Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-22-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Posts: 70
Warranty Issue or Not?

The following is a brief synopsis of the issue that has occurred with the water pump in my Rockwood mini-lite 2306 that I purchased from RV Wholesalers. The unit is currently under warranty with Forest River.

On two occasions, I have experienced a failure of the water pump while camping. On both occasions, the freshwater tank held plenty of water. On the first occasion, the pump stopped working normally on the last day of a four day trip, making a low hum instead of the normal noise and wouldn't turn off even after the faucets were closed. I had to flip the control panel switch to make it stop. Obviously, I was worried that I could be damaging the wp by letting it run. At first, I thought I was out of water even though the gauge showed the tank to be one third full, but it took nearly five minutes to drain the fwt upon preparing to return home. Once home, I partially filled the fwt and checked the pump, and it worked normally, so I scratched my head and forgot about it.

On the second occasion, I filled the fwt tank upon arrival at the campground and bled air out of the pipes after setup. The pump worked fine at that point, but later that night, I heard a loud pop (like a cork from a champagne bottle) come from underneath the trailer while I was showering. My wife heard the same sound. I could not find anything amiss, saw no water leaking from underneath and thought nothing of it until the water pump began to fail again that night, the first night of a three day camping trip. Again, the pump went from the normal running sound to a low hum and water would only sputter out of the faucets. The only way to get the pump to stop was to switch it off at the panel. When I returned home, I partially filled the fwt and tested the pump, and this time it continued to malfunction. Time to contact the warranty folks.

As instructed by the dealer, I took the tt to a repair facility, but they found nothing wrong with the pump. Now I am out $153 to the repair shop. Forest River says it won't pay because the repair shop found nothing wrong. Clearly, there is a problem that needs to be solved, and I am left holding the bag on this bill. FR's response was to say the problem must have been caused by low pressure at the campground. That would make sense if I were hooked up to city water, but I wasn't on either occasion.

Does anyone have insight or experience with this problem, and am I out of line in believing that FR should do more than wash their hands of this problem and tell me that I am responsible for paying the bill? I'm just a tad frustrated now because I've had two camping trips marred by a malfunctioning wp and I get to pay $153 for my troubles.

As usual, thanks in advance for your comments.
Greg
Gkconfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 03:10 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Triguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 6,949
Sorry to hear it. Sounds to me like this could be a few items:

A Leak preventing it from building enough pressure to shut off (except you said you didn't see any water)

The inlet hose to the water pump is getting air somehow

There could be gunk in the pump causing it to have problems getting enough pressure to switch off. There is a diaphram in the pump that needs to be able to close effectively. I would think the repair shop would have checked this.

Just some guesses.

As for it being a warranty issue, were you able to replicate the problem with the WP at the service repair facility? They would need to document it for FR to cover it as a warranty item.
__________________
Scott
DW, 3 Kids and our Goldens

2012 Shamrock 233S
2008 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4WD
Triguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 03:53 PM   #3
Site Team
 
Terier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 10,223
You could try video taping it next time with your smartphone. I did this once when the service department couldn't find the problem. The guy was able to see what I was referring to and we solved the problem.
__________________
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

Formerly owned 2011 Salem Cruise Lite 20RBXL & 2011 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab
Terier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 05:25 PM   #4
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 23,147
I wonder if there is some junk in the fresh water tank, like a piece of plastic disk, from when they cut the holes for the fittings.

It could be floating around in the fresh water until the level got low enough to block the inlet to the pump. The pump could suck the disk over the inlet and that would reduce the output pressure to below the cut off pressure causing the pump to continue to run.

Once you shut off the pump, or add water, the disk would move away and act normally until the disk blocked the port again.

