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Old 03-05-2019, 09:10 PM   #1
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So we’re fully hooked up at a camp site right now. The wet bay dial for the water is pointed to ‘city fill’. As you’d expect, the pressure from the camp site is usually fine. But I assumed if we wanted to increase the pressure somewhat, we could hit the water pump and it would help. But it doesn’t seem to work that way.

The water pump only works properly when there is fresh water in the fresh water tank and the water dial is pointed to ‘tank fill’. And then the water pump pressurizes that water.

So let’s go back to the camp site we’re at now. My fresh water tank is empty because I’m not using any water in that right now and I’d prefer it empty. The wet bay water dial is at ‘city fill’ which bipasses the fresh water tank and puts water straight to the coach from the outside spigot. Hose is hooked up from spigot. And the pressure in the coach is generated solely from the pressure that comes from it. No water pump on. The water works in the sinks, clothes washer, shower, etc. Pressure isn’t great but satisfactory. Wife is taking a shower and mid-shower asked if I could turn the water pump on to increase the pressure of the shower head. So I turned on the pump. But it only gave her increased pressure for a couple seconds and then made it actually worse than when the pump was off. The shower head started spitting and sputtering as if it was pumping an empty fresh water tank.

Does this sound like something is hooked up incorrectly from factory?
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A previous camp site I was at a month ago, i had a similar problem with this RV as well.

I was fully hooked up and I had virtually no water pressure at any sink or shower. So I hit the water pump and it didn’t help but made it worse. Just spit and sputtered.

So at that point, I just filled the fresh water tank and turned the dial so the coach used the water from the fresh tank instead of direct from the spigot. When I did this and turned the water pump on, then it worked fine and made pressure. But this is the only way it worked.
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The pump draws from the fresh water tank, not the city water supply, so if it’s empty the pump isn’t pushing a volume of water. In my experience at any rate, I think your system is operating as I’d expect. The pump would only be putting in air, and probably not much of that. If you have water enough in the freshwater tank then the pump would add as you’re trying to do.
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A previous camp site I was at a month ago, i had a similar problem with this RV as well.

I was fully hooked up and I had virtually no water pressure at any sink or shower. So I hit the water pump and it didn’t help but made it worse. Just spit and sputtered.

So at that point, I just filled the fresh water tank and turned the dial so the coach used the water from the fresh tank instead of direct from the spigot. When I did this and turned the water pump on, then it worked fine and made pressure. But this is the only way it worked.
This is how they work , city water separate from pump , use city water or pump but not at the same time . if you get better psi at this park with the pump then just fill your tank and run off of that or vise versa
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The pump draws from the fresh water tank, not the city water supply, so if it’s empty the pump isn’t pushing a volume of water. In my experience at any rate, I think your system is operating as I’d expect. The pump would only be putting in air, and probably not much of that. If you have water enough in the freshwater tank then the pump would add as you’re trying to do.

I knew that the pump of course pumped the fresh water tank because there’s of course no other way to get that water to run. But I assumed that the pump also ‘helped’ to add pressure if you’re running water off the spigot and it’s weak.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:37 PM   #6
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Kinda sucks that if I’m completely hooked up and my fresh water tank is empty, that I can’t just ‘improve’ the camp site’s water pressure with my pump. I literally have to completely fill up my fresh water tank and then use my water pump exclusively with that & disconnect from the spigot. And then continue to go outside and fill up the fresh water tank as I use the water from it. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
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I’m just a dumb noob. Historically, I only used the fresh water tank if I was gonna boondock or something. I never considered filling it up at a campsite and drawing off of it instead of the spigot directly.
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Do you happen to use an “over-aggressive” pressure regular or a plugged filter? I’ve never been to a campground where their “city water” wasn’t sufficient.
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Do you happen to use an “over-aggressive” pressure regular or a plugged filter? I’ve never been to a campground where their “city water” wasn’t sufficient.


I use a standard ‘gold finish’ regulator that’s 40-50psi. On the spigot end of the hose. Then just my house water filter. That’s it. Nothing else in line. And my house filter is clean.


Let me ask ........ when you guys go to a nice camp site with full hook ups and you’re staying for a little while, how do you hook up your water?
Do you hook up your hose to the spigot and turn your dial to ‘city fill’ or do you run it to your fresh tank and use water pump? Pros/cons ?
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Many/most/some of us don’t have the kind of fill apparatus and labeling that you do. I have a gravity fill “hole” where I just stick a hose in the hole to fill my fresh water tank (which I never do - I just put 10 gallons in for washing hands/flushing while in the road). Then I have a threaded hose connection where I screw on my hose to the campground spigot. I think you have a valve in the wrong position OR a failed valve. Can you post a pic of this “city fill”, etc. setup?
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