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Old 08-18-2010, 12:55 AM   #1
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Water Pump Question- Need to be primed?

Hi- Just took our tent trailer in to Camping World since water pump not working. They said it just needed to be primed and now flowing again. Anyone know if this is something that needs to be done on a regular basis and if we can do ourselves? thanks!
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:04 AM   #2
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You should`nt have to prime it every time you use it. Just try not to run the tank empty and the pump should stay primed. I dont know how they primed it shouldnt be that hard to do but i dont know your set up but someone on here will surely be on soon to tell you how it can be done there is a lot of really smart people on here,also Welcome to the forum
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:23 AM   #3
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You should`nt have to prime it every time you use it.
I agree. While "in season" avoid running the fresh water tank dry.
The water pump will "suck" water through that long fresh water hose given enough time but it will mean running the pump dry for a very long time to get pressure.

When winterizing, use a fill device to fill the pump with RV antifreeze.

If you don't use antifreeze and blow out the water with air, use the antifreeze fill device to prime the pump as the hose will be much shorter.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:35 AM   #4
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I also have a "lazy" water pump.
I don't actually prime it but after the trailer sits for a while
when I first turn on the pump it occasionally runs and runs.
I simply open a faucet to let a little pressure out and it will
take off and pump normally for the rest of the trip.
If it happens to you again give this a try.

If you're still in warranty you might take it back to your dealer
as it's not really normal but I just live with mine. It doesn't do
it very often and it always "gets going" once I open a faucet
the first time.
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:12 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info-I noticed on this last trip, our water pump sounds louder than a generator! Any tips or ways you can lessen the vibration or noise?
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Thanks for the info-I noticed on this last trip, our water pump sounds louder than a generator! Any tips or ways you can lessen the vibration or noise?
Do a search there has been some very good threads posted here with pictures on ways to quiet a water pump.
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I recently read a post where the poster took a mouse pad and put it under the water pump and held it in place by putting the 4 screws that hold the pump down through the pump legs and through the mouse pad. Said it made a big difference.
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