Very slow drains on Autotrail Tracker EKS, 2011.

Discussion in 'Auto-Trail' started by Teacher, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. Teacher

    Teacher

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2016
    Messages:
    4
    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Ratings:
    +0
    I have had the van for getting on for 2 years and the basin in the bathroom has always been very slow to drain. This week the kitchen sink has become slow to drain as well, then yesterday waste water started to come up the shower drain and half filled the shower tray. The waste tank was showing less than 25% full at the time. I borrowed a plunger as I was on-site at Castleton CC and discharged some waste which flowed out really well. This allowed the shower tray to drain down and empty. I cant see any pipe runs under the van, are they hidden between the floors? I will try to crawl underneath today for a better look, not easy at my great age, if you don't hear from me again I'm probably stuck. Any cures for the blockage would be welcome.
    Teacher.
     
  2. Derbyshire wanderer

    Derbyshire wanderer Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2014
    Messages:
    802
    Location:
    Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +1,844
    Hi and welcome.
    Coca Cola is very good for cleaning the pipes and holding tank. The cheap stuff is fine, just pour a couple of litres down the plug hole and drive home with it sloshing in the tank. It will hopefully bring it back to as new.
     
  3. Bobby22

    Bobby22 Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2013
    Messages:
    1,318
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ratings:
    +6,236
    Hi and welcome to FUN :welc: Fenwicks drain and tank cleaner should do the job, also check the outflow pipe as it can get gunged up, and although water gets out it may back up. It can be unscrewed to clean with a hose.
     
  4. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Messages:
    6,202
    Location:
    Cannock, Staffs or Benidorm, spain
    Ratings:
    +11,437
    Be careful using plungers !!!!
    They are only small bore pipes and push fits. You dont want to blow apart any joints in hard to get to places like under the shower tray :Eeek:

    Autotrails dont have double floors so all pipework will be underneath unless going under cupboards etc..
     
    • Useful Useful x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  5. Teacher

    Teacher

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2016
    Messages:
    4
    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Ratings:
    +0
    Thanks to all, I wont try the plunger again, just in case!!
    Not sure about the Coke though, I would have thought it would make everything very sticky.
     
  6. RowleyBirkinQC

    RowleyBirkinQC Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2014
    Messages:
    976
    Location:
    Dazed & Confused
    Ratings:
    +4,838
    We have a 2006 Tracker EKS which had the same problem in the shower room. I guess the angle of the pipe work under the sink doesn't help much, especially if it starts furring up. We tried cheap coke, made no difference to sink but some interesting debris was released from the grey water tank. Madam used some drain unblocker liquid and then flushed through with water a short while later, it's been fine since.
     
  7. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    14,408
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Ratings:
    +18,923
    When my drains slow down I pour very hot water down and it usually dissolves the fat.
    Straight off the boiler at 60C
     
  8. ABZSteve

    ABZSteve Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2014
    Messages:
    797
    Location:
    Not here
    Ratings:
    +1,141
    I have a 2015 Autotrail and have a similar issue but not constant. It only occasionally drains slowly which is fine with me because the pipe work can't cope with fast draining and therefore pushes the water back up through the shower drain. Never had the tray full though.
     
  9. Jerrymjj

    Jerrymjj Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2014
    Messages:
    98
    Location:
    Alton Hants
    Ratings:
    +29
    I had a very similar problem with the grey water gauge only moving from empty to full in the last few drops of water. Water was just trickling out of the grey water outflow pipe obviously due to a blockage somewhere. The bend going into the tank from the outside was almost impossible to induce the drain clearing cable round so in the end I cut the outflow pipe in half, cleared the blockage in the outflow from the tank itself and then used a compression coupler to rejoin the pipe. Now I can disconnect and clear if it ever happens again.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  10. jenny and mitch

    jenny and mitch Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    Messages:
    2,311
    Location:
    Bungay Suffolk
    Ratings:
    +2,792
    Drain unblocked and a plunger after 5 minutes.
    Job done.
    The drainpipes have some 90 degree bends which doesn't help.
    Mitch.
     
  11. Feday

    Feday Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2017
    Messages:
    36
    Location:
    Scarborough
    Ratings:
    +66
    We are having same problem with kitchen sink in our Apache..just slow to drain
     
  12. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    7,603
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Ratings:
    +19,197
    Right or wrong I'm not really sure but I put some soda crystals down the drain followed by hot water. Its certainly improved it. Helped clean it out of crap.
     
Loading...

Share This Page