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    Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Nothing like walking up to the rig when she’s finally above freezing and seeing water dripping where it shouldn’t.

    After 5 days of record breaking below freezing and no electricity or water for most of it, we are finally able to evaluate what damage we might have sustained.

    Removed underbelly and found a grey tank pipe that runs almost horizontal has a long crack in it.

    Also, the water pump froze and busted, we think water from it then flooded the drop frame underbelly.


    Water pump leaking


    Water under the black tank, but it’s not black water.



    Grey tank line cracked (look for horizontal line through the lettering on the pipe.)



    Water coming from that cracked grey line

    So far nothing too terrible. Replaced the pump already. The black tank contents seem to still be contained and possibly frozen, so we aren’t attempting to dump yet. Don’t have water at the rv park yet, so we haven’t tried to check all the plumbing. Some pipes and fresh tank may still have ice. Also don’t know yet on the water heater. We did not see water under it.


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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Hopefully that is the limit of damage. One thing I have noticed recently is that the grey tank lines are allot thinner compared to the black lines. When we had the Morryde IS installed the rear grey lines had to be removed. When I looked that grey line was really thin to the point I could break it on the seam.
    Good luck with your repairs and we hope it will be an amount of limited damage for all out there.

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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Quote Originally Posted by david-steph2018 View Post
    Hopefully that is the limit of damage. One thing I have noticed recently is that the grey tank lines are allot thinner compared to the black lines. When we had the Morryde IS installed the rear grey lines had to be removed. When I looked that grey line was really thin to the point I could break it on the seam.
    Good luck with your repairs and we hope it will be an amount of limited damage for all out there.
    Yes that grey line cracked on the seam. I have applied some FlexSeal paste to it in hopes it fills the crack, then I hope to wrap with flex seal tape. Since this line is not “under pressure” when in normal use, this solution is quickest to get us repaired and underbelly sealed back up before more freezing temps move in this week.


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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Just cut out the split section. Glue one end with a union and a rubber connector on the other. Flex tape just does not cut it.

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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary521 View Post
    Just cut out the split section. Glue one end with a union and a rubber connector on the other. Flex tape just does not cut it.
    Gary, we don’t have time to cut and remove. The crack goes all the way to an elbow and is about 2 feet long. Nearly all the plumbing supplies are bought out locally. Maybe this summer when it’s 50 degrees warmer, we can tackle it then.


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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Spent the day checking all of the water lines, on pump and city water, and the water heater. Also checked my repair with FlexSeal paste. Just a single drop of water. I then wrapped all the pipe ones again with FlexSeal tape. I am confident it will hold for now. Temps dropping in the 20s again tonight.

    We have one leak left to fix, our shower faucet dribbles continuously. One is on the way.


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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Quote Originally Posted by TravelTiger View Post
    Spent the day checking all of the water lines, on pump and city water, and the water heater. Also checked my repair with FlexSeal paste. Just a single drop of water. I then wrapped all the pipe ones again with FlexSeal tape. I am confident it will hold for now. Temps dropping in the 20s again tonight.

    We have one leak left to fix, our shower faucet dribbles continuously. One is on the way.
    Erika - weather permitting, I'd be happy to assist Tony in replacing the cracked gray water drain line at your West Texas Rally. I could even look for the 1.5" ABS pipe around here.
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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Quote Originally Posted by jbeletti View Post
    Erika - weather permitting, I'd be happy to assist Tony in replacing the cracked gray water drain line at your West Texas Rally. I could even look for the 1.5" ABS pipe around here.
    Jim, we might take you up on that... weather permitting, for sure. Will be in touch.


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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Quote Originally Posted by TravelTiger View Post
    Jim, we might take you up on that... weather permitting, for sure. Will be in touch.
    Sure thing. Before you close up the underbelly, try to get a sense of materials needed (feet of ABS, number of couplers and types, ABS cement etc.).

    I'll have a saw and multi-tool we can use to hack out the bad pipe and couplers. I have emery cloth we can use to prep old ends. I'll bring a tarp and a couple of packing blankets for the ground.

    As someone else suggested, you may want to use a Fernco rubber coupler on each end of the new pipe to couple with the old. Just depends on what we have left to work with on what remains in the coach and whether we can move what's in place to use ABS couplings.

    Touch base with me a week before your rally on any missing supplies and I'll look at Lowes/Home Depot by me.
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    Re: Dripping where it shouldn’t

    Erika - I found a good can of ABS cement and put it in my RV.
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