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Old 09-09-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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So it seems that the water faucets just sputter when I turn them on. I guess because I cut off the water pump when I'm not using it.

Do you experienced RV'ers recommend leaving the pump on all the time? For the most part I am always plugged into shore power. If for some reason I was found boondocking I would kill all unnecessary power draws, but other than the drain on electricy , is there any other reason not to leave the pump on? Does it burn up?
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No, it will not burn up. We leave ours on all the time when on shore power, too, as its more convenient. The only time we shut if off is when leaving the trailer for a bit -- just a preventative measure to prevent water damage in case a leak occurs inside the trailer for some reason.
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Ok good to know. Yea I work out of the RV for the most part even when we are home. It's my mobile office. What about the water heater?
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You can leave your WH to heat on electric, too. Again, we only shut that down if gone for the day and probably don't even need to do that. The only problem that I think could occur with the WH is if it somehow drains (not likely by itself) and then you'll end up frying the element.
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Ok good to know. Thanks for your input. So the WH is cooled by the water.

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So the WH is cooled by the water.
I'm not sure what you mean by that. I guess the water does "cool" it, but that is not what I meant.

What I warned against is running the electric water heater without water inside as even brief operation of the electric element without water will burn out that element.

Generally not an issue if you are always using it and hence always have water in it. Highly unlikely the water would just drain from the tank so leaving it on is not really a problem.
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So it seems that the water faucets just sputter when I turn them on. I guess because I cut off the water pump when I'm not using it.

Your water pressure is leaking off for some reason after you shut off your put. Do you have a dripping faucet or is you toilet run every now and then? Does you pump 'run' a second or two when the switch is on and no one is 'using' water every 10-15 minutes.? You may have a very small 'leak' somewhere.
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Turns out my fresh water tank was empty. Hahahaa.

I was checking the wrong indicator on the panel. I feel like a idiot now.

Thanks for tolerating
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Turns out my fresh water tank was empty. Hahahaa.

I was checking the wrong indicator on the panel. I feel like a idiot now.

Thanks for tolerating


Don't feel bad about this...I have been camping for 40 (forty) years..... I know that this will not be the most embarrassing thing that you do if you camp very long.


(Note to self:..... Blaming the wife for not unplugging the land line electrical connection and driving away is not working anymore.... talk to the dog about taking the fall.... )
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