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Old 06-18-2018, 05:43 PM   #1
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Forgot to turn off the water pump to travel

We have a 2014 Airstream Flying Cloud 25. Today, after a short pit stop, we continued to tow another 2 hours or so with the water pump left on. When we arrived there was a fair amount of water (I'd estimate around a gallon) on the floor of the trailer, and the bathroom sink was full (we'd closed the plug). No water in the shower or galley sink, but there was a small amount in the toilet.

So it looks like water had been forced through the closed faucet in the bathroom and overflowed. Our fresh water was full when we started and at 7/8ths when we arrived (and we used some during the pit-stop), so it doesn't look like a lot of water got out.

I checked the pump, water heater and under both sinks and those areas seemed completely dry.

Now, I know we should have turned the pump off, but I wouldn't have expected water to get forced through closed taps so easily. Is there something else I should be worried about and/or looking out for?

We've used the pump occasionally when dry camping and we've never heard it turn on unless we were actually calling for water, so I don't think we have a leak anywhere. The only other thought that comes to mind was that we were towing at high altitude in CO - could lower atmospheric pressure trick the pump into running?
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:49 PM   #2
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Gee.... welcome to the club. I happen to have a thread going on our identical experience (with a different model and year) last Sunday. In our case, I'd guess it pumped about 28 gallons out *somewhere*. Like you, the only obvious sign of water was all that came out through the bathroom sink faucet.

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Old 06-18-2018, 06:43 PM   #3
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The faucet had to have turned on. Had to have. The pressure from the pump isn't higher when you are towing, than when you are sitting in camp. The motion opened the faucet, which is not uncommon. And then in your case, closed it again. Your lucky day. I recently found water on my cutting board over the sink and on the floor. The faucet was half open from towing. I'm certain it was off when I started. Fortunately the pump was off, so the water I had was just from the residual pressure in the system...very little. But what a lesson. I would have had 39 gallons on the the floor otherwise.

New Rules:

1. Turn off pump
2. Turn on a faucet to bleed off the remaining pressure.
3. Don't travel with cutting board over the sink--in case Rule #1 is forgotten. At least then it would go to the grey tank...though there would then be 18 remaining gallons to overflow from the shower once the tank was full.
4. See Rule #1.
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:06 PM   #4
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It seems to be a modern issue with faucets bouncing open. I usually forget to turn off the pump in our 91 and the 63. Heck, our 61 has a pressurized tank and it's impossible to shut it off. So far I've never had one turn on while traveling. Maybe the newer faucets are the issue?
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:59 PM   #5
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Thanks all for the tips - I guess we're going to be paranoid about turning off the pump from now on. It seems like we got very lucky that whatever joggled the faucet open also joggled it closed again. The last half hour or so of our trip was down US 285 into Denver which was a surprisingly bumpy ride - I bet that was what did it.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:04 PM   #6
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Been there, done that. I think WE are in good company here. We now are very careful, but probably not perfect, in double checking the pump switch. Don't want that to happen again. Our incident was much worse than yours but we've learned our lesson.
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Dang, second time in 2days that I have read about this. I used to travel with 50% freash water but I think from now I am going to drop that amount way down and triple check to make sure the water pump is off and the sink stopper is open and the pressure has been bled out. Bad news comes in 3’s...
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When I had a Lance truck camper I replaced the water pump switch with a spring wound timer switch.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:30 PM   #9
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Maybe it's my time with a boat where the water pump made so much noise we only turned it on when we were using the tank. It seems normal to me.
Hit the switch, open faucet, close faucet, turn switch off.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:36 PM   #10
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When I had a Lance truck camper I replaced the water pump switch with a spring wound timer switch.
Interesting... I wonder if a tilt sensor like the ones used in car alarm systems could be used to isolate the pump if the trailer is in motion?
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:11 PM   #11
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We had an infamous occurrence, we were on a caravan with 38 other Airstreams. Crossing the top of the world highway, a washboard dirt road approx 100 miles connecting Dawson City YT and Chicken AK. Stopped for a pee break and noticed water running from the entire curb side (ditch side?) of the trailer.

Lav faucet handle bounced open. Lav pop up drain bounced closed. No big deal if we'd had the pump off. Or could have just been clean water to mop up if we hadn't left both roof vents open and the fan on high on one of them. The road was very dry and extremely dusty.

Add 20 gallons water, 6 pounds dust, shake it well for an hour. We joke we still, six years later, find Chicken dust in our trailer.

You're not alone. We're not either. And we definitely added to our check list, "turn off the water pump" AND "close the vents".
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:45 AM   #12
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First off - no, the faucet was *not* turned on. If it was turned on, water would have been all over the place before we left.

Second - the pressure most certainly *is* higher when you are moving than when you are stationary. You hit a bump and inertia ( or flexing ) triggers the pressure switch. The pump puts in a burst when there is no need to. Eventually the pressure builds to to point something gives ...

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Interesting... I wonder if a tilt sensor like the ones used in car alarm systems could be used to isolate the pump if the trailer is in motion?
That's a solution in search of a problem. Turn the switch off!
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We have experienced similar problems. I now have a red LED that lights when the water pump is on and we always put an elastic bungee type loop over the kitchen faucet handle to keep it from bouncing open when on the road.
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