I own a 2010 Jayco Eagle Lite 5th wheel, and I was wondering if it is normal for water to trickle out of the drain below the trailer after it is full? I understand that it will come out of the fill hole after it is full.
ANSWER: Hi Marcus, yes, it is normal for some water to drain out of the vent on your Travel Trailers freshwater tank to leak some water for a couple of minutes if you have filled the tank to the top. If it is leaking continually, then that may indicate a problem. Take a look at the video below to get a good explanation for properly filling up your RV's freshwater tank.
Depending on the type of RV you have, there could be two different setups for filling up the freshwater tank and hooking your RV to a city water connection at an RV park.
Setup 1; There will be two separate connections on your RV, one for filling up your RV's freshwater tank and a separate screw-on connection for hooking to city water.
Setup 2: There will be one screw on connection that you connect the hose to. There will be a valve that you use to choose whether you are going to fill up the fresh water tank or use city water from that connection.
* When filling up your RV's fresh water or using city water the only type of hose you should use is a RV Drinking Water Hose. These hoses are designed to be used for drinking water and will not add any strange tastes to your water.
* When filling up your RV's fresh water tank or using city water make sure that you have a good quality RV Water Filter attached to the fresh water hose. A good filter will help in filtering out bad tastes and sediments that can contaminate your RV's fresh water systems. You should replace these filters at least once every 6 months.
Some RV's are also equipped with separate filters on the kitchen and sometimes the bathroom sinks, so you need to make sure that these filters or Filter Cartridges are also changed every 6 months.
* When filling up your fresh water tank you will want to go in the RV when the tank is partially filled and turn on your RV's water pump and then turn on the hot water on one of your faucets so that the hot water tank in your RV gets filled up. This can add an additional 6 to 10 gallons of water to your system and will also allow you operate your RV's hot water heater without damaging it.
* You should sanitize your RV's fresh water system, especially if it has been sitting for a while. I would recommend that you read our article Freshen Up Your RV Water System.
* Lastly, if you are not planning on doing a lot of boondocking (camping where there is no water or electric connections), there is no need to keep your RV's freshwater tank full. Keeping it full will only make you carry around extra weight that you don't need.
I hope that this information has been helpful to you.
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