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Old 08-15-2013, 12:38 AM   #1
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Water Flow Indication

I have been thinking about a water leak warning. In my SB home if I suspect a water leak I look at the outside water meter and there is a tiny needle that turns if any amount of water is flowing. After riding down the road for a few hundred miles and you hook up to water it would nice to have such a tiny in-line indication on my water line in the trailer. Something could have rattled loose. After a few seconds and the lines fill there should be no movement unless something is turned on inside the trailer. If you ever suspect a water leak you could check it just like at home.

Is there such a small and reliable device that could go inline between the hose and the water inlet on the trailer? I looked at some hardware stores online but not sure and wondered if others use such a device. Of course, you could always check under the sinks, toilets, etc. but that would be a nuisance and a leak could be out of easy site as well. But if the meter was turning you would know to shut off the water and investigate.
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That is why we just fill our fresh water tank and use the pump. If the pump activates when there is no water turned on, we know we have a problem. We also purchased leak detectors. They are inexpensive and you can place them where you have the possibility of a water leak. Amazon has several different model, one even is shaped like a frog. We have a water center so it is easy for us to fill the fresh water tank. Just have to turn a lever.
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That is why we just fill our fresh water tank and use the pump. If the pump activates when there is no water turned on, we know we have a problem. We also purchased leak detectors. They are inexpensive and you can place them where you have the possibility of a water leak. Amazon has several different model, one even is shaped like a frog. We have a water center so it is easy for us to fill the fresh water tank. Just have to turn a lever.
Thanks - good idea to use pull as leak detector.
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Thanks - good idea to use pull as leak detector.
Meant to say pump. I must read my swiping before posting.
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Pump as leak detector.

You could use any of the inline flow controllers with gauge. Turn on and when pressure reached turn off at pedestal. Look for change. Similar to testing gas lines with gauge in closed system. The problem with that is your leak may occur at some point above the current water pressure. (there is a pressure where every system will leak/burst) With the pump method it will continually try to keep the recommended pressure up and any cycling will be tell-tell.
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That is why we just fill our fresh water tank and use the pump. If the pump activates when there is no water turned on, we know we have a problem. We also purchased leak detectors. They are inexpensive and you can place them where you have the possibility of a water leak. Amazon has several different model, one even is shaped like a frog. We have a water center so it is easy for us to fill the fresh water tank. Just have to turn a lever.
I had a tiny leak at the water heater, the pump cycling about every 2 hours for no apparent reason tipped me off.

Also, placing a cheap leak detector on the shower floor will detect an open faucet or dripping fresh water leak into the gray water tank, filling it while you sleep or are away. The water will come up into the shower first then overflow from there. The shower pan depth gives you an extra reaction margin.
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Check out the flow meters that simply fit in-line between the water hose and trailer inlet. Most any good hardware store sells them. You may buy very simple units to sophisticated electronic units with an alarm. Depends on how much money you want to invest.
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That is why we just fill our fresh water tank and use the pump. If the pump activates when there is no water turned on, we know we have a problem..
X2!
That is the best indicator of a water leak, it's free and already installed, (came with your RV).
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