I recently purchased a 1994 Bigfoot
Gaucho in reasonable condition and have been assessing the exterior and evaluating the various systems. So far, so good! The exterior waxes up well, I have removed old caulk and recaulked all exterior penetrations of the fiberglass shell. Poor stove, heater, and fridge
function were fixed by replacing the propane
regulator. Then I got to the potable water system --
I wanted to determine the volume of the water tank which the owners manual states categorically is under the back of the rear gaucho bed; it's not. It actually runs the entire width of the trailer in the area near the door opening. I filled the tank with a hose until it overflowed, then removed the hose; after water stopped flowing out of the supply and overflow openings on the side of the trailer, water continued drip down the sides of the tank for some time. It eventually stopped and the monitor reads 3/4 full. This seems like a potentially very bad situation and quite likely means that the tank has a leak(s).
Does anyone with more experience than me have a plausible explanation for this other than a leaky tank?
If not, it looks to me as if the tank was installed into the frame before the floor was installed. If that is the case, does anyone have experience with removing and replacing a water tank in that location?
Many thanks in advance for any help with this? It's going to turn out to be an awesome rig!