Bloody Rapido !!

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  1. Scattycat

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    Following on from my previous thread re water leak.
    Well I thought I'd sorted the problem only to find there was another leak, so off to my local mh intesive care unit who, after stripping out all the heating system and seating behind the kitchen eventually discover that the inboard fresh water tank has a leak.
    In my opinion a Rapido design fault.
    The tank has 2 feet that are basically like pieces of drain pipe that slot into mouldings on the tank. Over the 7 years that the van has been in use the end of one of these feet has cut into the bottom of the tank.
    Rapido do not accept liability and the cost of buying and installing a new tank is around 1000€. Let alone any damage that the leak may have caused.
    The biggest problem now is that Rapido don't hold any stock of these tanks and say it will take 6 weeks to get a replacement.
    To say the least we are not happy bunnies as that mucks up our Christmas/ Ne Year trip and if Rapido don't meet their promised delivery date then our winter trip is up in the air as we are supposed to be leaving early February.
    Oh joy and to crown it all one of the radiators in our bedroom has just sprung a leak.
     
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    Cr@p!!!!!
     
  3. Figaro

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    Should have bought a Hymer
     
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    Hi
    And problem number three ? Cheer up,your new tank should last another 7yrs + if you fit it properly this time,result.
    I do feel sorry for you,and HAPPY CHRISTMAS,is heartfelt.
    Tea Bag
     
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    A think it's a common problem seen it mentioned quite a few times on other forums.
    The tank will be polypropylene should be easy to weld and then modify the mounting so it doesn't happen again.

    Plastic welding guns.

    Or if you don't fancy having a go yourself just google "Plastic welding"
     
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    There is a company that make custom tanks for boats, very reasonable and quick. Think they are Techtanks or similar. Worth a try.
    Dave
     
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    Should have bought a Bessacarr.
    I truly have had no problems, leaks or otherwise, with my 2000 E745.
    On a Fiat as well.....reliable, fast, pulls like a train.
     
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    Might be worth contacting Cak Tanks in Kenilworth, they seem to have a huge range of different sizes. They might have an exact model.
     
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    Surely it can be repaired as has been said, and bloody site cheaper than a new one. It would be interesting to hear how others with the same problem have resolved it before going down the route of anew tank.
     
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    I suspect the bulk of the cost is labour to remove enough stuff to get the tank in and out and then put it all back again, but a repair may at least speed the job up a bit

    I do feel for you and hope it gets sorted quickly, or at least in time for you not to have to change plans (y)
     
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    Sorry to hear your news

    My money would be on repairing the existing tank too, at least to get you back on the road
    How old is the VAN?
    Don't forget that if its 6 years or less, you may still be covered by the Sale of Goods Act 6 year rule

    Best of luck getting things sorted out
     
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    Thanks for your replies and advice.
    At the moment I'm sticking to the route of getting the Rapido replacement.
    The price of the tank is 353€ plus tax, the rest is labour.
    Because the pressure of the mounting on the area where the leak is I wouldn't trust a repair no matter how good folks might think it would be and if it didn't work, apart from the damage the labour cost would make it an expensive operation.
    So it's fingers crossed that Rapido come through with the replacement in time.
     
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    Have you considered putting a bladder inside it?
     
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    Seems a bit much, why not just use the urinal like everyone else?
     
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    I had much the same problem as the OP with the water tank in my Rapido. Attempts at repair were unsuccessful so had to bite the bullet and pay for a new tank. They are a really weird shape to allow for the frame of the rear seat belts.
    If you're in a hurry I'd just replace it straight away. Wokingham motorhomes did mine. You could save a bit by replacing it yourself, it doesn't look that difficult.
     
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    Same as that
     
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    How long did you have to wait for the replacement?
    I'm being quoted 6 weeks and We live only 13 km from their factory.
    You're right, not a difficult job just time consuming, it took the guys 6 hours to pull everything apart and disconnect all the pipework and fittings. Also at 45€ an hour, plus tax for labour I'd rather them do it.
     
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    I guess the posters raving about their own vans whilst offering nothing to help the OP are only trying to lighten the thread, but I wouldn't thank you for those replies, they would not lighten my mood, they may just deflect my anger at best :(

    Go and create a thread of your own telling folks how lovely your MH is (y)
     
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