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Old 11-15-2019, 02:52 PM   #1
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2018 Leprechaun 311FS water related questions

I’ve had my rig for about a year and am trying to gain the confidence to do my own winterizing and bleaching fresh water tank maintenance.

1) does it have an in house water filtration? I’m thinking no as I can’t find any such filter

2) does it have a winterizing kit installed? I can’t find that either. Where would be the best place to install one to pump in bleach water and/or antifreeze?

3) looking to find access to hot water heater bypass. I’m thinking under the dinette bench seat? I just learned that the low point drains are located there (fresh water valve is under bed)

4) I have a W/D combo installed. Does that have a water bypass valve that I need to access when I winterize?
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:41 AM   #2
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winterize

1. no filter
2.yes use air through city water intake or anti freeze though tank fill,using the 12 volt pump moving white lever to winterize/fill. make sure the water tank value is close under bed. (shut off left of low point drain)
3 dinette bench seat or remove sliding draw .
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:43 AM   #3
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Blue lever

oops sorry Move the blue lever as in picture to winterize ,not white..
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:53 AM   #4
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drain hot water tank

Make sure drain hot water tank and its turn off . plus there are three low POINT DRAINS UNDER DINNETTE as in picture. when putting air in no more than 30 psi in city supply. than move blue lever to tank fill winterize use a smaal hose to pump RV anti freeze in to system. Ps. use the out side shower to bleed air out of system to start the pump suck antifreeze.
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washer

Washer /dryer dose not have a by pass. I unhook lines and shut of slupplys lines than dump antifreeze in drum run twice ,as per w/d insturction found on line. Or run till you see antifreeze in it. RV ANTIFREEZE
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Washer /dryer dose not have a by pass. I unhook lines and shut of slupplys lines than dump antifreeze in drum run twice ,as per w/d insturction found on line. Or run till you see antifreeze in it. RV ANTIFREEZE
Thanks so much Carl17!!!! What an amazing response with photos included. I wish I would have known you and this forum a year ago. Would have saved me hours of agony. Manufacturer manuals and many websites are often useless and generic. I also read your replies for other questions and had to learn many those answers the hard way on my own. So is the life of the RVer. The fun still outweighs the headaches.
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Water pump in a 2018 Leprechaun 311FS

Where's the water pump located in the 2018 Leprechaun 311FS?
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Buckeye Dad - We have a 2019 311FS but I imagine they are the same. Our water pump is under the bed. You'll need to remove the screws to lift the plywood on the foot end of the bed to access it.
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water pump 311fs

Yes the pump under bed ,but its up near the head of bed. You mite have to remove panel out side in storage compartment. Pictures would be great.

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Yes the pump under bed ,but its up near the head of bed. You mite have to remove panel out side in storage compartment. Pictures would be great.

Are you referring to the black covers located in the large storage compartment upper left side?
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Buckeye Dad, the large black cover in the large storage compartment is for the slide mechanism. The water pump is under the bed.
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Buckeye Dad, the large black cover in the large storage compartment is for the slide mechanism. The water pump is under the bed.
Have you ever seen it? How do you get to it?
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Buckeye Dad, I have never looked for the water pump. However, when I am not connected to water on a campground and I use water I can hear it under the bed. Actually, I have never liked these pumps as they are too loud. If switch the water pump to on, and open a faucet, you should be able to hear it and locate it. Although I have not looked for mine, since it sound like it under the bed, if were looking for it, I would need to remove the panel under the mattress. Hope this helps.
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Buckeye Dad, I have never looked for the water pump. However, when I am not connected to water on a campground and I use water I can hear it under the bed. Actually, I have never liked these pumps as they are too loud. If switch the water pump to on, and open a faucet, you should be able to hear it and locate it. Although I have not looked for mine, since it sound like it under the bed, if were looking for it, I would need to remove the panel under the mattress. Hope this helps.
Yea, I only use it when traveling from destination to my next stop for toilet flushing and hand washing. I'll find it some day.
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Buckeye Dad - Snow finally melted enough I could put the slide out today. Here is a picture (hopefully) showing our water pump. I incorrectly said last week that we have a 2019. Don't know what I was thinking -- ours is a 2018.


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We don't need to access that area under the bed often, but to make it easier we put on a hinge so the piece at the foot of the bed can just be raised instead of unscrewing & removing each time. Sorry the pictures are sideways!


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Buckeye Dad - Snow finally melted enough I could put the slide out today. Here is a picture (hopefully) showing our water pump. I incorrectly said last week that we have a 2019. Don't know what I was thinking -- ours is a 2018.


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I just unscrewed the round black hole cover and looked in that corner area (opposite the bathroom door) and my water pump is not there like yours. When it warms up some I will put some water in the tank and turn on the pump and listen for it.
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We don't need to access that area under the bed often, but to make it easier we put on a hinge so the piece at the foot of the bed can just be raised instead of unscrewing & removing each time. Sorry the pictures are sideways!


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Wow, did you cut the wood and the black slide pieces to install the hinge your self?
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Our came with the hinged installed. I don't know why but I am grateful.
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Buckeye Dad - The wood was already cut to allow the section at the foot of the bed (basically the exposed part when the slide is out and the bed folded up) to be removed. It was held in place by several screws. We cut the black slide pieces just a bit to make room for the hinge. We had to slope the cut on the foot end of the black pieces or there was a bit of a "bump" when the slide is being retracted. Even though your water pump isn't mounted where ours is, I bet it's in that same area!



Jon - Funny it was standard just the year before. Some changes are a good improvement & some aren't. While the hinge is sure not a necessity, it sure makes it easier when you need access!
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