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Old 06-07-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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Fresh Water/Pump Question

Hello. I have a 60 gal. freshwater tank. Filled it up prior to a trip, got to the campground and hooked up to city water. Camped for two days taking a shower, doing dishes as normal, etc. Prior to pulling out of my spot and hitting the road my fresh water tank display showed almost empty. My question is: When you hook up to city water, does the water pump (turned on) still take water from the fresh water tank?
I'd like to be able to just roll with my fresh water tank always above half and use campground water, but apparently I now don't understand my water system at all. Should I turn the pump off when hooked up at a campground? Thanks.
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Hi,
When hooked up to city water you should turn off your water pump. When you dry camp or are on the road then you will leave the water pump on.

Good luck!

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When hooked up to city, don't turn on pump. If you do, every time you use water from the tank along with the fresh coming in also. Good water pressure but, you use more water.
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Thanks. I should know that
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Just a note. Unless your boondocking you shouldn't require that much water onboard. 60 gals (500 lbs) is one heck of a lot of additional weight to be hauling around if your going campsite to campsite and have on site city water available. Just keep enough to flush the toilet and make some coffee etc. I normally don't travel with more than a quarter tank, for me that 10 gals and I always have most of that left when I get to the next CG.
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A test of your water pump check valve is to hook up to city water with the pump off and see if the tank fills. I hope you are using some sort of water pressure regulator. Many CGs have very high pressure and that could damage your water system.

I run the pump when the CG pressure is low, which can be the case. Time and conditions will peak your understanding of this process. You will learn what works best for you. Some folks I know use nothing but the pump and tank, filling as needed. This protects their water system from high pressure surges. Again, do what feel best to the situation you are in.
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The pump runs when pressure drops, and shuts off when pressure gets high enough. So with pump on and faucet on, the pump will only run if the faucet pressure is low.
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The pump runs when pressure drops, and shuts off when pressure gets high enough. So with pump on and faucet on, the pump will only run if the faucet pressure is low.
That's been my experience as well but I still only turn on my water pump when I need water and am not hooked up... that is unless the park has really low water pressure and then the pump can help some... but that's by pulling water from the fresh water tank I do believe.

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That's been my experience as well but I still only turn on my water pump when I need water and am not hooked up... that is unless the park has really low water pressure and then the pump can help some... but that's by pulling water from the fresh water tank I do believe.

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Water pumps always only draw from the fresh tank.
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Water pumps always only draw from the fresh tank.
I think this has been established and we all agree. I think we can all say and agree that the pump is a good supplement for low water pressure too. We must watch the tank if the pump is on to avoid running dry and having a runaway pump because no water is in the tank to build pressure from. Could damage the pump if done too frequently or for too long. But using it is still a choice, as the OP was asking, and does no real harm.

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Water pumps always only draw from the fresh tank.
No argument here.

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Just a note. Unless your boondocking you shouldn't require that much water onboard. 60 gals (500 lbs) is one heck of a lot of additional weight to be hauling around if your going campsite to campsite and have on site city water available. Just keep enough to flush the toilet and make some coffee etc. I normally don't travel with more than a quarter tank, for me that 10 gals and I always have most of that left when I get to the next CG.
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I have 110 gallons of fresh water capacity. I find my coach handels better with the fresh water tank full. It lowers the center of gravity. I don't think the Cummins ISL struggles with the weight.
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I have 110 gallons of fresh water capacity. I find my coach handels better with the fresh water tank full. It lowers the center of gravity. I don't think the Cummins ISL struggles with the weight.
I don't know about lowering the CoG but I do know it adds, if full, 913 LBS. That's a ton of weight dead weight, 1/2 a ton actually. That kind of weight would stabilize just about anything.
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The water pump will only run when city water pressure is lower than the cut-in pressure of the pump. Your easiest solution is to turn the pump off when on city water, unless_the CG city water pressure is too low to live with.
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