Trouble filling caravan water tank

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 21:31
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I had asked on here a while back about why my tank was so slow and difficult to fill on my van and was still struggling.

After having trouble today with water gurgling and flooding back out I thought I'd jam the garden hose over the breather hole and force some water in, then out popped a wasp, and there was probably some mud in their as well.

After that the tank filled easily!

A wasp was soon seen buzzing around the hole while I was filling it so I plugged a small twig in it for now.

Just letting people who may have the difficulties I had to check the breather is free.


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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 23:05

Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 23:05
Hi Nutta; that is a common cause. I have even seen a near new air conditioner in an office fail to work for the same reason.

Pleased to hear it was an easy solution for you.


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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 08:25

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 08:25
Yes Nutta, Mud wasps are a pest in our region too. My industrial air compressor was struggling. The 8mm entry holes in the air filter were all blocked with mud. Insect mesh solved it.


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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 10:23

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 10:23
Hope you didn't fill the tank with the Garden hose.
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Follow Up By: Nutta - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 13:05

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 13:05
We carry a separate large bottle for our drinking water!
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Follow Up By: landseka - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 18:17

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 18:17
Why not?

We just got back home from 5 days in the van (Boyup Brook Country Festival) and did that without ill-effects (filled tanks via garden hose).

What should we be looking out for?

I can understand not leaving a garden hose connected from tap to van inlet indefinitely as water sitting in the hose, maybe in the sun could give a plastic taste when the inside tap is turned on.

When filling the tanks I run sufficient water through the hose to clear what was sitting in it then in the van it goes.

Who of us has never had a drink from the garden hose?

Scaremongering like this does nobody any good.

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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 21:20

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 21:20
Why not?

I do but I always make sure the suction hose foot valve is clear of the mud in the dam prior to starting the pump. :>) LOL


PS If you use a fair bit of imagination you can almost taste a slight Yabby flavour.

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Follow Up By: ozjohn0 - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 16:28

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 16:28
Garden hoses etc contaminate the water even of they have had water running through them for hours.
While it probably won't cause any ill effects, it make the water taste and smell bad.
You should be filling the water tanks with a 'Food Grade' drinking water hose that conforms to the Australian Food Safety Standards.
Suitable, white, pale blue, and clear with braid etc are available at Bunnings and engineering supply outlets.
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Reply By: petengail - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 11:39

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 11:39
My Chescold 3 way fridge/freezer wans't working had it serviced...$195.00 - you guessed it... damm wasp. Also had one inside my Shimano Calcutta reel. They get in anywhere...
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 13:35

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 13:35
I don't know why van makers continue to just lay the vent on top of the tanks. Some fillers have a spigot to fit the vent line. This stops bugs and is high enough to stop overflow when travelling.
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Reply By: Member - Ian F (WA) - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 17:35

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 17:35
I have heard wasps also love Generator mufflers also which causes problems.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 18:09

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 18:09
Mud wasps can be a right PITA.

A mate of mine just hates things.....he declared a fatua on wasps at his place long ago.........I've seen him chase a wasp the full length of his shed before swatting it...he has swatters & tins of spray all over the place..........if ya over there having a chat and there is a ....bzzzzzwbzzbzzzbzzz.

everything has to stop and the wasp persued.

they will build in anything........if you stood still long enough they would build in your ear.

they just love any hole about the right size

mufflers on brushcutters, chainsaws and leaf blowers......I guarantee that very mower shop in the country would see several cases of wasp work a week.

teltales on outboard motors...lots of blokes stick a golf "T" up the teltake between uses.

If ya want a cheap solution and ya tank breather is in a dry location, get a cheap fuel filter the right size and cut the top off it and fit that.

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Reply By: ChrisE - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 17:18

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 17:18
My vent was full of dirt and rocks. I put a 90bend and air muffler on it to stop it.
Like this:
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