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Old 09-03-2018, 05:59 PM   #1
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NEW 2019 Epro 19fbs Owner

Hello everyone,

New user here and brand new owner of a 2019 Epro 19FBS. I am completely new to the camper life and feel I have a lot to learn. I am positive I will be posting several newbie questions here through out my days and just wanted to introduce myself.

I would love any feedback or advice from any of you. Any camper beginner mistakes to avoid? Or more specifically I am curious if anyone has advice on this particular trailer that you may have learned from experience from owning the same or similar. Perhaps something that you learned the hard way? I feel like the sales person that worked with us had no idea about the unit and the walk through was not as thorough as I would have liked.

Thanks in advance and I'm happy to have discovered you guys!

P.S. Does an EPro specific owners manual exist? The only one Ive seen is the digital generic Forest River manual. The camper only came with appliance manuals.
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Old 09-03-2018, 06:19 PM   #2
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P.S. Does an EPro specific owners manual exist? The only one Ive seen is the digital generic Forest River manual. The camper only came with appliance manuals.
No, there is not an E Pro specific manual.
Nearly ALL RV manufacturers only provide a generic owners manual with no model-specific nor brand-specific information. Just General RV systems information.
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Old 09-03-2018, 06:40 PM   #3
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Welcome from Louisiana! We have the 2018 19fbs GeoPRO and really love it. You have come to the right place to learn.
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One thing right out of the gate that Iím noticing is when I turn the water pump on to run water out of the fresh water tank, the pump itself never stops making noise and when I turn on the sink it sputters like there is air in the line. I also notice an odor when the water runs. This is all from running out of the tank and no water hook up. Any idea of what may be wrong or what Iíve done wrong?
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The sputtering IS air in the line. Usually the water stream clears up after a minute or two of running.
As to the smell, did you sanitize the system before using? If not, do so.
If it is going to be more than a week between trips, drain the tank and the water heater.
Do you fill your tank at home or the campground? City water is chlorinated and should have less contaminants than a spigot at the campground.
Do you use an external filter while filling your tank? Recommended,.
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Old 09-04-2018, 12:12 PM   #7
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The sputtering will stop when the air is out of the line, and at the same time, the pump
will stop pumping once the system is pressurized and water is at the faucet.
Agree about the sanitizing; check and see if the dealer started it and didn't flush enough.
If not, there's a bleach formula readily available on the net, just make sure you flush
enough water through the system to be able to taste clean water. Also, use a potable
water hose to fill the tank. Lots of folks would/will harrumph at that (possibly even the dealer), but it makes a taste difference not to mention possible health benefits.
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Old 09-04-2018, 12:53 PM   #8
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Thank you everyone for the replies. The water pump I have let run for several minutes assuming it just need to run all the air out in order to pressurize. After 4-5 minutes nothing changed and I turned it off in fear of ruining it. The pump runs the entire time and the faucets sputter the whole time as well. Again longer than a couple minutes.

As far as sanitizing the tanks for the odor, this is a brand new trailer and we have not used it yet. The tanks have water in them only from the dealer allegedly doing a function test. the dealer made no mention of needing to sanitize it. But the odor is definitely there.

Again I feel like there is a lot they neglected to go over with us. For example I had no idea there was a battery shut off switch until finding it myself. And apparently there is a built in water filter that I was not shown the location of or how to operate.
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One thing right out of the gate that Iím noticing is when I turn the water pump on to run water out of the fresh water tank, the pump itself never stops making noise and when I turn on the sink it sputters like there is air in the line. I also notice an odor when the water runs. This is all from running out of the tank and no water hook up. Any idea of what may be wrong or what Iíve done wrong?
Find the fresh water pump. It may behind a drawer or behind a panel you must unscrew. On it's input is a two-position selector valve. In one position it draws from the fresh water tank. In the other position it draws from a short piece of flexible tubing. It sounds like your selector valve is set midway between the two positions.

If it freezes where you are, in the winter you will:
  • Bypass the water heater (a couple of valves) and drain it.
  • Buy a gallon of potable RV antifreeze (not automotive antifreeze)
  • Place the flexible tube into the gallon jug.
  • Turn the selector valve to select the tubing.
  • Turn on the pump.
  • Run each tap (hot and cold) and the toilet until they run pink.
  • Turn off the pump.
  • Put the selector valve back to the other setting (so you don't have to do it in the spring).
  • Close the panel.

