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Old 06-09-2021, 11:43 AM   #1
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1986 31ft Chiefton Water Leak

Ok, so I am borrowing this rv from a friend and unfortunately know nothing about it. It is a 1986 31ft Winnebago Chiefton. I am hooked up to fresh water at a campground. I do have a pressure regulator on the connection. The layout of this rv is a queen size bed in the back. I have been noticing a fresh water leak because there is dripping from under the back part of the rv. I have been turning the water off when I am not using it because of this. I looked underneath the rv and apparently the piping is not visible from under there. I sleep on the right side of the bed so that is the only side I walk on. Yesterday I dropped something and had to walk on the other side. I noticed that the floor on that side is wet. So I am trying to figure out how to access the piping underneath so I can try and find where the leak is coming from. Can I access it in the area under the bed? Can I access it from underneath? I am just trying to find out how I can find out where the leak is so I can figure out what needs to be fixed or replaced. I was trying to look at plumbing diagrams. They give the layout but don't really explain how to access those pipes.
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Old 06-11-2021, 08:41 PM   #2
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Update please help

So I had the day off and did some digging.. the leak is under this cardboard cover that has insulation inside. What is inside this cardboard? I need to move/remove it to find the leak. Please help. I don't want to go digging and [email protected]$& something up or myself.
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Wow. That looks like a leak I just fixed in my backyard hot tub. In mine, the connection to one of the pumps had corrosion, and leaked. I took the hose off of the fitting, (like in your photo), and cleaned it and replaced the hose clamp,(that’s what actually failed, it had rusted to nothing), it would not have found the leak, until I ran the pump.
See the similarities? Now that it’s all, open, run various water sources and see if a drip appears, as it doesn’t look too serious, right now.
Old connections often fail. The one on my spa was 20 years old before it leaked.
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That is the plan. I have a heater/fan running to dry it all out. I just need to move/remove that insulation wrapped in cardboard like material. But I don't know what is in it so I am afraid to remove it. Hoping when it drys out a little I can move it better to see what is happening. It is hard to move because it is so wet. Also a super tight space.
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That is the plan. I have a heater/fan running to dry it all out. I just need to move/remove that insulation wrapped in cardboard like material. But I don't know what is in it so I am afraid to remove it. Hoping when it drys out a little I can move it better to see what is happening. It is hard to move because it is so wet. Also a super tight space.
If the insulation is wet, it’s probably garbage. Pull it out, fix the leak, and replace it with dry fresh stuff!
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True. I was just hoping someone could tell me what was inside it so I know what I am up against and if I should disconnect the power to the rv first, etc. I appreciate your reply. Thank you. Wiring hanging out right where piping is makes me crazy nervous.
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