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Old 04-18-2010
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Angry Water Leak In Bedroom, drat!!

Howdy, WOGers.
We have a water leak in the bedroom. Jack turned off the water to the Bird and then drained the water heater. He then removed one of the elbows on the water line into the water heater with much vocalizing and drawing of blood. He is not happy that there is not a shutoff valve on the water line into the water heater. He says that there will be when he gets done.

We think that the water heater had been seeping water for a couple of days. I noticed that the carpet was damp on my side of the bed. But when i lifted that carpet, it was pretty wet and of course, the plywood floor is wet, also. Grrrrrrrr. There was water on the floor under the top panel of the bed box. We don't think that the fresh water tank is the problem. I sure hope not.

Jack is going to the WalMart in Hondo, first to see if he can get some parts to come up with a shutoff. If he doesn't have luck there, then he goes on to Castroville or San Antonio. Jack is NOT happy.

We tried to sleep on the opened sofa last night. Ha ha. Oreo the cat was upset because everything was in chaos. We had to dismantle the Sleep Number mattress to open the bedbox. Sometime during the night, Jack disappeared. I found him on top of the bed box in the AM, about 5. He said that the sofa just didn't fit him, me and the cat. We are ALL a little grumpy today.<smile>

In the meantime, I have assorted fans drying out the wet places. The wet carpet really smells bad but I'll have to deal with that later.

That's the story from our house-on-wheels.

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Liz have Jack check to see if there is a cutoff out of the main freash water tank before the water pump, there wasn't on mine but there is now. There are alot of components in the water line between the water tank and the water heater that may fail from time to time & shuting water off at the source saves on sucking up water with the wet vac.
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Liz have Jack check to see if there is a cutoff out of the main freash water tank before the water pump, there wasn't on mine but there is now. There are alot of components in the water line between the water tank and the water heater that may fail from time to time & shuting water off at the source saves on sucking up water with the wet vac.
Thanks for the reply, John. Jack did check for other cutoffs in the water pump basement compartment. He didn't find one.

WHAT wet vac? <grin>

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Default UPDATE WITH PICTURES!!

Howdy, WOGers.
Here is an update on our persistant water leak in the bedroom. I am attaching a photo of the fitting that Jack used to stop the leak when the water is turned on to the coach. All Jack wants to do is to block off the water line to the hot water heater.
The fitting seeps water right above the nut where the elbow fits into the nut. Jack has tightened this but when we pressurize the system, we still have the seepage. So Jack tightened it ONE MORE TIME. It has been about 30 minutes and there is a tiny drop of water on the paper towel below this fitting. These fittings are lousy. Jack is stumped.
Any ideas or recomendations? Superglue?


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When I replaced my water heater (2005 I think) I had a persistent leak in the same area on my 94 and no amount of tightening would help. I finally applied some PERMATEX ULTRA BLACK gasket maker and this stopped the leak. It worked fine for five years. You may have stretched the fitting a bit too much so if it doesn't seal with the PERMATEX I would replace the fitting and apply PERMATEX to the new one before installation.
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Liz Jack
Sometimes the water pressure when on shore water is SOOOO HIGH that fittings will leak. What I did was buy another inline pressure regulator and screw it onto the other one I use so that I have lower pressure.
So there is the shore faucet pressure regulator and then #2 pressure regulator then hose to coach. It's working for me.
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Howdy, WOGers.
Thank you for all of your replies to our request for help with our water leak.

Jack has gone to Hondo to get some PERMATEX ULTRA BLACK gasket maker, maybe at WalMart or the hardware store. (Thanks, Rob.) Hopefully that will stop the seeping.


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Unhappy Need New Water Heater

Howdy, WOGers.
Well, our Bird needs a new water heater. <sigh> I sure hope that this is the LAST thing we will have to replace for a while!!!



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Stephen Birtles has the same water heater that you need.
Ernie- replaced Mike Kane's water heater last year
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I replaced my water heater last year, it took me about 3 hours, but after I removed & replaced the unit it was only the seal around the heater element which was leaking. I bought my unit off Craigs List from a guy who bought it new for his boat, but Birtles has them now.
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