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Old 12-10-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Did I ruin my water pump?

I went dry camping a few weeks back, which was just a few weeks after having my camper winterized. I heard this low pitch hum but mostly when I was laying on the bed at the front of the camper. After about a day and a half I finally realized the water pump was on. I have never used the pump so never thought to check it. Apparently when the camper was winterized, the camper lot left the switch on. So can running the pump dry ruin it? How much is a new pump?
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:31 AM   #2
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I went dry camping a few weeks back, which was just a few weeks after having my camper winterized. I heard this low pitch hum but mostly when I was laying on the bed at the front of the camper. After about a day and a half I finally realized the water pump was on. I have never used the pump so never thought to check it. Apparently when the camper was winterized, the camper lot left the switch on. So can running the pump dry ruin it? How much is a new pump?
Lots of people run them dry by mistake without damage. You enjoy your unit and have a good time. PS pump is under 75.00$ Youroo!!
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:31 AM   #3
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It's probably OK.
I left mine on once for several hours by accident and it still works ....3 years
or so later.

The only way to know for sure is test it with real water next spring but my
guess is you're -probably- ok.

Good Luck!
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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Your water pump should be fine but if it isn’t, new pumps aren’t too expensive. Just Google “RV water pumps” and you’ll get an idea of cost. They’re easy to install unless your pump is located in a very tight out of the way location.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:51 AM   #5
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I've seen bilge pumps left running on boats and run dry for weeks at a time without damaging them, so you are probably OK. You did say that a camper place winterized your unit? I might tell them what you discovered, just to put them on notice, just in case. At the very least, it might cause their techs to double-check that everything is off after finishing any service work.
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Left mine on for over a week by mistake 3 years ago. It still works fine.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:50 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info everyone. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:56 AM   #8
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One other thing,most W/Pump switchs have a (Blue Illuminated) light that is On when pump is activated! If not consider changing the pump switch. Just a though. Youroo!!
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One other thing,most W/Pump switchs have a (Blue Illuminated) light that is On when pump is activated! If not consider changing the pump switch. Just a though. Youroo!!
It does have the blue lighted switch, just not something I was use to noticing.
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:03 PM   #10
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Others have had good luck from having them run dry. I on the other hand have toasted 2 pumps from just a couple hours of dry running.
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