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Old 11-14-2015, 10:51 AM   #15
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Scamp 13 Fresh Water Tank

Tough job Floyd, I spent most of my career as a truck and heavy equipment shop manager. I have a lot of respect for HE mechanics. Someone has to keep the big boys running.

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Old 11-14-2015, 11:19 AM   #16
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I posted some photos on the SOI site and Greg has confirmed that my tank is super-sized, so leaves no room to get your hand in to remove the screws. It isn't just me being non-mechanical. :-)

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Thanks everyone, I may be back for more advice if I decide to go ahead and tackle this. Might just live with it the way it is, at least until nicer weather - I don't have an inside shop.

Lyle I took a look at your photos and it does indeed look like someone did a modification on the tank. It may be bigger but it may also just be the way they put it back in place - to far from the outside wall. But it leaves the question as to how in the heck did they screw down the screws for the bench at the front floor level..... I am wondering if they actually did. Have you tried removing just the screws on the top to see if they actually did reattached the bench to the floor?

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Old 11-14-2015, 04:24 PM   #17
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Good question Carol, I haven't tried to remove the bench, but the bottom does seem pretty secure. I'll try to investigate further tomorrow.

I did measure the tank, and it is the same 12 gal that Scamp has on their website designated for post 1990 trailers. Same dimensions. It is so far away from the outside wall, I assume that they just put it in in a different position for some reason. If the tank were moved so that the drain with the stopcock used the outermost hole in the floor, and the overflow used the inner hole instead of the way it is now, it seems that would give me another 3 inches or so to fit my hand down along the inside edge.

I cannot think of a reason that someone would have make this change, other than shear brain fart when re-installing.

Anyway, I know what needs to be done, so will attempt it at some point. Right now, I'm getting a fair amount of black crud out of the tank and lines when I pump the water. Actually got two very dead spiders out of it too. No leaks that I can see at the tank end, but the hand pump leaks around the base. I've read some folks have been successful repairing these pumps, but most folks seem to recommend just buying a new one, or switching to an electric.

I think at this point, I'll just continue to use the old pump and see if I can get all the black crud out with bleach water. If successful, I'll go ahead and install a new hand pump - kinda leaning that way as opposed to electric since there is no bath and I hope to do a substantial amount of boon docking. Less battery power needed.

On Monday I should receive the new sink drain trap - hopefully I got the right size. The one that was in it had the nipple that the drain line attaches to broken off. I'll get that put back together, then It will make pumping the bleach water through the system easier.

If I get the water flowing clear, then I'll just treat any tank water with Aqua Mira, the same water purification I use when backpacking. It was initially marketed to sanitize and keep storage tank water sweet. Kills most all bacteria if used properly, so will make the water fine for hand/dish/hair washing. Will cook/drink bottled water for the time being.

If I do end up removing the bench, I will probably replace the entire water system, line and all, plus re-install the tank in the proper position.

Anyway, so far I've only found these small, annoying things to fix on this 16 year old trailer, so I'm happy. I anticipate needing a new axle in the years to come, but I'll cross that bridge when It comes.

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