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Old 04-11-2015, 09:08 PM   #1
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Water Pump On? Water Pump off?

Ok .. new to RVing here. First couple of nights out with a new (to us!) coach. We're at a State Park campground and have "electricity only" service. No big deal ... there's 100 gallons of fresh water in the tank and empty holding tanks and it's a simple overnight stay.

Using my water means I need to use my water pump as well. I'm in the "turn on / turn off" the water pump when it's needed camp.. My wife is leaning towards the "we're connected to shorepower, batteries aren't an issue - leave the pump on!" school of thought.

What do you all do? What's your logic for doing it the way you do?

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Old 04-11-2015, 09:20 PM   #2
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We leave ours on. There's really no reason not to.

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Old 04-11-2015, 09:33 PM   #3
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Leave it on when we are in the camper. Just to be safe, we turn it off if we are going to be away for a few hours.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:45 PM   #4
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Always on unless hooked up to a water supply.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:48 PM   #5
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ON for sure.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:32 PM   #6
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Always on.
Why not, just curious?
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:07 AM   #7
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Yup, pretty much always on.
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:15 AM   #8
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Always on unless it runs often. If that happens then you have a leak somewhere which when the leak causes a loss of pressure turns on the pump. If so FIND THE LEAK
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:27 AM   #9
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Always on even when hooked to shore water supply.

There have been many places where we have stopped that have terrible water pressure. One recently was the Chula Vista RV Resort near San Diego where we spent the Easter Holiday weekend.

When that happens my on-board water pump ALWAYS delivers adequate water pressure to the faucets when needed.

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Old 04-12-2015, 08:15 AM   #10
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Turn off when going away from rv even when connected to city water will turn off water. Have heard to many stories that people rv flooding like toilet valve sticks and overflows.

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Old 04-12-2015, 08:24 AM   #11
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We always turn ours off at nite or when we leave. Thankfully, because a few weeks ago we had a pipe fail under kitchen sink .
I woke up about 7, had to use the bathroom. Barely awake , I used the toilet, turned pump on, flushed, washed hands & went to bed .
A bit later, 7:45 or so I woke up again, I had heard the pump run just for a second, I didn't get up right away. When I did get up I found water all over the place. The very small pipe going to the filtered water faucet had failed .
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:39 AM   #12
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On when we are in the coach. Maybe off if we will be gone for a while. Never do city water hookup due to past experiences. As a side benefit knowing how much water is in the system allows and educated guess for tankage when the gauges are acting up.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:59 AM   #13
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Always on even with city on, unless we leave the coach, or cycling indicates a leak. We do turn it off at night, and when camping in cold weather at night. But for the most part we let the pumps pressure switch do its job.
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During the day, while we are at the MH the water pump is left on. At night and when we are away from the MH off! Like others here, I have heard too many horror stories of the pump being left on while they were away from the MH and came back to a flooded MH. While traveling the pump stays off unless we need to use the water system from some reason.

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