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Old 06-01-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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OK so any solutions for the family not shutting off the water pump switch when they run the fresh water tank dry. I am afraid that before long the pump will burn out. I am amazed that there is not a shutoff function when the tank runs dry......

Thanks in advance for any solutions
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Uh, do they not notice when the water stops coming out of the taps?? And how often are you or they checking the fresh tank levels?

I think you have a behavioral problem, not a hardware issue.
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Uh, do they not notice when the water stops coming out of the taps?? And how often are you or they checking the fresh tank levels?

I think you have a behavioral problem, not a hardware issue.
Oh no doubt!! But a 5, 7 & 12 year old don't pay much attention to mechanical details. Also when the air conditioner is running it is sometimes difficult to hear the pump running. The pump also runs for a few seconds after the water is shut off until the pressure returns to trigger the pump to shut down. By then a 5 year old is in another world.

I do monitor the levels but sometimes I am not near a suitable fill station with potable water. The family runs in and uses the bathroom and there you go empty tank and the pump is running.

I guess I was thinking/wishing there exist some sort of shutoff switch which would remove power from the pump when there was not water on the supply side.

maybe not
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My rig has three switches---one in the equipment bay. Have you looked there? I cannot imagine a rig without---look some more, closets, by the front door, switch panel, under the sink etc; If not and provided you have easy access you could put one in easy enough. I certainly would.
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My rig has three switches---one in the equipment bay. Have you looked there? I cannot imagine a rig without---look some more, closets, by the front door, switch panel, under the sink etc; If not and provided you have easy access you could put one in easy enough. I certainly would.

I should add it is good to have lighted switch to be able to see whether it is off or on from a distance and at a glance. Especially in your situation. It is a good reminder for the kids as well----"make sure the light is off", a little more reinforcing.

WE turn the pump on when we need it and off when finished---two adults and even we mess up on occassion. Good luck.
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I do have a lighted switch on the control panel along with the the controls for the slides, generator, etc. I guess I need to follow the advise to turn off the pump and only activate it when needed. I may try to devise a way to deactivate the pump when the tank goes empty which would be my preference.

Looks like a business opportunity for someone with basic engineering skills...
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I do have a lighted switch on the control panel along with the the controls for the slides, generator, etc. I guess I need to follow the advise to turn off the pump and only activate it when needed. I may try to devise a way to deactivate the pump when the tank goes empty which would be my preference.

Looks like a business opportunity for someone with basic engineering skills...
I wonder? MAybe some way to have the tank fill when low?

Barring that ---invent some way to make turning the pump on and off fun for your kids----a reward -------or make it a joke something funny------I grew up with 4 brothers and sisters and whenever we needed to remember somethign my mother made a game of it-----

Who knows this pump "problem" may turn out to be a special memory of all this time camping--------
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