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Old 04-30-2017, 06:59 PM   #1
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Newbie question on water

So I'm new... Been camping twice... Love it. 2002 36 ft Natl Dolphin... Great shape ... Have something I don't understand. So each time I disconnect from city water and tried turning the pump back on and use water from the fresh tank... It takes a long time to get water... I can hear the pump running ... Am I doing something wrong? Or do I have a problem?

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Old 04-30-2017, 07:14 PM   #2
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You do have water in the fresh water tank, correct?

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Yes.... I have a couple of theories... When I connect to city water (with a pressure regulater). I have a small drip somewhere behind the outside panel... When I disconnect everything and run off the tank ... I hear the pump running and have "some" water, but no pressure and there is a considerable amount of air. Also, isn't the pump supposed to build up pressure and shut off? Mine never shuts off. Is it possible this "leak" is preventing the system from building pressure?
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Old 04-30-2017, 08:03 PM   #4
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Yes the pump should build up pressure and shut off. If it's not and your fresh tank is full you have a leak or a clogged pick up
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Thanks... I'm gonna check on the leak tomorrow .
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:00 PM   #6
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Do you have a valve you can turn to allow the pump to draw in anti-freeze for winterizing? I've seen (in person) that valve be partially turned such that the pump sucks air through that input hose. You can test that by sticking your anti-freeze hose in a jug of water while the pump is running.
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:11 PM   #7
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I'm. Not sure... I will check that tomorrow also.
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Yes the pump should build up pressure and shut off. If it's not and your fresh tank is full you have a leak or a clogged pick up
Or some sand breaking the seal in the diaphragm chambers of the pump.
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Old 05-01-2017, 03:19 PM   #10
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I would agree with Tom48's response.
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Any chance the prior owner installed a pressure tank in the water system?
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You do realize that connecting to city water does not fill the fresh water tank, right? It is a separate step to place the hose in the fresh water tank fill port to fill the fresh water tank.
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Old 05-01-2017, 08:38 PM   #13
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Yes you have water in your FW tank?
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How long is the delay? It does take awhile for the pump to prime it self. It is 15 years old , they have improved, how does it work after you get water? Enjoy ��
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Yes.... I have a couple of theories... When I connect to city water (with a pressure regulater). I have a small drip somewhere behind the outside panel... When I disconnect everything and run off the tank ... I hear the pump running and have "some" water, but no pressure and there is a considerable amount of air. Also, isn't the pump supposed to build up pressure and shut off? Mine never shuts off. Is it possible this "leak" is preventing the system from building pressure?
Side note: Don't ignore the "small drip", find it and fix it.
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But to answer part of your question . . . if your tank has water in it, you should get water in a short period after removing the outside water source. A lot of good troubleshooting suggestions above. You do need to find out soon so damage from a leaking pipe is kept minimal if that is the issue. Good luck and let us know.
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You do realize that connecting to city water does not fill the fresh water tank, right? It is a separate step to place the hose in the fresh water tank fill port to fill the fresh water tank.
Not always...
Many units fill the fresh water tank by connecting to the city water port and then turning a valve that switches the plumbing, thus filling the fresh tank. No separate fill port on these units.
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"All very good answers.. yea no leaks . Hope you find out your problem. Safe travels ))))
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Old 06-03-2017, 07:38 PM   #20
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Sorry for the delay..... The leak and the pressure problem was due to an old leaky pump... Replaced the pump... All good now.
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