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Old 09-13-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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We have been full timing it in our 36RE Redwood. It is a beautiful trailer, but I have discovered flooding in the laundry area 4 times now. The first time no one had any idea what was causing it, the 2nd time, I figured out it was because I did not have the shower/gray tank opened and the washer was overflowing, the 3rd time I forgot to open the gray tank again....the 4th time I opened the wrong gray tank. I am so angry I could spit. I cannot believe they did not provide a floor drain in the laundry room, and also that they do not clearly mark the gray tanks. So I took a silver permanent marker and marked the gray tanks so I won't flood my tank again. BAD ENGINEERING for the laundry room.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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We have been full timing it in our 36RE Redwood. It is a beautiful trailer, but I have discovered flooding in the laundry area 4 times now. The first time no one had any idea what was causing it, the 2nd time, I figured out it was because I did not have the shower/gray tank opened and the washer was overflowing, the 3rd time I forgot to open the gray tank again....the 4th time I opened the wrong gray tank. I am so angry I could spit. I cannot believe they did not provide a floor drain in the laundry room, and also that they do not clearly mark the gray tanks. So I took a silver permanent marker and marked the gray tanks so I won't flood myRV again. BAD ENGINEERING for the laundry room.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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We full time too and the first thing I do when after hooking up the sewer hose is open both gray tanks and leave them open until the day before we leave. I learned the hard way just like you...flooded laundry.
Closing them the day before we leave gives me enough water to flush out the sewer hose after draining the black tank.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:16 PM   #4
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So far we have not done any traveling, we are set up on our farm and have been living there for 8 months. At first, we mostly had both gray tanks open as well so that is why it took so long to figure out the odd flooding. But we kept noticing a bad smell leaving both tanksempty all the time, especially the kitchen tank, so we started closing the tanks more. So it is a matter of trying to remember when they are open and when they are closed. Hence, the mistake this time when I opened the wrong tank. I should have marked the tanks in both areas but kept putting it off.... the first thing I did after the 4th flooding was to use a silver magic marker and mark the tanks properly. Still, I think it is horrible engineering not to mark them properly as well as not to provide a floor drain in the washer/dryer area. And it really surprises me that the dealership did not make sure we were aware that we should be leaving the tank open when doing laundry. Maybe they said something about it during the initial tour, but we heard so much that no way would it all stick. Another issue I have with these travel trailers is that there is no "Quick Guide to Living in a Redwood" or whatever travel trailer you have. It is more or less a learn by trial and error. We were constantly having to call the dealership with questions. Seems to me like if they had a quick introduction guide printed up that would save tons of mistakes....especially the flooding issue!!! :-)
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:34 AM   #5
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We have camped for over 30 years and were told in the beginning not to leave the tanks open all the time. By leaving the open you build up a residue (soap, grease etc.) channel which builds over time. It is very hard to remove this once it hardens, even with tank cleaner products. It eventually works it way to the knife valves which dry out and don't close properly. When these seals dry out they eventually</span>collapsewhen pressure is applied to close them. Then you have to repair the valve.</span>
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:36 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info.... I knew there would be a catch to leaving them open all the time.... That is just one more reason why it irritates me to no end that they did notclearly mark them and that they did not put in a floor drain for accidents!!!! Inside the arrangement of the buttons for checking levels is far right is gray 2, then next is gray 1, and next is black tank,but in my head I am thinking the far left would coincide with the top valve outside...but outside the top one is marked gray 1, then next is black tank, then bottom is galley tank.... not even a number..... so in my mind I constantly keep switching the identity of the tanks. I took a silver magic marker and marked them Shower/Laundry and Kitchen/Galley. Now in both areas they are clearly marked. So I will just have to make it a habit to go out and open laundry tank when doing laundry which is usually 3-4 days a week. We live on a farm and our clothes get dirty pretty darn quick. :-)
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:38 AM   #7
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I did notice at first that the sensors were not working correctly and have trouble keeping them clean. I usually place a cup of Oxyclean in hot water and put it down the drain and try to leave that solution in the full tank for a few hours or a day and that seems to clear those sensors. I am thinking the problem may be caused from leaving the tanks open likeToby was saying.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:13 PM   #8
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I checked our trailer and the 3 valve handles are identified with labels as to what they drain. Not sure if this was done at the factory or my dealer did it himself???? Hopefully they are labled correctly...will find out next weekend when we take it out for it's first camping trip....stay tuned.
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On some models the kitchen and bath drain into one tank and the washer drains into the other. If you have one of these models and don't have a washing machine you have use of one 45 gallon grey water tank. Our 36FL is set up this way.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:41 AM   #10
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In our service area I have noticed that the labels all seem to be pealing as if the surface was not clean enough before they were applied. Murphy's law says that labels like dealer lables never come off but the important ones always fall off.
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