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Old 07-26-2014, 12:54 AM   #15
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Don't think there is an exterior sewer light?

Before you install another fuse you have to free up your jammed Macerator pump. There is a rubber plug on the end of pump motor. Remove this plug and you will see a slotted screw head which you can turn with a screwdriver. Turn this to free up the jammed pump and then it should run with a new fuse installed.
I turned it 10 or more times and it turns freely. Could it still be the pump?
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:42 PM   #16
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If pump turns freely and it still won't work with new fuse it could be pump or the switch. You have mentioned circuit 7, but that is for the dump valves. The macerated pump in on circuit 9 with a 20 amp fuse.


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Old 07-26-2014, 02:14 PM   #17
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If pump turns freely and it still won't work with new fuse it could be pump or the switch. You have mentioned circuit 7, but that is for the dump valves. The macerated pump in on circuit 9 with a 20 amp fuse.


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It can also be the circuit board holding the fuse. On our inaugural trip or MAC pump failed to operate. Verified fuse as good, manually turned the pump to insure it had not seized, for what ever reason, as it was new. Call AS and they overnighted a MAC pump to the dealer in Montana, which we changed course to meet-up with the pump. Time was critical as the holding tanks were filling up, even though we had been conservative on their use. Got to the dealer and pre briefed them on the situation. I asked them to use a VOM meter at the pump to verify power to the pump, as I did not travel with mine. Well, the pump is a day late getting to the dealer, the dealer had a half-hearted attitude or concern to get us rolling. Finally, late in day 2, the replacement pump was delivered to the dealership. I was told, not today. In the mean time we were staying down the street in a Holiday Hotel. Next morning I am at their door when they open. I felt at this point that my presence may expedite the repair. Nope, did not make a difference to them...at all! Finally, LATE in the day they tell me, 'we got the pump replaced and it is still not working'. I asked them again if they had checked for power at the pump.........deer-in-headlights! NOPE they had not! WTF! I was pissed and still am over their incompetence at even the basics. We were running short on time and short on capacity in the tanks. I said never mind we are out of here. I asked if they had a way to empty the tanks and they said they knew of no way. We made it home and I made an appointment with my selling dealer in Springfield, MO. Reliable RV. it is a 3.5 hour drive from my house and we had to leave it with them. They diagnosed the problem and gave me a choice of repairs. The problem was the fuse holder. They moved it down to and unused position and the pump worked. They asked if I wanted to replace the whole fuse panel (warranty) or was this OK? I opted not to have the fuse panel replaced. To this day all as worked properly thanks to the concern and skills of Relaible RV in Springfield.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:34 AM   #18
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It can also be the circuit board holding the fuse. On our inaugural trip or MAC pump failed to operate. Verified fuse as good, manually turned the pump to insure it had not seized, for what ever reason, as it was new. Call AS and they overnighted a MAC pump to the dealer in Montana, which we changed course to meet-up with the pump. Time was critical as the holding tanks were filling up, even though we had been conservative on their use. Got to the dealer and pre briefed them on the situation. I asked them to use a VOM meter at the pump to verify power to the pump, as I did not travel with mine. Well, the pump is a day late getting to the dealer, the dealer had a half-hearted attitude or concern to get us rolling. Finally, late in day 2, the replacement pump was delivered to the dealership. I was told, not today. In the mean time we were staying down the street in a Holiday Hotel. Next morning I am at their door when they open. I felt at this point that my presence may expedite the repair. Nope, did not make a difference to them...at all! Finally, LATE in the day they tell me, 'we got the pump replaced and it is still not working'. I asked them again if they had checked for power at the pump.........deer-in-headlights! NOPE they had not! WTF! I was pissed and still am over their incompetence at even the basics. We were running short on time and short on capacity in the tanks. I said never mind we are out of here. I asked if they had a way to empty the tanks and they said they knew of no way. We made it home and I made an appointment with my selling dealer in Springfield, MO. Reliable RV. it is a 3.5 hour drive from my house and we had to leave it with them. They diagnosed the problem and gave me a choice of repairs. The problem was the fuse holder. They moved it down to and unused position and the pump worked. They asked if I wanted to replace the whole fuse panel (warranty) or was this OK? I opted not to have the fuse panel replaced. To this day all as worked properly thanks to the concern and skills of Relaible RV in Springfield.

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Old 07-27-2014, 02:40 AM   #19
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Sorry for blank reply. I hit the wrong button on this iPhone. Thanks Road Jager for the tip on yet another possible DC electrical issue. I carry a VOM in my tool box for troubleshooting.


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Old 07-27-2014, 07:32 AM   #20
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We had the same issue... We were on our way home still about 900 miles from home with full tanks... I go to empty them and the pump labors then BAM it stops. I go in side check the fuse and it was blown. Change the fuse out, and turn the switch and it popped again.. So I am sitting there in the middle of Louisiana it's hot and muggy and now I'm pissed, I am thinking how in the heck am I going to clean this thing out.... Looked online and saw this forum and the manual way to empty.... So I hand cranked for a while got the pump moving freely changed another fuse and tried again the pump works for a bit then the fuse pops...... At this point I am perplexed at why this keeps happening the toilet paper is RV paper I've never had a problem like this before it was very strange.... Anyhow between manually cranking it out and using the pump before it shut off I finally got the tanks emptied.... When we got into New Orleans and found a parking spot (we were just there to have lunch) I used the bathroom after my daughter and BOOM there it was the culprit of all my pump issues.... A PAPER TOWEL!!! She had been flushing paper towels.... One even got jammed in the black tank valve I couldn't close it to empty the gray tank I had to take the hose off and shined a flash light in and I could see a big ol piece of paper towel blocking the door from closing, that was a treat trying to get that out.... But I finally got it and everything is working fine now....
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Thanks for sharing that paper towel story. I'm sure you didn't find it funny at the time, but it made me laugh.


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Old 07-27-2014, 12:57 PM   #22
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I've always been a firm believer of RTFM and make sure anyone traveling knows the rules too.
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:40 PM   #23
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As an aside, there's an informative and fun website called TheFitRV run by an amusing couple; they tested out tank flushing and toilet appear and came to a recommendation for the best RV paper to use:
http://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/toil...with-children/


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Old 07-27-2014, 02:19 PM   #24
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I'm glad I can laugh about it now... No it wasn't funny at the time but It's good to know the brand of paper towel I buy is sure durable!! What is RTFM?? I'm guessing Respect the F#$^ing motorhome.... Roll the floor mat... Relive the fond memories!!
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Read the effing manual. A close cousin of Government standard MIL-TDD-41 (Make it like the danged drawings for once).
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:43 PM   #26
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I am having a heck of a time finding the manual override bolt.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:49 PM   #27
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Barker 24130 3" Auto Drain, is what I see when I crawl under and I don't see an override bolt. Am I looking in the wrong spot?
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:53 PM   #28
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Can you please clarify the problem a little better:
You say the macerator pump rotates freely, so what exactly are you trying to free up?
Do the black and grey drain valves open and close properly? You should be able to hear them moving for a couple of seconds and then the red light on the valve switch should come on. Remember you can only have one valve open at a time, and its conventional to open the black one first.
If its one of the drain valve that is stuck, then take a look at the attached (hopefully) pdf doc which describes how to free it.
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