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Old 05-29-2013, 08:41 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by rawlus View Post
You'll only get 15-18 gal into the fresh tank and 6 additional into the hot water tank for a total of the advertised 25gal, reality is a few gallons less.....
I second that. I think that air may get trapped in the tank when filling it. My crackpot theory is that the angle of the trailer and how much I want to get wet from "blow back" can keep the gallon totals down. Its kind of depressing when you hear the pump start sucking air.

I have Coleman collapsible container that I keep filled whenever we are camping where water is scarce.

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Old 05-29-2013, 09:26 PM   #12
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I do get only 16 gallons out and my theory is when the fresh water tank empties the water pump does not push the water out from the HW tank thus loosing 6 gallons there plus air.

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Old 05-29-2013, 09:40 PM   #13
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Our first time out with our new camper last year we were hearing a noise like the water pump every once in a while and it turned out to the water pump but the reason was because we didn't have the drain valve for our hot water heater tight enough and water was leaking out. My brother in law just happened to walk by and noticed the water dripping and brought it to my attention. We hadn't thought much about the noise but it did stop after tightening the drain. We weren't new to campers but we were new to water heaters and water pumps.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:02 AM   #14
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All good advice, thanks Thunder I ordered that part. Any other must have's you can think of?
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:17 AM   #15
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How long should a full tank of water last? I know that depends on how conservative we are with the water, but I thought we were pretty sparing. We thought we had a full tank when we left, but ran out of water on the first day. I found the drain on the bottom, and am pretty sure it was in the closed position. Some friendly campers with a hose helped us out, and even closed that drain. I may have opened it when I was checking. But it was for sure closed after we filled it at the camp ground. That was Friday afternoon. By Sunday morning it was empty again. We had washed dishes a few times, made a couple pots of coffee, and used water in the sink twice to thaw food. Other than that, it was quick hand washes and brushing teeth. No showers! Does that sound about right, or could we have a leak?
Things to remember:
1) If you started off with an empty water heater and lines, then you already used a lot of water from your tank. Pump water through the water heater and lines, then refill your tank. 2) I'm not sure how you did the dishes, but if you did them like you do at home, you use lot of water. Wipe them off with a rag or paper towel, then wash them using as little water as possible (paper plates and plastic silverware are our choice if water is limited). 3) When showering, only have the water on get wet, turn it off, soap up, then turn it back on and rinse off. 4) Use wet wipes for minor cleaning of counters, hands, faces, etc. 5) When waiting on hot water from faucets/shower, catch the cool water in a container. This can be used to flush toilets, wash dishes, etc.

The more you camp the more you will figure out how long your water will last. Good luck!
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:31 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Movin up View Post
We did keep hearing a noise that I thought was the water pump when we were not using the water
There is really nothing else on the camper that could cycle and sounds like the water pump when dry camping. It sound like your investigative plan is the way to go.

Glad you had a good time. After a few shakedown trips you will be able to set up and camp worry free.

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Old 05-30-2013, 07:23 AM   #17
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Basically i think most of these trailers have a little problem when filling up .. the air hose attached to the fillup receptical seems to get a little overwelmed when adding water at a quick pace. I allow the tank to fill, stop the process, and allow the excess water to burp out of the tank. I can do this three or four times until the tank is full ... burping it each time. We are not huge water users, but have found that doing this prevents a fillup during our stay. A water hose, with a water thief and a aquatainer, lets me off load water from the back of my truck via gravity ... to the watertank ... i think thats why the fresh water imput is put so low on the side of the trailer .. just for this purpose.

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Old 05-31-2013, 10:55 AM   #18
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Top B - good advice for dry camping! We do that too! Wet wipes are also part of the permanent supplies we maintain in the trailer. We dont wash many dishes, and altho the dishes are in the cabinet, we tend to gravitate to the disposable plates (unless we have water hook ups)If the grounds have shower facilities, we use them. We also carry a case of bottled water in the truck (for our drinking) and aquatainer for the dogs.


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