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GSwalker2022

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We are first time fifth wheel owners and have a 2022 Keystone Sprinter 32BH we bought three weeks ago and has a 44 gallon gray water tank. We left our camper connected to water, power and sewage when we left for four days to visit our son in college. I dumped the gray tank prior to leaving, but as soon as we returned it was 2/3 full. No one was in our trailer and I spent hours searching and found no leaks inside from sinks or shower and nothing was running (we do not have w/d hookup). I have a water pressure regulator connected and set to 42PSI. Do we need to turn off the water when we leave for an extended amount of time to prevent this from happening again? Could we have a leak somewhere that is not visible? Would anyone be able to assist in this matter? Thank you.

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Did you dump it to ensure it's actually 2/3 full instead of a faulty reading? They are notorious for inaccuracy. Either that or you have something dripping. Many RV shower heads will drip under pressure.

It's usually a good practice to turn off the water when leaving your RV, even for a few hours. Lots of folks have come back to flooded RV's.


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OK, couple of things here --

1st - NEVER leave your RV for a few days with water hoked to it.... If you had a leak it could have been catastrophic..

When I leave my RV un attended for a period of time I do the following: unhook the water line and shut off the water.. shut off the water heater... CLOSE all tanks.. put slides in ( optional in my eyes )

2nd - was/is there actually 2/3 of water in the tank? Or are you going off the gauge.. If your going off the gauge, they are wrong99% of the time

IF you are telling us that you have no standing water, no dripping water, I would assume that the gauges are just covered with slime


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Do we need to turn off the water when we leave for an extended amount of time to prevent this from happening again?


Yes.. Lucky it didn't fill up on ya!

Not really sure what would fill the grey tank when hooked up however?

Might need to test it by putting some water in the fresh water tank and turning on the water pump and see if it 'cycles' on/off without anything being used water wise?

It might take awhile for that to happen if over 4 days, the grey tank didn't overflow?

I've seen a couple of campers in full hookup sites with a nice waterfall feature added to it when the owners left the water turned on and something broke inside... I turned off their water when I saw it, but they didn't get back for hours..

Good luck! Mitch


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Thank you for the reply. I figured as much when we returned. As for the gauge, we went off the LED light tank gauge inside and when dumped, did not quite look as though it was 2/3 full. Our water heater is electric at this time and we have not used the gas heater yet. In your eyes do you believe that the 42psi is too much for this model?

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GSwalker2022 wrote:

Thank you for the reply. I figured as much when we returned. As for the gauge, we went off the LED light tank gauge inside and when dumped, did not quite look as though it was 2/3 full. Our water heater is electric at this time and we have not used the gas heater yet. In your eyes do you believe that the 42psi is too much for this model?


Nothing wrong with 42 psi... my Watts gauge is set to 60 psi for inbound water....

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@mitchF150 I agree with you that we were extremely lucky this time around. Thank you for your insight into this.

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ford truck guy wrote:

GSwalker2022 wrote:

Thank you for the reply. I figured as much when we returned. As for the gauge, we went off the LED light tank gauge inside and when dumped, did not quite look as though it was 2/3 full. Our water heater is electric at this time and we have not used the gas heater yet. In your eyes do you believe that the 42psi is too much for this model?


Nothing wrong with 42 psi... my Watts gauge is set to 60 psi for inbound water....


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GSwalker2022 wrote:

Thank you for the reply. I figured as much when we returned. As for the gauge, we went off the LED light tank gauge inside and when dumped, did not quite look as though it was 2/3 full. Our water heater is electric at this time and we have not used the gas heater yet. In your eyes do you believe that the 42psi is too much for this model?


The PSI is fine. Just don't leave the water hooked up/on when leaving. Don't leave the water heater on either. Aside from building pressure, it wastes electricity and and can burn up the element if the water drains off for some reason while un-hooked. RV fixtures are cheap and can spring a leak and RV's also aren't famous for being put together well. Lots of people have plumbing issues on new RV's (among other things). Don't take any chances. Good idea to shut the propane off too. I would say in this case you got lucky.

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"We left our camper connected to water, power and sewage"

Leaving your camper attached to a pressurized water source is extremely dangerous. Something "pops" and you have ruined your RV. Was the sewer line open? Or closed?


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