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#1 Sheltie

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:30 am

Just back from a weekend in the caravan.  I noticed water over the floor that I thought must be coming from under the fridge.  I opened the little kitchen cupboard beside the fridge to track down the source and noticed a pool of water that appeared to be coming from the heating pipe as it was soaked.

 

Wiped it up thinking it was just condensation in the pipe again (this happened when we picked up the van when it was new and out for its first trip).   Blasted the heating and it dried up.

 

There was no more water during our trip.

 

On our return I parked the van up and went inside to start emptying it, and again there was water over the floor.  Like something had spilt from the fridge/kitchen cupboard area.  And again the heating pipe was soaked through in two places.

 

So I'm wondering if I have a leak somewhere, or it is just condensation? 

 

Anyone had a similar thing happen?

 

I'm out with her again in a couple of weeks time, so I'll take photos if it happens again.

 

Thanks

 

Jonny


Edited by Sheltie, 11 September 2017 - 10:30 am.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:36 am

Could it be the fridge de-frosting?

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:37 am

It could be the fridge defrosting. It should run into a tray behind the fridge and the heat from the fridge should evaporate it away. If it misses the tray it ends up on the floor.

 

Often a bit of silly design, ideally the drain should run straight under the van floor.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:43 am

Aah, that could be it.   We don't feeze anything in the fridge (took that bit out) but it does cool down and heat up causing water to drip down the inside of it. 

 

Maybe the tray is filling up and the water is running out of it with the motion of the van when towing. 

 

I would need to have a look to see where the water drains to to see if it's blocked, or just a rubbish designed tray.

 

Thanks for that guys.  Much appreciated.

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:51 am

Check also for any leak from the pipe connections at the bottom of the tap, and also from the waste fitting at the bottom of the sink.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:05 am

Wait till Up Helly Aa, Sheltie and it will soon dry up!. ... .sori

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:26 am

Ha ha ha Geoff, yeh it'll definately dry up with 900 burning torches in it!

 

Just found this interesting thread on condensation trays in fridges; filling up and sloshing about the van.  This is definatelly the problem as that's where the water seemed to be coming from.

 

I'm going to try bypassing the condenstation tray tube to the outside vent.  Seems like a simple permanent fix to me.

 

http://www.caravanta...st-drain/page-2

 

Thanks

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 01:51 pm

As said check the pipes going to the taps and check the sink plug hole by putting the plug in and fill the sink then watch under the sink from the drain hole and then pull the plug out and watch when the water run away .

If heating water the tank level would drop and if water the pump sometimes runs as pressure is lost . Puddles of water sounds a lot for pipe condensation . I have had fridge condensation problems when the drain hole is blocked at the back wall .


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 02:20 pm

Ha ha ha Geoff, yeh it'll definately dry up with 900 burning torches in it!

 

Just found this interesting thread on condensation trays in fridges; filling up and sloshing about the van.  This is definatelly the problem as that's where the water seemed to be coming from.

 

I'm going to try bypassing the condenstation tray tube to the outside vent.  Seems like a simple permanent fix to me.

 

http://www.caravanta...st-drain/page-2

 

Thanks

 

Jonny

 

I did mine recently and it was a quick and easy mod with some bits I had in the garage.  The vent grill mounting frame has a purpose-made bracket just in the right place.  If the drain pipe had been just a few cms longer, it would have clipped in the bracket without any further bits being needed.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 02:25 pm

It could be the fridge defrosting. It should run into a tray behind the fridge and the heat from the fridge should evaporate it away. If it misses the tray it ends up on the floor.

 

Often a bit of silly design, ideally the drain should run straight under the van floor.

Fridge defrosts, tray fills up with water, caravan moves and water spills out tray as no heat for it to evaporate.  There is a modification which takes pipe out through the floor.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 02:58 pm

Thank you for the replies.

 

Dave thanks for that - fair comments there.  I'll take the fridge out and check the sink (unfortunatelly the fridge is under the sink) just to make sure.

 

Thanks again.

 

Jonny



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:35 am

BTW if it is a Dometic fridge the modification is FOC.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:08 am

FOC?



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:40 pm

FOC- Free of charge  - I suspect.


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