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Old 02-28-2018, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default Replace or clean fresh water tank in my '96 Roadtrek?

Hi All,

You may remember me from the very long refurbishing thread to get rid of mildew from my Roadtrek. I'm happy to say the kids and I just did 2,200 miles on it and for the most part the smell was completely tolerable!

Onto the next project, which is tackling the fresh water tank, currently winterized.

When I left it in the fall, I had bleached it and found that this caused all the black gunk to start to come off the walls of the tank and clog the filter. After several attempts to flush and spray the inside of the tank with my garden hose, the filter would still clog. I drained it and winterized it.

I do not have a camera to look inside of it, but I can only guess that I will not like what I see.

My question is this: using one of those flexible pressure washer hoses, is it worth trying to clean the tank... or should I be considering replacing the tank? I can find no threads on replacing the fresh water tank on this forum.

Your thoughts would be appreciated!
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Old 02-28-2018, 02:04 PM   #2
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Where is the tank? Inside or underneath?

You have to remove the tank to replace it.
Why not first remove the tank to see if you can clean it?

The tank is made of roto-mold. It is indestructable. It should be clean-able.


ps. what have you used to clean it so far?
Dishwashing machine detergent?
I would think 2,200 miles should be enough to swish it clean.


ps. I don't drink from the tank.
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I would remove the tank so it could be more thoroughly cleaned. That way it can be soaked, inverted, etc to get all the surfaces, as well as give access for pressure washing if it has a large fill hole. Trying to clean a tank in place is nearly impossible to do completely as some areas will not get cleaned without flipping, shaking, etc.

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During the 2,200 mile trip, the RV was still winterized and the tank only has some antifreeze in it.

It's under the rig... and I don't know how I would drop it as I don't have the equipment to lift more than one corner at a time.

In the fall, I did a normal sanitization of the system after smelling sulphur from the heating system. Just a bleach solution. That seemed to make the situation worse as after that, the black (is it algae or mold?) goop started to detach from the walls of the tank and clog the filter. That's when I realized it was bad inside.

Also, if I could get the rig jacked up enough to work under it, I have no idea how to remove the tank. Sure, there are two large metal bars holding it in, but it is also presumably attached at the fill neck somehow as well.

I put in a call to the service folks to see if they can get a replacement tank and an estimate. I also just ordered a cheap endoscopic camera so that I can finally look at the interior of the tank to see what I'm up against!

Crazy idea #1: Do they make a flexible high pressure hose that, with the help of the camera, I could direct at the walls?
Crazier idea #2: Have you ever heard of anyone installing a round opening at the bottom of their tank? Presumably with a screw in plug.

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You should make yourself a set of 2X10 lumber ramps to get high enough to get under the van, as you likely will need it in the future also.

Don't know on your model, but most fresh tanks come out pretty easily I think. You could also have shop remove it so you could take it home and clean it up and have them put it back in.

I don't know if you could even get a tank for a 1996.
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That's good advice! I have some great jacks and jack stands for getting under there, but it would have to be considerably higher to drop the tank. It's a '96 Roadtrek.

The nearest Roadtrek service folks just called me back up and the plan is as follows: I'm going to start by looking in the tank to see what I'm up against. I have a camera on the way.

The service guy told me to try the off the shelf cleaners first like the Thetford brand. I'm going to try and find one of those flexible hoses that you can use to direct pressure into the tank.

So I'll start low-tech and play it by ear. He didn't think getting a new tank would be an easy option, by the way.

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That's good advice! I have some great jacks and jack stands for getting under there, but it would have to be considerably higher to drop the tank.
Wooden ramps are vastly safer than any jack/jack stand setup. I use mine all the time. Makes under-vehicle service trivial.
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Yes, I agree, they are much better. And I will probably go make some this weekend for various uses... including my truck.

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