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Old 01-06-2017
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Default Major Water Damage --Beware

This morning we heard water running outside, coming from our neighbor's coach, a very nice new-to-them 1994 Holiday Rambler. They have been away for two days. Water was running out of several of the bays. Inspection showed it was coming from inside, and above. I turned off the tap and called the park manager to call the owner.

This will be a major mess, carpet, tiles, possibly ruined panels, depending upon what blew and where. Much sympathy for the newbies. When they get back I will see if we can assist them.

So starts the discussion. Most owners either forget to turn off the water when leaving the coach for longer than normal, or perhaps don't even think about it, like me. Most do not turn it off whenever leaving the coach. Some fill and use the tanks and never leave it connected to shore water, but unless the pumps are also turned off, there is still the potential for a hundred gallons of water to be where you don't want it. What do you do?

This is a reminder to folks like me, who get sloppy about things like that. Gotta start a new habit.
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Part of my exit procedure for leaving the coach is to turn off the pump. I never leave the shore water on. We use the ump, which does a good job.

One time I blew a hose when switching off the tank fill Sporlan valve with the shore water on. The shock was too much (the CG also had pretty high pressure). I discovered it when we stopped after driving for quite a while. Drained the whole tank and flooded the bedroom in the FC.
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We always use from the tank, but we often forget to turn it off when we leave.
Good reminder of the dangers of leaving it on.
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We also only use the pump but usually leave it in. Good reminder to turn it off.
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We work off of the tank,and turn the pump off at night and when we leave.
I have survived the flood,not fun.
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Years ago, our friends boat sank at the dock. He forgot to turn the city water off, blew a hose and filled his 23 foot sailboat with water. We figured the tiny bilge pump burned up after running for hours.

We try to never leave the city water on when leaving for more than few minutes. Only using your pump seems safer to me plus it keeps fresh water in your tank.
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Many years ago my mom had a house boat that sunk at the dock do to that it cost her a lot to get everything fixed.
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Many years ago my mom had a house boat that sunk at the dock do to that it cost her a lot to get everything fixed.
"ditto" 50' houseboat purchased two days prior by some folks 4 or 5 slips from our boat. Anchor light sticking out of the lake like a submarine periscope. The owners took the insurance money & gave up boating--never took the boat out on the lake.
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It flooded soooo bad it ran all the way to my house!
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I do use shore water. However, I NEVER, EVER, leave the water on unless I am there. Many neighbors have asked why I turn the water off every time I leave. Then I explain it.
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