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Old 07-24-2018, 09:05 AM   #1
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Default A leaky part

I was recently checking the rig before a short trip when I saw this part leaking quite a bit when running the hot water tap. What is it and how do I fix it?
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:31 AM   #2
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It's the water strainer connected to the fresh water tank. It is usually screwed into the tank and can be replaced. The new ones look like this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/RV-MARINE-W...-/191879536805
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Old 07-26-2018, 04:43 PM   #3
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Hmm...I actually thought it was a check valve. If it were a strainer, it doesn't seem to have a clean-out like the one you suggested. I will need to remove and check it more closely. Thanks, though.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:32 PM   #4
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That looks like a Shurflo strainer that you use with the water pumps...


RV Water Pump Strainer, 1/2" Pipe Twist-on, SHURflo 170-061-29 - My Green Outdoor


They have been replaced by a newer version as mentioned above.
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Here's another site that shows the difference between the new and older strainers.
https://yourfulltimervliving.com/rv-...ean-the-screen
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Thank you all. So looking at my picture, the threaded end is in the tank and the dome end has an elbow attached to it. Do you think I need more than a plumber's tape to put this back on? Maybe replace the elbow too?
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I stopped using Teflon tape thread sealant. I now use a paste like sealant that is way easier to use, and much more efficient. I had a leak on one of the pipes entering the water heater and the Teflon just didn't do the job. The paste sealant did the job instantly. If you decide to get some, make sure it is safe to use on plastic and with drinking water. I don't recall the brand, but it was similar to this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hercules...8022/203461208

As for the elbow, I would start by taking it apart to see its condition. If it's in good shape, I'd reuse it.

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Wjones & Hondo,
THank you both, finally got around to fixing this using your suggested part. Had a bit of a struggle since the original pex pipe was a bit short. The drain valve is closer to the pipe so I switched it with the strainer connection. Another note, this style strainer has protrusions that makes it impossible to screw in completely - I had to add a coupler to allow it to tighten. Just got back from Thanksgiving weekend and all seems to work fine so far.
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