower or sink--you should be able to tap into it.

      Randy

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      Sara Kinsley 

      2 months ago

      Randy - I'm going to attempt a DIY washer/dryer combo install (Splendide Vented). Gonna use the water connections for the outdoor shower, but I don't know how to locate a drain line to tap into. Google hasn't been much help so far. Any ideas where to start?

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Kathleen, yes either of those suppliers can help you out or guide you to someone who can. Pick the oldest guy in the department, is my usual advice! :)

      Randy

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      Kathleen Martell 

      2 months ago

      Hi, our 2005 Winnebago Aspect, on our first trip this summer, leaked when we turned on the kitchen faucet, into the cabinet below and floor. We had it winterized, and part of the undersink plumbing is missing a filter. My husband thinks when it was winterized, the rv mechanic removed the filter perhaps because of dirt. Would Lowe’s or Home Depot be able to help us if we brought a picture of the leaking part, to replace the filter? Thank you

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Raven, you may have to remove the covering to access the plumbing.

      Randy

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      Raven Wright 

      2 months ago

      I have several major water leaks. However the undercarriage is sealed. How do i access the water pipes to assess damage and repair per your excellent and clear instructions.

      THANKS in advance.

      Raven

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Helen, you'll have to use a plumbers snake to see if there's clog in the drain.

      Randy

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Paul, more than likely this is a problem with the pump or the pressure valve. I suspect the valve as the pump is apparently working properly.

      Randy

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      Paul p 

      2 months ago

      I have been prepping for our first trip of the year. I can not get water to the interior plumbing of this kHz tr. city water produces pressure to drain valves but not to faucets? Placed water in holding tank, turn on pump and it runs for approximately 10 sec, stops and still no water. Is there an obstruction in the system between pump and faucets?

      In the kHz tr do I need to fill the hot water tank before water goes to the main holding tank? I tried to turn on the hot water heater and it would not turn on.

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Christy, almost any plumber can help you with this problem, and yes, CW is very overpriced.

      Randy

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Kristyn, I'm at a loss as to what holds the panel on. You may have to contact the maker as it's not very old at this point. Sorry!

      Randy

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      Christy 

      2 months ago

      What kind of place will repair pop up plumbing? I’m not a DIYer. There’s water on the floor coming out from under the slide. I can do basic repairs but this is beyond me. Camping World seems overpriced.

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      Kristyn 

      2 months ago from Somewhere in TX

      Hey Randy, Just bought a 2018 Crossroads Longhorn 280RK. Apparently I am the maintenance girl so... the hot water line is leaking in the shower from behind the panel where you turn the water on (hot and cold knobs I guess that would be). I unscrewed the panel and cut the seal (yikes!!) tightened the connections there. STILL LEAKS. It appears to be coming from the little rectangle middle panel on the front of the bigger panel that I unscrewed? But I cant figure out how to remove THAT panel to see what the problem is? It appears to also be sealed (no screws). Im kind of afraid to force it off if it just snaps on bc I dont want to break it? I hope I explained that clearly as I have not found anything online to show me how to remove the little panel?? Help please?

      KR the Maintenance Girl

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Joyce, how can I help?

      Randy

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      Joyce Brown 

      2 months ago

      We are elderly couple waiting for a call from Senior Housing. Unfortunately the campsite is closing for winter. We need ideas.

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Michelle, there's no easy answer for this problem. If you have a plumbing leak, you'll have to bite the bullet and tear into the underpinning or tear up the floor. I'd vote for the former.

      Randy

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      Michelle 

      2 months ago

      Easiest way to remove the underpinning from underneath the camper? I have a leak underneath. Anytime the water gets turned on, or toilet flush something leaking from underneath. I'm afraid to take the underpinning off to check it out because I don't want to tear it completely up!

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Mike, it depends on the model. in some cases you may have to remove the underpinning.

      Randy

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      Mike Tingley 

      3 months ago

      How do you access the water lines between floors in a fifthwheel camper

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      On what, Alexis?

      Randy

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      Michael meechan 

      3 months ago

      my fresh water holding tank has arock chip and is leaking how do i patch it or seal it

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      Alexis Obinna 

      3 months ago

      Randy what’s the difference between center and left end drain

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Shelly and Elmer, there should be no way the fresh water should enter the gray water tank unless you're connecting the water supply to a flushing inlet.

      Are you getting any water at all from the taps inside, and have you let the water fill the tank fully to see what happens?

      Randy

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      Shellie and Elmer 

      3 months ago

      Randy, we have a just bought a forest river surveyor model sv291. We have been trying to get eveything set up for this year but are having a problem with the holding tanks. When we hook the water up to the white fill spot on the outside of the camper but it seems to us the water is filling the gray tank instead of the fresh water tank. Are we missing something. Please help.

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Chelsea, do you have an onboard pump or is this water pressure from the water connection? Either way, I suspect a blockage in the kitchen pipes. Is this both hot and cold water?

      Randy

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      Chelsea 

      3 months ago

      Our water in the kitchen ran what was in the hose, blew some air and now no water flow. There is good water flow in all of the bathroom.???

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Tony, have you got a pic to send me through my email contact at the top of the page?

      Randy

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      Tony 

      4 months ago

      just install a new surburban hot water heater in my rv and i noticed that there was a fitting with what looked like a t-stat in it but not sure i got it back on the right spot or the right way, any ideas?

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Julie, is the shower leaking around the drain or somewhere else?

      Randy

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      Julie 

      4 months ago

      We have a leaky shower. The water is going under sink. We thought it was shower cocking or drain seal. Only happens when take shower.

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Sergio, there should be some screws or bolts holding the toilet down to the floor. if it's glued down, then a Sawzall may be the only option.

      Are you sure you don't have to take the toilet apart on top to get to the hold down connections?

      Randy

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      Sergio 

      4 months ago

      I need to change a broken flange in my rv toilet but can't because it wont come its either glued or screwed into existing pipe which leads into holding tank how can i replace it and what size is pipe leading to holding tank is it 3 in.s

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Pleased to help, Rhonda. :)

      Randy

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      Rhonda 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for writing this. I am currently losing a battle with my bathroom sink supply lines. This has given me some ideas to try.

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      Denise 

      10 months ago

      How to stop waste tanks from leaking and pipes from leaking?

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      Randy Godwin 

      11 months ago from Southern Georgia

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

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      Rachel Webb 

      11 months ago

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

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      Debbie 

      11 months ago

      Thank you for the info

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      Randy Godwin 

      12 months ago from Southern Georgia

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

      Randy

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      Marcus Williams 

      12 months 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 

      12 months 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 

      12 months ago

      1976 anerican clipper leak behind shower. How to fix

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      Randy Godwin 

      12 months ago from Southern Georgia

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

      Randy

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      tania 

      12 months 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 

      12 months 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 

      12 months 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 

      13 months ago from Southern Georgia

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

      Randy

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      Carl David 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 months ago

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

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      Randy Godwin 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 months ago from Southern Georgia

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

      Randy

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      Randy Godwin 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      16 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 

      16 months ago

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

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      dmansf 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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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