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Old 07-05-2015, 11:18 PM   #1
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Fresh water drain valve

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We just bought a 2012 36RL and I'm prepping for our first trip. I like to clean and sanitize after flushing the antifreeze but I have an issue. I've located what I believe to be the low point drains, a red and blue handled set of valves. Just forward of them is another small valve that I was assuming was the fresh water tank drain. It barely drips when opened. I've run a short rod up the tube to verify that the valve is open but there's an elbow preventing any further probing. Do I have the right valve and, if so, what could be keeping it from draining the freshwater tank?

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Not sure, but have you tried opening a faucet inside the RV while the valve is open?
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:25 AM   #3
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R&M,
It's not like a lack of make up air. With the filling cap off, you should not get a vacuum. This is more like a valve or blockage allowing a tiny trickle.
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Maybe you could try a compressor and put a little pressure through the line and see if something is clogging the drain line. I wish I could give you some more answers but to be honest with you, I never use my freshwater tank. I don't boondock and I don't travel with water in the tank so I never really deal with that tank.
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:08 AM   #5
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Good afternoon all,
We just bought a 2012 36RL and I'm prepping for our first trip. I like to clean and sanitize after flushing the antifreeze but I have an issue. I've located what I believe to be the low point drains, a red and blue handled set of valves. Just forward of them is another small valve that I was assuming was the fresh water tank drain. It barely drips when opened. I've run a short rod up the tube to verify that the valve is open but there's an elbow preventing any further probing. Do I have the right valve and, if so, what could be keeping it from draining the freshwater tank?

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From what you are indicating, that is the fresh water tank drain valve. In my experience, the water does not drain very fast from the tank and can take a few hours. Usually a small stream about 1/4 inch in diameter.
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I'd already tried the air but went back and got a little more aggressive and that did it. I found the aerators partially clogged with a fibrous material. I think they must have left water in the tank and now I have algae in the tank. Nothing toxic but not very appealing either. We'll deal with it after the season.
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I'd already tried the air but went back and got a little more aggressive and that did it. I found the aerators partially clogged with a fibrous material. I think they must have left water in the tank and now I have algae in the tank. Nothing toxic but not very appealing either. We'll deal with it after the season.
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I recommend that you sanitize the fresh water tank at least once per year with Chlorox.
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Hoosierguy~ We always clean and sanitize at the beginning of the season. If we go more than 45 days without using the freshwater tank, we re-sanitize. Doesn't take long and keeps the wooly boogers from showing up. We had a water heater go stinky once and we'll not do that again.
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I don't know about 2012, but there are two blue lines attached to the tank on mine. The drain has a valve, and then there is another non-valved blue line behind it a ways that flows water when the tank is near full. I valved mine but normally it does not have a valve (arrow in pic below).



I also have a white one between the low point drains that is another tank overflow, shown here with an arrow.



I use a turkey baster to blow air back up through that silly valved drain line. I think mine has turnings from construction in there, and fixing it is low on my list. If I see it start to trickle down, a few blasts from the baster gives me full flow for a while.
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