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Old 05-08-2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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Water under bed Escape 19

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After a very fun trip (my third one!) at the King City, Ca fiberglass rally this weekend, I pulled out a small storage box from under the permanent bed in my 2016 19 and noticed it was wet. A small amount of water on the right side of the floor. It was only wet just in front of the door, not wet between the wood frame and the fiberglass shell. I have to admit, this was the first time I really took a look at what was under the bed. I am slowly learning what is where in my trailer. I was hooked to city water at the campground and did not use the water pump.

While my questions might fall under "What a stupid question. ", I bought used and I did not found answers to the questions in the owners manual, searching on the forums or the orientation video. Thank you for your kind answers.

1. Can you tell me about the clear tubing which is only connected on one end-what is it for? It was dry, so maybe not the source of the water?
2. Any idea where the water could have come from?
3. And, what is the switch for?
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:38 PM   #2
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Your trailer is equipped with a winterizing T valve. That clear tube is what sucks the anti freeze into the lines when winterizing. That likely has nothing to do with the water you found, provided the t-valve is shut. Check your pex lines (red and blue) paying particular attention to all places where they are crimped. You probably have a leak at one of them.
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The switch is for your heat pads on your fresh and grey tanks, they are 12v pads and should only be used while hooked up. Once switched on, they have a thermostat on at 30 and off at 40 degrees. The plastic tube is your E=Z Winertizing set up and the water may have come out of the end. There is a 3 way valve where it attaches to the plumbing and you want the valve painted the same way the plumbing runs. When winterizing your turn the valve towards the plastic tube, inset the tube in a bottle of rv antifreeze, turn on your pump and then go to each faucet and open until antifreeze comes out(toilet also). When not in use I strap it vertical too one of the supports under the bed and insert a dowel in the end. That is most likely your water leak.
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:51 PM   #4
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When not in use I strap it vertical too one of the supports under the bed and insert a dowel in the end. That is most likely your water leak.
I thought at first it might be a source for a leak Jim, but the OP mentioned the tube was dry. When you've had the issue, could you see any water drops in the tube?
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It is possible, with the valve open that water may escape, while hooked up to city water, I have found some drips until I realized where it came from and I turned the valve close, strapped it vertical and put dowel in it.
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Old 05-08-2018, 02:54 PM   #6
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We had an air leak on the side of the water pump that the filter is on. The tube would fill with air and take a long time to start pumping as a result. We tightened the shurflo connector and it seemed to fix it. But a few trips later it was leaking again. So I went through my o-ring collection and found one that was the same diameter as the pump pipe and placed it between the pump pipe and the connector. It's going on six months now and it still is holding.
If the one on the other side is loose it will leak water. You could see if it is loose. Do not force it as its just plastic. I think the o-ring trick would work there too if there is a leak and it does not stop.

Here is a similar shurflo connector.
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:52 PM   #7
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Yah, I wasn't thrilled with those connectors either and had leaks.

One way to pinpoint the source is get everything dry and wrap strips of paper towel on all connections. A slow leak is easier to find that way.

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I put one of these in the lower space under the pump and one under the sink.
They start making a lot of noise if even a tiny leak happens.
One came in real handy when the RO unit under the kitchen sink in the house sprung a leak one night. Not sure where to find them now, they are called leak frogs.
There are lots of other small devices that do the same thing.
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Great ideas!

Thank you for all the replies and good information.

Time to start at the pump to follow and learn the system.

The winterizing T-valve is something I don't think I will need. I plan on camping mostly Sept-May. The weather here isn't usually all that cold for any length of time. Nothing long term - might get up to 5-6 hours of below freezing, but not much more than that. But, who knows, better to have it than not.

Curious about the heat pads. How cold does it need to get and for how long before it is a good idea to turn them on?
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I put one of these in the lower space under the pump and one under the sink.
They start making a lot of noise if even a tiny leak happens.
One came in real handy when the RO unit under the kitchen sink in the house sprung a leak one night. Not sure where to find them now, they are called leak frogs.
There are lots of other small devices that do the same thing.
Those are cute ! Pat
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