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Old 04-14-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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water tank overflow? Pump issues?

Just got our TT this week and working through all the systems.

Filled the water tank to sanitize it and check the pump operation. The pump works fine on the bathroom sink, commode and shower. However, on the kitchen sink it runs/quits/runs/quits and the water comes out the faucet in pulses as the pump starts and stops. Any thoughts on what I should go looking for? I let it run long enough I doubt there was any air and this was after i ran water through everything from the city water connection.

Second issue - filled the water tank and expected it to overflow out the water fill, but instead there is a barbed connection on the side of the tank that appears to me should have a hose on it, but does not, and the water was coming out there when the tank was full (the panel inside says the tank is full and it filled for a while so I'd say it is full). When it dries a bit I'll crawl under and see if I notice any hoses with no homes.

And for whatever reason, the dealer left the anode out of the water heater tank. Man, this is not going to be easy to get in there. He says to check it annually and remove it for the winter when I drain the system. I've messed with it for 20 minutes and can't get the threads started. Argh!
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:50 PM   #2
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Well, for the heater element you MUST have the correct socket. Go to Sears and buy the right size and keep it with your winterizing stuff.

As to the barb on the fresh tank, sounds like the hose fell off.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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it's not the heating element, it's the sacrificial anode. Apparently our trailer which has many nice options has the base water heater - propane only and manual start via go outside and light the pilot light.

there is no hose down there to go to the fitting. I just don't like the idea of an open hole to my water supply!

on the water pump - if I run a mix of hot/cold water I get no pulsation but on all hot or all cold I get the pump to 'cycle' on and off.
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Same pump action last weekend on my bath faucet. It has low flow and I believe that faucet could not pull enough water to keep the pump continously running. So on and off in short bursts.

My anode rod takes a 15/16 socket.
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a hose is missing!

Upon further investigation a hose was not installed at the factory. At the tank fill on the side is a screen vent that is supposed to be connected to the tank overflow - and that hose is nowhere to be found under the trailer.

I'll pull the cover for the waterpump and see if there is a hose laying in there...not sure where it's supposed to be run. While this is most certainly a warranty issue it's an hour's drive to the dealer each way, and i'm sure it's not gonna be a while we wait kinda fix - for the 4 hours of driving and $80 in gas I'll just figure out a fix myself.

The sink/pump issue continues - I followed the sink hoses into the floor and then they vanish.
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Same pump action last weekend on my bath faucet. It has low flow and I believe that faucet could not pull enough water to keep the pump continously running. So on and off in short bursts.

My anode rod takes a 15/16 socket.
\My anode takes a 1 1/16. I have that in a deep well but that didn't allow me to push on it so I had to start it by hand. It's in but I've not put water in there yet. It got dark on me.

Our kitchen sink has a pull out faucet / sprayer head and I"m suspecting the low flow is the issue. Have to think on it a bit. I assume there's a pressure adjustment on the pump, perhaps tweaking that would help. But then we've never boondocked and have water hookup at the campground we're we've got a spot so I doubt we'll use the pump much.
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Pro fate I have the same RV. Same thing with the fresh water hose thing out the side and draining under the rv. I have no hose on it and seen that as well. I think that is sad for someone not to put one on.

But I also seen a vent next to my Fill water tank connection. Unsure that vent goes now ...GRRR
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:30 PM   #8
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I have a new 26bh Grey wolf and I have the same overflow valve at the top of my tank with nothing hooked to it, I don't know if a hose or something should be hooked to it ? the first time I filled it last weekend I thought I had a leak till I looked at it. I also have a vent next to my water fill connection, don't know what thats for ? If you find out anymore please let me know.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:10 AM   #9
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Water tank vent

We have a 2005 Wildwood. The hose for venting the fresh water tank is not there, never was there. The sreen on the water fill is where it suppose to connect is open into the entertainment center. Plugged it with silicone. Placed a piece of screenwire over the tank fitting and secured it a hose clamp. Seems to work okay, but I am sure it is not 100% sanitary, but we don't use the freshwater tank for drinking, just cooking and other water things.

Thought it was just flaw on our trailer, but looks like it is a Forest River thing.

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The fresh tank on my Flagstaff has a hose running from the fill stem on the side of the camper to the tank, and a second smaller hose that runs from the top of the tank to the small circular screened vent directly next to the filler cap. This allows air for a vent when parked and in use, or overfilled sloshing around water in the tank an escape route to the outside of the camper when moving.
As far sa the on/off at the sink goes, I've seen others install a small (5 gallon or smaller, if you can find one) bladder tank under the sink/pump area. This solves not only the pressure issues, but also the pump short cycling on and off rapidly, too. It will pump up pressure longer, but hold pressure much longer, as desired. Unfortunately, room for the tank is frequently an issue with a lot of campers. Randy
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