Draining Water tank

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  1. voyager14

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    I have looked everywhere to try to find a tap for draining the water system, with winter coming on I want to be prepared. Surely you don't have to pump it out via the taps.
    Can anyone tell me what to look for and where to look?
     
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    HI,What van do you have ?
     
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    Avantgarde 400 I think the Coachwork is Compass.
     
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    You might find a pipe coming out of the base or side of the tank with a tap that opens to drain the fresh water tank.
     
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    Some, mine included, have a drain plug in the tank, just like a sink plug..

    can you get access to the top screw-on cover ?
     
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    Can't access the tank from inside the van, so it must be outside and underneath, will get my torch out and have a look.
    Thanks all.
     
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    Have you had the carpets up in the MH to check? On my last MH there was an access panel in the floor.
     
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    I think your van is an Eldiss Marque and will have a drain down tap on the outside underneath the water tank and don't forget the hot water boiler also needs draining it might be a simple lift up toggle or an electric operated one or just an opening valve and leave all taps in open position and keep pump running and shower head and hose are empty then what I do is give shower hose a goodly amount of blowing and finally drain pump filter if fitted (y)
     
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    The tap could well be on the end of a convoluted hose like the grey tank one. It was on our Autoquest 100 anyway (same stable as Avantgarde).
     
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    I have a little wheel on top of the tank next to the internal fill lid. If you do get access to the top. I am sure somewhere your carpet will have a cut out so you can gain access to the tank lid.
     
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    We have a "lift up" lever accessed via a hole in a false floor of a cupboard (totally different maker to yours, but perhaps you have something similar?). Didn't you get a manual with your van?(n)
     
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    Didn't get a Manual with van, bit of a nuisance have to find out stuff by trial and error.
    When I used to go Caravaning years ago I had a foot pump on the floor by the sink for water, things have moved on a bit.
    I didn't get a chance to have a good look yesterday, we had a thunder storm in the afternoon and it made everything a bit wet.
    Will have a look today.
    Thank's to everyone for the input.
     
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    that's very unusual.. it must be underslung ?


    googling found this

    the 'fresh water' drain is a tap situated at the bottom of the fresh water tank which is found by lifting the 'wooden'slat up at the base of the wardrobe inside the van.
    There is no need to grovel underneath the van etc. !!

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    On our 2003/4 model the drain pipe is a flexible confluted one, similar to the grey water drain. On ours it is held in place by two spring clips at the offside of the van by the water tank.
     
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    Thank's (Scotjimland) I think you could be right, I have noticed some screws on the base of the wardrobe and had a sneaky suspicion that they were there for a reason.
    Will let you all know.
     
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    Jim beat me to it, yes you lift the piece of plywood up at the bottom of the wardrobe, poke your finger in the hole and pull it up , you will now see the tank , and at the bottom is a drain tap , turn it and hey presto the water drains out through a pipe underneath.(y)
     
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    No need to take screws out , just lift the bit nearest the wardrobe door.
     
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    Have lifted bit nearest wardrobe door and can see tank, found overflow pipe and another narrower pipe.
    I have felt around the bottom sides of the tank and still cant find any tap, I can just about get my hand on to the top of the tank and can feel the large screw top and a wire also on it.
    Have left it for now as got to get dinner on, job for tomorrow, take all panels out of wardrobe and have a good look.
     
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    On ours it's at the bottom , a blue tap, not really a tap just a flat plastic thing that's either facing up or sideways, forget at the moment which is on or off but that's it.
     
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    There's nothing in the tank apart from your pump dangling on the wire through the lid
     
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    Have a look at the Explorer Archives. They have downloads going back about 15 years.
     
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