Can you see the tank outlet? You might need to drop the belly panel on one side to see the hoses and the tank. It might be the only way to figure this "head scratcher" out...
__________________
Lou, Laura, & Freya the wonder dog
2008 GMC Sierra 3000HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2019 Flagstaff 8529FLS - Pullrite 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 06:57 PM   #5
camping
 
tentcamper1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Elkhart, Indiana
Posts: 988
great advice from the above posts. I agree air is getting into the system, does it always happen at the same water level in the tank? my tank was not installed level, the outlet was higher than the sensors. I thought I had water per the tank monitor but none was coming out, when I opened the tank drain several gallons would come out. (I hope that made sense)
after you find out what the problem is, and if it was something the repair shop should of found then I would dispute the bill.
__________________

2007 Chevy 2500HD CC
2010 V-Lite 30WRLTS
Nights Camped 2011 -64
Nights Camped 2012 -50
"I Live in My Own World, But It's OK. They Know Me"
tentcamper1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 06:58 PM   #6
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,499
im voting for the unit sucking air.
correct me if i am wrong but most pumps are designed to run continuous without water supply . in the event that the pump gets left on without water ?
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 07:30 PM   #7
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 23,147
Pumps just have an on/off switch; a pressure switch (below the desired pressure "on" above the cut out pressure "off); and a thermal switch to kill the pump if it overheats.

No water means the pump will continue to run till it overheats or you turn it off.

Here is how my 5th wheel is plumbed. The yellow sensor wire is the first light above "empty" You can see that when the "empty light comes on there is still many gallons of water left.

The lower black fitting is the pump inlet hose. It will suck air when the water level hits the TOP of the fitting. (not the bottom). This traps about 5 gallons of fresh water in the tank. Draining that out with the lower drain tap takes quite a while when winterizing.

Note the fresh tank heating pad.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Horst Probe Install 020.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	57.3 KB
ID:	7546   Click image for larger version

Name:	Horst Probe Install 021.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	55.6 KB
ID:	7547   Click image for larger version

Name:	Horst Probe Install 022.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	56.9 KB
ID:	7548   Click image for larger version

Name:	Horst Probe Install 019.jpg
Views:	68
Size:	43.9 KB
ID:	7549  
__________________
Lou, Laura, & Freya the wonder dog
2008 GMC Sierra 3000HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2019 Flagstaff 8529FLS - Pullrite 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 07:52 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Manitoba
Posts: 1,283
The problem could also be a loose electrical connection, and might explain the intermittant problem.
crocus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 08:16 PM   #9
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 23,147
Quote:
Originally Posted by crocus View Post
The problem could also be a loose electrical connection, and might explain the intermittent problem.
An intermittent or loose power or ground connection would cause the pump not to run; not run continuously as experienced.
No?

For it to stay running (electrically speaking) the cut out switch (internal to the pump) would have to stay "made" and you would have water pressure "to beat the band."

Hard to tell from Greg's OP, but it sounds like he got water pressure with the pump not shutting off in one instance and no water pressure (pump running) in two other instances.

These have to be two different issues, I think...

Water pressure; pump not shutting off = cut out switch.
No water pressure; pump not shutting off = lack of water suction at pump inlet. (No water available or air entering lines for any number of reasons.)
__________________
Lou, Laura, & Freya the wonder dog
2008 GMC Sierra 3000HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2019 Flagstaff 8529FLS - Pullrite 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 09:31 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
DAISY BOYKIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: SUNSHINE STATE
Posts: 1,753
Send a message via Skype™ to DAISY BOYKIN
Friend of mine------------

Friend of mine with a new Rockwood fifth wheel had the same problem. Two things could be wrong. First, (the pump as stated before) is sucking air. If your pump has a small strainer on the inlet side, check to see if there is any trash and make sure it is tight. Second, check all the inlet fittings to make sure they are tight. On the ones that has a compressed
clamp, see if you can twist the connection by slightly twisting the fitting.
And last try turning the adjustment screw 1/2 turn that adjust the pump pressure. If you have a connection for adding anti freeze, make sure the
the "CHECK VALVE" in the connection is closing. By doing this you can plug the antifreeze connection with a garden hose plug. If you are haveing the problem "DRY camping", you could have a bad check valve in the fresh water connection or trash caught in either one of the check valves. The check valves are located on the inlet side of the fresh water hose connections.

