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farfetched 05-19-2013 09:49 AM

water question
OK, i just pulled my new fifth wheel into the drive and I need to prep for our first trip. My guess is I should sanitize the water system. Any thing else?

BarryD0706 05-19-2013 11:04 AM

This reminds me of BeetleJuice (the movie). You did read The Handbook didn't you??? Just do what it says in there.

Hornswoggle 05-19-2013 11:24 AM

I just sanitized my water system, but I'm still somewhat confused! I have two connections to add water. The first connection says "city water connection" and the second is just an opening that tells me I can only use potable water, but it also says "non pressure water", which I assume means you cannot hook up the hose to it.

I tried to fill the water tank through the "city water connection" and I could not make it happen. I assumed I was doing something wrong, but after 45 minutes give up on trying to fill the tank to the city water connection and just filled the tank through the potable water opening.

Did I do something wrong? Am I supposed to fill the water tank through the potable water opening and only use the city water connection if I'm at a campsite that has water?

Sorry for the stupid question, but I read through the owners manual and it did not give me anything valuable and since this is the first time ever ever owned a camper, I feel kind of clueless

wyo700 05-19-2013 11:27 AM

Yes you did it right the opening with the cap that say potable water only is where you fill the tank. The one that says city water is for when you will have constant water and there is no need for the tank.

Hornswoggle 05-19-2013 11:41 AM

Okay...would my assumptions be correct, if I assumed that the city water connection is a closed system and that it will only supply water and water pressure when I open one of the faucets?

When the system is closed (i. e. all faucets are closed) there will be no water going in to the camper and/or fresh water tank?

The reason I ask is when I hooked up the hose to the city water connection (assuming I could fill the freshwater tank through this connection) I could not feel any water going through the hose.

If I would've turned on one of the faucets, it would've pulled water through the city water connection and I would've had running water and then maybe I wouldn't have had to ask this question :-).

I am glad I sanitized the freshwater system and then emptied the gray water system, because I realized after opening the cap to the drain that the dealer did not have the gray water valve or blackwater valves closed and I got completely drenched because of the back pressure. I'm obviously very happy that this is a brand-new camper and there is nothing but clean water coming out :-)

It has been a fun morning! I've been messing around with this for hours. Better off that it's in my driveway and not at a campsite

Thanks again for your help!

garbonz 05-19-2013 03:10 PM

Have fun, and we all have a learning curve with each new trailer we get. My current unit is different than my last one and I had to ask some questions here to figure it out.

I been camping and boating for 40 years and still learn a lot by being on this forum and making mistakes.

Oaklevel 05-19-2013 03:33 PM

You are correct you can not fill the fresh water tank from the city water connection. The tank is only used with the water pump & only when camping where there is no fresh water available....... No dumb questions we all have to learn somehow. We rarely use our fresh water tank as we nearly always go to campgrounds of which have at least water & electric.

Also don't know what camper you have but often there are 2 grey water tanks & 1 black water tank......

Good Luck & Enjoy

Hornswoggle 05-19-2013 07:21 PM

I do have 2 gray and 1 black. I only have 1 value for the gray water tanks

kc8lvy 05-19-2013 07:36 PM

Also if you are hooked up to city water turn off your water pump and if you are running off of your water tank turn it on. You may want to make sure that your water heater is not in bypass mode and don't turn it on until its full of water.

Have fun camping

Hornswoggle 05-19-2013 07:38 PM

I don't know how to put my water heater in bypass mode yet.

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