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Old 04-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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No water

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I took my RV out this weekend and this is the first trip after being put away for the winter. I filled my water tank and I wasn't able to get the pump to
supply any water to the bathroom or kitchen faucet. last year I drained the
tank and blew the lines clean instead of putting rv anti-freeze in the lines.

So, I am guessing that I need to prime the system somehow to get the water
to start to flow. Has anyone ran into this problem before?


Thanks
Andy
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:48 AM   #2
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You don't need to prime the pump it will prime itself you need to check it because water was most likely left when you blew the lines you don't get all the water out of all areas sometime it will get trapped look at the filter and the pump housing bet you will find something cracked
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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Thanks Mark,

I was inside the storage area looking at the pump. I can tell the pump comes on when I
hit the switch and I don' see anything obvious but I will keep checking. Thanks for the
information.

Andy
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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You usually do not have to re-prime the pump, but it is [remotely] conceivable that all the water was blown out of the self-priming chamber inside.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:34 AM   #5
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I just went out and tried to run the pump again and now the water is starting to flow.
I guess I didn't give it enough time to get all the air out. Does everyone add some type
of RV anti-freeze for the water system?

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No, I prefer to spend a bit of time and just get as much water out of the system as possible. Disconnect the pump and run it dry for a while to get all water out of the chambers. Remove water filters, leave all taps open and drain lines open and drive around the block a couple of times or blow out with air, toilet flush operated etc etc. Washing machines and icemakers need special care and most wouldn't use antifreeze in a system they make ice from anyway.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #7
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I winterize with rv anti freeze. Takes about 2 Gallons and 20 minutes time. with hot water drained and anti freeze ($4.69 per gallon) in hot and cold pipes, I don't worry about busted water pipes. Blowing out doesn't remove all water in system! Anti freeze goes in drains as well. Haven't had any problems and easy to de winterize too! Just my $.02 again.
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Reason I don't use antifreeze is fully explained here
De winterizing water lines
Vinegar, chlorine, multiple rinses, all sorts of homegrown remedies to get rid of a taste that doesn't need to be there in the first place.

I drink the water we carry in the tanks and don't need the hassles of trying to get antifreeze out of the system.

Anyway, RV antifreeze isn't available in Europe and we get by there with similar water systems so no reason not to do the same here.
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I just ran into the same event as you described at the start of this post turned the pump on and no flow then just a trickle and then water started to flow and the pump worked ok then, they do have a rubber diaphragm pump in the top of the housing and it will get stiff have gunk on it I might have to take that one apart to check
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You probably had an empty hot water heater. It takes quite a while to fill it up using the onboard pump.
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Thanks for all the responses. Things are pretty much back to normal but the kitchen sink has very little water pressure both hot and cold. The water in the bathroom runs with plenty of pressue and the hot water works fine. Just have to figure out why the kitchen is having an issue.


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Take off the screen on the kitchen faucet to see if it's clogged.
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Thanks for all the responses. Things are pretty much back to normal but the kitchen sink has very little water pressure both hot and cold. The water in the bathroom runs with plenty of pressue and the hot water works fine. Just have to figure out why the kitchen is having an issue.


Thanks again
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Check the aireator screen on kitchen facet. They can be plugged internally and look ok but will restrict flow. May need to replace. Cheap by the six pack at Home Depo.
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At the top of this forum are two stickies that explain winterization and de-winterization, save for future use.
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