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Old 10-15-2014, 09:50 AM   #1
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ParkLiner waste water leak

I posted about this a while back, and was advised to clean, dry and apply a two part epoxy. Well, if anything, the leak is worse. What aggravates me most is it never leaked before I left it at the ParkLiner factory for week!

So the leak is where the round outlet pipe attaches to the tank proper. Have other folks had this same problem and if so, what the heck causes it?

My outlet pipe is held up with thin metal strapping that is NOT tight to the fiberglass. Should it be tight, or should there be room for movement?

My two part epoxy repair did not work, but to be honest, I did not do a great job, as the epoxy was very difficult to mold around and press tightly to the seam. Having said that, am I looking at installing a whole new tank, or do RV shops know how to fix something like this permanently?

I will be bringing it into a local RV place soon for them to take a look at it, and just want to gain any advice, experience, or counsel before doing that. Even if I lived closer to the plant, I would NOT be bringing it back to ParkLiner!

Thanks for any help.

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Old 10-15-2014, 10:03 AM   #2
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You can hunt down an RV holding tank service (they do repairs) in your area that come to you and campgrounds. Two examples here

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Old 10-16-2014, 07:04 AM   #3
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That's okay. Tank is empty. I'll bring it to an RV place.

I was hoping to hear from other folks who have had this problem, and how it was resolved. I guess I'm the only one that this has happened to.

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Old 10-23-2014, 07:48 AM   #4
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If it's that milky white sort of greasy feeling material it's LDPE and almost nothing sticks to it. Certainly not epoxy.

It can be welded with special hot air tools.


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Old 10-23-2014, 07:52 AM   #5
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It's black Denny, but sounds like what you describe. I had one heck of a time getting the epoxy to stick, and I bet that's why.

I'll keep ya posted. The waste tank has been emptied, but I still need to winterize the water system. Soon...

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Old 10-23-2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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A shop should be able to plastic weld it.

Look up plastic welding.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:35 AM   #7
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I did Danny, interesting. Normally I'm a do-it-yourself kind of guy, but I think I'll take this to somebody to do.

I still don't understand why it leaks. This is a 2012 trailer. Was it mounted incorrectly? The circular pipe is not mounted tight to the fiberglass. Should it be? I just don't want to get it fixed, then go through the same thing again. ParkLiner is no help, as I'm out of warranty, and they won't talk to me anyway.

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Sounds like it can be repaired but probably after removal. Check out YouTube on plastic tank repair. The tool they use is an inexpensive soldering iron and epoxy. Best of the best to you!

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I'm gonna try and remove it after breakfast and before we take off for a visit with in-laws for the weekend. To be honest, I'd rather be taking a waste water tank off than seeing my in-laws...

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Old 10-25-2014, 07:58 AM   #10
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So when the folks at ParkLiner installed the combined gray/black waste water tank they did it so it cannot be easily removed. Two tank stubs come up in each side of the trailer, and both have pvc fittings glued over top of them, making it nearly impossible to cut them off and have anything left to attach to. I guess I could cut above the glued on fittings, but the holes the stubs come through aren't big enough to have that extra width come through.





I would love to have some ideas as to how to disconnect these two stubs from interior plumbing in a way that would be easy to re-install after it's fixed. Or should I just buy a new tank?

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Old 10-25-2014, 09:37 AM   #11
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So my eye just caught this Oliver thread:

Upgrading RVs to Oliver

Oliver specifically makes their tanks easy to get out!

Looks more and more like ParkLiners a low life trailers...

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Looks more and more like ParkLiners a low life trailers...

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That's a bit harsh IMHO. There's a HUGE difference between the Parkliner and the Oliver and it starts with price.
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Exactly! And it's not harsh at all, given the problems I've had both with the trailer and the factory. I like the trailer design, but that's about it!

See, that's what happens when you're limited by money.

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The tank is probably an off the shelf item and not specific to Parkliner so a replacement should be available once you figure out the company that made it. Then install new piping and secure it to prevent this from happening again. Just the kind of job us old guys with bad backs want isn't it Frank, laying underneath or twisted into some compartment to get at things. Time to get out the sawzall !
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