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Old 04-01-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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leaking fresh water tank

I brought the camper home and was getting the water system raady and I found a leak but it looks like it is some sort of drain plug at the opposite side of the regular drain valve it looks like a large set screw but I dont have an allen wrench that size yet to try tighting it Ill wait until I get to the campground tomorrow and back it out and put some plumbers tape around the treads anyone else have this happen before > any help is greatly appricated

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I ďthinkĒ these tanks may be made from polyethylene. And nothing likes to stick to that low surface energy type of plastic. In fact if you want glue to stick it has to be special just for it. I might be wrong on the plastic type, but is sure acts like it.

Now to the leaking plug. That is probably a 3/8Ē NPT drain plug.

This is a carbon steel one, could not find a brass one quick, but if it is a 3/8 NPT plug then odds are it has a 5/16 hex

http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...u=24134&ucst=t

Yes taking it out and putting fresh Teflon tape on and putting it back in is the fix. Actually even tightening it up may stop the leak. Heads up on that fitting, the metal plug wins and if you get carried away the plastic will looseÖ. The plastic just keeps flaring out.

Iím trying to think what you might have around the house that can be used as a make shift hex key. If you happen to have a small hex bolt and 2 nuts that fit it, jam 2 nuts together on the bolt, turn it around and put the head of the bolt into the plug hex. Then turn the 2 nuts as one.

A 5/16 hex head screw is like for a number 12 or 10 screw (aka 3/16Ē) odds are not good the normal home owner has them laying around, but who knows.

OR you can make a hex key. Take a 3/8 bolt, or a 1/2" bolt, a file and file the end to a hex. A 3/8 bolt is more common to have around.

Or buy a hex key itself.

Hope this helps

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Old 04-02-2010, 10:17 AM   #3
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Thanks John for the quick respones I am just getting ready to pull out I will tinker with it once I get set up at camp that is the plug I was refering to i am also going to install my fantastic fan this weekend while camping this is the one I bought from Kitty and Gary so while the kids play dad works on the camper thanks again and have a Happy Easter


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