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Old 07-14-2021, 08:25 AM   #1
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Default Filling the fresh water tank.

I’ve had issues in the past when filling the fresh water tank where the water backs up while filling making for a fairly slow process to put 25 gallons in the reservoir. Read a suggestion (prolly on this forum) to use an extended filler hose that goes deeper into the OEM fill hose. The one I made is about 18” long but the path of the OEM hose only allows me to advance it ~12”. Seems to catch on the corrugations. Perhaps I need a smaller diameter, longer hose that goes all of the way to the tank? I’m wondering if my vent tube (I’m assuming that’s what the small screened aperture above the fill opening is) is plugged? Has anyone else had an issue with the vent tube?
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When my fresh water tank is filling, sometimes can hear guggling in the vent .. and when full water squirts out of it.
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There may be a simple fix --- I had the same problem. I took a hard look at the inlet tube, and it was tilted upward, slightly. So I looped a cable tie around the tube and pulled it down a little, fastening the end of the cable tie to part of the cabinet frame. Problem solved -- the law of gravity has now been obeyed.

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When my fresh water tank is filling, sometimes can hear guggling in the vent .. and when full water squirts out of it.
That’s how I would expect it to work. I’ve never had that happen tho which leads me to believe something is plugging the vent tube.

I’ll also check to see if Profdant’s solution might be the problem!
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Make sure your vent screen is clean and unblocked. I recently discovered mine was and after cleaning it the tank filled much faster.
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Well, after exploring both of the suggested remedies, I discovered that the vent tube had a major kink about 8” in from the vent screen. I tried free up the kinked area to let the tube be open to air passage but found no joy with that maneuver. I ended up (hopefully) improving the situation by forcing a hard plastic piece of tubing past the kinked area. Same concept as a coronary artery stent. I did have to splice in a short extension at the tank end. Again, I’m hoping that this provides a solution to the problem. If not, I may have to remove the outer filling port plate to see if adjustments can be done there.
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Great idea on the stent! Would it be possible to reduce the length of the tube in order to straighten out the kink? (Like a coronary bypass, perhaps? )
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Great idea on the stent! Would it be possible to reduce the length of the tube in order to straighten out the kink? (Like a coronary bypass, perhaps? )
I’m not so sure that shortening the tube will do anything. The path of the tube is the issue. Coming off the back side of the external filler fixture, both the fill and vent tubes make a near 90 degree turn down into where they pass across the “ceiling” of the pass thru storage area at the front of the camper before entering the compartment containing the water tank, pump and accumulator. I need to explore the possibility of enlarging the area where the tubes pass into the storage area in order to reduce the angle of the bend.
RE: the “coronary bypass” idea, I may be doing that anyway due to the ugly buildup of “stuff” within the OEM vent tube! Technically, the only thing passing thru that tube should be air being forced out of the reservoir as it fills BUT if I overfill, I’m sure some of that “stuff” gets “back washed” toward the tank and ends up in the water. We do filter any water for drinking or cooking thru a Brita filter so we have some level of protection.
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Coincidentally, today I was shopping for a new garden hose and saw this product -- it is an anti kink device for hoses -- I wonder if there is a way to use it on your vent tube?

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Coincidentally, today I was shopping for a new garden hose and saw this product -- it is an anti kink device for hoses -- I wonder if there is a way to use it on your vent tube?
I may be able to something similar DIY with an appropriately sized spring.
Our x210 has the “walk around” Queen-size bed with cabinets under the “night stand” shelves. I looked inside the cabinet on the side where the filler fixture is and found a box built around where the fill and vent tubes pass into the storage compartment. I’m going to remove the box ( looks like two screws) and see if I can change the path of the vent tube to relieve the kink. Otherwise, I’ll see if the anti-kink fix might work. Another option would be a 1/2” x 1/2” 90 degree connector.
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