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Old 07-10-2009, 11:30 PM   #15
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Dave- mine has a mini angle valve and the reservoir is mounted on the batt comparment door above the batteries. It is gravity feed, and if I leave the valve on too long it floods and spills on the batteries. I have only the floats to go by to see if it is working to guess when to shut it off. I think I'll add the bulb, and lower the reservoir, so when I get a return flow, I know it hit all batteries. Good idea.

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Old 07-11-2009, 06:11 AM   #16
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Engineer Mike, and everyone else, I should reiterate on a couple of things. I do not trust the gravity-fed system. For the first two years of ownership I had the reservoir full, and it hardly went down at any time except probably through evaporation. I drain the reservoir when I winterize the coach. After reading various input about overflow problems with too much water, I decided to try the squeeze bulb. When I saw that I was able to put in a half gallon of water I knew the gravity system did not work. I leave the small flow valve off except when using the squeeze bulb, which I will use again before i winterize this December.

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Old 07-15-2009, 08:01 AM   #17
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Thanks to your suggestions I got the pump out. A flat blade screwdriver at the bottom and a little pulling and twisting and it popped right out. Of course, the water then drained out to the discharge hole level. I took some photos and copied down the data at the end of the pump and emailed it to Carolyn, the parts manager at Aubrey RV in Yakima, WA. She called back and said she had an exact replacement....$29.95. It's in the mail and I hope that solves the problem.
I popped the new pump in yesterday and it works like a charm! All is well for the time being.

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