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Old 04-22-2020, 05:58 PM   #1
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Traveling on the road with water pump on

When we are traveling on the highway we only turn on the electric water pump on when we need to use water and then turn it off. It's been 3 or 4 years and KA owner traveling with new coach had about 50 plus gallons of water flood his cabinets under the coach to the point the coach ended up being so damaged that the coach ended up being returned to the factory for replacement. The part that was the cause of the leak was a small 0 ring but the electrical damage was major. If you think about it if you are going to have a plumping leak it would be more likely when driving. Have posted on this a while back but when reading about black/grey tank cleaning it came up as another item to suggest as we get ready to travel this summer. We hope to be out in either June or July and looking forward to socially distance visiting with other Newmar owners.
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You could also put in a moisture sensor to detect such issues. That could feed an automation controller that turns the pump off. I would also put in a temp sensor to get early detection of fire while I was at it.
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Old 04-22-2020, 08:31 PM   #3
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No kidding? I'm far from experienced on this, but I usually have the water pump on when I'm driving. Is this a common occurrence?
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No kidding? I'm far from experienced on this, but I usually have the water pump on when I'm driving. Is this a common occurrence?
I would say not common at all but possible.
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I always turn it off when we're not using while on the road, but that may be a carry over from owning travel trailers. Whenever we stopped and opened the trailer for a bathroom break or meal, I'd always turn the pump off before getting back in the truck.
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Ice maker

I leave it on to run the ice maker.
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I leave it on to run the ice maker.
While your traveling?

You must live in the prairies !
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While your traveling?

You must live in the prairies !
I live in, and travel all over the west. I always leave the water pump on while traveling so our ice maker can run. Never had an issue with 3 different coaches. I have had far more trouble with plumbing water leaks at home. I rarely hear of people regularly turning their water off when they leave or go places for the same reason.
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On our very first trip we flooded the basement. The reverse osmosis system under the sink sprung a leak from a jerry-rigged plastic fitting. Pulled into a truck stop and water was dripping out the left side compartments. Quickly put the right side jacks down so all the water would drain out quicker. No permanent damage. Got lucky. Now the pump stays off going down the road. We cycle it on and off to keep the ice maker working sometimes.
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I never had an issue until I did. Pulled over to the side of the road and went back to visit the toilet and there is water all over the place that was just starting to leak. Ran up turned it off and cleaned it up. Must have been a few gallons back there. Now we always drive with the pump off.
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Pulled into a gas station with a travel trailer years ago and saw water running out of the RV.

Discovered that a bar of soap fell out of the soap tray in the shower and hit the water handle. It ran the tank dry.

To this day we NEVER leave the water pump on when moving.
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Why do ya'll leave pump ON while traveling.????


Just don't see how it could that difficult to turn ON when you need it.


When at camp site I turn if OFF anytime we walk outside/or go to bed.
Simple flip of the switch---done
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Why do ya'll leave pump ON while traveling.????


Just don't see how it could that difficult to turn ON when you need it.


When at camp site I turn if OFF anytime we walk outside/or go to bed.
Simple flip of the switch---done


Itís easy to forget, didnít do it on purpose.
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Always travel with the water pump and toilet turned off..
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