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Old 08-06-2008, 08:23 AM   #1
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Hi, inherited, sort of, an older model motor home. It was a luxury model in its day and has been used gently, so lots of life in the old girl yet. Certain maintenance issues tho, some parts hard to come by, which I would like to source from time to time. Right now, I am trying to understand how the fresh water tank is constructed, and in particular, how it interacts with the pump. The two lower sensors are very rusty. The monitor shows tank empty when it is half full, and the pump doesn't draw any water at that point. Any ideas what I should do? 'thanks very much. Sue
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Hi, inherited, sort of, an older model motor home. It was a luxury model in its day and has been used gently, so lots of life in the old girl yet. Certain maintenance issues tho, some parts hard to come by, which I would like to source from time to time. Right now, I am trying to understand how the fresh water tank is constructed, and in particular, how it interacts with the pump. The two lower sensors are very rusty. The monitor shows tank empty when it is half full, and the pump doesn't draw any water at that point. Any ideas what I should do? 'thanks very much. Sue
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:33 AM   #3
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:23 AM   #4
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Thank you Mama.

I really enjoyed my one and only, so far, stay at an RV camp. People were relaxed, friendly, and helpful, and I felt very comfortable being there on my own. I would like the water to work.

I hope to enjoy lots more of the same with my husband, who at present, is less than delighted with the repair bills this inheritance has cost us.

Thanks for all advice and wisdom. Sue
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:51 AM   #5
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Sue, Welcome. I suspect that you will have several challenges in front of you. I have a couple of suggestions on this one.

1. Tank sensors are notoriously flaky, even for those of us who use our RVs fairly constantly. I wouldn't get excited yet about what your sensor does or does not tell you. My recommendation is to get the systems working first and then worry about the indicators.
2. In your position, I'd physically remove the pump from its location. I'd figure some way to use temporary tubing to verify that it is really pumping. My guess would be that is isn't. The problem is that the joints, diaphragms, etc. all dry out over time and will leak air instead of sucking water.
3. When you have a working pump (or a replacement), you will then be able to mount it and see if there are additional problems. Sometimes, the inlet pipe in the tank is clogged.

I had problems on mine and they turned about to be the connections on the pump itself. I once had troubles getting the pump primed and used a turkey baster to inject potable water back into the inlet pipe to making starting the pump easier.

I hope some of this is useful to you.
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Hello Sue, and Welcome to the best RV site on the web. While I don't know too much about plumbing, I'm sure someone here can help out. Maybe a faulty pressure switch???

When you get your problems sorted, feel free to drop in the Canada Region Forum. Myself and many others are near your location, and would like to hear more about your adventures and experiences. As the crow flies...I'm just west of you.(Campbellcroft) Look forward to hearing from you often.......Brad
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trentriverwoman, welcome to our website and forums. We are glad ot have you join us here. You have gotten some good suggestions and we wish you the best of luck in sorting through the issue. Congratulations on your new to you rig and we hope you will enjoy it as much as you will this forum. Take care and stay safe.
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thanks for all suggestions. The beast must have sensed my willingness to do surgery, so is now pumping just fine. Maybe the mouse that dug holes in my toilet paper to make a nest in the generator, also previously plugged up the pump. It's a conspiracy. So, seems all systems are go. Husband can't find any excuses not to go camping, so off we will go, with our trusty CAA card in hand. Just in case.
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