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Old 02-07-2015, 12:28 PM   #1
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First time water pump

We have never dry camped or used water without hookups. The weather here has been great (central Fl) and I've been out cleaning the pool deck and other yard stuff. My TT is sitting over there in its garage and I'm going to pull it out tomorrow.

Having never used the water pump, is it as easy as putting water in the fresh water tank (do I need to fill it) or just five gallons or so? Turn on the rocker switch for the pump, and open the valve(s) ? Will I hear the pump run when I turn it on ?

Anyway, back outside I go! Any info would be great.

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Old 02-07-2015, 12:32 PM   #2
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You need to sanitize the tank.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:53 PM   #3
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I will do so! Charged battery, five gallons of water, pump switch on, good to go ? Will I, should I hear the water pump run when switch is turned on ??
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:15 PM   #4
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Let me help! Yes! You "should" hear the pump running unless they REALLY have it insulated, which I doubt! In my previous TT (now have a motorhome) which was an Airstream I could always hear it as now with the MH. So, not to worry. Sounds like you have the sequence correct. I did see the suggestion for sanitizing the water tank which always is a good idea. Call your local dealer, or Google it, for the correct bleach to water ratio. I think all you need is around a 1\20 amount bleach to the holding cap. in gallons of your tank. After a few hrs, then drain that and perhaps put about a gallon of white vinegar into the tank and fill all the way again with water. Let sit for an hour or two and pump it out. If you can drag the trailer around a bit to let both solutions slosh that probably would be more thorough. Always dilute the bleach , or vinegar, INTO a water-filled tank as you don't want to screw the pump up with straight chemical by chance,,,savvy? Good luck and have fun. Enjoy that weather down there...only about one more healthy month before I can "de-winterize" my Solera and get out! :[
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:28 PM   #5
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Yes, you should hear the pump when you flip on the rocker switch.

This is the way I sanitize my system.
Use 1/4 cup of unscented household bleach for every 15 gals of water. Fill fresh water tank full with the bleach/water solution and then turn on each faucett individually until you get a stream of water. Leave solution sit for at least 3-4 hours then drain the fresh water tank and hot water tank. Refill fresh water tank with straight water and open each faucett again to get rid of bleach solution. Drain tank and water heater once more.
Then refill fresh tank and you are good to go.
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:22 PM   #6
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Yes, you should hear the pump when you flip on the rocker switch.

This is the way I sanitize my system.
Use 1/4 cup of unscented household bleach for every 15 gals of water. Fill fresh water tank full with the bleach/water solution and then turn on each faucett individually until you get a stream of water. Leave solution sit for at least 3-4 hours then drain the fresh water tank and hot water tank. Refill fresh water tank with straight water and open each faucett again to get rid of bleach solution. Drain tank and water heater once more.
Then refill fresh tank and you are good to go.
Does anyone ever do this procedure and bypass the hot water tank. My thought is that since the hot water tank only holds 6 gal of fresh water, will it be difficult to flush it enough to get rid of any residual bleach solution, and given the temperature that water reaches when heated, is it really necessary to sanitize the hot water tank. Seems like the same idea as avoiding putting RV antifreeze in the hot water tank?
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Once the HWT is drained and refilled with fresh water there is no residual bleach smell. It may not be necessary to sanitize the HWT seeing as a person does not drink the water from it, but some people have experienced smelly hot water from bacteria growth. I sanitize mine just so I never have to experience that issue.
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Unless your are keeping your WH in "bypass" and don't plan on using it, you should sanitize it. You may not drink from it, but potentially harmful contaminates still pass through the same water fixtures as your cold. You risk cross contamination.
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I really do not think you will hear the water pump when you switch it on. In every unit I've had, the pump operates "on demand." It will come on when you turn on a tap or flush the toilet. Maybe others are different, but that has been my experience.
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I really do not think you will hear the water pump when you switch it on. In every unit I've had, the pump operates "on demand." It will come on when you turn on a tap or flush the toilet. Maybe others are different, but that has been my experience.

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