Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-08-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
lesptr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 502
Unable to get water pump to prime.

We're doing our first trip since TT was winterized. My winterization consists of blowing out water lines, draining water heater, low points and the fresh water tank. I also keep power and propane on with the thermostat set at 40 degrees all winter, as we do use it during the winter months. At no time were any valves turned to suck in antifreeze. Anyway, I filled the fresh water tank to "1/3" full before pulling out last night for our trip. Turned on the pump and opened the bathroom faucet. I can hear the pump running, but it will not pressurize the water lines or pump the water. Water works fine on city water.
I've not had this problem in the past. Does anyone have any idea how to get the pump primed?
Thanks
L

2015 Coachman freedom express Liberty edition
322RLDS
__________________

__________________
2017 Coachman Chaparral 336TSIK
2015 F350 6.7
lesptr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 03:48 PM   #2
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,336
It was probably still filling the water heater.
Possibly you didn't have enough water in it either.


2008 2500hd Duramax
2015 Columbus 320RS
2016 nights camped "0"
2015 nights camped "34"
__________________

__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 03:51 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
lesptr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 502
I'll add more water to fresh water tank and try again, But I did hook up to the city water first to fill the water heater and purge the water lines of air before trying the pump. I'll report back.
__________________
2017 Coachman Chaparral 336TSIK
2015 F350 6.7
lesptr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 04:07 PM   #4
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,336
Did you open the pressure relief valve on the water heater to verify water?
Just opening the hot water tap and getting water does not guarantee that the tank is full or even have any water in it.


2008 2500hd Duramax
2015 Columbus 320RS
2016 nights camped "0"
2015 nights camped "34"
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 04:19 PM   #5
BobbyJ
 
Bobbyj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: State College, Pa
Posts: 84
I recently had this problem. (1) The pumps are hard to prime, so don't give up on it, but don't run it too long without water. (2) You must fill your tank to full that should give you enough water to get water flowing to the pump. Once flowing to the pump it should prime. Finally you could disconnect some of the lines front and aft of the pump and try to get some water into it. Reconnect then try again. Fill your water tank to full/overflow that is the trick.
__________________
Bobbyj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 04:28 PM   #6
Georgia Frog Rally 2018
 
aceinspp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: GA
Posts: 10,648
I would also try another facet like the kitchen. Add more water to fresh water tank. for kicks Id even look at the valve by the pump to make sure it is in the right position. Later RJD
__________________
2015 35 FT V-Lite 30WRLIKS Diamond Package
2015 Chevy 2500 6.0 4:10 gearing.
Days camped in 2016 58
Days camped so far 2017 62
aceinspp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 04:36 PM   #7
Member
 
RETCHIEF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: O'Fallon, IL
Posts: 93
I would check the valve to the antifreeze add point. It will suck air if open. It should be close to the pump on the inlet side. I learned this after my dealer winterized mine year before last. They left the valve open for whatever reason.
__________________
Stu and Debbie
USAF CMSgt (RET)
2014 FR Super lite 27
2015 Ram Big Horn
RETCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 04:45 PM   #8
Who Dares, Wins
 
doc73's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chester County, PA
Posts: 4,821
Quote:
Originally Posted by RETCHIEF View Post
I would check the valve to the antifreeze add point. It will suck air if open. It should be close to the pump on the inlet side. I learned this after my dealer winterized mine year before last. They left the valve open for whatever reason.
Mine will suck air a bit even when closed, I needed to use teflon tape on the threads and cap it to keep it from breaking the prime.

EDIT: It will take a bit to get the lines re-filled with water if you did not do it with a hookup first.
__________________

Pat, Jen & Heather... Oh yeah and our trained attack trailer cat, Cinnamon-EOW 11/22/2017
2015 ChevyHD D-Max
2018 Artic Wolf 315tbh8
doc73 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 05:24 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
lesptr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 502
Quote:
Originally Posted by TURBS View Post
Did you open the pressure relief valve on the water heater to verify water?
Just opening the hot water tap and getting water does not guarantee that the tank is full or even have any water in it.


2008 2500hd Duramax
2015 Columbus 320RS
2016 nights camped "0"
2015 nights camped "34"


Yes, I used the pressure relief to fill the water heater.
Tank is now "2/3" full as reported by the panel and still the pump will not prime.
__________________
2017 Coachman Chaparral 336TSIK
2015 F350 6.7
lesptr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2016, 05:29 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
lesptr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 502
Valves, NONE have been turned. It worked in January, it should work now. I am the only one that does any servicing and I never turned any valve. And I've never been able to find the hose that would be used to suck glycol. The service hole is in the closet and the portal isn't large enough to get a good look at anything. I'm thinking the water heater has to be pulled to get access.
__________________

__________________
2017 Coachman Chaparral 336TSIK
2015 F350 6.7
lesptr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
pump, water, water pump

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:07 AM.