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Old 04-03-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Water Pump Usage

Last week we stayed in a very nice state park that had electric only. We had plenty of fresh water in our tank for usage for the two days there. Should I leave the water pump switch turned on all the time or only turn it on as needed? I can hear it punp up the pressure every once in a while and did not know if I should turn the switch to the pump off when we are not using the water or just at night or if it does not matter. Thanks.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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No problem leaving it on all the time if you are not conserving battery power. But I definitely turn it off at night, as it always seems to come on just when I am drifting off!
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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If it pumps up without usage you have a leak. Youroo!!
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:34 PM   #4
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How often is "once in a while"?

If your water pump is cycling on and off two often it could be an indication of a leak in your water lines or a bad or stuck check valve.

My pump was cycling every 20 to 30 minutes - it turned out to be a loose hose clamp on one of water lines.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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Hi Barney1: The pump would only go off when we used a faucet or shower to pump up the lines. I just did not know if it would be ok to leave the switch on all day if we are hooked up to electric and have plenty of fresh water. i am new to rving and did not want to cause an issue by leaving it on all day.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:48 PM   #6
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pump cycling with no usage sometimes means theres air in the water heater .
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:51 PM   #7
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I think it is actually a good idea. If it cycles a lot, then you know you have a leak and should get it checked.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:56 PM   #8
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Once I am set up and camping I rarely ever turn mine off. I would say the amp draw unless the pump is actually running has to be next to nothing and wouldn't be worried about it.
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Never saw a leak in our TT, yet the pump will cycle every 10 mins or less.
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Never saw a leak in our TT, yet the pump will cycle every 10 mins or less.
If it's cycling like that, you have a leak! The leak may only be thru the check-valve within the pump back to the pump input, but it's still a leak.
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