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Old 10-27-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Leaky water tank problem

My 1986 17ft Burro has a leaky fresh water tank. Can the tank be repaired or do I have to put in a new one? It's some kind of plastic and seems to have a crack somewhere. If so, how do you get the old one out? It's under the back seating/sleeping area which is all molded, there's only a small door 9"x!2" on the inside and fill hole on the outside. Any ideas?
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:18 AM   #2
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Hello Minnie. A few months back I found my water tank leaking at one of fittings. After asking here and doing a little research, I temporarily solved my problem. Along the way I discovered that most water tanks are made from polyethylene plastic i.e. milk jug plastic. It's used for milk jugs and water tanks because not much bonds to it. While there are patch kits, people don't say good things about them. In my case I had some stripped threads on one of the outlets. Teflon paste and a hose clamp stopped the lead. A crack would have meant a new tank. As far as tank removal, there are a number of Burro owners here who might be able to help. Perhaps a moderator can add "Burro" to your title to attract them. Good luck, Raz
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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Minnie, have you taken a look at the Documents center on this forum to find the assembly manual for the Burro That may have some helpful info.
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Minnie, have you taken a look at the Documents center on this forum to find the assembly manual for the Burro That may have some helpful info.

Download from following link at Doc Center Fiberglass RV - Document Center - 1983 Burro Assembly Manual

Wow! Fascinating assembly manual- thanks, Carol!

I had no idea that the Burro came as a sort of "kit", to be assembled by the buyer...

That manual is definitely worth a look, Minnie- sounds like the water tank was meant to be installed by the buyer, so it should come out the same way it want in! Is yours under the back streetside seat?

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Old 10-28-2012, 06:09 PM   #5
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Thanks all for the input regarding my leaky tank! I just finished printing off the Burro manual. My Burro has the tank on the same side as the door. This model has a toilet and shower on the door side, where others show a closet. I'm going to check the fittings first and if thats not it I'll just cut the top of the seat to replace the tank and make a wood hatch there like is shown in the manual. I'll let you know how it goes! Once again, thank you all.
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That's the spirit, Minnie

Like I always say: There's no such thing as the perfect fiberglass trailer until the new owner gets done with the Skilsaw!

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If you do have a crack or hole in the tank, it can be "welded" by a professional.
I know of a auto body guy that does it all the time to the "plastic" bumpers on cars.
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