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Old 06-18-2019
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Default Burst Pipe?!?! Need Help....

I was putting water in the coach for the first time after the winter and discovered a big leak ... The spot had to be in an area I have no clue how to get to. I was filling the Hot Water Tank and it sounded like it was making noise towards the bottom of the bed towards the closet. I shut of the valves and it stopped. Then I noticed the wet carpet ! I felt along the little carpeted shelf and found an area that was wet on top.

I placed a blue towel in the photos so you can see where it may be. I know there has to be some way you can get to the water lines underneath.

Maybe Ernie or someone can guide me after replacing so many carpets. Just had to happed after I had winterized the coach and used the pick stuff . Help is needed, thanks....
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Theres screws buried in the carpet that hold that corner board onto the wall and floor. Find the screws and remove them, the corner board will pull away and reveal the water lines and your busted water line.
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screws are hard to find,
run a thin putty knife between the wall and the carpet to find the brackets, and the screws will be near-by
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A magnet will help find those screws also...then a quick trip to HD should fix it
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You might have some of the dreaded 7/16" copper tubing in there. If you do, it can be repaired by using 3/8" pipe inside of the 7/16. I had to make a repair on the road last winter.

One day I will remove all the copper and run Pex like I did with my '82 FC. The 87-89 FC's have more plumbing though and it runs on both sides of the coach. The old FC's have the plumbing all contained to the rear left side.
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I attempted to find the dreaded screws with no success . I used putty knifes magnets etc.... Talked to Ernie who confirmed that their were screws but they were like finding a needle in a haystack. He further said that to just pull the carpet off. So that is what I did . I used a carpet knife and cut and cut and cut.... Eventually I cut through the carpet so I had something to grab onto. Once I got enough off the rest was easier. There are three screws on top and three screws on brackets on the floor.

Now onto the leak which I hope to get a little further tomorrow.
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Glad you got it opened up. That's half the battle. Now on to the real surgery.
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I attempted to find the dreaded screws with no success . I used putty knifes magnets etc.... Talked to Ernie who confirmed that their were screws but they were like finding a needle in a haystack. He further said that to just pull the carpet off. So that is what I did . I used a carpet knife and cut and cut and cut.... Eventually I cut through the carpet so I had something to grab onto. Once I got enough off the rest was easier. There are three screws on top and three screws on brackets on the floor.

Now onto the leak which I hope to get a little further tomorrow.
Sorry that happened to you Dan, but thanks for posting the pictures, that definitely adds to the database and knowledge base.

Maybe you can just sweat some new copper in where you have the burst part.
I’ve also heard pex can handle a freeze and doesn’t burst.
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Are you sure it's a pipe?
A couple years ago, I know of two 1990 WB that started leaking thru the water heaters, and needed new water heaters.
One was mine!
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That's a good point. Not sure if Melvin meant water heater or chassis heaters. I noticed the bathroom corner being wet and traced it to a leaking chassis heater in mine. I'm sure Dan will figure out what's going on now that its open. Although he did say in his original post that he noticed the leak after adding fresh water to the coach. In my case it not only was wet but smelled a little sweet, telltale sign of antifreeze.
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