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Old 02-04-2016, 10:11 AM   #1
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Water pump

Hi all. I have a 2014 rPod 171. A small trailer. My problem is that city water is back flowing to the fresh water tank. I live in my little trailer and am on hookups most of the winter. I spend most of the summer on the fresh water tank. I think the problem is calcium due to hard water messing up the back-check valve in the water pump. Is there.....something non-toxic that will dissolve the calcium. I had to replace the pump last year. Don't want to spend the money again.


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Old 02-04-2016, 06:30 PM   #2
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Remove pump and install a bypass hose to verify.
Install a secondary valve $5.00
What brand pumps vs warranty on the pumps?


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Old 02-04-2016, 06:33 PM   #3
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Check your valve positions to make sure they are all functioning properly. Cycle back and forth several times...


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Old 02-11-2016, 10:32 PM   #4
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Update: pulled the fresh water pump out and flushed the insides out with vinegar for about 30/45 minutes. Reinstalled the pump and no more back flowing city water into the fresh water tank.

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Update: pulled the fresh water pump out and flushed the insides out with vinegar for about 30/45 minutes. Reinstalled the pump and no more back flowing city water into the fresh water tank.

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Hey, good for you.
Thanks for reporting back. We like to hear the resolution of a problem.
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Hey, good for you.
Thanks for reporting back. We like to hear the resolution of a problem.

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Old 02-18-2016, 01:07 PM   #7
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Shurflo water pump froze up?

Hey y'all,

Got a question, I'm pretty sure our Shurflo 4008 model water pump froze up in our brand new Elkridge 5er because temps got into the single digits and we ran out of propane so the bay wasn't heated. Does anyone know how or if I can get it working again? If not, I guess I'll have to buy a new one! Anyone know how hard they are to install??
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:06 PM   #8
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Hopefully the pump was not damaged.
Ensure pump switch it turned OFF !
Get propane and heat camper.
Put a trouble light near pump to thaw out. Winterize camper: when thawed out check fittings that possibly froze for cracks/leaks.
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Easy to replace if needed.


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Old 02-18-2016, 07:22 PM   #10
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Hopefully that is all that may have froze! Would do as suggested, put some heat to the bay and then try to get water flowing again and watch for leaking water anywhere. If the pump froze, so did the lines.
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Actually I disconnected city water today and tried it, it worked BUT when city water is connected it doesn't work. Any ideas on that?
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Actually I disconnected city water today and tried it, it worked BUT when city water is connected it doesn't work. Any ideas on that?
Too much pressure in your city water line keeps the pump from kicking on.
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It just dawned on me when we had our last cold spell, our water pressure regulator froze and I haven't taken it off bc our spigot is all wrapped and tapep up. So I guess or hope that's it. I'll take it off tomorrow and see. Thank you so much!
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Actually I disconnected city water today and tried it, it worked BUT when city water is connected it doesn't work. Any ideas on that?
the pump won't come on when using the city water
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Correct. With city water connected it won't come on.
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:21 PM   #16
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It just dawned on me when we had our last cold spell, our water pressure regulator froze and I haven't taken it off bc our spigot is all wrapped and tapep up. So I guess or hope that's it. I'll take it off tomorrow and see. Thank you so much!
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Correct. With city water connected it won't come on.

It's designed that way . when on city water the water pressure keeps the pump from coming on . there is a pressure switch in the pump that shuts it off when set pressure is reached . . you should only have the pump turned on when not connected to city water . then it will draw from your fresh water tank .
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Ok, I took off my regulator that's shot and still the water pump won't work with city water connected. So, until they send me a new one (bought a 2 year protection plan) I won't know if the city water pressure is too high. Because isn't that what you or someone mentioned could be it, if not what could it be??
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Ok, I took off my regulator that's shot and still the water pump won't work with city water connected. So, until they send me a new one (bought a 2 year protection plan) I won't know if the city water pressure is too high. Because isn't that what you or someone mentioned could be it, if not what could it be??

With the city water hooked up, why would you even need the pump to work? The pump is a demand type system, where if there is a demand for water the pump will kick on. If the city water is hooked up, there is never a demand for the pump to kick on. I'm not sure what your problem is.


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Ok, I took off my regulator that's shot and still the water pump won't work with city water connected. So, until they send me a new one (bought a 2 year protection plan) I won't know if the city water pressure is too high. Because isn't that what you or someone mentioned could be it, if not what could it be??
Maybe you need to hear this more then once . no water pump in any rv will work with city water hooked up and on . shut the city water off relieve pressure then your pump should work . It will pump from your fresh water tank if you have water in it . the pump does not pump city water , City water has it's own pressure
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