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Old 02-21-2014, 06:40 PM   #1
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Mysterious substance in potable water

I had let my bathtub cold water run too long in my Mini Lite, ran out of water, and lost the prime on my pump. This happened on the last day driving back from my most recent trip, so I just stored the TT for the time. A couple days later (today) I went back, poured some water from my house water hose into the tank, and started up the pump.

It went good, got the prime back, except I noticed that the bathtub was still not up to full flow, although everything else seemed to be. I let it run some more.

Then I noticed what I thought was dirt coming out of the bathroom spigot. On closer examination, It was small particles of whitish grit, slightly larger than, say, beach sand at the largest. If I picked it up and rubbed it, it crushed into smaller powder-ish grit.

I have only put clean water from reliable sources in my tank. In addition, I have a water filter that came with the unit that filters all water before in goes to any fixture in the trailer, not just some.

Any Idea what this stuff could be? And what would be the best way to get rid of whatever it is?
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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maybe something from the pump internals? Have you let any other faucets run to see if same residue?
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:48 PM   #3
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maybe something from the pump internals? Have you let any other faucets run to see if same residue?
All the other faucets seemed to not only be running at full capacity, but I didn't see any grit. I didn't look that close, though, I just shut everything down, and came back home to my computer.

I need to check that, but I think I would have seen it in the kitchen sink.
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Having this stuff come out in the tub and not elsewhere might be explained by the fact that my tub is the lowest faucet in my TT. I wouldn't have noticed the toilet water. But it still doesn't explain how it got past my filter.
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have you examined the filter to rule it out?
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Probably crud from the anode rod, thats what uou're discribing.
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Probably crud from the anode rod, thats what uou're discribing.
2X .........anode rod .........
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I had let my bathtub cold water run too long in my Mini Lite, ran out of water, and lost the prime on my pump. This happened on the last day driving back from my most recent trip, so I just stored the TT for the time. A couple days later (today) I went back, poured some water from my house water hose into the tank, and started up the pump.

It went good, got the prime back, except I noticed that the bathtub was still not up to full flow, although everything else seemed to be. I let it run some more.

Then I noticed what I thought was dirt coming out of the bathroom spigot. On closer examination, It was small particles of whitish grit, slightly larger than, say, beach sand at the largest. If I picked it up and rubbed it, it crushed into smaller powder-ish grit.

I have only put clean water from reliable sources in my tank. In addition, I have a water filter that came with the unit that filters all water before in goes to any fixture in the trailer, not just some.

Any Idea what this stuff could be? And what would be the best way to get rid of whatever it is?

Sounds like minerals from the water you have been using.
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have you examined the filter to rule it out?
I looked at it in it's clear holder, and it looks OK, but frankly, I don't have a clear image in my mind of how the water flows. I probably flows into the middle ad seeps out around the perimeter, then flows back up the top. I will have to take the whole thing out to fully examine it.
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Probably crud from the anode rod, thats what uou're discribing.
Is there a procedure for cleaning the rod? Can it be removed?
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