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Old 08-18-2018, 05:29 AM   #1
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I can't fill my fresh water tank (after 9 months in storage). Water comes out in a backflow immediately. I have a 1998 Roadtrek, Dodge Chassis. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 08-18-2018, 06:12 AM   #2
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The owners manual for 1998 Roadtrek is at https://www.roadtrek.com/download/1735&file_id=1736

On page 9 it describes two ways to fill the tank. Are you doing it with the gravity fill at the back door or the city water connection at the drivers side door?

What happens when you turn on the sink?

What instructions were followed to winterize and de- winterise?
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I have tried to fill it through the gravity feed. I opened spigots, blew air through the air vent above the opening for the hose. I tried to fill through the city water opening, but there is no valve to bypass the water going directly to the faucets.

I can't even feed a 1/4 inch tubing into the gravity feed opening. It seems to be blocked.

For winterizing: I emptied all the tanks, left the plug off of the drain for the fresh water tank, took out the anode in the hot water heater, and put it in an RV storage.
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I would run a camera down there and see whatís going on. My first guess would be some sort of insect activity.

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I see that the link I posted to the 1998 Roadtrek manual is blocked. Go to Roadtrek.com select support then owners manuals. Page 9 says there is a valve where the city water is connected that should allow it to fill the tank. So water will go to the sink if connected to city water? There must be a valve.

I donít know what to say about the 1/4 tube not going in. Maybe a filter to stop large stuff from getting into the tank?
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I see that the link I posted to the 1998 Roadtrek manual is blocked. Go to Roadtrek.com select support then owners manuals. Page 9 says there is a valve where the city water is connected that should allow it to fill the tank. So water will go to the sink if connected to city water? There must be a valve.

I donít know what to say about the 1/4 tube not going in. Maybe a filter to stop large stuff from getting into the tank?
Hi, and thanks for your ideas. I already have an owners manual, and followed all the steps. Unfortunately, I don't see a valve on my city water connection area. It actually looks like it was removed by some service work in the past. I am the second owner. So when I fill through city water, it can only go to the sink, etc.
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Were you able to find the problem?
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On my Airstream Avenue (Chevy Express chassis) I found the gravity filler tube was bent at too tight an angle (unseen behind a panel). In spite of the ribbed hose, it doubled over and pinched off flow to a trickle when filling with the hose.

First, I replaced the hose and re-routed it slightly to remove the sharp bend. Second, I purchased a Camco filler spout with flexible hose that could be inserted down into the filler spout.

I wish I could report "problem solved", but I must still fill the fresh water tank at about 1/2 water flow and it takes a long time. Better than before, but still a pain.
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I can't fill my fresh water tank (after 9 months in storage). Water comes out in a backflow immediately. I have a 1998 Roadtrek, Dodge Chassis. Any help would be appreciated!
Hi Cathie.
I had a similar problem with my Roadtrek 2003. The water file tubing was punctured and I had to replace part of it.

If it is like mine, the tubing is semi transparent and after cleaning it, you should be able to look through it to see if there is any things blocking it.

When I replaced my tubing this year, I added a smaller one in it that goes into the tank to ensure air pressure is released when I fill the tank through the rear water fill.

Hope this will help.
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When I drove mine after being winterized the water ran out below where I was filling in front area. Drove it back to rv place and they found the hot water heater had a ,problem. I tried adding water again not too long ago and it was still coming out below. Have a problem finding the right attachment for the hose to valve
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