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RE: FRESH WATER TANK LEAK

I sort of had the same issue. Basically a poor installation. I replaced the tank myself with a brand new tank. I did not trust that a repair would be permanent or foolproof vs. replacement. I found the model but a new one does not come with the inlet, drain, over flows and monitors in. Did your replacement come prepared or did you have to have them custom installed.
94-D2 10/31/20 01:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: FRESH WATER TANK LEAK

I bought this plastic welder kit a couple years ago and keep it in my rig full time. https://www.polyvance.com/Airless-Welders-1/5700HT/I needed it when I damaged my fresh water tank cresting an unusually steep short slope. It works great and you can also usually find people doing plastic welding/repair in any good size city. The spin weld fittings on your tank can probably be repaired easily since tank is out. Thank you. I did a torch weld and got about 98%. Still leaked about an inch or two over night. I ordered the weld kit with the iron so should be able to Do it right. I’m not in a big city area so trying myself. Otherwise, Sacramento is just over an hour away. If someone had a shop suggestion for that Sacramento area that would be awesome!
94-D2 10/31/20 12:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: FRESH WATER TANK LEAK

The tank is out. The weld at the fitting flange is thin and weak. I found that there is no such thing as a direct replacement tank. They use whatever tank the manufacturer sources and the fittings are custom installed wherever they need them, either on site or spec’ed out. Either way, even if I replaced the tank, I would have to also custom install the fittings and tank monitor, so that renders replacement moot. So, working on that now and cleaning up all the wiring and hoses.
94-D2 10/31/20 11:40am Fifth-Wheels
FRESH WATER TANK LEAK

I’ve owned my 2017 Big Horn for three years now. This last August, we had a serious red flag fire warning weekend complete with a PGE Public safety Power shut off. In light of that, I filled my fresh water tank (30-40 gallons) in case we needed to evacuate. Following an all clear, I left the tank full, just in case. In October, I pulled the trailer for a week in South Lake Tahoe CA. Perfect weather and full hook ups. Still had a full fresh tank on board. On day 2 of Tahoe, I noticed a rather large fresh water leak from various points in the undercarriage. I assumed the fresh water was leaking and traveling through the coroplast under the trailer. After three days it stopped. I suspected there was a possible crack in the fresh tank since we had a tire tread incident on the road in February, and a slight showing of water at that time. Upon leaving the resort in Tahoe, I found that the 12v pump didn’t not charge the water system while on tank mode. When I got home, I discovered the fresh rank was in fact empty. I never drained it and concluded it drained o it’s own, and whatever damage was suffered from the tire tread incident was greater than expected. This last week, I removed the coroplast from the undercarriage of the trailer. What I found disappointed me, but I expected it nonetheless. The bits and pieces of the internal workings of this trailer were haphazardly thrown Together by a kindergartner and as it turns out, caused a water leak in the fresh tank by shoddy workmanship that had nothing to do with the tire tread Was hit on the road. The fresh tank was installed in its usual fashion. A cross member at one end and three steel straps perpendicular to the cross member. As such, water supply inlet/pump draw tube and low drain hose Were installed and plastic welded next to each other at the bottom of the forward facing side of the tank. Upon filling the tank to capacity for the first time and traveling, caused the tank to bulge on the bottom between the steel straps thereby stressing the welds for the inlet supply fitting that was shoddily welded into place. This caused the weld to fail and produced a leak that drained the tank in three days. This is the way I found the undercarriage after dropping the coroplast. https://i.imgur.com/9OGo2BYl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YpgwntQl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/UgF3IH4l.jpg
94-D2 10/30/20 09:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Heartland Big Horn Fifth Wheel Trailers

I have a 2018 Big Horn Treveler 39MB. Have had three years now and maybe 8-10k miles on it. I can tell you, I don’t think it is made for full timing. I have yet to open the door and not find saw dust and at least one screw on the floor from unknown places, The insulation is inadequate, single pane windows And poor quality In the assembly. Sheet metal or wood screws on fiber board and veneer, All of which back out constantly and can’t be tightened, adheasive backed fixtures letting go due to heat, and hardware that constantly losses during transit. It is very maintenance Intensive. Although it has 2 A/C units, the cooling is barely able to keep up (due to poor insulation) and heating is chaotic depending on which area of the trailer your in. So, it is great for a mild summer trip but I think cold temperatures or extreme heat would be uncomfortable full timing. The appliances are good and have performed well. The structure is solid and seems to ok on tires etc. roof vents are on the cheap side and factory sealants are minimal and need redoing, I would steer more to the grand design models. Higher price point but better quality I think.
94-D2 09/27/20 03:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5.9 Cummins Diesel Towing capacity

I’m running ARP head studs on my 5.9. This is necessary due to the increase pressures associated with the 150 hp gain. I don’t run at max because I don’t have to. If the 5.9 were stock, it would be running at max, all the time and something will certainly break. Good driving skill, and Good understanding Of how your engine uses horsepower and torque is the key to longevity and worry free towing. Anything other than that is abusing your equipment and it is going to fail. If those modifications are not your thing, get a newer tow vehicle with worry free mechanicals. I’m fortunate to have both worlds.
94-D2 07/04/20 11:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5.9 Cummins Diesel Towing capacity

Had my 99 2500 over a 7 mile 3500’ pass (6% I think). Trailer is a 16k bighorn. 5.9 had a power puck, 100 hp injectors, 4” turbo back, upgraded cooling, pack brake, And built 47re and 4:10’s. 55 mph, l/o overdrive, 1900 rpm 1ooo-1100* f on egt’s. 1/4 throttle all the way over. Never even bogged down. On flat ground tow at 65, 16 mpg. Ran really good.
94-D2 06/25/20 02:49pm Fifth-Wheels
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