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Old 05-22-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Water pump on?

OK, so this may be a dumb question but do you have to have the water pump on when you are hooked up to a water supply? We don't normally put any water in our fresh water holding tank. We had the water pump on the other day and it started making this clicking noise. I hope we didn't burn it up. It is sad that we have had our camper for 2 years and we are still not sure of much. We just never have had any experience with them. :-/


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Old 05-22-2014, 02:42 PM   #2
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No, you don't need your 12v water pump to be on if you are hooked up to running city water.
No, you don't want to turn your pump on when you have no water in your fresh water tank.
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You do not need it on when hooked to city water. The pressure comes from the line. As a matter of fact you should use a water pressure regulator as sometimes the pressure can be so high it can damage your pipes.
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I would go ahead and put some water in the tank now just to check the pump, you can drain it later.
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Thanks everyone. That is kinda what occurred to me...after the fact of course. We do have a water pressure regulator on our fresh water hose. The dealership made sure we didn't leave without one

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Old 05-22-2014, 03:13 PM   #6
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I keep a few gallons in the tank all the time for use when traveling. Flushing, hand washing, watering the dog, etc. 5-10 gals.

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Thanks everyone. That is kinda what occurred to me...after the fact of course. We do have a water pressure regulator on our fresh water hose. The dealership made sure we didn't leave without one

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It is always good to keep a little fresh water in the tank to be used when you are travelling and not hooked up to any power.
Toilet, sink, etc. I would put a small amount in the tank and run the pump to insure it will pump water.
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OK, so this may be a dumb question but do you have to have the water pump on when you are hooked up to a water supply? We don't normally put any water in our fresh water holding tank. We had the water pump on the other day and it started making this clicking noise. I hope we didn't burn it up. It is sad that we have had our camper for 2 years and we are still not sure of much. We just never have had any experience with them. :-/


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It is not the best for them, but RV water pumps can be ran dry for a little while. I believe that there is a safety switch on some pumps to shut them down if they over heat, do to a lack of water.
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It is always good to keep a little fresh water in the tank to be used when you are travelling and not hooked up to any power.
Toilet, sink, etc. I would put a small amount in the tank and run the pump to insure it will pump water.
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And the pump should turn off after it pressurizes the system. If it does not turn off after a few minutes, check for water dripping somewhere. outside shower, sinks, low point drain, etc.
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