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Old 10-30-2019, 04:09 PM   #1
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Question Where in the world is our water pump?

Hi all,

Earlier this year, my husband and I traded in our 26ft Winnebago motorhome for a 28ft. FR Vibe, and we LOVE it. This is our first winter with it though, and we're trying to winterize.

Problem is, we can't seem to find the water pump anywhere! We've looked online at the user guide, peeked in all the nooks and crannies, pulled off panels, and it's an elusive thing, this water pump of ours.

I'm new to this community, happy to be here, will post a message to the welcome mat soon enough, my even drag hubs into the forum...but for now, we're tearing our hair out trying to find this silly thing.

Suggestions? TIA!
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:24 PM   #2
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Run the pump and listen for it....
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:02 PM   #3
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Please post which Vibe model you have or put it in your profile.
Water pump locations vary wildly, even within a brand. Often floorplan and FW location impact where it is.
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Old 10-30-2019, 06:29 PM   #4
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Please post which Vibe model you have or put it in your profile.
Water pump locations vary wildly, even within a brand. Often floorplan and FW location impact where it is.
It's the Forest River Vibe 28QB. Attached is a pic of our floorplan. Thanks for the help!
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Old 10-31-2019, 07:42 AM   #5
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Water pump

Things that may help find it:
Where is the external water connection? The pump is unlikely to be far from there as it has to join the line somewhere near the pump.
As said by another, where is the pump noise coming from?
Where is the fresh water tank?
These are the 3 items the pump is closely related to.
You could also follow the kitchen sink water lines, or the bathroom water lines backwards.
Mine n a very different rig was under the bathroom sink in the lower part of the cabinet and had a screwed on cover. It is unlikely that the pump is in the slide anywhere but this is an RV.!
Good luck.
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:24 AM   #6
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Similar to above, I know you are trying to winterize, but if you can put 5 or 6 gallons of water in FW tank and open a faucet, you'll hear it. My water pump is also under bathroom sink, but looking at your layout, that's not as likely unless your water fill is on passenger side of TT. My water pump is on other side of outside wall with FW fill opening and outside shower. Looking at your layout, and assuming your FW fill is south of the slide, I would look closely at the wardrobe, particularly if it doesn't go all the way to the floor.
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:43 AM   #7
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From the layout, I would bet under the dinette, maybe?
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Or, is there a door on your bunkroom entertainment center that you have to remove screws to open it? On our V-Lite, that is where our pump and water filter is at. That is another thought, does your unit have a water filter?
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:08 AM   #9
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mine behind a panel in the pass thru... under bed... look for a cabinet or wall panel that is removable by 4 screws in corners of panel.
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I looked at some pictures of your model and i would be willing to bet that it is behind the panel that is under your refrigerator. The water heater is under the counter by the sink and may have some bypass valves so that you don't end up filling it with the pink stuff (just drain it).
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Or, is there a door on your bunkroom entertainment center that you have to remove screws to open it? On our V-Lite, that is where our pump and water filter is at. That is another thought, does your unit have a water filter?

X2 From a search online I found a video of your model and noticed that the outside water hookups & FW tank filler ports are just to the rear of the slide. Inside, that would put your water & filler plumbing in the wardrobe/entertainment center in the bunkhouse. I'll bet the water pump is mounted to the floor under/behind some panels that may require screw removal. The back wall of the wardrobe should also be removable to expose all the plumbing coming in from the outside.
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My money is on the bunk room wardrobe/entertainment center idea too. But, as I said, this is an RV!
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:10 PM   #13
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My money is on the bunk room wardrobe/entertainment center idea too. But, as I said, this is an RV!
I am three for three finding them in behind and under a drawer. Invariably it's a drawer that gives you a hard time coming off the glides because if it was easy Forest River wouldn't do it.

but I concur with others it will normally be just above or beside your freshwater tank as close to your water heater and various faucets as practical

Don't let the sound fool you. my first one was screwed to the floor and made the shower pan six feet away vibrate violently
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:33 PM   #14
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Did you do a pdi when you picked it up? Dealer should have gone over that! Like it was suggested turn on pump and listen for it
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Old 10-31-2019, 03:44 PM   #15
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Mine is in the closet at the front of the trailer . I put 2 4liter hugs of antifreeze in the onboard water tank opened a sink faucet in my case the bathroom turned on the pump and waited for the pink stuff. I knew the pump had its antifreeze for the winter. In saying that it had a panel in the closet I had to unscrew. And the pump was about 4 inches in from the opening . Poor design. Not very friendly spot. . Mine is a park model wildwood qbq 42 ft. Good luck
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From the layout, I would bet under the dinette, maybe?
I doubt if the pump is in the slide.
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On my VSL it is behind a panel where the city water comes in, right under the BR sink in the very nose of the trailer-AUGH! Along w/ the PF-10 bannister water filter-AUGH! I just change the filter in the spring. Some people put something in there to fill the space to use less anti-freeze.
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Old 11-05-2019, 03:36 PM   #18
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On our 308BHS its under the stove.

Good luck reaching it as the opening in ours is so narrow that I cant get my forearm through.

I added the T valve for winterizing underneath on the frame rail since I couldn't reach the pump.
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:03 PM   #19
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Hi all, thank you SOOOO much for all of the advice and suggestions! Super sorry for disappearing, we just got busy and I forgot to come back and close this out.

Good news!

It was under the bathroom sink LOL - behind a panel of course (because that's where all the fun stuff is haha). The trailer is now officially winterized, and I can't thank you all enough for being so willing to help out with suggestions and stories of your own experience.

So now just one question: is it camping season yet? **waiting, waiting, waiting**
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:17 PM   #20
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We have a 2019 FR Vibe 28RL and my pump is under the bath sink also, sorry didn't get to you earlier
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