Tapping Hell!

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  1. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    I know there's going to be a fair few old hands on here rolling their eyes when they read this, but here goes anyway.
    After our Christmas trip we (me) drained the tank until all the taps ran dry, including the shower. The heaters drains itself apparently! This morning while giving the interior a quick clean, before Chester, the spout on the bathroom sink tap came away in my hand, small split in end. Then I noticed then the kitchen tap had an even bigger split and also came off. Why? Is it frost damage or old age? The van is 18 years old, is it going to be difficult to get replacements? I'm going to put water in the tank tomorrow and test the heating system too, keeping everything crossed at the same time :Eek!:
     

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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Can only seem to post one photo at a time. The first one in the bathroom tap and this one is the kitchen.
     

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    You can get a near identical replacement in the Ann Summers catalogue. So I'm told.
     
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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    I say! :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Eeek:
     
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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Just stitching my sides back up after that comment!
     
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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Thanks for the link jhorsf, I am hoping to buy just the spouts. Hadn't really banked on forking out over £100 for new taps at this time. Will send them an email though to see if they can get me the parts I need.
     
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    frost damage for sure.

    no matter how old they are they wont just crack for no reason.

    did you close the taps once drained by any chance ?
     
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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Well, I can't remember but one of us must have done. The other half has been doing work on the interior lights so he would have put the 12v back on at some point, he might have shut them off when the pump came on. Mind you I might not have left the taps open in the first place. This is our first winter with the van so it's a bit of learning curve. Our last van just had a cold micro tap and the water drained back down the pipe without holding any in the tap itself, or at least that's what I think it did!!
     
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    I made the same mistake myself last year. Thought draining down was enough but forgot to leave the washroom tap/showerhead open and split the body near the valve. Really nuisance first trip out, doing my best to bung up the pipework so the sink and loo would work. Paid out best part of £100 to replace.

    Someone hear suggests blowing down the open tap (relatively easy if you can remove the shower head like ours) to make sure all residual water is gone.

    Steve
     
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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    I'm going to do myself a winter check list ready for next winter. I always end up doing these types of jobs as Colin is away working so much, the only trouble is I end up getting blamed when things go wrong. Dreading put water in the system tomorrow, goodness knows what else I'll find.
     
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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Looks like you might have cracked it there. Will give them a call tomorrow. The taps are a slightly different sizes so a chat with them should help.

    There's no name on the taps but they look like old Reich, but can't be sure.
     
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    Indeed, if the taps are closed the very small amount of water in the spout will settle back into the lowest point, the valve or cartridge, and there will be enough to freeze and split the spout.
     
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    When draining and leaving taps open it might be a good idea to remove pump fuse in case 12v gets inadvertantly switched on and left on when you leave the van-it cost me a new pump last yr when mine burnt out :BigGrin:
    It was actually a blessing in disguise as the new (upgraded) pump is so much more powerfull than the old one.

    Thankyou Camper uk for advising me of upgrade and supplying new pump so quickly.

    Mike.
     
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    Why? do you have to? I have always left mine open; I thought it was the right thing to do.

    Norman
     
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    Ignore - silly clot forgot to read whole thread before posting. Doh.
     
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    WHY NOT SAVE ALL THE BOTHER AND FIT HOUSEHOLD TAPS THAT DO NOT SPILT :Wink: and are far better and cheaper
    terry
     
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    That`s what I did last year when mine froze an cracked went to the plumbers merchant bought a basin lever mixer an two new connectors and put that on.total cost £37.00, cos a lot of this caravan stuff is over priced and crap.:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Right, can't put it off any longer. I'm off to put water in the tank and (hopefully) get the heater working and check nothing else has cracked during the cold weather.
    Wish me luck.:Eeek:
     

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