My friend found a air leak on the inlet side of the pump at the strainer and the threaded elbow.

Good luck.
__________________
Sid & HRH MISSY, SHIH TZU
2019 WILDCAT 28 SGX
2014 F-250 KING RANCH PS 6.7L/SWD/6R140/BFT
TST Truck System Technologies TM-507SE
DAYS CAMPED 2021 16 DAYS
DAISY BOYKIN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 10:53 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
onetonford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: TEMP for now
Posts: 1,182
I have had simular problems with a older pump turned out to be a piece of plastic in one of the check valves. Causes it not to build pressure and runs like it is not pumping or sounds like it hums. In my case just cleaned out dissassybled pump head and reinstalled and worked fine if you have a bad check valve you can usually pick them up at a camping dealer.
__________________

2001 Ford F-350 DRW 7.3
2011 25 RL Wildcat
former fiver 1976 Fourwinds had for 35 years
onetonford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2011, 08:17 AM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Posts: 70
Thanks, all, for your comments. I am reluctant to work on the pump myself for fear that whatever I do to attempt a fix will give FR an excuse to void the warranty. Here is the reply from FR Warranty:

"I understand that you feel there is a problem with your water pump. Until a problem has been confirmed with a Forest River dealer, I cannot pay the $153 bill. Our policy, in all instances, is to pay for the repair or replacement of a component, not troubleshooting. If you’d like to call Grumbine’s RV Center in Harrisburg to schedule an appointment, they are a Rockwood dealer and can replace your water pump through our warranty system. "


So, if I read this correctly, FR will not pay for the troubleshoot done by the repair shop identified and recommended by RV Wholesalers as part of its repair network, but FR will pay to replace the pump if I go to the local Rockwood dealer. Sounds as though I shouldn't have contacted RVW in the first place. Had I gone to FR and/or the local Rockwood dealer, I probably would have the problem resolved under warranty and kept by $153. However, if the repair shop found the pump to be working normally during the troubleshoot, then a new pump replacement wouldn't necessarily solve the problem. I'm confused!!!!!! And frustrated.
Gkconfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2011, 08:36 AM   #13
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 23,147
This is one reason I believe extended warranties (except the 2nd year extension offered by FR but NOT advertised by &^%$^%& dealers) are not worth the paper they are printed on.

You can buy a NEW Shurflo higher pressure QUIET pump for about what you have paid for troubleshooting so far. Unscrew the old one; screw in the new one and done. If it did not solve your issue, you at LEAST have an upgraded pump AND you eliminated the 90% probable cause. Hypro-shurflo Llc - SHURflo Whisper King Demand Fresh Water Pump - Pumps & Tanks - Camping World

The remaining causes involve plumbing only and involve a little "head scratching on your part to find and repair. Why pay 150 dollars an hour for a technician to "head scratch"?

Once they tested the pump (and it passed), they were "done" and your problems just started. Because FR would only pay for the repair IF A PROBLEM was found, the repair shop did you no favor with a CND finding (Could Not Duplicate).

Just like a car "rattle," finding it yourself is the only cost effective way to get it fixed. A mechanic can shoot hours "not finding it." Buy a stethoscope and have your DW take it for a drive while you "listen for the noise." The quarter that slid down the defroster vent will show up eventually.
__________________
Lou, Laura, & Freya the wonder dog
2008 GMC Sierra 3000HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2019 Flagstaff 8529FLS - Pullrite 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2011, 08:52 AM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Posts: 70
Good points, all, Lou. I am awaiting clarification from FR warranty before I move forward. At this point, it sounds as though FR will pay for a new pump replacement, but the $153 "troubleshoot" I get to eat. Yet another life lesson on the journey. I'm fifty-seven years old. When I was younger, I thought these lessons would be a thing of the past when I reached the age of wisdom. I've finally figured out that when I reach the age of wisdom, I'll be taking the big dirt nap. Until that time, enjoy the ride....and keep learning.
Gkconfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:14 AM.