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RE: Sediment in Freshwater System - Need Help!

Thanks again all. I flushed the fresh water tank with filtered water several times and it’s clear now. I checked the strainer on the water pump and it was pretty clean. Appreciate all the help and education I received here!
InTheRockies 09/20/21 01:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sediment in Freshwater System - Need Help!

Grit Dog: sorry my post was confusing. Yes, there had never been any discoloration in the water from the fresh water tank until I filled it this last time in a state park in Maine. I could not detect any discoloration in the water as I was filling the tank. The water was flowing and it looked clear. I drained the tank as soon as I noticed the discoloration. I tried flushing it once (refilling with what I knew to be clean water and draining again) but the sediment or iron was clearly still sitting in the bottom of the tank. So I’ve now emptied it and refilled it twice more and it’s better, but still some iron in there I need to get out.
InTheRockies 09/18/21 06:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sediment in Freshwater System - Need Help!

Thanks all. I flushed the tank a bit today and collected some of the water as it drained, let it sit in a bucket, and about 20 minutes later could see the iron settled at the bottom of the bucket. Will continue to fill and drain until it seems to be gone. When I filled the tank with the bad (iron filled) water, I could not detect any discoloration as it was going into the tank. The water was going in at a good clip and looked clear as it was filling. I will use an inline filter from now on when filling the fresh water tank. I always use one when hooked up to city water connection, but will cover this base from now on. Funnily enough, I saw a fellow camper using a filter on their fresh water hose to fill their tank today and thought, see, that’s what I need to do….until I noticed they were using the (clearly marked) non-potable water spigot at the dump station used for flushing! Whoops.
InTheRockies 09/18/21 06:16pm General RVing Issues
Sediment in Freshwater System - Need Help!

Hi folks. I have what appears to be an orange/rust colored sediment in my travel trailer’s fresh water system. I had been using the freshwater tank without issue, and then filled it up at my last campground and noticed severe discoloration of the water coming out of the faucets and into the toilet bowl. I tried sanitizing the tank with a bleach mixture (I hadn’t really observed the issue to be sediment at that time) and it is still orange water when I run the water pump. I plan to drain the remainder of the fresh water tank tomorrow and capture as much of the water as I can in a bucket to see if it’s discolored. I can also try using the bypass on my pump to pump what I know to be clean water through the pump and see if it runs clear or not. Any other suggestions on what to try and troubleshoot, and if it is sediment deposits in the tank, how do I flush it out? That stuff just settles and seems like just filling the tank with clean water a few times might not wash all the heavier sediment deposits out. Thanks in advance for your help.
InTheRockies 09/17/21 06:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone Next Week - Freezing Temps Concern

Thanks for all the input. I’ll take the advice here and not worry about temps in the low 30s.
InTheRockies 05/16/21 08:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone Next Week - Freezing Temps Concern

I’m staying at Mammoth and using the forecast for Gardiner. Northern part of the park is the lowest elevation. Probably worrying too much so thanks for calming the nerves.
InTheRockies 05/15/21 09:41am General RVing Issues
Yellowstone Next Week - Freezing Temps Concern

I’ll be in Yellowstone next week in my TT and am concerned about temps dipping below freezing at night. My holding tanks are all exposed below the underbelly. I can easily run some RV antifreeze through my supply lines via the water pump and use water containers for my fresh water needs, but am not sure about the waste tanks. I won’t be able to avoid using the gray and black tanks. I can pour antifreeze in the drain lines but it will be diluted by the gray and black waste water. Is the answer just more antifreeze? Any temporary and easy insulation I can rig up for the exposed tanks and low point drains? Forecasted low temps look to be around 30-35. Am I worrying too much? Thanks in advance.
InTheRockies 05/14/21 10:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bringing Trailer in for Service - Need Advice

Lane hog: yes, that's something I could do when on longer trips for sure. As each issue with the RV crops up, I find I learn more about DIY and get more comfortable attempting things myself. Also might keep some more spare parts on hand for things that are prone to failure and/or in order to make rudimentary/temporary repairs to tide me over while on the road.
InTheRockies 04/01/21 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Bringing Trailer in for Service - Need Advice

ReneeG: thanks for that info. I'm sure there are multiple entry points, but the easiest one for them at the moment appears to be several holes/gaps in the underbelly material where they crawl up into the insulation, and from there get into the area underneath the bathtub. I found a huge stash of nuts and seeds in the area under my bathtub. Vacuumed it out as best I can, but they can still gain entry. I will definitely have all the penetrations checked and sealed with spray-foam/steel wool/wire mesh. Anyone have experience with mice getting in via hot water heater? Not the tank itself, but where the water lines come in?
InTheRockies 03/22/21 10:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Bringing Trailer in for Service - Need Advice

Thanks for all of the replies. I’ll give the toilet valve a go myself. Will further investigate the shower leak to see if I can pinpoint the issue. I hear you all on the underbelly and insulation and agree that just inspecting the entire undercarriage is the most prudent route rather than having to come back and do it later. Thanks for the input and advice.
InTheRockies 03/22/21 08:41am Travel Trailers
Bringing Trailer in for Service - Need Advice

Hi all. I've got a few issues with my travel trailer and will be bringing it in for service this week. Was 2 days into my 6 week trip when I discovered two leaks. Also have mice & chipmunks getting into the trailer, and need to address that issue. Before dropping off the trailer, I wanted to get some input on the issues I'm having the dealer address in an effort to provide them more direction and try to limit the damage to my wallet. 1. Replace the water valve on the toilet - I watched some YouTube videos on this and it seems it should only take 15-20 minutes. Most places seem to want to charge for an hour of labor and $50-$70 for the valve. I'm pretty sure I could do it myself, but it will take longer for me to get the part, and I'm in a hurry to get this stuff done and resume my trip. 2. Identify shower leak and repair. When I pressurized the water system I got quite a bit of water spraying between the tub and the shower surround. Because the water leak is that high up (and I didn't see any evidence of water below the tub where the drain line is), I would think the issue is the tub faucet. I removed the tub faucet and didn't see any evident cracks in the fixture, and the supply lines looked ok from what I could see. Anything else I can do to troubleshoot to save time at the repair shop? 3. Remove portion (8' x 3') of underbelly on rear of trailer, replace insulation soiled by rodents, remove any remnants of rodent activity, and replace underbelly material (it's not coroplast but the thinner, more flexible plastic/vinyl). Any idea how long this might take? I had an estimate from one dealer of 6 hours to do the whole length (17' box; 24' tongue to bumper). So for only about 3 feet of length (and 8' width), any guess on how long this should take? Thanks in advance.
InTheRockies 03/21/21 05:40pm Travel Trailers
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