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Old 07-09-2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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Scamp Water Tank: 8 or 12 gallon?

I thought our fresh water tanks were 12 gallon? I must be confused. Several times filling I only seem to get about 8. Am I crazy? On second thought don't answer that one,,,


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Old 07-09-2014, 09:06 AM   #2
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The factory freshwater tank is rated at 12gal, it might be slightly different but close.
Consider 1 cubic foot equals 7.4 gallons and measure the tank.
Due to the location of inlet and outlet lines the tank may come a little short of full or a little short of empty.
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We find filling the tank does not insure a full tank when you reach the campground, it seems to leak out. We keep it half full while traveling and fill it upon reaching our destination.
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Many water holding tanks on RVs, in general, have the inlet part way up the side of the tank, if there is no vent in the top of the tank the trapped air prevents the tank from filling fully. Take a look, a vent with a hose that loops up above the tank will vent the trapped air and prevent water near the top from "sloshing" out while traveling.
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I will measure that Floyd, thanks for the math! I guess after basically keeping track, gallon by gallon that I pour in there, when it's up to the top by the overflow valve, I've only dumped in around 8 gallons or do. It was empty thus morning so I dumped in exactly 5 gallons from my aquatainer and the tank is well over half full; I'd almost say 3/4!

So I will do the measuring thing I guess and figure this out, plus I'll check on the other suggestions friends made. Thanks!


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If U R going to be in a campground with hookups, you really don't need to fill your tank because it just adds additional weight to tow. We fill 2 milk jugs to flush the potty should we use it in route.
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My site does not have water. Some do here. I did not travel with water in tank. Filled up water tank and 5 gallon jug when I got here as I knew I'd run out.


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Many water holding tanks on RVs, in general, have the inlet part way up the side of the tank, if there is no vent in the top of the tank the trapped air prevents the tank from filling fully. Take a look, a vent with a hose that loops up above the tank will vent the trapped air and prevent water near the top from "sloshing" out while traveling.
I had a similar problem and posted about it in another thread: the vent tube described above was pinched and vented slowly, so pouring the water in fast, it appeared to be full, but it was not. Slowing down allowed me to fill it completely. It bugged the heck out of me and eventually I discovered the problem. It fills fast with no problem now. Check the vent tube under the bench to see if it is pinched or kinked. I simply unhooked it from the clamp. It stays looped up without it.
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I've been noodling for a while now in your post Paul and have gone I. To look several times for a vent tube. All I see is that ridged hose that leads to the wAter fill reservoir. I see a clear as tic hose near the bottom of the tank which I assume is where the water is drawn out if the tank from when pump is actuated.

I see the overflow tube. I must be missing something or perhaps calling something that which it is not!


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Sorry! Clear plastic.


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My Scamp water tank was slow to fill The vent /overflow tube was plugged .The tube goes from the top of the tank through the floor .Cleaned the tube with a coat hanger (Clear plastic tubing) (See Paul O' s post)
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I might be guilty of inconsistency in using the term - vent tube or overflow, it is the same thing, it is opposite the filling tube. It lets the air out when filling and when forcing extra water in, say from a garden hose, it lets it out. They loop it up to avoid spilling water when traveling is my guess.
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Oh ok. Now I understand. I should have connected in my brain that an overflow is also a vent. Thank you so much and I'm new so everything is new. Does not appear to be kinked though and I have observed water to come out of it during a little overfilling I did awhile back. But now that I know, I shall inspect it more closely this time.


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