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Old 05-03-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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leak at filler tube on freshwater tank

Hi, our next leak is somewhere in the filler for the freshwater tank. After I filled it with the hose we had water running around the floor in the back storage compartments. The tank is at the rear and we can't physically reach the filler area on the tank through the storage compartments to assess or fix what is leaking without apparently removing the bench... But before we do that I thought I'd ask if anyone has suggestions on approaching this?
Also, any tips on drying out the flooring when it has had leaking? The area at the very front of the Scamp in the bathroom and front closet is still damp, in spite of pulling up the carpet and letting it air out for several days...we're thinking of putting a large dehumidifier in there.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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Use the hair dryer. I can get to my fresh water fill tube, but if you really can't get to it you may have to remove the bench.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:46 PM   #3
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Also use the dehumidifier.

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Old 05-03-2011, 07:41 PM   #4
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Thanks. I wish we had a garage to put it into when it rains in case more areas are leaking. Thinking about a tarp...or would it rub on the fiberglass and ruin it?
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #5
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I don't know, I live in the desert and the last time it rained was last July or August.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:19 AM   #6
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Wow, overnight the dehumidifier has already made a big improvement! Thanks everyone!
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:52 AM   #7
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It seems that the water system was never intended to be repaired by human hands. I found no good way to access the filler tube or the tank outlet or drain tube without removing the bench. While I had it out I replaced the filler tube and the supply lines and installed new hose clamps. Didn't tighten one of them properly so had to pull the bench twice. Not a difficult task, and certainly worth it to insure a tight water system.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:20 PM   #8
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I had a similar problem with my 2007 13' Scamp. Every time I filled the fresh water tank, I had a soaked carpet under the dining table. Turned out to be a cracked filler neck on the thru-the-wall plastic filler piece. I had to remove the hose/clamp from the filler neck to see it. It leaked since day 1 so i know it was defective from the factory!
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:59 PM   #9
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Update on this a year and a half later: We never did anything about fixing it because it would require so much effort to get to the filler, I just use care not to have the hose on too high a pressure while filling the tank, and I have had no more leaking problems with it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:55 PM   #10
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Heidi, I procrastinated on installing an exterior 110 outlet as it required me to remove the rear bench where the water tank is located - sounded like *way* more work/effort than I felt worth while. When I finally did it, it was way easier than I thought to remove the bench and put it back in after. Only a few screws holding it in place. Taking the bench out also gave me chance to look for any water damage issues around & under the water tank that I couldn't see from just opening the top hatch cover. Turned out no water damage but I could see that one of the water connections was close to coming off. I ended up redoing most of the water fittings while I had it all open so its good for a number of more years without any worries. If I was in your shoes I would just pull the rear bench out and fix the problem. The work involved in fixing any floor damage that you cant see that may be happening under the water tank will be way more work than just pulling the rear bench out and fixing a leaking filler.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:55 PM   #11
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Just in case you want to go there one day. I took mine out without removing the bench. It is a real PAIN, there is a video on the scamptrailer website that shows that they put it in before they put the bench. It will be easiest if you cut the metal bands that hold it in place and replace them with new ones. But even after that.., in my case the filler hose was just long enough to move the tank out a little bit, I could open the clip that holds it, but it was really hard work to get it off the tank, and painful since the space between the tank and the bench was so small. I completely destroyed the hose in the process. The advantage will be that after all that you can put the tank in a better place so you have a bit more storage space and also access to the water hoses to see from time to time if they are still clean. In my case water from a leaky window had collected under the tank and I had quite some rot.

Did you consider to install a hatch on top of the tank for cleaning and filling it through the window?
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:15 PM   #12
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You are all great to give suggestions! What I really want to do someday (and am afraid to mention to DH just yet) is raise up the bed by about 5" so that my dog has more headroom under there. Poor thing has to scrunch down just to get into her sleeping space underneath the bunk.
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I am not a small person, but I have never had any real problem reaching in to attach the hose or tighten the clamp.
Once you determine for sure that that is the source of the leak, and you still find the you can't get your arm in to access the hose and clamps.... Try this...

Drill out the rivets at the external filler. Then you can pull it out far enough to attach and tighten the clamp.(the hose will extend far enough)
I recently changed the type of filler device on my personal Scamp and I really like the new design. There are several on the market which work fine, but I liked the one shown below, not only does it work well, but I had a couple of them in stock!(lol)
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:39 PM   #14
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Hmmm....ok, I have to ask, am I the only one who is paranoid enough to wonder why we advertise the drinking water inlet and that it is unsecured? Almost seems like it's begging for some devious person to pour something nasty into it...
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