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Old 04-04-2013, 09:30 PM   #11
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I ran the pump today until it started to suck air. I said, why not, run it until it sounds like more air than water. I did. Then I drained the tank. About 6 gallons came out after I ran the pump way down, sucking air and water for a few minutes.

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Why wouldn't FR put the pump sump on the side near the low point drain. That way, you're not draining from the bottom and you are using 99% of the tank's capacity?
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:50 PM   #12
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I would recommend a sediment filter on your fill hose prior to modding the tank to pump from the drain valve just to eliminate any unwanted particles messing up the pump.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:01 PM   #13
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I would recommend a sediment filter on your fill hose prior to modding the tank to pump from the drain valve just to eliminate any unwanted particles messing up the pump.
Thanks for the tip. Pump already has one of those sediment filters on it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:41 PM   #14
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Water sources at many campgrounds have a high mineral content, aka "hard water" which promotes calcium deposits (gelatinous globs) that accumulate in the bottom of the tank over time. The pick-up tubes in most tanks are about 1" above the bottom or on the side so the pump does not pick up the deposits and other sediment that may enter the tank when filling. Personally, I don't want to get the last drop out of the tank......
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I agree with sirsea on that one. I'd rather carry extra water in cans than use the bottom of the tank. And as far as filtration goes, I'd rather over filter and be able to drink it than to under filter and use bottled water that costs 100 times as much and is nothing more than over filtered water.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:20 AM   #16
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I agree with sirsea on that one. I'd rather carry extra water in cans than use the bottom of the tank. And as far as filtration goes, I'd rather over filter and be able to drink it than to under filter and use bottled water that costs 100 times as much and is nothing more than over filtered water.
I don't have that room for jugs. Plus I don't boondock as of yet (although a night at the beach isn't out of the question). I want yo carry less water. Carrying 8 gals just to not suck air, then another 5 gals for use in toilet and washing. Maybe I am just being silly, but I am going to bit the scales next week. I don't want to hear the weight police that I am a tad overweight...that is If I am. I will be going to weigh full of water, so I know if I am over, I know I can drain some to somewhat correct it.

Also, the way I see it, if you're always sucking from the bottom, there will be no sediment.

Another question. How hard is it to make another sump hole? Where the low point drain is, but on the side just off the bottom.
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I agree with sirsea on that one. I'd rather carry extra water in cans than use the bottom of the tank. And as far as filtration goes, I'd rather over filter and be able to drink it than to under filter and use bottled water that costs 100 times as much and is nothing more than over filtered water.
That is what I do. I carry five 8-gallon water containers along with the 30 gallons that are usable on-board.

I would, of course, prefer a larger tank, but that was not a choice that I had available to me. My previous folding TT had more capacity than the MH, by 8 gallons.
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Apparently a few people have done this mod on RV.net. Some nice pics. I did mine yesterday.

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Fresh Water Tank won't empty via pump
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I carry extra jugs when we dry camp but I definately don't want to have an unusable capacity in my FW tank and leave water in there either. I recommend the outlet to the pump be on the bottom, too. Here's mine...
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Bottom P/U,if it is nasty it needs cleaned. If it is NOT drinkable correct the problem. It is more of a problem to change P/U point if you have EUBelly.Youroo!!
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