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Old 09-04-2018, 02:18 PM   #10
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Again I feel like there is a lot they neglected to go over with us. For example I had no idea there was a battery shut off switch until finding it myself. And apparently there is a built in water filter that I was not shown the location of or how to operate.
Did you have a PDI/Walkthrough checklist?
It would have described things to make sure they go over.
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Find the fresh water pump. It may behind a drawer or behind a panel you must unscrew. On it's input is a two-position selector valve. In one position it draws from the fresh water tank. In the other position it draws from a short piece of flexible tubing. It sounds like your selector valve is set midway between the two positions.

If it freezes where you are, in the winter you will:
  • Bypass the water heater (a couple of valves) and drain it.
  • Buy a gallon of potable RV antifreeze (not automotive antifreeze)
  • Place the flexible tube into the gallon jug.
  • Turn the selector valve to select the tubing.
  • Turn on the pump.
  • Run each tap (hot and cold) and the toilet until they run pink.
  • Turn off the pump.
  • Put the selector valve back to the other setting (so you don't have to do it in the spring).
  • Close the panel.

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Any advice for the water filter? Being an upside down cup of course it doesn't drain from the low points.
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Advice for the water heater? Remove it, bypass the line, and use an external filter. The stock filters are notorious for either unscrewing by themselves and dumping water all over your floor or the canister splitting and dumping water all over your floor.
Neither outcome is desirable.
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Advice for the water heater? Remove it, bypass the line, and use an external filter. The stock filters are notorious for either unscrewing by themselves and dumping water all over your floor or the canister splitting and dumping water all over your floor.
Neither outcome is desirable.
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Congrats on your new e pro19 fbs. I picked mine up in April and it looks like they made changes already with the ladder and a front window. It looks like you have the off road package also, which is needed by me for where I keep my trailer. Enjoy your new home on 2 wheels. So far I have had great service from my trailer.
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We bought our 19FBS in March and have had it out 7 times. We are very happy so far...

The water filter on the 19FBS is located under the bed. There is a panel on the front of the bed near the floor held in place by 4 screws. Behind the panel is the filter, the furnace and the water heater.
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You will enjoy it. We did learn some lessons with ours on the first trip out. We have a Geo Pro which is the same trailer, just a different color scheme.

The water filter is behind the screen panel under the bed, remove the 4 covered screws you will see it.

Make sure the hot water heater is also full as it traps a lot of air. (And of course never run it unless water is flowing out the hot water side first.)

If you are hooked up to city water, you can fill the fresh water tank by flipping the recirculating lever on the shower stall down. It redirects the water that is wasted waiting on hot water back to the tank.

You are welcome to PM me if you have any questions about anything else.



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Well I got it figured out for now I think. I turned the pump and water heater on and just opened up the faucets on the far end. let them sputter for a while and then opened hot water on the kitchen sink. I could see bubbles running through the lines at the pump. All faucets sputtered for what seemed like an eternity and we got the sulphur smell. Eventually the sputtering became less and less and the lines appeared to regulate and the pump quieted down. Everything started flowing smoothly and the hot water began to run hot. The pump then went silent when turning the faucets off. And all seems well. I am however not overly thrilled with the amount of fiberglass shards that are left over all over the lines and now in my skin. Thanks everyone! I’m sure I will come up with more newbie questions soon!
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Old 09-08-2018, 07:53 AM   #18
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In our 2018 EPro19FD the water pump is under one of the dinette seats. Your water pump may be under a removable panel under the bed but Iím not absolutely sure. Best of luck with your new EPro.
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Advice for the water heater? Remove it, bypass the line, and use an external filter. The stock filters are notorious for either unscrewing by themselves and dumping water all over your floor or the canister splitting and dumping water all over your floor.
Neither outcome is desirable.

I'm sure you meant water filter! Don't remove the water heater...... too much trouble.
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No, there is not an E Pro specific manual.
Nearly ALL RV manufacturers only provide a generic owners manual with no model-specific nor brand-specific information. Just General RV systems information.

All of our Jaycos came with unit-specific owners manuals but our Rockwood did not.
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